Quotes by Gerald R. Ford

I am a Ford, not a Lincoln.
- Gerald R. Ford
I watch a lot of baseball on the radio.
- Gerald R. Ford
Truth is the glue that holds government together.
- Gerald R. Ford
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Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.
- Gerald R. Ford
An American tragedy in which we all have played a part.
- Gerald R. Ford
I had a lot of experience with people smarter than I am.
- Gerald R. Ford
My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.
- Gerald R. Ford
Things are more like today than they have ever been before.
- Gerald R. Ford
If Lincoln were alive today, he'd be turning over in his grave.
- Gerald R. Ford
I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators.
- Gerald R. Ford
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May our former president, who brought peace to millions, find it for himself.
- Gerald R. Ford
I love sports. Whenever I can, I always watch the Detroit Tigers on the radio.
- Gerald R. Ford
Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men.
- Gerald R. Ford
Our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here, the people rule.
- Gerald R. Ford
When a man is asked to make a speech, the first thing he has to decide is what to say.
- Gerald R. Ford
I have had a lot of adversaries in my political life, but no enemies that I can remember.
- Gerald R. Ford
I would hope that understanding and reconciliation are not limited to the 19th hole alone.
- Gerald R. Ford
Our Constitution works; our great republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here, the people rule.
- Gerald R. Ford
A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.
- Gerald R. Ford
I am acutely aware that you have not elected me as your President by your ballots, so I ask you to confirm me with your prayers.
- Gerald R. Ford
History and experience tell us that moral progress comes not in comfortable and complacent times, but out of trial and confusion.
- Gerald R. Ford
Teddy Roosevelt... once said, 'Speak softly and carry a big stick.' Jimmy Carter wants to speak loudly and carry a fly swatter.
- Gerald R. Ford
For millions of men and women, the church has been the hospital for the soul, the school for the mind and the safe depository for moral ideas.
- Gerald R. Ford
All my children have spoken for themselves since they first learned to speak, and not always with my advance approval, and I expect that to continue in the future.
- Gerald R. Ford
The pat on the back, the arm around the shoulder, the praise for what was done right and the sympathetic nod for what wasn't are as much a part of golf as life itself.
- Gerald R. Ford
My commitment to the security and future of Israel is based upon basic morality as well as enlightened self-interest. Our role in supporting Israel honors our own heritage.
- Gerald R. Ford
In all my public and private acts as your president, I expect to follow my instincts of openness and candor with full confidence that honesty is always the best policy in the end.
- Gerald R. Ford
A coalition of groups is waging a massive propaganda campaign against the president of the United States. an all-out attack. Their aim is total victory for themselves and total defeat for him.
- Gerald R. Ford
I feel it is my first duty to make an unprecedented compact with my countrymen. Not an inaugural address, not a fireside chat, not a campaign speech - just a little straight talk among friends.
- Gerald R. Ford
The political lesson of Watergate is this: Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election.
- Gerald R. Ford
I had pro offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, who were pretty hard up for linemen in those days. If I had gone into professional football the name Jerry Ford might have been a household word today.
- Gerald R. Ford
It's the quality of the ordinary, the straight, the square, that accounts for the great stability and success of our nation. It's a quality to be proud of. But it's a quality that many people seem to have neglected.
- Gerald R. Ford
There are no adequate substitutes for father, mother, and children bound together in a loving commitment to nurture and protect. No government, no matter how well-intentioned, can take the place of the family in the scheme of things.
- Gerald R. Ford
Even though this is late in an election year, there is no way we can go forward except together and no way anybody can win except by serving the people's urgent needs. We cannot stand still or slip backwards. We must go forward now together.
- Gerald R. Ford
I cannot imagine any other country in the world where the opposition would seek, and the chief executive would allow, the dissemination of his most private and personal conversations with his staff, which, to be honest, do not exactly confer sainthood on anyone concerned.
- Gerald R. Ford