Richard Nixon

(Richard Milhous Nixon)

Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
  • Born: January 9, 1913
  • Died: April 22, 1994
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: President









Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th president of the United States from 1969 until 1974 and the only president to resign from the position. He had previously served as the 36th vice president of the United States from 1953 to 1961, and prior to that as both a U.S. representative and senator from California.

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Adlai Stevenson Our nation stands at a fork in the political road. In one direction lies a land of slander and scare; the land of sly innuendo, the poison pen, the anonymous phone call and hustling, pushing, shoving; the land of smash and grab and anything to win. This is Nixonland. America is something different.
Bob Dole I tried to make the point to the [Nixon] White House that, as a party, we needed to demonstrate that we cared and were concerned about votes from African-Americans and Hispanics. I don't know where we lost track after Abraham Lincoln.
Carl Bernstein Entering the presidency, Nixon knew he had a terrible secret to hide that could be ruinous..
Lyndon B. Johnson Your actions were treasonous.
Tom Charles Huston Making sensitive political inquiries at the IRS is about as safe a procedure as trusting a whore. Since the administration has no reliable political friends at IRS. We won't be in control of the government and in a position of effective leverage until such time as we have complete and total control of the top three slots of the IRS.
H. R. Haldeman Reg meetings – dirty tricks dept. use of power of WH more ruthlessly in deadly battle – use all weapons.
Tom Charles Huston I suppose this [Watergate] is an example of the dangers of letting down your guard against increased executive powers–no matter what the circumstances. Not that the danger was not real, but in this case the risk of the remedy was as great as the disease. There was a willingness to accept without challenge the Executive's claim to increased power. That's why we acted as we did, and it was a mistake.
Tom Charles Huston Frankly, I wouldn't put anything past him [Nixon] and those damn technocrats. You can't begin to compete with the professional Nixonites when it comes to deception.... If Nixon told them to nationalize the railroads, they'd have nationalized the railroads. If he'd told them to exterminate the Jews, they'd have exterminated the Jews.
Roger Ailes ... infiltrate and neutralize the mainstream American media.
Murray Kempton Mr. Nixon … will, with time, be a landmark in the history of quiet, determined desperation.
Daniel Yergin The United States must face the uncomfortable fact that its goal of “energy independence”--- a phrase that has become a mantra since it was first articulated by Richard Nixon four weeks after the 1973 embargo was put in place--- is increasingly at odds with reality.
Richard Rovere Nixon appears to be a politician with an advertising man’s approach to his work. Policies are products to be sold to the public - this one today, that one tomorrow, depending on the discounts and the state of the market. He moves from intervention to anti-intervention with the same ease and lack of anguish with which a copy writer might transfer his loyalties from Camels to Chesterfields
Dick Tuck Welcome Nixon! How About the Hughes Loan?
Helen Gahagan Tricky Dick
Dwight D. Eisenhower If you give me a week, I might think of one.
Mort Sahl Nixon's the kind of guy that if you were drowning fifty feet off shore, he'd throw you a thirty foot rope. Then Kissinger would go on TV the next night and say that the President had met you more than half-way
Daniel Ellsberg I asked myself … what could I do to help end the war if I were willing to go to prison? Now it wasn't at all clear that putting out the Pentagon Papers, which I thought would send me to prison, would be one of the better things I could do. It was history. It didn't prove what Nixon was about to do; it only suggested that he might do the same as all these other presidents.
Daniel Ellsberg We were lied into both wars in every aspect - the reasons for going in, the prospects, the length, the scale and the probable costs in lives and dollars
Michael Beschloss Nixon’s wife was featured at the nominating convention. They were trying to give Nixon a little bit of humanity which was a very difficult thing to do.
Margaret O'Shaughnessy Heckler When you undermine faith in a system, your child may not necessarily see the difference between the politician who is no longer respected and the policeman, the teacher, the parent.
Robert Kennedy Kick him in the balls!
H. R. Haldeman The president does not like you to take an opposite view at a cabinet meeting, or say anything that can be construed to be mildly not in accord with his thinking.
