Richard Milhous Nixon

vice president under Eisenhower and 37th President of the United States; resigned after the Watergate scandal in 1974 (1913-1994)

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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.
A man is not finished when he's defeated he's finished when he quits.
I had never expected that the China initiative would come to fruition in the form of a Ping-Pong team. (On first friendly overture by People's Republic of China)
The greatness comes not when things go always good for you. But the greatness comes when you're really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes. Because only if you've been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.
While technically I did not commit a crime, an impeachable offense... these are legalisms, as far as the handling of this matter is concerned it was so botched up, I made so many bad judgments. The worst ones, mistakes of the heart, rather than the head. But let me say, a man in that top job - he's got to have a heart, but his head must always rule his heart.
Rarely have so many people been so wrong about so much.
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.
'Good luck, Mr President,' I said to him. 'As I told you when I named you, I know the country is going to be in good hands with you in the Oval Office.'
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. (On the Vietnam War)
Because of what you have done the heavens have become a part of man's world. And as you talk to us from the Sea of Tranquillity, it inspires us to redouble our efforts to bring peace and Tranquillity to Earth. For one priceless moment, in the whole history of man, all the people on this Earth are truly one. One in their pride in what you have done. One in our prayers that you will return safely to Earth.
By taking this action, I hope that I will have hastened the start of the healing.
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.
Get a good night's sleep and don't bug anybody without asking me. (To re-election campaign manager Clark MacGregor)
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...
I can take it... The tougher it gets, the cooler I get...
I concede
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 hereby resign this office of president of the United States.
I let the American people down.
I took a look around the office. ... I walked out and closed the door behind me. I knew that I would not be back there again. (On leaving the Executive Office Building)
I turned into the helicopter ... the red carpet was rolled up. ... The White House was behind us now.
I want you to stonewall it. (To staff on news of break-in at Watergate)
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.
I wouldn't bet the farm on it, but I'd bet the main house. I wouldn't even bet the outhouse on Mondale.
I'd rather use the nuclear bomb...Does that bother you I just want you to think big, Henry, for Christ's sake. to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on escalating the Vietnam War
I've analyzed the best I can ... and I have not found an impeachable offense, and therefore resignation is not an acceptable course.
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. (Proposal to reform welfare programs)
If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together.
It is not too strong a statement to declare that this is the way civilizations begin to die ... None of us has the right to suppose it cannot happen here.
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.
Look at the Justice Department, it's full of Jews...The lawyers in government are damn Jews.
My concern today is not with the length of a person's hair but with his conduct. (On campus radicals)
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 is not rhetoric, it isn't showmanship, it isn't big promises-those things that create the glamour and the excitement that people call charisma and warmth.
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.
My telephone calls and meetings and decisions were now parts of a prescribed ritual aimed at making peace with the past his calls, his meetings and his decisions were already the ones that would shape America's future. (On transfer of power to Gerald R Ford)
My view is that one should not break up a winning combination.
No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.
Once you get into this great stream of history, you can't get out.
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.
So you are lean and mean and resourceful and you continue to walk on the edge of the precipice because over the years you have become fascinated by how close you can walk without losing your balance.
Success is not a harbor but a voyage with its own perils to the spirit The lesson that most of us on this voyage never learn, but can never quite forget, is that to win is sometimes to lose.
Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too.
The 1976 Bicentennial is not going to be invented in Washington, printed in triplicate by the Government Printing Office and mailed to you by the United States Postal Service.
The antiwar movement is a wild orgasm of anarchists sweeping across the country like a prairie fire.
The game of life is to come up a winner, to be a success, or to achieve what we set out to do. Yet there is always the danger of failing as a human being.
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 only thing we have to fear is fear itself--nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
The presidency has many problems, but boredom is the least of them.
The student who invades an administration building, roughs up a dean, rifles the files and issues 'non-negotiable demands' may have some of his demands met by a permissive university administration. But the greater his 'victory' the more he will have undermined the security of his own rights.
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 is a time to be timid. There is a time to be conciliatory. There is a time, even, to fly and there is a time to fight. And I'm going to fight like hell. (On Congressional moves toward impeachment)
There will be no whitewash in the White House. (On Watergate investigation)
This is a burden I shall bear for every day of the life that is left to me.
This is the greatest week in the history of the world since the Creation. (Saluting crew of the Apollo 11)
Tonight-to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans-I ask for your support. (On his Vietnam War policy)
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.
Unless a president can protect the privacy of the advice he gets, he cannot get the advice he needs.
Violence or the threat of violence must never be permitted to influence the actions or judgments of the university community. Once it does, the community, almost by definition, ceases to be a university. It is for this reason that from time immemorial expulsion has been the primary instrument of university discipline.
We are all in it together. This is a war. We take a few shots and it will be over. We will give them a few shots and it will be over.
Well, I'm not a crook.
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 it is not illegal.
Who are you going to shoot joking with Attorney General Richard Kleindienst about creating an opening on the Supreme court
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.
You see these bums, you know, blowing up campuses ... storming around about this issue. (On student protesters against Vietnam War)
You're so goddamned concerned about the civilians, and I don't give a damn. to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on civilian casualties in Vietnam
Your mind must always go, even while you're shaking hands and going through all the maneuvers. I developed the ability long ago to do one thing while thinking about another.

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