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David Halberstam Quotes and Sayings

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Nixon, who spent much of his career attacking the press
and saying he was a victim of the press,
was in fact created by the press, in this case the L.A.
Times.
- David Halberstam

With the marketing pressures driving the book world today,
it's much easier to get the author of a memoir on a
television show than a serious novelist.
- David Halberstam

Memory is often less about the truth than about what we want it to be.
- David Halberstam

No publisher in America improved a paper so quickly on so grand a scale,
took a paper that was marginal in qualities and brought
it to excellence as Otis Chandler did.
- David Halberstam

 

If you're a reporter, the easiest thing in the world is to get a story.
The hardest thing is to verify.
The old sins were about getting something wrong,
that was a cardinal sin.
The new sin is to be boring.
- David Halberstam

It was a Greek tragedy.
Nixon was fulfilling his own nature.
Once it started it could not end otherwise.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a
judge that Nixon wants back.
- William O. Douglas

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Even before Watergate and his resignation,
Nixon had inspired conflicting and passionate emotions.
- Stephen Ambrose

Kennedy was a lot of fun, always.
He had something going on.
But not Nixon.
- George Smathers

Nixon's attempts to order subversion of various departments
was bound to come out in some form.
- Bob Woodward

I thought Nixon was the worst President we had ever had,
save only perhaps Andrew Johnson.
- Stephen Ambrose

Nixon is finding out there are no tails on an Eisenhower jacket.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Nixon is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree,
then mount the stump for a speech on conservation.
- Adlai Stevenson

Watergate showed more strengths in our system than weaknesses...
The whole country did take part in quite a genuine
sense in passing judgment on Richard Nixon.
- Archibald Cox

The death of JFK to the resignation of Richard Nixon
marked a great turning point in American life.
- Pierre Salinger

Nixon regarded himself as having been cheated by life.
He never got my vote.
- Stephen Ambrose

My mom was a Democrat and I was scared to death that she was gonna blow it.
First I was going to hell with Monroe,
and now to Republican hell with Nixon.
- Tommy Rettig

In my mind, the re-election of Richard Nixon,
compared with what was available on the other side,
was so much more important that I put it in just that context.
- John N. Mitchell

There were dragons to slay in the old days.
Nixon was a good dragon.
- Pat Oliphant

Now I start my diary of my personal plot to kill by
pistol either Richard Nixon or George Wallace.
- Arthur Bremer

That was my choice at that time, and I still say Nixon was a great president.
A very beautiful and wise man.
- Solomon Burke

I once told Nixon that the Presidency is like being
a jackass caught in a hail storm.
You've got to just stand there and take it.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Even when they don't know who Nixon was,
these shows will continue to play.
- Norman Lear

Do you realize the responsibility I carry? I'm the
only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House.
- John F. Kennedy

The failure of the system to deal quickly was attributable to Nixon's lying,
stonewalling and refusal to come clean.
So it took 26 months for the final truth to be known.
- Bob Woodward

It is my personal plan to assassinate by pistol either
Richard Nixon or George Wallace.
- Arthur Bremer

Not a season passes without new disclosures showing
Nixon's numerous attempts at criminal use of his presidential
powers and in fact the scorn he held for the rule of law.
- Bob Woodward

Nixon did have a secret plan, and I knew that it involved
making threats of nuclear war to North Vietnam.
- Daniel Ellsberg

If Nixon is not forced to turn over tapes of his conversations
with the ring of men who were conversing on their violations of the law,
then liberty will soon be dead in this nation.
- Earl Warren

What makes me laugh? Richard Nixon always made me laugh.
- Bruce Vilanch

I'd walk over my own grandmother to re-elect Richard Nixon.
- Charles Colson

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

I used to think we were going to win in the '60s.
Nixon went out and I thought we won.
- Ken Kesey

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

The government paid the family of Richard Nixon $18 million for papers,
tape recordings and other materials seized after Watergate.
- Dexter S. King

In many ways when Jerry Ford pardoned Nixon,
in a certain way, he did speak for the country.
- Morley Safer

It was accountability that Nixon feared.
- Bob Woodward

The Nixon administration really put a lot of pressure
on CBS not to run the second broadcast.
- Ben Bradlee

The difference was you worked for Nixon,
and with Ford.
- Earl Butz

While he was president, it was popular to be a Nixon hater.
- Earl Butz

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 liked Nixon fine, but Nixon was not a partier.
- George Smathers

I sometimes lie awake at night trying to think of something
funny that Richard Nixon said.
- Lyn Nofziger

During the 1960 election, I saw Richard Nixon as the winner.
- Jeane Dixon

As President Nixon says, presidents can do almost anything,
and President Nixon has done many things that nobody
would have thought of doing.
- Golda Meir

The essence of Richard Nixon is loneliness.
- Henry A. Kissinger

I recently read some of the transcripts of Nixon's Watergate tapes,
and they spent hours trying to figure out who was leaking
and providing information to Carl and myself.
- Bob Woodward

I never believed that Nixon could fully resurrect himself.
And the proof of that was in the obits.
- Ben Bradlee

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

Avoid all needle drugs, the only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon.
- Abbie Hoffman

Even now there is no evidence that anyone involved
in the Nixon operation was going to threaten us.
- Bob Woodward

I was so opposed to the war in Vietnam that I initially
refused President Nixon's urgings for me to go there.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

I was fourteen when Kissinger made his secret trip to China,
and then there was subsequently Nixon's trip to China,
and I was very much seized with an interest in China.
- John Pomfret

Nixon is one of the few 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.
- Harry S. Truman

Washington couldn't tell a lie, Nixon couldn't tell the truth,
and Reagan couldn't tell the difference.
- Mort Sahl

Some people thought we were presenting Archie as a false character.
President Nixon thought we were making a fool out of a good man.
- Carroll O'Connor

Nixon was kind of a loner, he had a cold personality.
- Earl Butz

You and I are stuck with the necessity of taking the
worst of two evils or none at all.
So-I'm taking the immature Democrat as the best of the two.
Nixon is impossible.
- Harry S. Truman

Nixon's grand mistake was his failure to understand
that Americans are forgiving,
and if he had admitted error early and apologized to the country,
he would have escaped.
- Bob Woodward

The trouble with Nixon is that he's a serious politics junkie.
He's totally hooked and like any other junkie,
he's a bummer to have around, especially as President.
- Hunter S. Thompson

The Nixon administration kept a nasty eye on our show...
Cops would come by - often just in time to see the act they wanted to see.
- Dick Cavett

I contend that, in spite of all that might be said about Watergate,
Richard Nixon was good for the poor people of America.
- Tony Campolo

I wouldn't trust Nixon from here to that phone.
- Barry Goldwater

I thought Nixon was getting ganged up on,
but when I heard the tapes, I was shocked and terribly saddened.
- Walter Annenberg

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

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

The Nixon years were trying.
They honed my judgment for everything I did later on.
The experience also illustrated for me the importance
of training young lawyers properly.
- Fred F. Fielding

And I also thought that Richard Nixon was the greatest
political education we have ever had,
but it looks like we need to relearn them again.
- Wavy Gravy

I sent my flowers across the hall to Mrs Nixon but
her husband remembered what a Democrat I am and sent them back.
- Bette Davis

I think we're at risk with our democracy.
I think we're dealing with the most closed,
imperialistic, nastiest administration in living memory.
They even put Richard Nixon to shame.
- Wesley Clark

I might say that when the settlement was made the Nixon
administration issued what they called a second inflation
alert in which the General Motors settlement was branded
as being inflationary and bad for the country.
- Leonard Woodcock


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