Frank J. Shakespeare Without television, Richard Nixon would not have a chance. He would not have a prayer of being elected because the press would not let him get through to the people.
Adlai Stevenson And distasteful as this matter is, I must say bluntly that every piece of scientific evidence we have, every lesson of history and experience, indicates that a Republican victory tomorrow would mean that Richard Nixon would probably be president of this country within the next four years…. I say frankly, as a citizen more than a candidate, that I recoil at the prospect of Mr. Nixon as custodian of this nation’s future
George McGovern Nixon would have been better off if I had won
David Frye I accept the responsibility but not the blame. Let me explain the difference. Those who are to blame lose their jobs. Those who are responsible do not.
David Frye I accept the responsibility but not the blame. Let me explain the difference. Those who are to blame lose their jobs. Those who are responsible do not.
Adlai Stevenson Nixon is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree and then mount the stump to make a speech for conservation.
Harry S Truman He’s one of the few men in the history of this country to run for high office talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and lying out of both sides.
Samuel J. Ervin Jr. Evidence that has surfaced has cast a black cloud of distrust over our entire society. Our citizens do not know whom to believe, and many of them have concluded that all the processes of government have become so compromised that honest government has been rendered impossible.
Eric Halphen People who make off with large sums of money escape justice or get insignificant sentences, while the thief who steals a handbag … gets six years…. In the United States, Nixon quit for far less.
Johnny Carson No more Nixon jokes. He is a sick man and we just can’t do that.
John Steinbeck I think the boy [Richard Nixon] should be attacked, but frontally, not obliquely. . . . Reference was made to lampoons and satires in times past. What we did not discuss was whether they were successful. Did Swift ever win an election? . . . The more I think of it the less convinced I am that it is a good, meaning effectual, plan at all. We need direct attacks-- kidney punch zingers, like “Nixon plays both sides of the gutter” or “Part Boy Scout and part scorpion” … All of these are dirty, but as I said, the man who tries Queensberry against gutter fighting is going to get the hell kicked out of him.
Stanley Frankel Reveal Richard Nixon … lay him and his motives bare … destroy him in his shot for the Presidency.
Billy Graham I don’t think you’d call the President political.
Jeb Stuart Magruder Although I was aware they were illegal. We had become somewhat inured to using some activities that would help us in accomplishing what we thought was a legitimate cause
Rick Perlstein The searing melodrama of the Watergate investigation exposed new Nixon lies every day.
Anonymous Dick Nixon Before He Dicks You
Norman Rockwell The problem with doing [painting] Nixon is that if you make him look nice, he doesn’t look like Nixon anymore.
Central Intelligence Agency We have been assured by General Ioannidis that Greece will not move its forces on Cyprus.
George P. Shultz Nixon railed against the CIA and their lousy intelligence.
Richard Helms Richard Nixon never trusted anybody.
Billy Graham … this is your finest hour. I thought you were just great and everybody I talk to feels the same way …, You know Ruth … thinks this is all a Communist plot, left wing and everything else
Andres Velasco Her coming here has meant more than anything else President Nixon could have done.
Patricia Nixon I do not give my husband advice because he doesn’t need it.
Zhou Enlai For us, it is alright if the talks succeed, and it is alright if they fail.
James Reston He inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebears, but by diligent hard work, he overcame them.
Henry A. Kissinger … we do not suffer in the world from such an excess of friends that we should discourage those who feel they have a special friendship for us.
Hunter S. Thompson Some people will say that words like ‘scum’ and ‘rotten’ are wrong for Objective Journalism — which is true, but they miss the point. It was the built-in blind spots of the Objective rules and dogma that allowed Nixon to slither into the White House in the first place. He looked so good on paper that you could almost vote for him sight unseen. He seemed so all-American, so much like Horatio Alger, that he was able to slip through the cracks of Objective Journalism. You had to get Subjective to see Nixon clearly, and the shock of recognition was often painful.
Hunter S. Thompson Who gives a fuck if he's lonely and depressed down there in San Clemente? If there were any such thing as true justice in this world, his rancid carcass would be somewhere down around Easter Island right now, in the belly of a hammerhead shark.
