Richard Nixon quotes

Name
Richard Nixon.

Born
January 9, 1913, Yorba Linda, California, U.S.

Died
April 22, 1994.

Occupation
President, politician.

Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States from 1969 until 1974, when he resigned from office, the only U.S. president to do so. He had previously served as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961, and prior to that as a U.S.

I am not a crook.
– Richard Nixon
A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.
– Richard Nixon
The press is the enemy.
– Richard Nixon
Don’t get the impression that you arouse my anger. You see, one can only be angry with those he respects.
– Richard Nixon
The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.
– Richard Nixon
When the President does it, that means that it’s not illegal.
– Richard Nixon
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.
– Richard Nixon
I have impeached myself by resigning.
– Richard 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 Nixon
Tell them to send everything that can fly.
– Richard Nixon
Any change is resisted because bureaucrats have a vested interest in the chaos in which they exist.
– Richard Nixon
I let the American people down.
– Richard 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 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 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 Nixon
If we take the route of the permanent handout, the American character will itself be impoverished.
– Richard Nixon
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.
– Richard Nixon
If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together.
– Richard Nixon
Those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.
– Richard 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 Nixon
I can take it. The tougher it gets, the cooler I get.
– Richard Nixon
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.
– Richard Nixon
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.
– Richard Nixon
Well, I screwed it up real good, didn’t I?
– Richard 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 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 Nixon
Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver. Finishing second in politics gets you oblivion.
– Richard 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 Nixon
If an individual wants to be a leader and isn’t controversial, that means he never stood for anything.
– Richard Nixon
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.
– Richard 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 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 Nixon
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.
– Richard Nixon
I’ve analyzed the best I can… and I have not found an impeachable offense, and therefore resignation is not an acceptable course.
– Richard Nixon
It is necessary for me to establish a winner image. Therefore, I have to beat somebody.
– Richard Nixon
Any lady who is first lady likes being first lady. I don’t care what they say, they like it.
– Richard 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 Nixon
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.
– Richard Nixon
I played by the rules of politics as I found them.
– Richard 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 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 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 Nixon
Once you get into this great stream of history, you can’t get out.
– Richard Nixon
If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats. But if you take no risks, you win no victories.
– Richard Nixon
Let us move from the era of confrontation to the era of negotiation.
– Richard Nixon
The greatest honor history can bestow is that of peacemaker.
– Richard Nixon
No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.
– Richard Nixon
There will be no whitewash in the White House.
– Richard 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 Nixon
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.
– Richard Nixon
I can see clearly now… that I was wrong in not acting more decisively and more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate.
– Richard Nixon
People react to fear, not love; they don’t teach that in Sunday School, but it’s true.
– Richard Nixon
Let us build bridges, my friends, build bridges to human dignity across that gulf that separates black America from white America.
– Richard 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 Nixon
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 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 Nixon