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Quotations From GERALD R FORD

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  • 1.
    This is an hour of history that troubles our minds and hurts our hearts.
    Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. president. inauguration speech (Aug. 9, 1974). Referring to his own presidency after the resignation of Richard Nixon.

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  • 2.
    Our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here, the people rule.
    Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. president. Inauguration speech (Aug 9, 1974). Referring to his own presidency after the resignation of Richard Nixon.

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  • 3.
    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.
    Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. president. Interview, Time magazine (February 2, 1976).
  • 4.
    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.
    Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. president. Yale Law School Anniversary Speech (April 25, 1975). A Time to Heal, p. 270, Harper & Row (1979). Referring to Lyndon Johnson's description of Ford as unable to walk and chew gum at the same time.

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  • 5.
    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.
    Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. president. A Time to Heal, p. 263, Harper & Row (1979).

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  • 6.
    America needed recovery, not revenge. The hate had to be drained and the healing begun.
    Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. president. A Time to Heal, p. 161, Harper & Row (1979). On pardoning former U.S. President Richard Nixon.

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  • 7.
    We must introduce a new balance in the relationship between the individual and the government—a balance that favors greater individual freedom and self-reliance.
    Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. president. State of the Union Address (January 19, 1975). A Time to Heal, p. 351, Harper & Row (1979).

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  • 8.
    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.
    Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. president. Address to joint session of Congress (April 10, 1975). A Time to Heal, p. 254, Harper & Row (1979).

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  • 9.
    Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men.
    Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. president. speech, Aug. 9, 1974, on succeeding Richard Nixon as president.
  • 10.
    I am a Ford, not a Lincoln.
    Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. Republican politician, president. address, Dec. 6, 1973, on taking vice-presidential oath. Quoted in A Ford, Not a Lincoln, ch. 2, Richard Reeves (1975). Ford explained, "My addresses will never be as eloquent as Lincoln's. But I will do my best to equal his brevity and plain speaking." Eight months later, Ford was sworn in as president. He told Congress, "The truth is I am the people's man." (Aug. 12, 1974).
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