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Motivational Richard M. Nixon Quotes and Sayings

Richard M. Nixon Quotes:- Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) 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.

Richard M. Nixon

Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, California. After completing his undergraduate studies at Whittier College, he graduated from Duke University School of Law in 1937 and returned to California to practice law. He and his wife Pat moved to Washington in 1942 to work for the federal government. He subsequently served on active duty in the U.S. Navy Reserve during World War II. Nixon was elected to the House of Representatives in 1946 and to the Senate in 1950. His pursuit of the Hiss Case established his reputation as a leading anti-communist and elevated him to national prominence.


Inspirational Richard M. Nixon Quotes


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


“A president can ask for reconciliation in the racial conflict that divides Americans. But reconciliation comes only from the hearts of people.”-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


Richard M. Nixon Quotes On Remember


“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

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“Any change is resisted because bureaucrats have a vested interest in the chaos in which they exist.”-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


“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.”-Richard M. Nixon


“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.”-Richard M. Nixon


Richard M. Nixon Quotes On Home


“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


“Castro couldn’t even go to the bathroom unless the Soviet Union put the nickel in the toilet.”-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


“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

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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


Richard M. Nixon Quotes On Politics


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


“Government can provide opportunity. But opportunity means nothing unless people are prepared to seize it.”-Richard M. Nixon


“I am not a crook.”-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


“I brought myself down. I impeached myself by resigning.”-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


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


Richard M. Nixon Quotes On Sports


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


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


“I let the American people down.”-Richard M. Nixon


“I played by the rules of politics as I found them.”-Richard M. Nixon


“I reject the cynical view that politics is a dirty business.”-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


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


Richard M. Nixon Quotes On Victories


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


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


“If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together.”-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


“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


Richard M. Nixon Quotes On Poetry


“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


“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


“It is necessary for me to establish a winner image. Therefore, I have to beat somebody.”-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


“I’ve analyzed the best I can… and I have not found an impeachable offense, and therefore resignation is not acceptable course.”-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


Richard M. Nixon Quotes On Truth


“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


“Let us build bridges, my friends, build bridges to human dignity across that gulf that separates black America from white America.”-Richard M. Nixon


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


“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.”-Richard M. Nixon


“My concern today is not with the length of a person’s hair but with his conduct.”-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


Richard M. Nixon Quotes On Wisdom


“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


“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 afterward to explain that it was not possible.”-Richard M. Nixon


“No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.”-Richard M. Nixon


“Once you get into this great stream of history, you can’t get out.”-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


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


Richard M. Nixon Quotes On People


“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


“People react to fear, not love; they don’t teach that in Sunday School, but it’s true.”-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


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


“Solutions are not the answer.”-Richard M. Nixon


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


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


Richard M. Nixon Quotes On President


“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


“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 M. Nixon


“The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.”-Richard M. Nixon


“The greatest honor history can bestow is that of peacemaker.”-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


Richard M. Nixon Quotes On Memory


“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.”-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


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


“The press is the enemy.”-Richard M. Nixon


“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.”-Richard M. Nixon


Richard M. Nixon Quotes On Beautiful


“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 M. Nixon


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


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


“Tonight – to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans – I ask for your support.”-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


“Voters quickly forget what a man says.”-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


Richard M. Nixon Quotes On Sympathy


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


“Well, I screwed it up real good, didn’t I?”-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


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


Richard M. Nixon Quotes On Innocent


“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


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


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