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

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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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    The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.

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    I am not a crook.

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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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    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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    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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    I played by the rules of politics as I found them.

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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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    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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    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.

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    A public man must never forget that he loses his usefulness when he as an individual, rather than his policy, becomes the issue.

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

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    There is no such thing as a nonpolitical speech by a politician.

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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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    The lesson of all history warns us that we should negotiate only when our military superiority is so convincing that we can achieve our objective at the conference table, and deny the aggressor theirs.

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    The one thing sure about politics is that what goes up comes down and what goes down often comes up.

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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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    This fellow Hunt...he knows too damn much.

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    Our idea is to create a situation in which those lands to which we have obligations or in which we have interests, if they are ready to fight a fire, should be able to count on us to furnish the hose and water.

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    Let us move from the era of confrontation to the era of negotiation.

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    It is not enough just to be for peace. The point is, what can we do about it?

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    Nothing matters more to the future of this Nation than insuring that our young men and women learn to believe in themselves and believe in their dreams, and that they develop this capacitythat you develop this capacity, so that you keep it all of your lives. I believe one of Americas most priceless assets is the idealism which motivates the young people of America. My generation has invested all that it has, not only its love but its hope and faith, in yours.

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    A man who has never lost himself in a cause bigger than himself has missed one of life's mountaintop experiences. Only in losing himself does he find himself. Only then does he discover all the latent strengths he never knew he had and which otherwise would have remained dormant.

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    There are these and other great causes that we were elected overwhelmingly to carry forward in November of 1972. And what we were elected to do, we are going to do, and let others wallow in Watergate, we are going to do our job.