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Gerald R. Ford Quote: “The American dream does not come to those who fall asleep.”

The American dream does not come to those who fall asleep.

— Gerald R. Ford



Gerald R. Ford Quote: “Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them – a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.”

Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them – a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.”

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “Personal excellence can be achieved by a visionary goal, through planning, dedicated execution, and total follow-through.”

Personal excellence can be achieved by a visionary goal, through planning, dedicated execution, and total follow-through.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”

A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “Never be satisfied with less than your very best effort. If you strive for the top and miss, you’ll still ‘beat the pack.’”

Never be satisfied with less than your very best effort. If you strive for the top and miss, you’ll still ‘beat the pack.’

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “If I went back to college again, I’d concentrate on learning to write and to speak before an audience. Nothing is more important than the abillity to communicate effectively.”

If I went back to college again, I’d concentrate on learning to write and to speak before an audience. Nothing is more important than the abillity to communicate effectively.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right.”

I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “We cannot stand still or slip backwards. We must go forward now together.”

We cannot stand still or slip backwards. We must go forward now together.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “The spirit of seeking understanding through personal contact with people of other nations and other cultures deserves the respect and support of all.”

The spirit of seeking understanding through personal contact with people of other nations and other cultures deserves the respect and support of all.

— Gerald R. Ford



Gerald R. Ford Quote: “Let America symbolize humanity’s struggle to conquer nature and master technology. The time has now come for our Government to facilitate the individual’s control over his or her future-and of the future of America.”

Let America symbolize humanity’s struggle to conquer nature and master technology. The time has now come for our Government to facilitate the individual’s control over his or her future-and of the future of America.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “Without God there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life.”

Without God there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively.”

Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “In the age-old contest between popularity and principle, only those willing to lose for their convictions are deserving of posterity’s approval.”

In the age-old contest between popularity and principle, only those willing to lose for their convictions are deserving of posterity’s approval.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “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.”

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


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “My goal is for a cooperative world at peace, using its resources to build, not to destroy.”

My goal is for a cooperative world at peace, using its resources to build, not to destroy.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “An American tragedy in which we all have played a part.”

An American tragedy in which we all have played a part.

— Gerald R. Ford


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

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

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “Sit down before facts as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion – or you shall learn nothing.”

Sit down before facts as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion – or you shall learn nothing.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “I recognize the need for technology that enriches life while preserving our natural environment. My goal is to stimulate productivity, but use technology to redeem, not to destroy our environment.”

I recognize the need for technology that enriches life while preserving our natural environment. My goal is to stimulate productivity, but use technology to redeem, not to destroy our environment.

— Gerald R. Ford



Gerald R. Ford Quote: “There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe.”

There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “There is no undertaking more challenging, no responsibility more awesome, than that of being a mother.”

There is no undertaking more challenging, no responsibility more awesome, than that of being a mother.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “An impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.”

An impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “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.”

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


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “Mr. President, putting it bluntly, wouldn’t we just be continuing a bloodbath that already exists in Cambodia if we voted the 222 million in aid?”

Mr. President, putting it bluntly, wouldn’t we just be continuing a bloodbath that already exists in Cambodia if we voted the 222 million in aid?

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “I know I will go to hell, because I pardoned Richard Nixon.”

I know I will go to hell, because I pardoned Richard Nixon.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “The length of one’s days matters less than the love of one’s family and friends.”

The length of one’s days matters less than the love of one’s family and friends.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “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.”

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


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “I don’t know what the future may hold for me-or for any of us. But I want you to know that I am a man who likes having critics who are not enemies.”

I don’t know what the future may hold for me-or for any of us. But I want you to know that I am a man who likes having critics who are not enemies.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “If Lincoln were alive today, he’d be turning over in his grave.”

If Lincoln were alive today, he’d be turning over in his grave.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.”

The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “We are bound together by the most powerful of all ties, our fervent love for freedom and independence, which knows no homeland but the human heart.”

We are bound together by the most powerful of all ties, our fervent love for freedom and independence, which knows no homeland but the human heart.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “Our Nation has a diverse and extremely rich cultural heritage. It is a source of pride and strength to millions of Americans who look to the arts for inspiration, communication and the opportunity for creative self-expression.”

Our Nation has a diverse and extremely rich cultural heritage. It is a source of pride and strength to millions of Americans who look to the arts for inspiration, communication and the opportunity for creative self-expression.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “Theirs is an American tragedy in which we all have played a part. It could go on and on, or someone must write “The End” to it. I have concluded that only I can do that. And if I can, I must.”

Theirs is an American tragedy in which we all have played a part. It could go on and on, or someone must write “The End” to it. I have concluded that only I can do that. And if I can, I must.

— Gerald R. Ford


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

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

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators.”

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

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “The power and diversity of the Armed Forces, active Guard and Reserve, the resolve of our fellow citizens, the flexibility in our command to navigate international waters that remain troubled are all essential to our security.”

The power and diversity of the Armed Forces, active Guard and Reserve, the resolve of our fellow citizens, the flexibility in our command to navigate international waters that remain troubled are all essential to our security.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “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.”

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


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “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.”

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


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “One of the enduring truths of the nation’s capital is that bureaucrats survive.”

One of the enduring truths of the nation’s capital is that bureaucrats survive.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “There is an old saying, The harder you try the luckier you get. I kind of like that definition of luck.”

There is an old saying, The harder you try the luckier you get. I kind of like that definition of luck.

— Gerald R. Ford


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

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

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “I would like to deny all allegations by Bob Hope that during my last game of golf, I hit an eagle, a birdie, an elk and a moose.”

I would like to deny all allegations by Bob Hope that during my last game of golf, I hit an eagle, a birdie, an elk and a moose.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “I love sports. Whenever I can, I always watch the Detroit Tigers on the radio.”

I love sports. Whenever I can, I always watch the Detroit Tigers on the radio.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “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.”

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


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “I was dumbfounded by the stupidity of the Watergate break-in.”

I was dumbfounded by the stupidity of the Watergate break-in.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “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. But there is a higher Power, by whatever name we honor Him, who ordains not only righteousness but love, not only justice but mercy.”

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. But there is a higher Power, by whatever name we honor Him, who ordains not only righteousness but love, not only justice but mercy.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “Ronald Regan doesn’t dye his hair – he’s just prematurely orange.”

Ronald Regan doesn’t dye his hair – he’s just prematurely orange.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “I do believe, with all my heart and mind and spirit, that I, not as President but as a humble servant of God, will receive justice without mercy if I fail to show mercy.”

I do believe, with all my heart and mind and spirit, that I, not as President but as a humble servant of God, will receive justice without mercy if I fail to show mercy.

— Gerald R. Ford


Gerald R. Ford Quote: “I watch a lot of baseball on the radio.”

I watch a lot of baseball on the radio.

— Gerald R. Ford

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