Quotes and Sayings about Nixon



"Even before Watergate and his resignation, Nixon had inspired conflicting and passionate emotions."
- Stephen Ambrose
(Related: Emotions, Nixon, Resignation)

"I thought Nixon was the worst President we had ever had, save only perhaps Andrew Johnson."
- Stephen Ambrose
(Related: Thought, Nixon, President)

"I thought Nixon was getting ganged up on, but when I heard the tapes, I was shocked and terribly saddened."
- Walter Annenberg
(Related: Thought, Nixon)

"If George W. Bush is given a second term, and retains a Republican Congress and a compliant federal judiciary, he and his allies are likely to embark on a campaign of political retribution the likes of which we haven't seen since Richard Nixon."
- Paul Begala
(Related: Congress, Nixon, Republican)

"The Nixon administration really put a lot of pressure on CBS not to run the second broadcast."
- Ben Bradlee
(Related: Nixon, Pressure)

"The biggest difference between Kennedy and Nixon, as far as the press is concerned, is simply this: Jack Kennedy really liked newspaper people and he really enjoyed sparring with journalists."
- Ben Bradlee
(Related: People, Difference, Nixon, Press)

"I never believed that Nixon could fully resurrect himself. And the proof of that was in the obits."
- Ben Bradlee
(Related: Nixon, Proof)

"It is my personal plan to assassinate by pistol either Richard Nixon or George Wallace."
- Arthur Bremer
(Related: Nixon)

"Now I start my diary of my personal plot to kill by pistol either Richard Nixon or George Wallace."
- Arthur Bremer
(Related: Nixon, Now)

"That was my choice at that time, and I still say Nixon was a great president. A very beautiful and wise man."
- Solomon Burke
(Related: Time, Choice, Man, Nixon, President)

"While he was president, it was popular to be a Nixon hater."
- Earl Butz
(Related: Nixon, Popular, President)

"The difference was you worked for Nixon, and with Ford."
- Earl Butz
(Related: Difference, Nixon)

"Nixon was kind of a loner, he had a cold personality."
- Earl Butz
(Related: Nixon, Personality)

"I contend that, in spite of all that might be said about Watergate, Richard Nixon was good for the poor people of America."
- Tony Campolo
(Related: People, America, Nixon, Poor)

"The Nixon administration kept a nasty eye on our show... Cops would come by - often just in time to see the act they wanted to see."
- Dick Cavett
(Related: Time, Act, Eye, Nixon)

"I think we're at risk with our democracy. I think we're dealing with the most closed, imperialistic, nastiest administration in living memory. They even put Richard Nixon to shame."
- Wesley Clark
(Related: Democracy, Living, Memory, Nixon, Risk, Shame)

"I'd walk over my own grandmother to re-elect Richard Nixon."
- Charles Colson
(Related: Nixon)

"Watergate showed more strengths in our system than weaknesses... The whole country did take part in quite a genuine sense in passing judgment on Richard Nixon."
- Archibald Cox
(Related: Country, Judgment, Nixon, Sense)

"I sent my flowers across the hall to Mrs Nixon but her husband remembered what a Democrat I am and sent them back."
- Bette Davis
(Related: HusbFlowers, Nixon)

"I was so opposed to the war in Vietnam that I initially refused President Nixon's urgings for me to go there."
- Sammy Davis, Jr.
(Related: War, Nixon, President, Vietnam)

"During the 1960 election, I saw Richard Nixon as the winner."
- Jeane Dixon
(Related: Nixon)

"Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a judge that Nixon wants back."
- William O. Douglas
(Related: Nixon)

"All leaders share something in common. They feel they are the only ones who can do the job."
- Julie Nixon Eisenhower
(Related: Job, Leaders)

"Presidents do not go into war lightly. It's a tremendous responsibility in making decisions, and I know Bush must deeply believe this is the only course."
- Julie Nixon Eisenhower
(Related: War, Decisions, Responsibility)

"You don't run for public office unless you have a specific vision. You are driven by ideas and a vision."
- Julie Nixon Eisenhower
(Related: Ideas, Vision, Office, Public)

"Women have more to prove than men when it comes to politics."
- Julie Nixon Eisenhower
(Related: Men, Politics, Women)

"Television has tremendous power over our lives."
- Julie Nixon Eisenhower
(Related: Power, Television)

