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Quotes of the Day for 6 February 2003 – Ronald Reagan

Ronald Wilson Reagan was born at Tampico, Illinois on this day in 1911. He worked as a summer lifeguard through high school and college, saving 77 swimmers. During World War II his eyesight kept him out of combat, but he made 400 propaganda and training films. Based on an early motion picture role he was called "The Gipper." Based on his easy resonance with audiences he was sometimes called "The Great Communicator." I never voted for him, but his successors often made me miss him. And he definitely was quotable.

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The quotes:

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.

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

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.

Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.

I've often wondered how some people in positions of this kind ... manage without having had any acting experience.

Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
     - All from Ronald Wilson Reagan


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