Richard Nixon
Quotations


We seek friendly relations with all nations. Any nation can be our friend without being any other nation's enemy.

A man who has never lost himself in a cause bigger than himself has missed one of life's mountaintop experiences. Only in losing himself does he find himself. Only then does he discover all the latent strengths he never knew he had and which otherwise would have remained dormant.

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.

The easiest period in a crisis situation is actually the battle itself. The most difficult is the period of indecision--whether to fight or run away. And the most dangerous period is the aftermath. It is then, with all his resources spent and his guard down, that an individual must watch out for dulled reactions and faulty judgment.

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

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

Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver. Finishing second in politics gets you oblivion.

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

For its part, Government will listen. We will strive to listen in new ways--to the voices of quiet anguish, to voices that speak without words, the voices of the heart, to the injured voices, and the anxious voices, and the voices that have despaired of being heard.

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.

Always remember, others may hate you. Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.

I don't think that a leader can control to any great extent his destiny. Very seldom can he step in and change the situation if the forces of history are running in another direction.

This is the greatest week in the history of the world since the Creation, because as a result of what happened in this week, the world is bigger, infinitely.

The greatest honor history can bestow is that of peacemaker.

I played by the rules of politics as I found them.

The one thing sure about politics is that what goes up comes down and what goes down often comes up.

When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.

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.

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

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.

Once one determines that he or she has a mission in life, that it's not going to be accomplished without a great deal of pain, and that the rewards in the end may not outweigh the pain--if you recognize historically that that always happens, then when it comes, you survive it.

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.

Let us understand: North Vietnam cannot defeat or humiliate the United States. Only Americans can do that.

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. You can drown. Or you can be pulled ashore by the tide. But it is awfully hard to get out when you are in the middle of the stream--if it is intended that you stay there.

There had been no thievery or venality. We had all simply wandered into a situation unthinkingly, trying to protect ourselves from what we saw as a political problem. Now, suddenly, it was like a Rorschach ink blot: others, looking at our actions, pointed out a pattern that we ourselves had not seen.

This isn't going to be a good country for any of us to live in until it's a good country for all of us to live in.

America will not tolerate being pushed around by anybody, anyplace.



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