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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Gerald Rudolph Ford (1913–)
QUOTATION: 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.
ATTRIBUTION: 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).
SUBJECTS: Environment