Richard M. Nixon

Richard M. Nixon

Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was an American politician who served as the 37th President of the United States from 1969 until 1974, when he became the only U.S. president to resign from office. He had previously served as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961 under the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, and prior to that as a U.S. Representative and also Senator from California.

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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.

I can take it. The tougher it gets the cooler I get.

Always remember that others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.

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.

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.

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.

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

Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them and then you destroy yourself.

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.

Castro couldn't even go to the bathroom unless the Soviet Union put the nickel in the toilet.

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.

There will be no whitewash in the White House.

Don't get the impression that you arouse my anger. You see one can only be angry with those he respects.

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.

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

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.

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.

If an individual wants to be a leader and isn't controversial that means he never stood for anything.

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.

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.

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