"Politics is just like show business. You have a hell of an opening, coast for a while, and then have a hell of a close."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Ronald Reagan on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Ronald Reagan on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Ronald Reagan on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Ronald Reagan on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Ronald Reagan on Joseph Stalin
"Thomas Jefferson once said, 'We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.' And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying."
"Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders."
"The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away."
"Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out."
"What we have found in this country, and maybe we're more aware of it now, is one problem that we've had, even in the best of times, and that is the people who are sleeping on the grates, the homeless, you might say, by choice."