Gerald Ford

(1913-2006 / Omaha, Nebraska)

Gerald Ford Quotes

  • ''Truth is the glue that holds government together.''
    Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. Republican politician, president. speech, Aug. 9, 1974. Public Papers of the Presidents (1974). On succeeding Richard Nixon as president. Ford had used the words on several previous occasions.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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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  • ''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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  • ''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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  • ''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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  • ''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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  • ''Truth is the glue that holds our government together.''
    Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. president. inauguration speech (Aug. 9, 1974).
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  • ''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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  • ''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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