Remembering the Gipper - Memorable Quotes

“One way to make sure crime doesn’t pay would be to let the government run it.”

“Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets.”

“We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much”

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

“Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”

“Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse.”

“I know it’s hard when you’re up to your armpits in alligators to remember you came here to drain the swamp. “

“They say hard work never hurt anybody, but I figure why take the chance.”

“Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement.”

“But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.”

“Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.”

“Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”

Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.”

“How can a president not be an actor?”

“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.”

“I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.”

“I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.”

I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon.”

“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’.”

“I’ve often said there’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.”

“My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.”

“In the event of a National emergency, wake me no matter what time it is -even if it’s in the middle of a Cabinet meeting.”

“Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.”

“Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.”

“Status quo, you know, is Latin for ‘the mess we’re in’.”

“The taxpayer – that’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.”

“Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.”

“I believe Moses was 80 when God first commissioned him for public service.”

“Even Albert Einstein reportedly needed help on his 1040 form.”