We must recognize an unfortunate fact: In many regions of the world tonight, the reality is conflict, not peace. Enduring
animosities and opposing interests remain. And thus, the cause of peace must be served by an America strong enough and sure enough to defend our interests and our ideals.
— State of the Union Address, (Jan 31, 1990)
If I am elected president, I will never apologize for the United States. I will strengthen her and make her a
beacon of freedom and liberty!
— From a campaign stop in Philadelphia, reported in The Philadelphia Inquirer ( Apr 26, 1988)
We're headed the right way, but we cannot rest. We're a people whose energy and drive have fueled our rise to greatness. And we're a forward-looking nation—generous, yes, but ambitious, not for ourselves but for the world.
Complacency is not in our character—not before, not now, not ever.
— Address to Congress (Feb 9, 1989)
Yet freedom is not the same as independence. Americans will not support those who seek independence in order to replace a far-off tyranny with a local
despotism. They will not aid those who promote a suicidal nationalism based upon ethnic hatred.
— Speech to a session of the Supreme Soviet of Ukraine (Aug 1, 1990)
I am not one ...who flamboyantly believes in throwing a lot of words around.
— To journalists (Aug 11, 1990)
I know this about the American people: We welcome competition. We'll match our
ingenuity, our energy, our experience and technology, our spirit and enterprise against anyone.
— State of The Union Address (Jan 31, 1990)
I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of [CIA] sources. They are, in my view, the most
insidious, of traitors.
— From a speech (Apr 26, 1999)
singular moments in history, dates that divide all that goes before from all that comes after.
— State of the Union Address (Jan 31, 1990)
A new breeze is blowing, and a world refreshed by freedom seems reborn; for in man's heart, if not in fact, the day of the dictator is over. The
totalitarian era is passing, its old ideas blown away like leaves from an ancient, lifeless tree.
— Inaugural Address (Jan 20, 1989)
If you believe that there's a being superior to yourself and that will guide you, strengthen you that helps a lot but, you know, you just have to stay the course. You just got to stay in there. You cannot be
waffling or taking a poll to see what people think. You have to do what you think is right.
— From an interview with Larry King (Sep 5, 2005)