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The Best Richard Nixon Quotes

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A list of the best Richard Nixon quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Richard Nixon quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Richard Nixon quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Richard Nixon should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Richard Nixon quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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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.

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    The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.

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    If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together.

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    Yet we can maintain a free society only if we recognize that in a free society no one can win all the time. No one can have his own way all the time, and no one is right all the time.

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    If, when the chips are down, the worlds 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.

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    People react to fear, not love --they don't teach that in Sunday School, but it's true.

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    A man is not finished when he's defeated; he's finished when he quits.

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    The greatest honor history can bestow is that of peacemaker.

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    The peace we seek in the world is not the flimsy peace which is merely an interlude between wars, but a peace which can endure for generations to come. It is important that we understand both the necessity and the limitations of America's role in maintaining that peace. Unless we in America work to preserve the peace, there will be no peace. Unless we in America work to preserve freedom, there will be no freedom.

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    I am not a crook.

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    The more you stay in this kind of job, the more you realize that a public figure, a major public figure, is a lonely man.

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    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-race power and to see this Nation accept the first defeat in its proud 190-year history.

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    The sky is no longer the limit.

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    We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another -- until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices.

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    I made my mistakes, but in all of my years in public life, I have never profited, never profited from public serviceI have earned every cent. And in all of my years of public life, I have never obstructed justice. And I think, too, that I could say that in my years of public life, that I welcome this kind of examination, because people have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I am not a crook. I have earned everything I have got.

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    Nobody is a friend of ours. Let's face it.

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    This is the greatest week in the history of the world since the Creation, because as a result of what happened in this week, the world is bigger, infinitely.

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    Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver. Finishing second in politics gets you oblivion.

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    We are not bent on conquest or on threatening others. But we do have a nuclear umbrella that can protect others, above all the states to which we are allied or in which we have a great national interest.

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

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    When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.

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    No man can be fully free while his neighbor is not. To go forward at all is to go forward together.

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    The average American is just like the child in the family. You give him some responsibility and he is going to amount to something. He is going to do something. If, on the other hand, you make him completely dependent and pamper him and cater to him too much, you are going to make him soft, spoiled and eventually a very weak individual.

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    Defeat doesn't finish a man -- quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.

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    For its part, Government will listen. We will strive to listen in new ways -- to the voices of quiet anguish, to voices that speak without words, the voices of the heart, to the injured voices, and the anxious voices, and the voices that have despaired of being heard.