From Ronald W. Reagan:
....as 'citizen' Ronald W. Reagan (1911-January 2, 1967):
Mister Ronald Reagan's remarks at the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, Phoenix, Az., March 30, 1961:
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it on 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.
Mister Ronald Reagan's remarks from "A Time for Choosing;" in support of the Barry Goldwater presidential candidacy, October 27, 1964:
You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or right, but I would like to suggest that there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down--up to a man's age-old dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order--or down t the ant heap totalitarianism, and regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.
Mister Ronald Reagan from the same speech:
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 and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.
....as the 33rd Governor, State of California (1967-1975):
Governor Reagan's remarks to the American Trucking Association Board of Directors, San Francisco, Ca., October 6, 1974:
When a business or an individual spends more than it makes, it goes bankrupt. When government does it, it sends you the bill. And when government does it for 40 years, the bill comes in two ways: higher taxes and inflation.
Governor Reagan's Second Inaugural Address as Governor of California, Sacramento, Ca., January 4, 1971:
When those who are governed do too little, those who govern can--and often will--do too much.
Governor Reagan's Interview with Radio News West, Los Angeles, Ca., December 30, 1974:
Individual liberty depends upon keeping government under control.
Governor Reagan's remarks at a political reception, Chicago, Il., September 10, 1974:
The dustbin of history is littered with remains of those countries that relied on diplomacy to secure their freedom. We must never forget.... in the final analysis....that it is our military, industrial and economic strength that offers the best guarantee of peace for America in times of danger.
Governor Reagan's remarks at a "Meet the Students" television taping, Sacramento, Ca., September 17, 1973:
One thing our Founding Fathers could not foresee.... was a nation governed by professional politicians who had a vested interest in getting reelected. They probably envisioned a fellow serving a couple of hitches and then looking.... forward to getting back to the farm.
....as the 40th President of the United States of America (1981-1989):
President Reagan's first Inaugural Address, U.S. Capitol, January 20,1981:
We hear much of special interest groups. Well, our concern must be for a special interest group that has been too long neglected. It is made up of men and women who raise our food, patrol our streets, man our mines and factories, teach our children, keep our homes, and heal us when we're sick--professionals, industrialists, shopkeepers, clerks, cabbies, and truck drivers. They are, in short, "We the people," this breed called Americans.
President Reagan's remarks at a presidential news conference, The White House, January 29, 1981:
All of us should remember that the federal government is not some mysterious institution comprised of buildings, files and paper. The people are the government. What we create we ought to be able to control.
President Reagan's remarks at a Spirit of America rally, Atlanta, Ga., January 26, 1984:
The best view of big government is in the rearview mirror as we leave it behind.
President Reagan's remarks during a national radio address on economic growth, The White House, January 26, 1985:
We in government should learn to look at our country with the eyes of the entrepreneur, seeing possibilities where others see only problems.
President Reagan's remarks to the faculty and students, St. John's University, New York, N.Y., March 28, 1985:
....I hope that when you're my age, you'll be able to say as I have been able to say: We lived in freedom, we lived lives that were a statement, not an apology.
President Reagan's Address to the Nation, The White House, January 16, 1984:
History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.
President Reagan's remarks to students at the Moscow State University, Moscow, USSR, May 31, 1988:
Every once in a while, somebody has to get the bureaucracy by the neck and shake it loose and say "stop what you're doing."
President Reagan's final speech as president; his Farewell Address to the Nation from the Oval Office, January 11, 1989:
We've done our part. And as I walk off into the city streets, a final word to the men and women of the Reagan revolution, the men and women across America wh for eight years did the work that brought America back. My friends: We did it. We weren't just marking time. We made a difference. We made the city stronger. We made the city freer, and we left her in good hands. All in all, not bad, not bad at all.
President Reagan's remarks to the United Nations' General Assembly, New York, N.Y., September 22, 1986:
Peace is more than just an absence of war. True peace is justice, true peace is freedom, and true peace dictates the recognition of human rights.
....as an elder-statesman (1989-June 5, 2004):
Former President Reagan's remarks at the Republican National Convention, Houston, Tx., August 17, 1992 (the '....shining city....' speech):
My fondest hope for each one of you--and especially for the young people here--is that you will love your country, not for her power or wealth, but for her selflessness and her idealism. May each of you have the heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, and the hand to execute works that will make the world a little better for your having been here. May all of you as Americans never forget your heroic origins, never fail to seek divine guidance, and never lose your natural God-given optimism. Andy finally, my fellow Americans, may ever dawn be a great new beginning for America and every evening bring us closer to that shining city upon a hill.
Former President Reagan, from the same speech:
And whatever else history may say about me when I'm gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears, to your confidence rather than your doubts.
Former President Reagan's remarks at a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony, The White House, January 13, 1993:
Some may try to tell us that this is the end of an era. But what they overlook is that in America, every day is a new beginning. For this is the land that has never become, but is always in the act of becoming.
Former President Reagan's remarks to the Cambridge Union Society, Cambridge, England, December 5, 1990:
A leader, once convinced a particular course of action is the right one, must have the determination to stick with it and be undaunted when the going gets rough.
Former President Reagan's remarks at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, West Branch, Ia., August 8, 1992:
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
Former President Reagan's remarks to the Captive Nations Week Conference, Los Angeles, Ca., July 15, 1991:
The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of these United States are covenants we have made not only with ourselves, but with all mankind. Our founding documents proclaim to the world that freedom is not the sole prerogative of a chosen few. It is the universal right of all God's children.
Every president, every senator, every representative has a corps of speech-writers. While 'citizen' Reagan, Governor Reagan, President Reagan, and Former President Reagan was no different in that respect, he many times wrote his own remarks in their entirety. Nearly every speech "Ronaldus-Magnus" gave was personally edited by him. A far cry from the blusterful blather of today's professional and amateur politicians; today's teleprompter-readers at every level; in every political sub-division!