Freedom: Quotes by Ronald Reagan


The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library


Radio Address to the Nation on Prayer
"The Constitution was never meant to prevent people from praying; its declared purpose was to protect their freedom to pray."

"At the root of everything that we're trying to accomplish is the belief that America has a mission. We are a nation of freedom, living under God, believing all citizens must have the opportunity to grow, create wealth, and build a better life for those who follow. If we live up to those moral values, we can keep the American dream alive for our children and our grandchildren, and America will remain mankind's best hope."
Remarks at a White House Ceremony Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Week.


Remarks at Kansas State University at the Alfred M. Landon Lecture Series on Public Issues
"In a world wracked by hatred, economic crisis, and political tension, America remains mankind's best hope."

Remarks at the Annual Washington Conference of the American Legion
"The American dream lives - not only in the hearts and minds of our own countrymen but in the hearts and minds of millions of the world's people in both free and oppressed societies who look to us for leadership. As long as that dream lives, as long as we continue to defend it, America has a future, and all mankind has reason to hope."

Remarks at the recommissioning of the USS New Jersey
"When we've taken up arms, it has been for the defense of freedom for ourselves and for other peaceful nations who needed our help. But now, faced with the development of weapons of immense destructive power, we have no choice but to maintain ready defense forces that are second to none. Yes, the cost is high, but the price of neglect would be infinitely higher."

Remarks at Kansas State University at the Alfred M. Landon Lecture Series on Public Issues
"Balancing the budget is a little like protecting your virtue: You just have to learn to say "no."

State of the Union
"The fact is, our deficits come from the uncontrolled growth of the budget for domestic spending."

Remarks at a meeting of the National Association of Home Builders
"The deficit doctors have their scalpels out all right, but they're not poised over the budget. That's as fat as ever and getting fatter. What they're ready to operate on is your wallet."

Radio Address to the Nation
"Yes, deficits are a problem. I've been saying so for more than a quarter of a century now. But the problem is not the size of the deficit, it's the size of government's claim on our economy."
Remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference
"We cannot reduce the deficit by raising taxes." ---------------------
State of the Union
"We don't have deficits because people are taxed too little. We have deficits because big government spends too much."
State of the State

"The energy problem is a crisis now. But it can be an historic opportunity to free America forever of dependence on unstable foreign oil that can be turned on and off at will, by those who would use world commerce for economic blackmail and coercion."

News Conference
"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help. "


Farewell Address to the Nation
"I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts."

Farewell Address to the Nation
"We the People tell the government what to do, it doesn't tell us."
Remarks in New York City on Receiving the Charles Evans Hughes Gold Medal of the National Conference of Christians and Jews
"America has never flinched from the commitment to the State of Israel - a commitment which remains unshakable."

Commencement Address, Eureka College
"Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with conflict by peaceful means."


Remarks at a Candle-Lighting Ceremony for Prayer in Schools
"If the President of the United States can pray with others in the Oval Office - and I have on a number of occasions - then let's make certain that our children have the same right as they go about preparing for their futures.
Remarks at a Candle-Lighting Ceremony for Prayer in Schools
"Now, no one is suggesting that others should be forced into any religious activity, but to prevent those who believe in God from expressing their faith is an outrage. And the relentless drive to eliminate God from our schools can and should be stopped."
Remarks to business leaders in Cincinnati, OH
"My friends, history is clear: Lower tax rates mean greater freedom, and whenever we lower the tax rates, our entire nation is better off."

Farewell Address to the Nation
"Common sense told us that when you put a big tax on something, the people will produce less of it. So, we cut the people's tax rates, and the people produced more than ever before

Radio Address to the Nation on Welfare Reform
"now common knowledge that our welfare system has itself become a poverty trap -- a creator and reinforcer of dependency."

Remarks at a Luncheon for Clergymen
"Wouldn't it be better for the human spirit and for the soul of this nation to encourage people to accept more responsibility to care for one another, rather than leaving those tasks to paid bureaucrats?"

----Remarks at an Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast in Dallas, Texas
"If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."
-------------------------Remarks at a White House Meeting With the Associated General Contractors of America
"You knew that in the end it was free enterprise, not government regulation, not high taxes or big government spending, but free enterprise, that had led to the building of a great America."...

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