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1913 - 2006, 38th President of the United States

A government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything
you have. The course of history shows us that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
Gerald R. Ford

It's discouraging how hard it is for a President to slice any large chunks from a $305 billion
budget.
Gerald R. Ford

Our inflation, our public enemy number one, will, unless whipped, destroy our country, our
homes, our liberties, our property and finally our national pride as surely as will any
well-armed wartime energy.
Gerald R. Ford

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.
Gerald R. Ford

The political lesson of Watergate is this: Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite
guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms
of a national election.
Gerald R. Ford

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.
Gerald R. Ford

Let us remember that our national unity is a most priceless asset.
Gerald R. Ford

The founding of our Nation was more than a political event; it was an act of faith, a promise
to Americans and to the entire world. The Declaration of Independence declared that people
can govern themselves, that they can live in freedom with equal rights, that they can
respect the rights of others.
Gerald R. Ford

I once told you that I am not a saint, and I hope never to see the day that I cannot admit
having made a mistake.
Gerald R. Ford

I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators.
Gerald R. Ford

History and experience tell us that moral progress comes not in comfortable and complacent
times, but out of trial and confusion.
Gerald R. Ford

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?
Gerald R. Ford

The harder you work, the luckier you are, and I worked like hell.
Gerald R. Ford

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.
Gerald R. Ford

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

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

There are no adequate substitutes for father, mother, and children bound together in a loving
commitment to nurture and protect. No government, no matter how well-intentioned, can take
the place of the family in the scheme of things.
Gerald R. Ford

When I talk about energy, I am talking about jobs. Our American economy runs on energy.
No energy - no jobs.
Gerald R. Ford

We must proceed with our own energy development. Exploitation of domestic petroleum and
natural gas potentialities, along with nuclear, solar, geothermal, and non-fossil fuels is vital.
We will never again permit any foreign nation to have Uncle Sam over a barrel of oil.
Gerald R. Ford

To me, the Presidency and the Vice-Presidency were not prizes to be won, but a duty to be
done.
Gerald R. Ford

I am proud of America, and I am proud to be an American. Life will be a little better here for
my children than for me. I believe this not because I am told to believe it, but because life has
been better for me than it was for my father and my mother. I know it will be better for my
children because my hands, my brains, my voice, and my vote can help make it happen.
Gerald R. Ford

I have always believed that most people are mostly good, most of the time. I have never
mistaken moderation for weakness, nor civility for surrender. As far as I'm concerned, there
are no enemies in politics - just temporary opponents who might vote with you on the next
Roll Call.
Gerald R. Ford

The American people want a dialogue between them and their president... and if we can't have
that opportunity of talking with one another, seeing one another, shaking hands with one
another, something has gone wrong in our society.
Gerald R. Ford

I am acutely aware that you have not elected me as your president by your ballots, so I ask
you to confirm me as your president with your prayers.
Gerald R. Ford

Too often critics seem more intent on seeking new ways to alter Congress than to truly learn
how it functions. They might well profit from the advice of Thomas Huxley, who said a century
ago: "Sit down before facts as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion
- or you shall learn nothing."
Gerald R. Ford

The old question still remains: Can a free people restrain crime without sacrificing
fundamental liberties and a heritage of compassion? I am confident of the American answer.
Let it become a vital element on America's new agenda. Let us show that we can temper
together those opposite elements of liberty and restraint into one consistent whole.
Gerald R. Ford

Thanks to my football experience, I know the value of team play. It is, I believe, one of the
most important lessons to be learned and practiced in our lives.
Gerald R. Ford

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