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Richard M. Nixon Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver.
Finishing second in politics gets you oblivion.
- Richard M. Nixon

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If you think the United States has stood still,
who built the largest shopping center in the world?
- Richard M. Nixon

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.
- Richard M. Nixon

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

Once you get into this great stream of history,
you can't get out.
- Richard M. Nixon

There will be no whitewash in the White House.
- Richard M. Nixon

We do not learn by inference and deduction and the
application of mathematics to philosophy,
but by direct intercourse and sympathy.
- Richard M. Nixon

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

Let us move from the era of confrontation to the era of negotiation.
- Richard M. Nixon

Any lady who is first lady likes being first lady.
I don't care what they say, they like it.
- Richard M. Nixon

When the President does it, that means that it's not illegal.
- Richard M. Nixon

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

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

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.
- Richard M. Nixon

The press is the enemy.
- Richard M. Nixon

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

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

Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them,
and then you destroy yourself.
- Richard M. Nixon

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.
- Richard M. Nixon

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.
- Richard M. Nixon

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.
- Richard M. Nixon

Scrubbing floors and emptying bedpans has as much dignity as the Presidency.
- Richard M. Nixon

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

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.
- Richard M. Nixon

Unless a president can protect the privacy of the advice he gets,
he cannot get the advice he needs.
- Richard M. Nixon

A man is not finished when he is defeated.
He is finished when he quits.
- Richard M. Nixon

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.
- Richard M. Nixon

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.
- Richard M. Nixon

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

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

The presidency has many problems, but boredom is the least of them.
- Richard M. Nixon

Solutions are not the answer.
- Richard M. Nixon

Well, I screwed it up real good, didn't I?
- Richard M. Nixon

I have impeached myself by resigning.
- Richard M. Nixon

If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats.
But if you take no risks, you win no victories.
- Richard M. Nixon

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

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

Sure there are dishonest men in local government.
But there are dishonest men in national government too.
- Richard M. Nixon

The greatest honor history can bestow is that of peacemaker.
- Richard M. Nixon

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

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.
- Richard M. Nixon

Tell them to send everything that can fly.
- Richard M. Nixon

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

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.
- Richard M. Nixon

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.
- Richard M. Nixon

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.
- Richard M. Nixon

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.
- Richard M. Nixon

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

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

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.
- Richard M. Nixon

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.
- Richard M. Nixon

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.
- Richard M. Nixon

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.
- Richard M. Nixon

I can take it.
The tougher it gets, the cooler I get.
- Richard M. Nixon

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

Voters quickly forget what a man says.
- Richard M. Nixon

I reject the cynical view that politics is a dirty business.
- Richard M. Nixon

I brought myself down.
I impeached myself by resigning.
- Richard M. Nixon

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.
- Richard M. Nixon

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.
- Richard M. Nixon

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.
- Richard M. Nixon

In the television age, the key distinction is between
the candidate who can speak poetry and the one who can only speak prose.
- Richard M. Nixon

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.
- Richard M. Nixon

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.
- Richard M. Nixon

If we take the route of the permanent handout,
the American character will itself be impoverished.
- Richard M. Nixon


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