Charles Colson

(Charles Wendell "Chuck" Colson)

Charles Colson
Charles Colson
  • Born: October 16, 1931
  • Died: April 21, 2012
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Lawyer









Charles Wendell "Chuck" Colson served as Special Counsel to President Richard Nixon from 1969 to 1973. Once known as President Nixon's "hatchet man," Colson gained notoriety at the height of the Watergate scandal, for being named as one of the Watergate Seven, and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice for attempting to defame Pentagon Papers defendant Daniel Ellsberg. In 1974, he served seven months in the federal Maxwell Prison in Alabama as the first member of the Nixon administration to be incarcerated for Watergate-related charges.

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I would walk over my grandmother if necessary to get Nixon reelected! Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I’ve seen the lions of industry become lambs when they come into the Oval Office Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
If you've got 'em by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow. Slogans & Mottoes
It is a dangerously short step from frustration to fanaticism. Human Nature
It was my job to get the skeletons out of the closet and into the press—which I did. Scandals
Of all the groups I dealt with, but I found religious leaders the most naive about politics. Maybe that is because so many came from sheltered backgrounds, or perhaps it is the result of a mistaken perception of the demands of Christian charity… Or most worrisome of all, they may simply like to be around power. Religion & God
One of my jobs in the White House was to romance religious leaders. Religion & God
The first 20 stories written about a public figure set the tone for the next 2,000 and it is almost impossible to reverse it. Public Relations & Image
The religious right needs to adapt to the reality of modern pluralism. Religion & God
When you went to work in the morning you were going to war with the press. Media, Journalism & The Press
Christians need to take the lead in educating people that children are gifts, as my autistic grandson most surely is. By going down the path we're currently on, we might one day get rid of genetic diseases, but only at the cost of our own humanity.
Deep Throat is a guy who could have your files and mine in his trust. Trust
Few things are so deadly as a misguided sense of compassion.
I can work for the Lord in or out of prison. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I learned one thing in Watergate: I was well-intentioned but rationalized illegal behavior. You cannot live your life other than walking in the truth. Your means are as important as your ends. Truth ;Life
I'd walk over my own grandmother to re-elect Richard Nixon.