Gerald R. Ford
Quotations


I recognize the need for technology that enriches life while preserving our natural environment. My goal is to stimulate productivity, but use technology to redeem, not to destroy our environment.

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.

Let America symbolize humanity's struggle to conquer nature and master technology. The time has now come for our Government to facilitate the individual's control over his or her future—and of the future of America.

Let us put an end to self-inflicted wounds. Let us remember that our national unity is a most priceless asset. Let us deny our adversaries the satisfaction of using Vietnam to pit Americans against Americans.

My goal is for a cooperative world at peace, using its resources to build, not to destroy.

Obviously, it's a great privilege and pleasure to be here at the Yale Law School Sesquicentennial Convocation. And I defy anyone to say that and chew gum at the same time.

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

The Constitution is the bedrock of all our freedoms. Guard and cherish it, keep honor and order in your own house, and the republic will endure.

The Federal role in overcoming barriers to needed health care should emphasize health care financing programs—such as Medicare and Medicaid.

The length of one's days matters less than the love of one's family and friends.

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 government together.

We came from many roots, and we have many branches.

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

A great nation cannot abandon its responsibilities. Responsibilities abandoned today will return as more acute crises tomorrow.

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.

All of us who served in one war or another know very well that all wars are the glory and the agony of the young.

America's leadership is essential. America's resources are vast. America's opportunities are unprecedented.

As a man of the Congress, let me reaffirm my conviction that the collective wisdom of our two great legislative bodies, while not infallible, will in the end serve the people faithfully and very, very well.

As President, I am determined to offer leadership to overcome our current economic problems. My goal is for jobs for all who want to work and economic opportunity for all who want to achieve.

Conservatism has always meant more to me than simply sticking up for private property & free enterprise. It has also meant defending our heritage & preserving our values.

He was one of the few political leaders I have ever met whose public speeches revealed more than his private conversations. [On Ronald Reagan]

History and experience tells us that moral progress cannot come in comfortable and in complacent times, but out of trial and out of confusion.

I am a Ford, not a Lincoln. My addresses will never be as eloquent as Mr. Lincoln's. But I will do my very best to equal his brevity and his plain speaking.

I am determined to seek self-sufficiency in energy as an urgent national priority. My goal is to make America independent of foreign energy sources by 1985.

I am the first to admit that I am no great orator or no person that got where I have gotten by any William Jennings Bryan technique.

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

I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right.

I do believe, with all my heart and mind and spirit, that I, not as President but as a humble servant of God, will receive justice without mercy if I fail to show mercy.

I don’t know what the future may hold for me—or for any of us. But I want you to know that I am a man who likes having critics who are not enemies.

I have always felt that the real purpose of government is to enhance the lives of people and that a leader can best do that by restraining government in most cases instead of enlarging it at every opportunity.

I promise my fellow citizens only this: To uphold the Constitution, to do what is right as God gives me to see the right, and to do the very best that I can for America.



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