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Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois on February 6, 1911 to Jack and Nelle Reagan. In his early life, Reagan had a number of hobbies, including cheerleading, acting, sports, and storytelling; he also served as a lifeguard and is credited with 77 rescues to his name – he supposedly created a notch in a wooden log for each one. In college, Reagan studied economics and sociology, two subjects for which he would later become well known. He served in the United States Military and in the Air Force from 1937 – 1945 as a Captain. After graduating from college, Reagan moved to Iowa to become a radio broadcaster. He later moved to Los Angeles to become a film and television actor; he also served as President of the Screen Actors Guild. A jack-of-all-trades, it came as no surprise when Reagan wanted to delve more deeply into politics. Although he was originally a member of the Democratic Party, he switched to the Republican Party in the early 1960s.  Before he served as the 40th President of the United States, Reagan was the 33rd Governor of California – he served from 1967 – 1975 as a Republican. During his Presidency, Reagan focused on policies that adhered to his own personal belief in individual freedom. He contributed to the end of the Cold War and enforced policies that strongly affected the US economy and military. Reagan passed away June 25, 2004 at the age of 93, after succumbing to pneumonia brought on by a 10-year battle with Alzheimer's.

It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears
a striking resemblance to the first.
Ronald Reagan

We in government should learn to look at our country with the eyes of the entrepreneur,
seeing possibilities where others see only problems.
Ronald Reagan

I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I'm in a
cabinet meeting.
Ronald Reagan

As government expands, liberty contracts.
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The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.
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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.
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Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver five minutes longer.
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A people free to choose will always choose peace.
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Sometimes when I'm faced with an atheist, I am tempted to invite him to the greatest
gourmet dinner that one could ever serve, and when we have finished eating that magnificent
dinner, to ask him if he believes there's a cook.
Ronald Reagan

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, "I'm from the government and I'm
here to help.
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Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our
children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do
the same.
Ronald Reagan

America is too great for small dreams.
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How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you
tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
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Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its
limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
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Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.
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I've noticed everyone who is for abortion has already been born.
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A hippie is someone who looks like Tarzan, walks like Jane and smells like Cheetah.
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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.
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Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things. It is the
continuous revolution of the marketplace. It is the understanding that allows to recognize
shortcomings and seek solutions.
Ronald Reagan

Since I came to the White House, I've gotten two hearing aids, had a colon operation, a
prostate operation, skin cancer, and I've been shot... damn thing is, I've never felt better.
Ronald Reagan

In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the
members of humanity. Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize
this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if
we were facing an alien threat from outside this world.
Ronald Reagan

Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.
Ronald Reagan

The other day, someone told me the difference between a democracy and a people's
democracy. It's the same difference between a jacket and a straitjacket.
Ronald Reagan

Make no mistake, abortion-on-demand is not a right granted by the Constitution. No serious
scholar, including one disposed to agree with the Court's result, has argued that the framers
of the Constitution intended to create such a right.
Ronald Reagan

When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.
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Liberals fought poverty and poverty won.
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Let us not forget who we are. Drug abuse is a repudiation of everything America is.
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I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to
turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace: To give us the means
of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete.
Ronald Reagan

If politics were a musical, it would be "Promises, Promises."
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Some men feel their masculinity can only be proven if they play out in their own life all the
locker-room stories, smugly confident that what a wife doesn't know won't hurt her. The
truth is, somehow, way down inside, without her ever finding lipstick on the collar or catching
a man in the flimsy excuse of where he was till three AM, a wife does know, and with that
knowing, some of the magic of this relationship disappears. There are more men griping about
marriage who kicked the whole thing away themselves than there can ever be wives
deserving of blame.
Ronald Reagan, letter to his son just before his wedding, 1971

Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.
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Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
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Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.
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The defense policy of the United States is based on a simple premise: The United States
does not start fights. We will never be an aggressor. We maintain our strength in order to
deter and defend against aggression - to preserve freedom and peace.
Ronald Reagan

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