"Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men."
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."Gerald R. Ford on Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."Gerald R. Ford on Winston Churchill
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."Gerald R. Ford on Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."Gerald R. Ford on George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one."Gerald R. Ford on Thomas Paine
"I would hope that understanding and reconciliation are not limited to the 19th hole alone."
"History and experience tell us that moral progress comes not in comfortable and complacent times, but out of trial and confusion."
"I had a lot of experience with people smarter than I am."
"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."
"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."