Hunter S. Thompson Richard Nixon has never been one of my favorite people anyway. For years I've regarded his existence as a monument to all the rancid genes and broken chromosomes that corrupt the possibilities of the American Dream; he was a foul caricature of himself, a man with no soul, no inner convictions, with the integrity of a hyena and the style of a poison toad.
Norodom Sihanouk Everyone knows now that it was Nixon who wanted me liquidated. For a long time, the Americans dreamed of doing to me what they failed to do against Fidel Castro during the Bay of Pigs incident.
Enver Hoxha Considering the Communist Party of China as a sister party and our closest co-fighter, we have never hidden our views from it. That is why on this major problem which you put before us, we inform you that we consider your decision to receive Nixon in Beijing as incorrect and undesirable, and we do not approve or support it. It will also be our opinion that Nixon's announced visit to China will not be understood or approved of by the peoples, the revolutionaries and the communists of different countries.
W. Averell Harriman I will not eat dinner with that man [Richard M. Nixon].
H. R. Haldeman An investigation of the Kennedy assassination was a project I suggested when I first entered the White House [in 1969]. I had always been intrigued with the conflicting theories of the assassination. Now I felt we would be in a position to get all the facts. But Nixon turned me down.
Quote Topics Cited
... treasonable nonsense! Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… the Irish can’t drink. What you always have to remember with the Irish is they get mean. Virtually every Irish I’ve known gets mean when he drinks. Particularly the real Irish. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… the old bitch Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Adlai the appeaser ... who got a Ph.D. from Dean Acheson's College of Cowardly Communist Containment. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
All of us who have worked on the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks problem know that the deal we are making is in our best interest but for very practical reasons that the right-wing will never understand. Liberals & Conservatives
Always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself. Human Nature
America is in trouble today not because her people have failed, but because her leaders have failed Leaders & Leadership
Anybody who wants to be an ambassador must at least give $250,000.
Because of unsure and undecided leadership in the field of foreign policy, questions are being raised on all sides. The administration is plagued by a Hamlet-like psychosis which seems to paralyze it every time decisive action is required. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Bill Rogers has got — to his credit it’s a decent feeling — but somewhat sort of a blind spot on the black thing because he’s been in New York. He says well, they are coming along, and that, after all, they are going to strengthen our country in the end because they are strong physically and some of them are smart. My own view is I think he’s right if you’re talking in terms of 500 years. I think it’s wrong if you’re talking in terms of 50 years. What has to happen is they have been, frankly, inbred. Minorities & Women
Bob, please get me the name of the Jews—you know the ones who give money to the democrats... Go after them … hang the kikes from the rafters. Discrimination & Prejudice
Does our hand show in this? Corruption ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs ;Capitalism
Don’t worry about that. He’ll be a loyalist right after the first fight. Liberals & Conservatives
Energy Independence Energy
Every one of the bastards who are out for legalizing marijuana are Jewish. Minorities & Women
For Heaven’s sake, Al, kick more ass! War & Peace
For the past five years we’ve been deluged by programs for the unemployed, programs for the cities, programs for the poor. And we have reaped from these programs an ugly harvest of frustration, violence and failure across the land Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
Get rid of that son of a bitch Management & Managing Government
Get rid of that son of a bitch! Secrecy & Transparency ;Miscellaneous
Half the Democrats in Congress get elected by running for Civil Rights and the other half gets elected by running against Civil Rights. Liberals & Conservatives
Holy shit. Sons of bitches – I wouldn’t have seen them. They don’t deserve it. They don’t deserve it. Ill tell you this, they are never – I’m surprised that we really have – who did this?... The Ivy League presidents? Oh, I wont let those sons of bitches ever in this white house again. Never. Never. None of them. They’re finished. The Ivy League schools are finished. My God-. Miscellaneous
Honesty may not be the best policy, but it is worth trying once in a while Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Americans–mostly under 30–are determined to destroy our society Riots ;Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
I am opposed to busing for the purpose of achieving racial balance in our schools. Equality & Equal Opportunity
I can go into my office and pick up the telephone, and in 23 minutes 70 million people will be dead. Power
I don’t know why anybody would reproduce in that damn country [India] but they do. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I don’t want any Jew at that dinner who didn’t support us in that campaign Is that clear? No Jew who did not support us. Discrimination & Prejudice
I don't think a woman should be in any government job whatever. I mean, I really don't. The reason why I do is mainly because they are erratic. And emotional. Discrimination & Prejudice
I have no intention whatever of ever walking away from the job that the people elected me to do. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I intend to ruin the Foreign Service. I mean ruin it—the old Foreign Service—and to build a new one. I’m going to do it. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I just wish there were a few more leaders around the world with his foresight and his ability to run, … a virtual dictatorship in a benign way. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
I ordered that they use any means necessary, including illegal means, to accomplish this goal. . . . The president of the United States can never admit that. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I pledge to you that we shall have an honorable end to this war in Vietnam. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I really need a son of a bitch like Huston who will work his butt off and do it dishonorably..
