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.

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.

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.

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.

Solutions are not the answer.

The greatest honor history can bestow is that of peacemaker.

The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.

I let the American people down.

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.

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.

I don't know anything that builds the will to win better than competitive sports.

You've got to learn to survive a defeat. That's when you develop character.

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.

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.

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.

When the President does it that means that it's not illegal.

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.

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

Voters quickly forget what a man says.

Unless a president can protect the privacy of the advice he gets he cannot get the advice he needs.

I am not a crook.

Defeat doesn't finish a man quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.

Once you get into this great stream of history you can't get out.

The press is the enemy.

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.

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

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

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.

I brought myself down. I impeached myself by resigning.

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

Tonight - to you the great silent majority of my fellow Americans - I ask for your support.

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.

I've analyzed the best I can... and I have not found an impeachable offense and therefore resignation is not an acceptable course.

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

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.

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.

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.

If you take no risks you will suffer no defeats. But if you take no risks you win no victories.

Politics would be a helluva good business if it weren't for the goddamned people.

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

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.

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.

If we take the route of the permanent handout the American character will itself be impoverished.

I have impeached myself by resigning.

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.

I believe in the battle-whether it's the battle of a campaign or the battle of this office which is a continuing battle.

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.

Let us move from the era of confrontation to the era of negotiation.

People react to fear not love, they don't teach that in Sunday School but it's true.

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.

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

Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver. Finishing second in politics gets you oblivion.

Well I screwed it up real good didn't I?

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.

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

I played by the rules of politics as I found them.

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

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

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.

You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore because gentlemen this is my last press conference.

Any lady who is first lady likes being first lady. I don't care what they say they like it.

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.

A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.

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

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.

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

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.

If you think the United States has stood still who built the largest shopping center in the world?

The presidency has many problems but boredom is the least of them.

Tell them to send everything that can fly.

My concern today is not with the length of a person's hair but with his conduct.

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