Jim's Favorite Famous Quote, Quip, Axiom, and Maxim Repository
President Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
President Ronald Reagan.
BornFebruary 6, 1911
Tampico, Illinois
DiedJune 5, 2004
Bel-Air, California
Fortieth President of the United States 1981-1989. Governor of California 1966-1975. Known for his sense of humor and love of telling stories and anecdotes. Actor in over 50 films, best known for roles as George Gipp and Grover Cleveland Alexander.

The repository contains 19 quotes from President Ronald Reagan.

ConflictHistoryPolitics and Government

History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.

ConflictGood and Evil

Terrorism is the preferred weapon of weak and evil men.

Success and Failure

Life at the top is frequently a lonely business.

Politics and Government

Accepting a government grant with its accompanying rules is like marrying a girl and finding out her entire family is moving in with you before the honeymoon.

Politics and Government

When those who are governed do too little, those who govern can, and will, do too much.


We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.


I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.


One definition of an economist is somebody who sees something happen in practice and wonders if it will work in theory.


Iíve always believed that a lot of the troubles in the world would disappear if we were talking to each other instead of about each other.

Politics and Government

If a bureaucrat had been writing the Ten Commandments, a simple rock slab would not have had nearly enough room. Those simple rules would have read, ďThou Shalt Not, unless you feel strongly to the contrary, or for the following stated exceptions (See Paragraphs 1-10, Subsection A).Ē

Politics and Government

The kind of government that is strong enough to give you everything you need is also strong enough to take away everything that you have.

Politics and Government

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

Politics and Government

If government subsidized beaches, we would have a shortage of sand.

Politics and Government

Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.

Politics and Government

Government is like a baby: an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.

Growing Old

Iíve already lived about twenty years longer than my life expectancy at the time I was born. Thatís a source of annoyance to a great many people.

LiteraturePolitics and Government

Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.

Growing Old

When I go in for a physical, they no longer ask how old I am. They just carbon-date me.


My eighty-percent friend is not my twenty-percent enemy.