- Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
at a conference in Los Angeles, 2 March 1977
- I paid for this microphone.
in 1980, debating for the Republican nomination against George Bush
; the moderator had ordered Reagan's microphone turned off when he asked for the participation of other candidates, and the refusal to allow this was held to be very damaging to Bush
Lou Cannon Ronald Reagan (1982)
carter: Governor Reagan, again, typically is against such a proposal.
had described a proposal for a national health insurance plan:
reagan: There you go again!
as Republican challenger debating with Jimmy Carter in the 1980 presidential campaign; in Times 30 October 1980
- You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans.
in New York Times 15 January 1981
- An evil empire.
of the Soviet Union
speech to the National Association of Evangelicals, 8 March 1983
- If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
speech to ecumenical prayer breakfast in Dallas, Texas, August 1984
when his age was contrasted with that of his opponent Walter Mondale (born 1928):I am not going to make age an issue in this campaign. I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent's youth and inexperience.
television debate, 21 October 1984
- We are especially not going to tolerate these attacks from outlaw states run by the strangest collection of misfits, Looney Tunes, and squalid criminals since the advent of the Third Reich.
speech following the hijack of a US plane, 8 July 1985
- We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them this morning, as they prepared for the journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.’
after the loss of the space shuttle Challenger with all its crew
broadcast from the Oval Office, 28 January 1986; see Magee, Magee
- Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere.
in Fortune September 1986
- It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure why take the chance?
interview, Guardian 31 March 1987
- Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, 12 June 1987
- We have listened to the wisdom in an old Russian maxim. And I'm sure you're familiar with it, Mr General Secretary. The maxim is…‘trust, but verify’.
to Mikhail Gorbachev at the signing of the INF treaty on arms limitation, 8 December 1987, and used frequently thereafter
- To grasp and hold a vision, that is the very essence of successful leadership—not only on the movie set where I learned it, but everywhere.
in Wilson Quarterly Winter 1994; attributed
- I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life.
statement to the American people revealing that he had Alzheimer's disease
in Daily Telegraph 5 January 1995