"It's been a strange day - a day when I thought I was on top of the world, planning my life. I planned all of my courses for the rest of the semester at Smith, and talked to my advisor about honoring in History."
- Julie Nixon Eisenhower
(Related: History, Life, Thought, Day, Planning, Rest, World)

"If it weren't the problem of politics for me, it would be another. And yet, sometimes it's so difficult. And I feel sorry for myself. And then hate myself for this feeling of self-pity."
- Julie Nixon Eisenhower
(Related: Politics, Feeling, Hate, Self)

"I don't see a candidate on the scene right now, but it is going to have to be a candidate that people can look at as a leader and not as a man or a woman."
- Julie Nixon Eisenhower
(Related: Leader, People, Man, Now, Right, Woman)

"Basically, women have to prove they are strong at all times. And then when they go on the attack, they have to not appear mean because those women often get the label of being catty."
- Julie Nixon Eisenhower
(Related: Women, Being)

"First of all, we were never not speaking. It's gotten so blown out of proportion. It was a very straightforward difference of opinion. I think because we were so private and refused to talk about it, these stories just got out of control."
- Julie Nixon Eisenhower
(Related: Control, Difference, First, Opinion, Talk)

"Nixon did have a secret plan, and I knew that it involved making threats of nuclear war to North Vietnam."
- Daniel Ellsberg
(Related: War, Nixon, Vietnam)

"The Nixon years were trying. They honed my judgment for everything I did later on. The experience also illustrated for me the importance of training young lawyers properly."
- Fred F. Fielding
(Related: Experience, Importance, Judgment, Lawyers, Nixon, Training, Trying, Years)

"It became evident to me that there was a very serious political element at work. I know that the term impeachment was bandied about. I do not believe, however, that the word was used with the ferocity it was more recently or that it was in the Nixon years."
- Fred F. Fielding
(Related: Work, Nixon, Word, Years)

"Nixon was the most dishonest individual I have ever met in my life. He lied to his wife, his family, his friends, his colleagues in the Congress, lifetime members of his own political party, the American people and the world."
- Barry Goldwater
(Related: Family, Life, Wife, People, American, Congress, Friends, Nixon, Party, World)

"I wouldn't trust Nixon from here to that phone."
- Barry Goldwater
(Related: Trust, Nixon)

"And I also thought that Richard Nixon was the greatest political education we have ever had, but it looks like we need to relearn them again."
- Wavy Gravy
(Related: Education, Thought, Nixon)

"More than half the combat deaths in Vietnam occurred after Richard Nixon was elected on a promise to bring the war to an end, and after the American people had already decided that they did not want one more soldier to die in Vietnam."
- Raul Grijalva
(Related: War, People, American, End, Nixon, Promise, Vietnam, Want)

"Nixon, who spent much of his career attacking the press and saying he was a victim of the press, was in fact created by the press, in this case the L.A. Times."
- David Halberstam
(Related: Career, Fact, Nixon, Press, Saying)

"Avoid all needle drugs, the only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon."
- Abbie Hoffman
(Related: Drugs, Nixon, Worth)

"I once told Nixon that the Presidency is like being a jackass caught in a hail storm. You've got to just stand there and take it."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
(Related: Being, Nixon, Presidency)

"Do you realize the responsibility I carry? I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Nixon, Responsibility)

"I used to think we were going to win in the '60s. Nixon went out and I thought we won."
- Ken Kesey
(Related: Thought, Nixon)

"The government paid the family of Richard Nixon $18 million for papers, tape recordings and other materials seized after Watergate."
- Dexter S. King
(Related: Family, Government, Nixon)

"It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise."
- Henry A. Kissinger
(Related: Nature, End, Nixon, Tragedy)

"The essence of Richard Nixon is loneliness."
- Henry A. Kissinger
(Related: Loneliness, Nixon)

"The Vietnam War required us to emphasize the national interest rather than abstract principles. What President Nixon and I tried to do was unnatural. And that is why we didn't make it."
- Henry A. Kissinger
(Related: War, Interest, Nixon, President, Principles, Vietnam)

"Even when they don't know who Nixon was, these shows will continue to play."
- Norman Lear
(Related: Nixon, Play, Will)

"As President Nixon says, presidents can do almost anything, and President Nixon has done many things that nobody would have thought of doing."
- Golda Meir
(Related: Thought, Nixon, President)

"In my mind, the re-election of Richard Nixon, compared with what was available on the other side, was so much more important that I put it in just that context."
- John N. Mitchell
(Related: Mind, Nixon)