I should say this, that Pat doesn’t have a mink coat. But she does have a respectable Republican cloth coat, and I always tell her that she would look good in anything. One other thing I probably should tell you, because if I don’t they will probably be saying this about me, too. We did get something, a gift, after the nomination. A man down in Texas heard Pat on the radio mention the fact that our two youngsters would like to have a dog and, believe it or not, the day before we left on this campaign trip we got a message from Union Station in Baltimore, saying they had a package for us. We went down to get it. You know what it was? It was a little cocker spaniel dog, in a crate that he had sent all the way from Texas - black and white, spotted, and our little girl Tricia, the six-year-old, named it Checkers. And you know, the kids, like all kids, loved the dog, and I just want to say this, right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we are going to keep it. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I will begin a new program to get private enterprise into the ghetto and the ghetto into private enterprise. I call it “Black Capitalism.” More black ownership of business and land and homes can be the multiplier of pride that will end our racial strife. Development & Growth ;Capitalism
I will lay off the pro-Negro crap. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Human & Civil Rights
I’m not going to have any damn image experts coming telling me how to part my hair Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Public Relations & Image
If it’s secret, it’s legal. Secrecy & Transparency
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 War & Peace
Indians are no goddamned good. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Intelligence is a sacred cow. We’ve done nothing since we’ve been here about it. The CIA isn’t worth a damn. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Is there any way we can screw him? Media, Journalism & The Press
It would be Goddamned easy to run this office if you didn’t have to deal with people. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
It’s terribly important to write your own history before the historians get a crack at it. History
Just as we respect the right of each nation to determine its own future, we also recognize the responsibility of each nation to secure its own future. Development & Growth
Make the economy scream. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Monkey-wrench it, Keep Anna Chennault working on South Vietnam.
My own appraisal of him as a man is somewhat mixed. The one fact we can be sure of is that he has those indefinable qualities which make him a leader of men. Whatever we may think of him he is going to be a great factor in the development of Cuba and very possibly Latin American affairs generally. He seems to be sincere, he is either incredibly naïve about Communism or under Communist discipline—my guess is the former and as I have already implied, his ideas as to how to run a government or an economy are less developed than those of almost any world figure I have met in fifty countries. But because he has the power to lead to which I have referred we have no choice but at least to try to orient him in the right direction. Leaders & Leadership
No country has the right to impose its will or rule on another by force. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
No criticism should be allowed to obscure the truth either at home or abroad that today America is the strongest nation militarily, economically, ideologically in the world. Defense & National Security
No man can be fully free while his neighbor is not. Freedom & Liberty
Now what do the Chinese Communists want? They don’t want Quemoy and Matsu. They don’t want just Formosa. They want the world. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Once genius is submerged by bureaucracy, a nation is doomed to mediocrity.. Bureaucracy
One in 10 chance perhaps, but save Chile $10 million available best men we have make the economy scream Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
One of the most serious challenges to human destiny in the last third of this century will be the growth of population …. When future generations evaluate the record of. our time, one of the most important factors in their judgment will be the way in which we respond to population growth Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
Pat’s great, as long as you get to him before noon. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Reagan is not one that wears well. Reagan on a personal basis, is terrible. He just isn't pleasant to be around. Maybe he's different with others. No, he's just an uncomfortable man to be around...strange. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Screw state! State’s always on the side of the blacks. The hell with them… I’m getting tired of this business of letting these Africans eat a hundred thousand people and do nothing about it. Discrimination & Prejudice
Screw the cabinet and the rest of those. As far as I’m concerned, I’ve made the speech now and let the rest of them – if they like it, fine. But no more suckin’ around. From now on they come to me. I’m sick of the whole bunch. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
She's pink right down to her underwear. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Sometimes you’ve got to think about how it will look later Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The American dream does not come to those who fall asleep. Citizenship & Patriotism
