Here are two examples in which he stated this fact:
On October 10, 1984, on the Presidential Campaign Ronald Reagan stated:
"Well, in 1980 the American people declared their independence once again. We recognized, once and for all, that A GOVERNMENT BIG ENOUGH TO GIVE YOU EVERYTHING YOU WANT IS BIG ENOUGH TO TAKE AWAY EVERYTHING YOU'VE GOT. And we recognize that after all this time, Henry David Thoreau was right: that government is best which governs least."
On March 28, 1985, Ronald Reagan remarked to the Students and Faculty at St. John's University in New York, New York:
"If we've learned anything, it is that GOVERNMENT THAT IS BIG ENOUGH TO GIVE YOU EVERYTHING YOU WANT IS MORE LIKELY TO SIMPLY TAKE EVERYTHING YOU'VE GOT. And that's not freedom, that's servitude. That isn't the way Americans were meant to live."