May 3, 2010

Quotables: Gerald R. Ford

"When a man is asked to make a speech, the first thing he has to decide is what to say."

I am a Ford, not a Lincoln."

"If Lincoln were alive today, he'd be turning over in his grave."

"I have had a lot of adversaries in my political life, but no enemies that I can remember."

"Teddy Roosevelt... once said, 'Speak softly and carry a big stick.' Jimmy Carter wants to speak loudly and carry a fly swatter."

"Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men."

"A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take away everything you have."

"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. "

"Truth is the glue that holds government together. "

"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."

"I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators.

"I watch a lot of baseball on the radio."

"I had a lot of experience with people smarter than I am.

"My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time."

"Things are more like today than they have ever been before. "

- Gerald R. Ford, 38th President of the United States (R), 1974-1977

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