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40th president of the United States of America, Reagan became famous making many films. His policies became known as "Reaganomics."
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Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.
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We have the duty to protect the life of an unborn child.
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How can a president not be an actor?
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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.
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My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.
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If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
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Let us not forget who we are. Drug abuse is a repudiation of everything America is.
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Today we did what we had to do. They counted on America to be passive. They counted wrong.
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Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver five minutes longer.
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Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.
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The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.
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A tree's a tree. How many more do you need to look at?
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Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.
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All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
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You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans.
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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.
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Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.
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Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.
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All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk.
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If the federal government had been around when the Creator was putting His hand to this state, Indiana wouldn't be here. It'd still be waiting for an environmental impact statement.
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I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at gunpoint if necessary.
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It doesn't do good to open doors for someone who doesn't have the price to get in. If he has the price, he may not need the laws. There is no law saying the Negro has to live in Harlem or Watts.
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Facts are stupid things.
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Don't be afraid to see what you see.
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The thought of being President frightens me and I do not think I want the job.
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It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available.
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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. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have.
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Coersion, after all, merely captures man. Freedom captivates him.
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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, 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.
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Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.
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No arsenal ... is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.
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You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.
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A people free to choose will always choose peace.
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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.
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Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.
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Let us be sure that those who come after will say of us in our time, that in our time we did everything that could be done. We finished the race; we kept them free; we kept the faith.
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Man is not free unless government is limited.
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We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we will always be free.
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Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
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But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.
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I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon.
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No matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting.
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If you're afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside. The people of this country are ready to move again.
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While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.
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I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves.
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The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
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The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'
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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.
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Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets.
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Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
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Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
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Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
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Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
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Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.
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I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.
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I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.
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If the Soviet Union let another political party come into existence, they would still be a one-party state, because everybody would join the other party.
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No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!
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One way to make sure crime doesn't pay would be to let the government run it.
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Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.
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Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse.
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Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.
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History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.
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There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.
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There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.
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We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
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When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.
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Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.
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I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting.
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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.
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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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Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.
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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.
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Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.
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Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.
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We might come closer to balancing the Budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandments and the Golden Rule.
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We should measure welfare's success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.
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Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.
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There are no easy answers' but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.
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Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we've ever known.
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No mother would ever willingly sacrifice her sons for territorial gain, for economic advantage, for ideology.
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If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.
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Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
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Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
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One picture is worth 1,000 denials.
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Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
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Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement.
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I've never been able to understand why a Republican contributor is a 'fat cat' and a Democratic contributor of the same amount of money is a 'public-spirited philanthropist'.
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Politics is just like show business. You have a hell of an opening, coast for a while, and then have a hell of a close.
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Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.
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Status quo, you know, is Latin for 'the mess we're in'.
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To paraphrase Winston Churchill, I did not take the oath I have just taken with the intention of presiding over the dissolution of the world's strongest economy.
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We can not play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.
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You know, if I listened to Michael Dukakis long enough, I would be convinced we're in an economic downturn and people are homeless and going without food and medical attention and that we've got to do something about the unemployed.
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Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources.
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We are never defeated unless we give up on God.
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Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.
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I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace: to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete.
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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.
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Going to college offered me the chance to play football for four more years.
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I've often said there's nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.
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The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.
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The taxpayer - that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.
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Trust, but verify.
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People don't start wars, governments do.
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The ultimate determinant 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.
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Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.
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It's silly talking about how many years we will have to spend in the jungles of Vietnam when we could pave the whole country and put parking stripes on it and still be home by Christmas.
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Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
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Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.
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Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem.
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The greatest security for Israel is to create new Egypts.
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Violence has been Nicaragua's most important export to the world.
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We should declare war on North Vietnam. We could pave the whole country and put parking strips on it, and still be home by Christmas.
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We're in greater danger today than we were the day after Pearl Harbor. Our military is absolutely incapable of defending this country.
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They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong.
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It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?
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A baby is an alimentary canal with a loud voice at one end and no responsibility at the other.
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