Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.
There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.
Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.
We might come closer to balancing the Budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandments and the Golden Rule.
To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last - but eat you he will.
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available.
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.
You know, if I listened to Michael Dukakis long enough, I would be convinced we're in an economic downturn and people are homeless and going without food and medical attention and that we've got to do something about the unemployed.
Let us ask ourselves, 'What kind of people do we think we are?' And let us answer, 'Free people, worthy of freedom and determined not only to remain so but to help others gain their freedom as well.'
Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.
Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have.
Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.
Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.
Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources.
Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we've ever known.
Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver five minutes longer.
It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?
They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong.
There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.
Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.
If the Soviet Union let another political party come into existence, they would still be a one-party state, because everybody would join the other party.
I've never been able to understand why a Republican contributor is a 'fat cat' and a Democratic contributor of the same amount of money is a 'public-spirited philanthropist'.
My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.
While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.
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.
Today we did what we had to do. They counted on America to be passive. They counted wrong.
Let us not forget who we are. Drug abuse is a repudiation of everything America is.
All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
Today on the NATO line, our military forces face east to prevent a possible invasion. On the other side of the line, the Soviet forces also face east to prevent their people from leaving.
If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.
You can tell alot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans.
Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse.
Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.
For the sake of peace and justice, let us move toward a world in which all people are at last free to determine their own destiny.
History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.
Let us be shy no longer. Let us go to our strength. Let us offer hope. Let us tell the world that a new age is not only possible but probable.
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.
I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon.
We're in greater danger today than we were the day after Pearl Harbor. Our military is absolutely incapable of defending this country.
Don't be afraid to see what you see.
But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.
No mother would ever willingly sacrifice her sons for territorial gain, for economic advantage, for ideology.
We should measure welfare's success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.
Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
We can not play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.