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Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon

Birthday: 9 January 1913, Yorba Linda, California, USA
Birth Name: Richard Milhous Nixon
Height: 182 cm

Richard Nixon was born on January 9, 1913 in Yorba Linda, California, USA as Richard Milhous Nixon. He was an actor and writer, known for David Frost Interviews Richard Nixon (1977), The Real Richard ...Show More

Richard Nixon
In war time, a president does have certain extraordinary powers which would make acts that would oth Show more In war time, a president does have certain extraordinary powers which would make acts that would otherwise be unlawful, lawful if undertaken for the purpose of preserving the nation and the Constitution, which is essential for the rights we're all talking about. Hide
[caught on tape, advice to incoming FBI head, L. Patrick Gray] Never, never figure that anyone's you Show more [caught on tape, advice to incoming FBI head, L. Patrick Gray] Never, never figure that anyone's your friend. Never, never, never. You've got to be a conspirator. You've got to be totally ruthless. You've got to appear to be a nice guy. But underneath you need to be steely tough. That, believe me, is the way to run the bureau. Hide
Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and the Show more Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself. Hide
I gave 'em a sword. And they stuck it in, and they twisted it with relish. And I guess if I had been Show more I gave 'em a sword. And they stuck it in, and they twisted it with relish. And I guess if I had been in their position, I'd have done the same thing. Hide
[his final remarks to the White House staff upon resigning] Always remember, others may hate you, bu Show more [his final remarks to the White House staff upon resigning] Always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself. Hide
[on President Eisenhower] He was a far more complex and devious man than most people realize, in the Show more [on President Eisenhower] He was a far more complex and devious man than most people realize, in the best sense of those words. Not shackled to a one-track mind, he always applied two, three or four lines of reasoning to a single problem... His thoughts far outraced his speech and this gave rise to his frequent'scrambled syntax'. Hide
[some campaigning advice to Ronald Reagan] Let Carter come on uptight, nitpicking and mean. You shou Show more [some campaigning advice to Ronald Reagan] Let Carter come on uptight, nitpicking and mean. You should be a contrast, strong but not shrill; in command, poised, the big man versus the little man. Hide
I had never been a quitter. I had never been a quitter.
Well, when the president does it that means that it is not illegal . . . If the president, for examp Show more Well, when the president does it that means that it is not illegal . . . If the president, for example, approves something because of the national security, or in this case because of a threat to internal peace and order of significant magnitude, then the president's decision in that instance is one that enables those who carry it out, to carry it out without violating a law. Otherwise they're in an impossible position. Hide
[on Presidential appointments] Perle Mesta wasn't sent to Luxembourg because she had big bosoms. Per Show more [on Presidential appointments] Perle Mesta wasn't sent to Luxembourg because she had big bosoms. Perle Mesta went to Luxembourg because she made a good contribution. She was a very good ambassador. Hide
[from his interview with David Frost] I let the American people down, and I have to carry that burde Show more [from his interview with David Frost] I let the American people down, and I have to carry that burden with me for the rest of my life. Hide
Certainly in the next 50 years we shall see a woman president, perhaps sooner than you think. A woma Show more 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. Hide
[from the Watergate tapes] Goddamn it, get in and get those files. Blow the safe and get it. [from the Watergate tapes] Goddamn it, get in and get those files. Blow the safe and get it.
It is necessary to struggle, to be embattled, to be knocked down and to have to get up. Renewal, Ame Show more It is necessary to struggle, to be embattled, to be knocked down and to have to get up. Renewal, Americans are crazy for renewal. Hide
It's our prosperity we have to protect, not labour. It's our prosperity we have to protect, not labour.
[on why one of the Watergate tapes had 18 minutes erased] Oh that was just an accident that happened Show more [on why one of the Watergate tapes had 18 minutes erased] Oh that was just an accident that happened. Hide
I am not a crook! I am not a crook!
We can't learn from one another, until we stop shouting at one another . . . until our words can be Show more We can't learn from one another, until we stop shouting at one another . . . until our words can be heard. Hide
Life isn't meant to be easy. It's hard to take being on the top--or on the bottom. I guess I'm somet Show more 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. Hide
If you think the United States has stood still, who built the largest shopping center in the world? If you think the United States has stood still, who built the largest shopping center in the world?
The best politics is poetry, not prose. Jesse Jackson is a poet. Mario Cuomo is a poet, and Michael Show more The best politics is poetry, not prose. Jesse Jackson is a poet. Mario Cuomo is a poet, and Michael Dukakis is a word processor. Hide
[on violating citizen's rights] When the President does it, that means it is not illegal. [on violating citizen's rights] When the President does it, that means it is not illegal.
We simply cannot afford to leave China forever outside the family of nations, there to nurture it's Show more We simply cannot afford to leave China forever outside the family of nations, there to nurture it's fantasies, cherish it's hates and threaten it's neighbors. There is no place on this small planet for a billion of it's potentially most able people to live in angry isolation. Hide
[to reporters on the day after losing the California governorship race to Edmund Brown, 1962] Just t Show more [to reporters on the day after losing the California governorship race to Edmund Brown, 1962] Just think how much you're going to be missing. You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore. Hide
[from a conference call to news organizations, September 8, 1974] I know many fair-minded people bel Show more [from a conference call to news organizations, September 8, 1974] I know many fair-minded people believe that my motivations and actions in the Watergate affair were intentionally self-serving and illegal. I now understand how my own mistakes and misjudgments have contributed to that belief and seem to support it. This burden is the heaviest one of all to bear. That the way I tried to deal with Watergate was the wrong way is a burden I shall bear for every day of the life that is left to me. Hide
I think President Johnson dies of a broken heart, I really do. Here's Johnson, this big, strong, int Show more I think President Johnson dies of a broken heart, I really do. Here's Johnson, this big, strong, intelligent tough guy, practically getting so emotional that he'd almost cry because his critics didn't appreciate him. He, til the very last, thought that he might be able to win them. And the point is, rather than have them love him, he should have done what he could have done very well - have them respect him. And in the end he lost. He neither gained the love nor retained the respect. Hide
[more advice to Reagan] Shaking up a team at midterm is not a sign of weakness. Done the right way, Show more [more advice to Reagan] Shaking up a team at midterm is not a sign of weakness. Done the right way, it increases your status at home and abroad as a strong leader who will not tolerate ineffectiveness,let alone disloyalty or dishonesty. I speak from experience. Some charged me with being too tough on subordinates. In retrospect, had I been tough, I might have avoided some of the problems that plagued me at the last. Hide
[in a televised address to the nation, November 17, 1973] In all my years of public service I have n Show more [in a televised address to the nation, November 17, 1973] In all my years of public service I have never obstructed justice. People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well I'm not a crook. I've earned everything I've got. Hide
[on E. Howard Hunt and the CIA] I want the break-in. Hell, they do that. You're to break into the pl Show more [on E. Howard Hunt and the CIA] I want the break-in. Hell, they do that. You're to break into the place, rifle the files and bring them in..Just go in and take it. Hide
If it hadn't been for Edgar Hoover, I couldn't have carried out my responsibilities as Commander-in- Show more If it hadn't been for Edgar Hoover, I couldn't have carried out my responsibilities as Commander-in-Chief. Period. He is a pillar of strength in a city of weak men. Hide
You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore, because, gentleman, this is my last press conference. You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore, because, gentleman, this is my last press conference.
Defeat doesn't finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when Show more Defeat doesn't finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits. Hide
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