Ronald Reagan

Above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.

First Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981


If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.

speech in support of Barry Goldwater, October 27, 1964


Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.

First Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981


The most powerful force we can enlist against the Federal deficit is an ever-expanding American economy, unfettered and free.

State of the Union address, Feb. 4, 1986


Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.

New York Times, Nov. 14, 1965


The defense policy of the United States is based on a simple premise: The United States does not start fights. We will never be an aggressor. We maintain our strength in order to deter and defend against aggression — to preserve freedom and peace.

"Star Wars" speech, Mar. 23, 1983


Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

address to the annual meeting of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Mar. 30, 1967


Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 7, 1970


Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.

attributed, The Age of Turbulence


We honor the giants of our history not by going back but forward to the dreams their vision foresaw.

State of the Union address, Feb. 6, 1985


We do not face large deficits because American families are undertaxed; we face those deficits because the Federal Government overspends.

State of the Union address, Feb. 4, 1986


We are first; we are the best; and we are so because we're free.

State of the Union address, Jan. 25, 1984