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.
Richard Milhous Nixon Quotes
The game of life is to come up a winner, to be a success, and to achieve what you set out to do.
Unless a president can protect the privacy of the advice he gets, he cannot get the advice he needs.
This is the greatest week in the history of the world since the Creation. (Saluting crew of the Apollo 11)
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself–nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
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.
Your mind must always go, even while you’re shaking hands and going through all the maneuvers. I developed the ability long ago to do one thing while thinking about another.
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.
Remember, always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.
‘Good luck, Mr President,’ I said to him. ‘As I told you when I named you, I know the country is going to be in good hands with you in the Oval Office.’
So you are lean and mean and resourceful and you continue to walk on the edge of the precipice because over the years you have become fascinated by how close you can walk without losing your balance.
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. (On the Vietnam War)
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 telephone calls and meetings and decisions were now parts of a prescribed ritual aimed at making peace with the past his calls, his meetings and his decisions were already the ones that would shape America’s future. (On transfer of power to Gerald R Ford)
The student who invades an administration building, roughs up a dean, rifles the files and issues ‘non-negotiable demands’ may have some of his demands met by a permissive university administration. But the greater his ‘victory’ the more he will have undermined the security of his own rights.
Violence or the threat of violence must never be permitted to influence the actions or judgments of the university community. Once it does, the community, almost by definition, ceases to be a university. It is for this reason that from time immemorial expulsion has been the primary instrument of university discipline.
The greatness comes not when things go always good for you. But the greatness comes when you’re really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes. Because only if you’ve been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.
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.
While technically I did not commit a crime, an impeachable offense… these are legalisms, as far as the handling of this matter is concerned it was so botched up, I made so many bad judgments. The worst ones, mistakes of the heart, rather than the head. But let me say, a man in that top job – he’s got to have a heart, but his head must always rule his heart.