Ronald Reagan, born on February 6, 1911, was an American politician, actor, and radio personality. He served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989 and is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in American politics in the latter half of the 20th century.
Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois, and spent his childhood in several towns in Illinois, including Dixon, where his family moved when he was nine years old. He attended Eureka College, where he studied economics and sociology, and graduated in 1932. After college, he worked as a sports announcer and radio personality before moving to Hollywood to pursue an acting career.
Reagan’s acting career spanned over two decades and included more than 50 films. In 1964, he became actively involved in politics and delivered a televised speech in support of Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater. He was elected Governor of California in 1966 and served two terms before running for President in 1980.
Reagan’s presidency was marked by a number of significant events, including the end of the Cold War, the Iran-Contra scandal, and the passage of the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981. He died on June 5, 2004, at the age of 93, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. His legacy continues to be a subject of debate, with supporters crediting him with reviving the American economy and restoring national pride, while critics argue that his policies exacerbated income inequality and weakened social program.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.
Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.
We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
The future doesn’t belong to the faint-hearted; it belongs to the brave.
Status quo, you know, is Latin for ‘the mess we’re in.
We are never defeated unless we give up on God.
We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.
I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of a national emergency, even if I’m in a cabinet meeting.
Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.
We can’t turn back the clock, but we can wind it up again.
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.
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.
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.
The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.
If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally, not a 20 percent traitor.
There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.
You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.
All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”
We should measure welfare’s success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.
The future is not a gift: it is an achievement.
The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become.
The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.
If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.
Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver five minutes longer.
I have a rendezvous with destiny.