The American people are entitled to see the president and to hear his views directly, and not to see him only through the press Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The best way to revitalize the economy is war, and the U.S. has grown stronger [economically] with war. Development & Growth
The Bitch Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The doctrine of freedom applies everywhere in the world…. Freedom from hunger, freedom from disease, and freedom from tyranny for all mankind Freedom & Liberty
The energy crisis has given new urgency to the need to improve public transportation, not only in our cities but in rural areas as well…. Mass transit is an essential element of the improvement of life in our cities and towns. Energy ;Transportation
The essence of freedom is that each of us shares in the shaping of his own destiny. Freedom & Liberty
The greatest honor history can bestow is the title of peacemaker. War & Peace
The Jews are just a very aggressive and abrasive and obnoxious personality. Discrimination & Prejudice
The most important explosive area, so far as the outcome of the world struggle is concerned, will be Africa. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The nation’s welfare system is a monstrous consuming outrage…. There should be no government program which would make it more profitable for a person to go on welfare than it would be to work. Welfare
The New Deal Congress enacted the National Labor Relations Act which granted unrestricted sovereign power to the barons of union labor. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
The only things that matter in the world are Japan and China, Russia and Europe. Latin America doesn’t matter…. And … there’s nothing you can do about the Middle East. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The problem of marijuana has assumed the dimensions of a national emergency. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
The profound influence of religion on American politics is vital, but it is best when indirect: on the morals, habits, and souls of individual Americans; on the political climate and the principals that should guide policy, rather than on specific policies themselves… Religion & God
The rights of free speech and free press do not carry with them the right to advocate the right to advocate the destruction of the very government that protects the freedom of an individual to express his views. Freedom & Liberty
The United States is spending $6 billion a year and deserves to get a lot more than it is getting. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The United States of America… cannot have a viable foreign policy if we are humiliated in Vietnam. We must not lose in Vietnam. It’s as cold as that. Right?... And they have not given us any way to avoid being humiliated. And since they have not, we must draw the sword, so the blockade is on. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The United States should serve as a weight, not the weight on the scale of foreign affairs. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
There are no American combat troops in Cambodia. There are no American combat advisers in Cambodia. There will be no American combat troops or advisers in Cambodia. War & Peace
There is nothing wrong with this country that a good election can’t fix. Voters, Voting & Elections
There is nothing wrong with this country which a good election can't fix Voters, Voting & Elections
They are leaders who have made a difference … because they willed it. Leaders & Leadership
They have the marshals, I have the Army. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
This son of a bitch was the worst candidate …wasn’t that fellow irresponsible …? Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Those confrontations, viewed by tens of millions of voters, were a radical innovation which allowed the electorate a unique opportunity to take measure of the candidates under fire Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Until he has been part of a cause larger than himself, no man is truly whole. Human Nature
Useless, a superficial mindless recitation of what we know from the daily press. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
We are all Keynesians now. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
We are caught in war, wanting peace. We are torn by division, wanting unity. War & Peace
We can’t blow up the world because of it.. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We cannot expect to make everyone our friend, but we can try to make no one our enemy. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another Citizenship & Patriotism
We have found ourselves rich in goods, but ragged in spirit; reaching with magnificent precision for the moon, but falling into raucous discord on earth. Space Exploration
We have only two alternatives: Bug Out [of the Vietnam War] or accelerate, and that we must escalate or the Presidency is lost. War & Peace
We must never allow America to become the second strongest nation I the world. Power
We’ve got the liberal bastards on the run, and we’re going to keep them on the run. Liberals & Conservatives ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
Well, I’ll never have to talk about crap like dope addiction again. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
What the Hell do those clowns do out there at Langley? Get the CIA jerks working on Cambodia. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
When I die.
