Richard Nixon, fully Richard Milhous Nixon

Richard
Nixon, fully Richard Milhous Nixon
1913
1994

American 37th President of the United States, the only president to resign the office, also held offices as U.S. Representative, Senator and 36th Vice President

Author Quotes

Isn't it better to talk about the relative merits of washing machines than the relative strength of rockets? Isn't this the kind of competition you want?

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

In throwing wide the horizons of space, we have discovered new horizons on earth.

In his heart everyone knows that the only people who get rich from the get rich quick books are those who write them.

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.

In any organization, the man at the top must bear the responsibility. That responsibility, therefore, belongs here, in this office. I accept it. And I pledge to you tonight, from this office, that I will do everything in my power to ensure that the guilty are brought to justice and that such abuses are purged from our political processes in the years to come, long after I have left this office.

In giving you these tapes, blemishes and all, I am placing my trust in the basic fairness of the American people.

I'm not for women, frankly, in any job. I don't want any of them around. Thank God we don't have any in the Cabinet.

If, when the chips are down, the world's most powerful nation, the United States of America, acts like a pitiful, helpless giant, the forces of totalitarianism and anarchy will threaten free nations and free institutions throughout the world.

I'm a lawyer, and I can't make head or tail out of the current [tax] form.

If you are ever going to lie, you go to jail for the lie rather than the crime. So believe me, don't ever lie.

If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats. But if you take no risks, you win no victories.

If we succeed, generations to come will say of us now living that we mastered our moment, that we helped make the world safe for mankind.

If we take the route of the permanent handout, the American character will itself be impoverished (Proposal to reform welfare programs).

If 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.

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 being a liberal means federalizing everything, then I'm no liberal. If being a conservative means turning back the clock; denying problems that exist, then I'm no conservative.

Idealism without realism is impotent. Realism without idealism is immoral.

I'd like to see people, instead of spending so much time on the ethical problem, get after the problems that really affect the people of this country

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 wouldn't want to be a Russian leader. You'd never know when you were being taped.

I would have made a good Pope.

I would rather be a one-term President and do what I believe is right than to be a two-term President at the cost of seeing America become a second-rate power and to see this Nation accept the first defeat in its proud 190-year history.

I welcome this kind of examination because people have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook.

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.

Author Picture
First Name
Richard
Last Name
Nixon, fully Richard Milhous Nixon
Birth Date
1913
Death Date
1994
Bio

American 37th President of the United States, the only president to resign the office, also held offices as U.S. Representative, Senator and 36th Vice President