Richard M. Nixon

I gave ’em a sword. And they stuck it in, and they twisted it with relish. And I guess if I had been in their position, I’d have done the same thing.
Richard M. Nixon

We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another – until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices.
Richard M. Nixon

Remember, always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.
Richard M. Nixon

Defeat doesn’t finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he’s defeated. He’s finished when he quits.
Richard M. Nixon

The Cold War isn’t thawing; it is burning with a deadly heat. Communism isn’t sleeping; it is, as always, plotting, scheming, working, fighting.
Richard M. Nixon

We are not spending the Federal Government’s money, we are spending the taxpayer’s money, and it must be spent n a way which guarantees his money’s worth and yields the fullest possible benefit to the people being helped.
Richard M. Nixon

What starts the process, really, are laughs and slights and snubs when you are a kid. If your anger is deep enough and strong enough, you learn that you can change those attitudes by excellence, personal gut performance.
Richard M. Nixon

Those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.
Richard M. Nixon

If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together.
Richard M. Nixon

Once you get into this great stream of history, you can’t get out.
Richard M. Nixon

I have impeached myself by resigning.
Richard M. Nixon

I can see clearly now… that I was wrong in not acting more decisively and more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate.
Richard M. Nixon

You must pursue this investigation of Watergate even if it leads to the president. I’m innocent. You’ve got to believe I’m innocent. If you don’t, take my job.
Richard M. Nixon

I can take it. The tougher it gets, the cooler I get.
Richard M. Nixon

It is necessary for me to establish a winner image. Therefore, I have to beat somebody.
Richard M. Nixon

The press is the enemy.
Richard M. Nixon

There will be no whitewash in the White House.
Richard M. Nixon

If I were to make public these tapes, containing blunt and candid remarks on many different subjects, the confidentiality of the office of the president would always be suspect.
Richard M. Nixon

People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook. I earned everything I’ve got.
Richard M. Nixon

Unless a president can protect the privacy of the advice he gets, he cannot get the advice he needs.
Richard M. Nixon

My own view is that taping of conversations for historical purposes was a bad decision on the part of all the presidents. I don’t think Kennedy should have done it. I don’t think Johnson should have done it, and I don’t think we should have done it.
Richard M. Nixon

I let the American people down.
Richard M. Nixon

It’s a piece of cake until you get to the top. You find you can’t stop playing the game the way you’ve always played it.
Richard M. Nixon

No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.
Richard M. Nixon

Any lady who is first lady likes being first lady. I don’t care what they say, they like it.
Richard M. Nixon

If an individual wants to be a leader and isn’t controversial, that means he never stood for anything.
Richard M. Nixon

I wish I could give you a lot of advice, based on my experience of winning political debates. But I don’t have that experience. My only experience is at losing them.
Richard M. Nixon

Tell them to send everything that can fly.
Richard M. Nixon

Our chief justices have probably had more profound and lasting influence on their times and on the direction of the nation than most presidents.
Richard M. Nixon

A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.
Richard M. Nixon

You’ve got to learn to survive a defeat. That’s when you develop character.
Richard M. Nixon

You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference.
Richard M. Nixon

The American people are entitled to see the president and to hear his views directly, and not to see him only through the press.
Richard M. Nixon

Don’t get the impression that you arouse my anger. You see, one can only be angry with those he respects.
Richard M. Nixon

It I talked about Watergate, I was described as struggling to free myself from the morass. If I did not talk about Watergate, I was accused of being out of touch with reality.
Richard M. Nixon

Watergate had become the center of the media’s universe, and during the remaining year of my presidency the media tried to force everything else to revolve around it.
Richard M. Nixon

I’ve never canceled a subscription to a newspaper because of bad cartoons or editorials. If that were the case, I wouldn’t have any newspapers or magazines to read.
Richard M. Nixon

In the television age, the key distinction is between the candidate who can speak poetry and the one who can only speak prose.
Richard M. Nixon

Certainly in the next 50 years we shall see a woman president, perhaps sooner than you think. A woman can and should be able to do any political job that a man can do.
Richard M. Nixon

My concern today is not with the length of a person’s hair but with his conduct.
Richard M. Nixon

If we take the route of the permanent handout, the American character will itself be impoverished.
Richard M. Nixon

Tonight – to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans – I ask for your support.
Richard M. Nixon

My strong point, if I have a strong point, is performance. I always do more than I say. I always produce more than I promise.
Richard M. Nixon

The presidency has many problems, but boredom is the least of them.
Richard M. Nixon

As this long and difficult war ends, I would like to address a few special words to the American people: Your steadfastness in supporting our insistence on peace with honor has made peace with honor possible.
Richard M. Nixon

I have never been a quitter. To leave office before my term is completed is opposed to every instinct in my body. But as president I must put the interests of America first Therefore, I shall resign the presidency effective at noon tomorrow.
Richard M. Nixon

The memory of that scene for me is like a frame of film forever frozen at that moment: the red carpet, the green lawn, the white house, the leaden sky. The new president and his first lady.
Richard M. Nixon

President Johnson and I have a lot in common. We were both born in small towns and we’re both fortunate in the fact that we think we married above ourselves.
Richard M. Nixon

There are some people, you know, they think the way to be a big man is to shout and stomp and raise hell-and then nothing ever really happens. I’m not like that I never shoot blanks.
Richard M. Nixon

