Teddy Roosevelt... once said, 'Speak softly and carry a big stick.' Jimmy Carter wants to speak loudly and carry a fly swatter.
A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.
I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators.
History and experience tell us that moral progress comes not in comfortable and complacent times, but out of trial and confusion.
Our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here, the people rule.
My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.
I am a Ford, not a Lincoln.
Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.
I had a lot of experience with people smarter than I am.
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.
Even though this is late in an election year, there is no way we can go forward except together and no way anybody can win except by serving the people's urgent needs. We cannot stand still or slip backwards. We must go forward now together.
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 would hope that understanding and reconciliation are not limited to the 19th hole alone.
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.
I had pro offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, who were pretty hard up for linemen in those days. If I had gone into professional football the name Jerry Ford might have been a household word today.
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