Ronald Reagan Quotes (242 quotes)
“Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.”
Interview, Los Angeles Times (7 January 1970) - Pre-presidency
As quoted in "Leadership in the Reagan Presidency Part II: Eleven Intimate Perspectives", Kenneth W. Thompson, Madison Books, 1993 - ISBN: 9780819190512
“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.”
During the course of the 1988 election campaign. As quoted in: Newsweek, Volume 111 (1988), p. 107
“Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.”
Joke during his 1965 campaign for Governor of California, as quoted in The New York Times Magazine (14 November 1965), p. 174 - Pre-presidency
“One legislator accused me of having a nineteenth-century attitude on law and order. That is a totally false charge. I have an eighteenth-century attitude. That is when the Founding Fathers made it clear that the safety of law-abiding citizens should be one of the government's primary concerns.”
Address to the Republican State Central Committee Convention, (7 September 1973) - Pre-presidency
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsRonald Reagan
Born: February 6, 1911
Died: June 5, 2004 (aged 93)
Bio: Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th President of the United States. Prior to that, he was the 33rd Governor of California, and a radio, film and television actor.