Quotations by Nixon, Richard Milhous


A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.

Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) American politician, writer, US President (1967-74)
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While technically I did not commit a crime, an impeachable offense

Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) American politician, writer, US President (1967-74)
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Idealism without pragmatism is impotent. Pragmatism without idealism is meaningless. The key to effective leadership is pragmatic idealism.

Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) American politician, writer, US President (1967-74)
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What starts the process, really, are laughs and slights and snubs. But if you are reasonably intelligent and if your anger is deep and strong enough, you learn you can change those attitudes by excellence, personal gut performance, while those who have everything are sitting on their fat butts.

Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) American politician, writer, US President (1967-74)
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Remark to Ken Clawson. Quoted in Tom Marganthau, "The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall and Rise of Nixon," Newsweek (2 May 1994)
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If an individual wants to be a leader and isn’t controversial, that means he never stood for anything.

Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) American politician, writer, US President (1967-74)
Dallas Times-Herald (10 Dec 1978)
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In meeting a crisis in life, one must either fight or run away. But one must do something. Not knowing how to act or not being able to act is what tears your insides out.

Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) American politician, writer, US President (1967-74)
Six Crises, ch. 3 (1962)
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Public opinion polls are useful if a politician uses them only to learn approximately what the people are thinking, so that he can talk to them more intelligently. The politician who sways with the polls is not worth his pay. And I believe the people eventually catch up with the man who merely tells them what he thinks they want to hear.

Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) American politician, writer, US President (1967-74)
Six Crises, ch. 3 (1962)
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There is no such thing as a nonpolitical speech by a politician.

Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) American politician, writer, US President (1967-74)
Address, Radio-Television Executives Society, New York (14 Sep 1955)

Quoted by The Christian Science Monitor the following day, but not in the press release of the speech.
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Honesty may not be the best policy, but it is worth trying once in a while.

Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) American politician, writer, US President (1967-74)
Comment in a meeting (1970)

Quoted in H. Stein, "Herb Stein's Unfamiliar Quotations," Slate (16 May 1997).

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Until he has been part of a cause larger than himself, no man is truly whole.

Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) American politician, writer, US President (1967-74)
Inaugural Address (20 Jan 1969)
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The presidency has many problems, but boredom is the least of them.

Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) American politician, writer, US President (1967-74)
Interview on his 60th birthday (9 Jan 1973)
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When the President does it, that means that it’s not illegal.

Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) American politician, writer, US President (1967-74)
Interview with David Frost (20 May 1977)
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Always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win, unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.

Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) American politician, writer, US President (1967-74)
Speech to members of his administration (9 Aug 1974)

After announcing his resignation.

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The President’s chief job is to lead, not to administer; it is not to oversee every detail, but to put the right people in charge, to provide them with basic guidance and direction, and to let them do their job.

Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) American politician, writer, US President (1967-74)
Television broadcast (19 Sep 1968)
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