"How can we not believe in the greatness of America? How can we not do what is right and needed to preserve this last best hope of man on Earth? After all our struggles to restore America, to revive confidence in our country, hope for our future - after all our hard-won victories earned through the patience and courage of every citizen - we cannot, must not, and will not turn. We will finish our job. How could we do less? Were Americans."
". . . if you serve a child a rotten hamburger in America, federal, state and local agencies will investigate you, summon you, close you down, whatever. But if you provide a child with a rotten education, nothing happens, except that youre likely to be given more money to do it with. Well, weve discovered that money alone isnt the answer."
"Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things. It is the continuing revolution of the marketplace. It is the understanding that allows us to recognize shortcomings and seek solutions. It is the right to put forth an idea, scoffed at by the experts, and watch it catch fire among the people. It is the right to follow your dream, or stick to your conscience even if youre the only one in a sea of doubters."
"People do not make wars, governments do - and no mother would ever willingly sacrifice her sons for territorial gain, for economic advantage, for ideology. A people free to choose will always choose peace."
"There seems to be an increasing awareness of something we Americans have known for some time - that the ten most dangerous words in the English language are Hi, Im from the government, and Im here to help."
"When people tell me that I became President on January 20th, 1981, I feel I have to correct them. You dont become President of the United States. You are given temporary custody of an institution called the Presidency, which belongs to our people."
" No, I dont, Bernard. And I think you know that Ive opposed the death penalty during all of my life. I dont see any evidence that its a deterrent, and I think there are better and more effective ways to deal with violent crime."
"America represents something universal in the human spirit. I received a letter not long ago from a man who said, You can go to Japan to live, but you cannot become Japanese. You can go to France to live and not become a Frenchman. You can go to live in Germany or Turkey, and you wont become a German or a Turk. but then he added, Anybody from any corner of the world can come to America to live and become an American."