Reagan’s Most Memorable Quotes
Happy birthday, Ronald Reagan! Today would have been the late President’s 107th birthday. Reagan’s wit and wisdom continue to inspire Americans. He certainly earned his nickname, The Great Communicator. In honor of one of our nation’s most respected former presidents, enjoy some of Reagan’s most memorable quotes.
Reagan frequently spoke of freedom as America’s highest ideal.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
When the spread of Communism threatened the world, Reagan knew that American freedom became even more important. “If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.”
“Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”
Reagan viewed faith as a major component in any thriving society.
“The struggle now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs or rockets, by armies or military might. The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith.”
“If we ever for get that we are one nation under God, we will be one nation gone under.”
In his First Inaugural Address, Reagan charted the course for a smaller government. He told the crowd, “Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.”
He continued to advance freedom as an economic policy. In his 1986 State of the Union Address, Reagan told the nation, “The most powerful force we can enlist against the Federal deficit is an ever-expanding American economy, unfettered and free.”
Reagan, The Comedian
In 1992, Bill Clinton was running for president. Clinton famously admitted to smoking marijuana, but claimed, “I didn’t inhale.” In a speech later that year, Reagan used that line to persuade voters.
“When you see all that rhetorical smoke billowing up from the Democrats, well ladies and gentleman, I’d follow the example of their nominee; don’t inhale.”
Reagan also had a sense of humor about religion. In his book Speaking My Mind, Reagan explained one reason why he believed in God.
“Sometimes when I’m faced with an atheist, I am tempted to invite him to the greatest gourmet dinner that one could ever serve, and when we have finished eating that magnificent dinner, to ask him if he believes there’s a cook.”