With a stable peace anything is possible; without peace, nothing is possible. War & Peace
You can't ignore one billion people. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
You remember Huston's plan. I want it implemented on a thievery basis. God damn it. Blow the safe and get it. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.
A president can ask for reconciliation in the racial conflict that divides Americans. But reconciliation comes only from the hearts of people.
A public man must never forget that he loses his usefulness when he as an individual, rather than his policy, becomes the issue.
Always remember that others may hate you but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.
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. Freedom & Liberty ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Any change is resisted because bureaucrats have a vested interest in the chaos in which they exist.
Any lady who is first lady likes being first lady. I don't care what they say, they like it.
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. War & Peace
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. Government
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. Government
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. Time
Castro couldn't even go to the bathroom unless the Soviet Union put the nickel in the toilet.
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.
Defeat doesn't finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.
Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver. Finishing second in politics gets you oblivion. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Government can provide opportunity. But opportunity means nothing unless people are prepared to seize it. Government
I am not a crook.
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 brought myself down. I impeached myself by resigning.
I can see clearly now... that I was wrong in not acting more decisively and more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate. History
I can take it. The tougher it gets, the cooler I get.
I don't know anything that builds the will to win better than competitive sports. Sports & Athletics
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. History
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.
I have impeached myself by resigning.
I let the American people down. History
I played by the rules of politics as I found them. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I reject the cynical view that politics is a dirty business. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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.
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 an individual wants to be a leader and isn't controversial, that means he never stood for anything.
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.
If we take the route of the permanent handout, the American character will itself be impoverished.
If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats. But if you take no risks, you win no victories.
If you think the United States has stood still, who built the largest shopping center in the world?
If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together. Music, Chants & Rapps
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.
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. Nature ;History
In the television age, the key distinction is between the candidate who can speak poetry and the one who can only speak prose. Literature, Writers & Writing
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.
It is necessary for me to establish a winner image. Therefore, I have to beat somebody. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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.
I've analyzed the best I can... and I have not found an impeachable offense, and therefore resignation is not an acceptable course.
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.
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. Truth
Let us build bridges, my friends, build bridges to human dignity across that gulf that separates black America from white America.
Let us move from the era of confrontation to the era of negotiation.
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. Life ;History
My concern today is not with the length of a person's hair but with his conduct.
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.
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.
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.
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. Time
No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now. History ;War & Peace
Once you get into this great stream of history, you can't get out. History
Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.
Our chief justices have probably had more profound and lasting influence on their times and on the direction of the nation than most presidents.
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.
People react to fear, not love; they don't teach that in Sunday School, but it's true. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Politics would be a helluva good business if it weren't for the goddamned people. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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.
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.
Scrubbing floors and emptying bedpans has as much dignity as the Presidency.
Solutions are not the answer.
Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too. Government
Tell them to send everything that can fly.
The American people are entitled to see the president and to hear his views directly, and not to see him only through the press.
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. Freedom & Liberty
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. War & Peace
The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.
The greatest honor history can bestow is that of peacemaker. History
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.
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.
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.
The presidency has many problems, but boredom is the least of them.
The press is the enemy. Communication & Communications
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. Time ;Government
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.
There will be no whitewash in the White House.
Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.
Tonight - to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans - I ask for your support.
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. Government
Unless a president can protect the privacy of the advice he gets, he cannot get the advice he needs.
Voters quickly forget what a man says. Government
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.
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. Government ;Money, Coins & Minting
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.
We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy. Sympathy
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. Government
Well, I screwed it up real good, didn't I?
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.
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.
When the President does it, that means that it's not illegal.
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.
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. History
You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference.
You've got to learn to survive a defeat. That's when you develop character.