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  1. 1. SELECTED QUOTES FROMTHE NOTES: RONALD REAGANS PRIVATE COLLECTION OF STORIES AND WISDOM A selection of my favorites quotes from The Notes: Ronald Reagans Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom. Interesting thoughts for recent events. These are his collection of his most intimate thoughts, his favorite quotations by others, and his own most collectible jokes, all culled from a newly disclosed set of personal note cards he kept throughout his life and career.
  2. 2. Government is a necessary evil — let us have as little of it aspossible. --Thomas PaineTo sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards ofmen. --AnonymousHe who knows no ports to sail for finds no winds favorable. --Seneca
  3. 3. Freedom from want must never be interpreted as freedom fromthe necessity to struggle. -- George WashingtonThe man who asks of freedom anything other than itself is bornto be a slave. --Alexis De TocquevilleIt’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to dowhat’s required. --Winston Churchill
  4. 4. There can be only one possible defense policy for the U.S. It canbe expressed in one word—the word is 1st. I do not mean 1stwhen—I don’t mean 1st if—I mean 1st, period. -- John F. KennedyMay the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at yourback. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rain fall softupon your fields & until we meet again, may God hold you in thehollow of his hand. --Irish BlessingAny fool can criticize, condemn & complain—& most fools do. --Dale Carnegie
  5. 5. We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress andthe courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrowthe men who pervert the Constitution. --Abraham LincolnPeople are beginning to realize that the apparatus ofgovernment is costly. But what they do not know is that theburden falls inevitably on them. -- BastiatSome people are so indecisive their favorite color is plaid. --Anonymous
  6. 6. When the music of a nation becomes fast, wild & discordant itshows the nation is in confusion. --Chinese ProverbIt will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made bymen of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that theycannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot beunderstood. --James MadisonHe who would have nothing to do with thorns should neverattempt to gather flowers. --Anonymous
  7. 7. Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient becomeindependent of it. --Judge Learned HandThe God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of anation, be secure when we have removed a conviction thatthese liberties are the gift of God? --Thomas Jefferson(Prior to Writing Dec. of Independence, Inscribed on Jefferson Memorial, Wash. D.C.)It is a general popular error to imagine the loudest complainersfor the public to be the most anxious for its welfare. -- Edmund Burke
  8. 8. When asked why she didn’t reply to her critics replied that ifshe were climbing a ladder & a dog came yapping at her heelsshe would have 2 choices. Either she could stop & kick the dogor she could continue to climb the ladder. She preferred toclimb. --Marie MontessoriSocialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance,the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing ofmisery. --Winston Churchill
  9. 9. It will be of little avail to the people that laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood: if they be repealed or revised before the are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be tomorrow. --Alexander HamiltonA perfect equality will indeed be produced—that is to say equalwretchedness, equal beggary, and on the part of partitioners awoeful, helpless and desperate disappointment. Such is theevent of all compulsory equalizations. They pull down what isabove; they never raise what is below; they depress high & lowtogether, beneath the level of what was originally the lowest. --Edmund Burke on The Threat of Socialism
  10. 10. Every time the government shifts to the left the decimal point intaxes shifts to the right. –AnonymousMan’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible but man’sinclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. --AnonymousI place economy among the first & most important virtues, &public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserveour independence we must not let our rulers load us withperpetual debt. If we run into such debt we must be taxed inour meat & drink, in our necessities & in our comforts, in ourlabor & amusements. If we can prevent the government fromwasting the labor of the people under the pretense of caring forthem, they will be happy. --Thomas Jefferson