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I watch a lot of baseball on the radio.
Gerald R. Ford

The ultimate test of leadership is not the polls you take, but the risks you take. In the short
run, some risks prove overwhelming. Political courage can be self-defeating. But the greatest
defeat of all would be to live without courage, for that would hardly be living at all.
Gerald R. Ford

Government exists to create and preserve conditions in which people can translate their ideas
into practical reality. In the best of times, much is lost in translation. But we try.
Gerald R. Ford

America now is stumbling through the darkness of hatred and divisiveness. Our values, our
principles, and our determination to succeed as a free and democratic people will give us a
torch to light the way. And we will survive and become the stronger - not only because of a
patriotism that stands for love of country, but a patriotism that stands for love of people.
Gerald R. Ford

I believe in friendly compromise. I said over in the Senate hearings that truth is the glue that
holds government together. Compromise is the oil that makes governments go.
Gerald R. Ford

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.
Gerald R. Ford

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

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

I gave a speech in Omaha. After the speech I went to a reception elsewhere in town. A
sweet old lady came up to me, put her gloved hand in mine, and said, "I hear you spoke here
tonight." "Oh, it was nothing," I replied modestly. "Yes," the little old lady nodded, "that's
what I heard."
Gerald R. Ford

I have had a lot of adversaries in my political life, but no enemies that I can remember.
Gerald R. Ford

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over. Our Constitution works; our great
Republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule.
Gerald R. Ford

We... declared our independence 200 years ago, and we are not about to lose it now to paper
shufflers and computers.
Gerald R. Ford

A strong defense is the surest way to peace. Strength makes detente attainable. Weakness
invites war, as my generation - my generation - knows from four very bitter experiences.
Gerald R. Ford

I have a basic philosophy: When I meet somebody, even somebody who I've been warned is
not a very nice person, my approach is there must be something nice in that person. And if
you get to know the nice part of the individual, then you develop a relationship and a
friendship that is invaluable. And I say with great emphasis - everybody I've ever met, you
can find something good about them. And I think that is a trait we ought to embellish and
appreciate rather than discard.
Gerald R. Ford

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.
Gerald R. Ford

The veto is a President's Constitutional right, given to him by the drafters of the Constitution
because they wanted it as a check against irresponsible Congressional action. The veto
forces Congress to take another look at legislation that has been passed. I think this is a
responsible tool for a president of the United States, and I have sought to use it responsibly.
Gerald R. Ford

It is not the ultimate fate of Richard Nixon that most concerns me, though surely it deeply
troubles every decent and every compassionate person. My concern is the immediate future
of this great country.
Gerald R. Ford

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