When you realise you are a descendant of the richest family in American history it can be a daunting prospect to live up to such successful ancestors but Nelson Rockefeller mostly ploughed his own path through life and he served the people of New York with distinction during four terms as governor between 1959 and 1973. In education he was responsible for making New York State University the largest of its kind in the U.S. Rockefeller was a political conservationist way ahead of his time as under his tenure he ensured the preservation of parks and forest lands as well as establishing the Office of Parks and Recreation, he slowed the urban sprawl of New York and he also put measures in place to end water pollution by banning certain pesticides. Nelson Rockefeller was responsible for improving the transportation network of New York that saw 22,000 miles of new highways alleviating the traffic jams of New York state. He stood for president on 3 occasions and was considered the last of a dying breed by aligning his liberal ideas to the republican party that was progressively becoming more conservative in the 1970's. He died in 1979 of a heart attack after a lifetime of service to the country and to the people and while gossip mongers are more concerned with the circumstances surrounding his death they selfishly neglect to opine about some of the great achievements this respected pillar of the American community gave to his country. Great men often come out with fantastic one liners and their stature in public life gives their words more meaning, so without further ado here is my compilation of 10 of the best Nelson Rockefeller quotes
- Mini Bio
- Name: Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller
- Born: 8th July 1908, Bar Harbor, Maine, U.S.
- Died: 26th January 1979, New York City, U.S.
- Alma mater: Dartmouth College (A.B.)
- Occupation: Businessman and politician
- Political party: Republican
- Nickname: Rocky
- Height: 5' 10½" (1.79 m)
- Positions of power: 49th Governor of New York (1959-1973), 41st U.S. vice president (1974-1977)
- Trivia: While campaigning in 1976 in New York a crowd of hecklers were met with Rocky's raised middle finger that made more headlines than any political speech of that day and became metaphorically known as 'The Rockefeller Gesture'
"Wherever we look upon this earth, the opportunities take shape within the problems"
"America is not just a power, it is a promise. It is not enough for our country to be extraordinary in might; it must be exemplary in meaning"
"As President, I would work toward international creation of a new world order"
"The chief problem of the low-income farmers is poverty"
"There are three periods in life: youth, middle age and how well you look"
"The secret to success is to own nothing, but control everything"
"You can't leave footprints in the sands of time while sitting down"
"You have a challenge; Never quit"
"A man should make all he can, and give all he can"
"The most powerful force on earth is love"