Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Gerald Rudolph Ford (1913 )
We have come tardily to the tremendous task of cleaning up our environment. We should have moved with similar zeal at least a decade ago. But no purpose is served by post-mortems. With visionary zeal but the greatest realism, we must now address ourselves to the vast problems that confront us.
Representative GERALD R. FORD, Earth Day address, Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 22, 1970.Gerald R. Ford, Selected Speeches, ed. Michael V. Doyle, p. 84 (1973).