Gerald Ford

(1913-2006 / Omaha, Nebraska)

Gerald Ford Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
  • ''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.''
    Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. president. Speech at the International Eucharistic Conference, Philadelphia, reported in the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner (August 13, 1976).
  • ''We bring [to government] no hereditary status or gift of infallibility and none follows us from this place.''
    Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. president. State of the Union Address (January 12, 1977).
  • ''History and experience tell us that moral progress comes not in comfortable and complacent times, but out of trial and confusion.''
    Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. president. State of the Union Address, Washington (January 19, 1976).
  • ''Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.''
    Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. president. Time and Chance, p. 411, James Cannon (1994).

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