The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.
Richard M. Nixon

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.
Richard M. Nixon

We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy.
Richard M. Nixon

Never say no when a client asks for something, even if it is the moon. You can always try, and anyhow there is plenty of time afterwards to explain that it was not possible.
Richard M. Nixon

Solutions are not the answer.
Richard M. Nixon

Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too.
Richard M. Nixon

Voters quickly forget what a man says.
Richard M. Nixon

I’m glad I’m not Brezhnev. Being the Russian leader in the Kremlin. You never know if someone’s tape recording what you say.
Richard M. Nixon

When the President does it, that means that it’s not illegal.
Richard M. Nixon

You must never be satisfied with losing. You must get angry, terribly angry, about losing. But the mark of the good loser is that he takes his anger out on himself and not his victorious opponents or on his teammates.
Richard M. Nixon

If you think the United States has stood still, who built the largest shopping center in the world?
Richard M. Nixon

We must always remember that America is a great nation today not because of what government did for people but because of what people did for themselves and for one another.
Richard M. Nixon

Life isn’t meant to be easy. It’s hard to take being on the top – or on the bottom. I guess I’m something of a fatalist. You have to have a sense of history, I think, to survive some of these things… Life is one crisis after another.
Richard M. Nixon

Well, I screwed it up real good, didn’t I?
Richard M. Nixon

A public man must never forget that he loses his usefulness when he as an individual, rather than his policy, becomes the issue.
Richard M. Nixon

Scrubbing floors and emptying bedpans has as much dignity as the Presidency.
Richard M. Nixon

Americans admire a people who can scratch a desert and produce a garden. The Israelis have shown qualities that Americans identify with: guts, patriotism, idealism, a passion for freedom. I have seen it. I know. I believe that.
Richard M. Nixon

Let us move from the era of confrontation to the era of negotiation.
Richard M. Nixon

Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver. Finishing second in politics gets you oblivion.
Richard M. Nixon

Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.
Richard M. Nixon

I am not a crook.
Richard M. Nixon

I played by the rules of politics as I found them.
Richard M. Nixon

The more you stay in this kind of job, the more you realize that a public figure, a major public figure, is a lonely man.
Richard M. Nixon

When I retire I’m going to spend my evenings by the fireplace going through those boxes. There are things in there that ought to be burned.
Richard M. Nixon

I’ve analyzed the best I can… and I have not found an impeachable offense, and therefore resignation is not an acceptable course.
Richard M. Nixon

Under the doctrine of separation of powers, the manner in which the president personally exercises his assigned executive powers is not subject to questioning by another branch of government.
Richard M. Nixon

I brought myself down. I impeached myself by resigning.
Richard M. Nixon

I believe in the battle-whether it’s the battle of a campaign or the battle of this office, which is a continuing battle.
Richard M. Nixon

Any change is resisted because bureaucrats have a vested interest in the chaos in which they exist.
Richard M. Nixon

I reject the cynical view that politics is a dirty business.
Richard M. Nixon

In the long term we can hope that religion will change the nature of man and reduce conflict. But history is not encouraging in this respect. The bloodiest wars in history have been religious wars.
Richard M. Nixon

I don’t know anything that builds the will to win better than competitive sports.
Richard M. Nixon

The greatest honor history can bestow is that of peacemaker.
Richard M. Nixon

If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats. But if you take no risks, you win no victories.
Richard M. Nixon

Always remember that others may hate you but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.
Richard M. Nixon

The mark of a true politician is that he is never at a loss for words because he is always half-expecting to be asked to make a speech.
Richard M. Nixon

By the time you get dressed, drive out there, play 18 holes and come home, you’ve blown seven hours. There are better things you can do with your time.
Richard M. Nixon

People react to fear, not love; they don’t teach that in Sunday School, but it’s true.
Richard M. Nixon

I don’t think that a leader can control, to any great extent, his destiny. Very seldom can he step in and change the situation if the forces of history are running in another direction.
Richard M. Nixon

Let us begin by committing ourselves to the truth to see it like it is, and tell it like it is, to find the truth, to speak the truth, and to live the truth.
Richard M. Nixon

Castro couldn’t even go to the bathroom unless the Soviet Union put the nickel in the toilet.
Richard M. Nixon

Let us build bridges, my friends, build bridges to human dignity across that gulf that separates black America from white America.
Richard M. Nixon

Black Americans, no more than white Americans, they do not want more government programs which perpetuate dependency. They don’t want to be a colony in a nation.
Richard M. Nixon

Government can provide opportunity. But opportunity means nothing unless people are prepared to seize it.
Richard M. Nixon

A president can ask for reconciliation in the racial conflict that divides Americans. But reconciliation comes only from the hearts of people.
Richard M. Nixon

I see the face of a child. He lives in a great city. He is black. Or he is white. He is Mexican, Italian, Polish. None of that matters. What matters, he’s an American child.
Richard M. Nixon

The answer to many of the domestic problems we face is not higher taxes and more spending. It is less waste, more results and greater freedom for the individual American to earn a rightful place in his own community – and for States and localities to address their own needs in their own ways, in the light of their own priorities.
Richard M. Nixon

The time has come for us to draw the line. The time has come for the responsible leaders of both political parties to take a stand against overgrown Government and for the American taxpayer.
Richard M. Nixon

At home, we must reject the mistaken notion – a notion that has dominated too much of the public dialogue for too long – that ever bigger Government is the answer to every problem.
Richard M. Nixon

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