Gerald Ford Quotes

I am indebted to no man and only to one woman – my dear wife.

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

I believe that truth is the glue that holds government together, not only our government but civilization itself.

I have not sought this enormous responsibility, but I will not shirk it.

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.

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.

Where peace once reigned, tranquility now rules.

Inflation is domestic terrorism, hijacking the wealth of hard-working Americans.

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.

I am a Ford, not a Lincoln.

There are no easy answers. But there are simple answers.

My commitment to the American people is to provide prudent stewardship to ensure a healthy economy, strong national defense, and a government that is responsive to their needs.

In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless but planning is indispensable.

The government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.

The three-martini lunch is the epitome of American efficiency. Where else can you get an earful, a bellyful, and a snootful at the same time?

Truth is the glue that holds governments together.

History and experience tell us that moral progress comes not in comfortable and complacent times, but out of trial and confusion.

You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.

It is not necessary to fight against progress; all that is needed is to defend old boundaries.

In a political career, everything is timed. It may not be the right time to have a debate on those issues.

Liberty is not a luxury…it is a necessity.

Unity and common purpose can be a bridge over the troubled waters of partisan politics.

There is no person adequately prepared to take a job unless he or she has been properly educated for it.

I don’t want to turn the country over to any man who’s only got one first name.

Never let a rule stand in the way of doing the right thing.

The ultimate test of leadership is not in times of comfort and convenience, but in times of challenge and controversy.

America isn’t a country that’s just an accident of geography. America is an ideal.

A government big enough to supply you with everything you need is big enough to take everything you have.

We are a nation of laws, not of men.

I pray that I will have the moral courage and the mental clarity to do what is right for our country, even when it is unpopular or inconvenient.

In politics, the most important thing is good judgment, and good judgment is only gained through experience.

Freedom is the cornerstone upon which our nation was built.

The American dream doesn’t come to those who are content with standing in a crowd; it comes to those who are willing to stand out from the crowd.

In government, as in life, the most difficult decisions are often the most important ones.

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

Truth is the glue that holds government together.

One man alone can make Gerald Ford a hero.

The government should not be involved in the business of picking winners and losers.

I am not a saint, and I am not a sinless man. But I am a man who has tried to make a decent judgment, and I believe I have.

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Don’t tell me to stop shouting when the house is on fire.

Never underestimate the power of belief.

I have no apologies for my stand.

The alternative to a government that works is a government that doesn’t.

To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future.

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