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Gerald Ford

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Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford (July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006) was the 38th President of the United States.

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  • "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.'"[1]    
Simple: It is too often that critics are more intended to find new ways to change Congress than to learn how it work. They could learn from what Thomas Huxley said a century ago: 'Think about things before you say them, and be ready to forget everything that you have believed before, or you will not learn anything.'
About the quote: Speech at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (November 3, 1966).
  • "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."[2]    
Simple: I believe that people should make friendly agreements instead of arguing. Telling the truth allows the government hold together. Making agreements is what makes governments work.
About the quote: On his choice for Vice-President (November 15, 1973).
  • "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."[3]    
Simple: Ordinary and normal things make our nation great and secure. This is a good thing that we should be proud of, but few people are.


  1. Gerald R. Ford, Selected Speeches (1973) edited by Michael V. Doyle
  2. "Respectfully Quoted". Google Books. Retrieved on November 19, 2008
  3. Time magazine, (January 28, 1974)

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