100 Ronald Reagan Quotes on Freedom and Leadership

Filed in Quote by on April 2, 2022

– Ronald Reagan Quotes –

These 100 Ronald Reagan Quotes on Freedom and Leadership depict the spirit of a movie protagonist, a commander, and an appealing speaker who enjoyed playing politics. These Ronald Reagan quotes show why some relate to him as one of the best US presidents ever. 

Ronald Reagan Quotes

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1. When you can’t make them realize, make them feel the heat. 

2. Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means. 

3. We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. 

4. All great changes in America begin at the dinner table. 

5. Coercion merely captures man. Freedom captivates him. 

6. Above all, we 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. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.

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7. We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. 

8. Freedom is never over 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. 

9. Don’t be afraid to see what you see. 

10. Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States. 

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

12. If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be one nation gone under. 

13. 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. 

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14. I used to say that politics was the second-oldest profession. I have come to know that it bears a gross similarity to the first. 

15. Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things. 

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16. One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project.

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

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

19. You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.

20. Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.

21. The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.

22. There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.23. My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose. Somehow we win out.

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

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25. Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.

26. There is absolutely no circumstance under which I would accept that spot.

27. One way to make sure crime doesn’t pay would be to let the government run it.

28. I hope we have once again reminded people that there’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts.

29. The ultimate determinate in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas – a trial of spiritual resolve; the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish, and the ideals to which we are dedicated.

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

31. I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life.

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32. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.

33. Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.

34. Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.

35. Some people wonder all their lives if they’ve made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem. 

36. If the government is not restricted, man can never be free. 

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37. Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music. 

38. The one who does the greatest things is not necessarily the greatest leader. Instead, he gets the people to do the greatest things. 

39. Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver five minutes longer. 

40. If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under. 

41. The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.

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42. In raising and instructing our children, in providing personal and compassionate care for the elderly, in maintaining the spiritual strength of religious commitment among our people– in these and other ways, America’s families make immeasurable contributions to America’s well-being. 

43. Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders. 

44. To grasp and hold a vision, that is the very essence of successful leadership – not only on the movie set where I learned it, but everywhere.

45. I believe the best social program is a job.

46. Trust, but verify. 

47. We will always remember and will always be proud. And prepared, so we will always be free. 

48. We the people tell the government what to do. It doesn’t tell us. 

49. Don’t try to make your dreams a reality, they’re only filled with things that don’t make sense and trolls. Things are better in reality. 

50. Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty. 

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51. “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.” 

52. “I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph, and there is purpose and worth to each and every life.” 

53. “Never let the things you can’t do stop you from doing what you can.”

54. “A people free to choose will always choose peace.” 

55. “I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.” 

56. “surely we will never forget to be proud and to prepare for our freedom.”

57. “I have spent most of my life as a Democrat. honestly, I recently have seen fit to follow another course. And I believe that the issues confronting us cross party lines.”

Public Service Quotes

58. “They say we offer simple answers to complex problems. Well, perhaps there is a simple answer — not an easy answer — but simple.” 

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

60. “Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with conflict by peaceful means.” 

61. “Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid.”

62. “If not us, who? And if not now, when?”.

63. “We must be cautious in claiming God is on our side. I think the real question we must answer is, are we on His side?”

64. “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally – not a 20 percent traitor.” 

65. “I believe now, as I always have, that America’s strength is in ‘We the People.’”

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66. “There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.” 

67. “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”

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68. “We are never defeated unless we give up on God.”

69. “Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.”

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70. “Many a man has failed because he had his wishbone where his backbone should have been.” 

71. “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.” 

72. “A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.” 

73. “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

74. “I have left orders to be awakened at any time during a national emergency, even if I’m in a cabinet meeting.” 

75. “Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God.” 

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76. “You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.” 

77. “The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.” 

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

79. “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.” 

80. “Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.” 

81. “I don’t believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.”

82. “Government is not a solution to our problem. Government is the problem.”

83. “Status quo, you know, is Latin for ‘the mess we’re in.”

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84. “It seems to me that America is constantly reinventing what “America” means.”

85. “The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant. It’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”

Cold War Quotes

86. “How do you tell a Communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.” 

87. “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.” 

88. “I’ve heard that hard work never killed anyone, but I say why to take the chance?” 

89. “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem.” 

Reagan Quote on Government

90. “America is too great for small dreams.” 

91. “Socialists ignore the side of man that is the spirit. They can provide you shelter, fill your belly with bacon and beans, treat you when you’re ill, all the things guaranteed to a prisoner or a slave. They don’t understand that we also dream.”

92. “The federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government.” 

93. “To sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.” 

Humble Inspiring Leadership Quotes

94. “Government does not solve problems. It subsidizes them.”

95. “I’ve always believed that a lot of the trouble in the world would disappear if we were talking to each other instead of about each other.”

96. I want you to know that I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.

97. Man is not free unless government is limited.

Ronald Reagan quotes that will make you think

98. It’s true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance. 

99. They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong.

100. The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.

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