Quotes by Betty Ford

Betty Ford

American First Lady

Alive from: 1918-2011

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    When I say we've had an ideal marriage, I'm not just talking about physical attraction, which I can imagine can wear pretty thin if it's all a couple has built on. We've had that and a whole lot more.
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    ... a woman... told us she was forever getting herself into trouble. But I just keep coming back, she said. I just keep showing up for my life. Showing up for life. Being blessed with the rebirth that recovery brings.
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    And I have always told the patients when I talk to them. When they come around and say, 'What will you have to drink? Oh that's right you don't drink.' Just speak up and say, 'Of course I drink. But I just don't drink alcohol.'
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    But my activities have been pretty much focused in the last almost 30 years on the recovery, of my own recovery, the understanding for my family of my recovery.
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    I'll never forget the day that I was told I would have to have a mastectomy. My reaction to the words was total denial.
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    Isn't that wonderful? When we drove through several of the places we lived - Grand Rapids, Washington - they all had those placards. That they stood by the street and had in their hands placards that said 'Gerald Our Ford'. That meant so much to us as we were driving into Washington.
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    It's always been my feeling that God lends you your children until they're about eighteen years old. If you haven't made your points with them by then, it's too late.
    Source: The times of my life
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    My makeup wasn't smeared, I wasn't disheveled, I behaved politely, and I never finished off a bottle, so how could I be alcoholic?
    Source: Betty, a glad awakening
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    Not my power, but the power of the position, a power which could be used to help.
    Source: Americas most influential first ladies
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    The search for human freedom can never be complete without freedom for women.
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    This is a place where you can go, that you can feel safe and look inside yourself and discover yourself.
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    We're full all the time. And people do have good success and I think one of the programs at the center, the Continuing Care, helps them with their success. Because it's difficult the first year.
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