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Richard M. Nixon

  • American president
  • Born January 9, 1913
  • Died April 22, 1994

Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was an American politician who served as the 37th president of the United States from 1969 until his resignation in 1974. The only president to resign from the office, he previously served as the nation's 36th vice president from 1953 to 1961, and as a representative and senator from California. Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, California. He completed his undergraduate studies at Whittier College, then graduated from Duke University School of Law in 1937 and returned to California to practice law.


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.




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




If you think the United States has stood still, who built the largest shopping center in the world?




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




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




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.




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.




I have impeached myself by resigning.




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 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.




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.




No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.




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.




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.




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.




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




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




The press is the enemy.

The press is the enemy.




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.




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




Solutions are not the answer.




We are not spending the Federal Government's money, we are spending the taxpayer's money, and it must be spent n a way which guarantees his money's worth and yields the fullest possible benefit to the people being helped.




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




Let us move from the era of confrontation to the era of negotiation.




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




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.




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.




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




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.




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

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




Government can provide opportunity. But opportunity means nothing unless people are prepared to seize it.




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




Voters quickly forget what a man says.

Voters quickly forget what a man says.




I am not a crook.




Well, I screwed it up real good, didn't I?



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