"A couple of hanging glands have nothing to do with making someone a man."
- Cynthia Nixon
(Related: Man, Nothing)

"I don't have Steve. There is no having the Steve."
- Cynthia Nixon
"I think women still want to be married. But I don't think they'll do anything to get married anymore."
- Cynthia Nixon
(Related: Women, Want)

"My private life is private. But at the same time, I have nothing to hide. So what I will say is that I am very happy."
- Cynthia Nixon
(Related: Life, Time, Nothing, Will)

"Your good friend has just taken a piece of cake out of the garbage and eaten it. You will probably need this information when you check me into the Betty Crocker Clinic."
- Cynthia Nixon
(Related: Friend, Information, Will)

"That's one of the problems with making music your business, it becomes a business. You're no longer just this kid who is a fan and going to see every show. I've been in a bar every night for the last 15 years. Going to see bands for me is work."
- Mojo Nixon
(Related: Music, Work, Business, Night, Problems, Years)

"I can't understand people calling themselves religious and being hateful. If a preacher is preaching hate, to fear God that's not religion, that's not helping humanity, that's organizing an army to defeat somebody."
- Mojo Nixon
(Related: God, Religion, People, Fear, Army, Being, Defeat, Hate, Humanity, Preaching, Religious)

"I'll have to have a room of my own. Nobody could sleep with Dick. He wakes up during the night, switches on the lights, speaks into his tape recorder."
- Pat Nixon
(Related: Night, Sleep)

"I have sacrificed everything in my life that I consider precious to advance the political career of my husband."
- Pat Nixon
(Related: Life, HusbCareer)

"Being first lady is the hardest unpaid job in the world."
- Pat Nixon
(Related: Being, First, Lady, Job, World)

"By the time you get dressed, drive out there, play 18 holes and come home, you've blown seven hours. There are better things you can do with your time."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Time, Home, Play)

"I can take it. The tougher it gets, the cooler I get."
- Richard M. Nixon
"I can see clearly now... that I was wrong in not acting more decisively and more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Acting, Now, Wrong)

"I brought myself down. I impeached myself by resigning."
- Richard M. Nixon
"I believe in the battle-whether it's the battle of a campaign or the battle of this office, which is a continuing battle."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Battle, Office)

"I am not a crook."
- Richard M. Nixon
"Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver. Finishing second in politics gets you oblivion."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Politics)

"Don't get the impression that you arouse my anger. You see, one can only be angry with those he respects."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Anger, Impression)

"Defeat doesn't finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Defeat, Man)

"Castro couldn't even go to the bathroom unless the Soviet Union put the nickel in the toilet."
- Richard M. Nixon
"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."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Peace, War, American, Honor, Words)

"Any lady who is first lady likes being first lady. I don't care what they say, they like it."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Being, Care, First, Lady)

"Any change is resisted because bureaucrats have a vested interest in the chaos in which they exist."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Change, Chaos, Interest)

"Americans admire a people who can scratch a desert and produce a garden. The Israelis have shown qualities that Americans identify with: guts, patriotism, idealism, a passion for freedom. I have seen it. I know. I believe that."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Patriotism, People, Americans, Freedom, Garden, Idealism, Passion)

"Always remember that others may hate you but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Hate, May)

"A public man must never forget that he loses his usefulness when he as an individual, rather than his policy, becomes the issue."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Policy, Forget, Man, Public, Usefulness)

"A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Man)

"I don't know anything that builds the will to win better than competitive sports."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Sports, Will)

"The mark of a true politician is that he is never at a loss for words because he is always half-expecting to be asked to make a speech."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Loss, Speech, Words)

"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."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Job, Man, President, Woman, Years)

"The American people are entitled to see the president and to hear his views directly, and not to see him only through the press."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: People, American, President, Press)

"The press is the enemy."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Enemy, Press)

"The presidency has many problems, but boredom is the least of them."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Boredom, Presidency, Problems)

"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."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Job, Lonely, Man, Public)

"The memory of that scene for me is like a frame of film forever frozen at that moment: the red carpet, the green lawn, the white house, the leaden sky. The new president and his first lady."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Film, First, Lady, Memory, President, Sky)

"The greatest honor history can bestow is that of peacemaker."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: History, Honor)

"The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Happiness, Life, Man)

"Politics would be a helluva good business if it weren't for the goddamned people."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Business, Politics, People)

"The Cold War isn't thawing; it is burning with a deadly heat. Communism isn't sleeping; it is, as always, plotting, scheming, working, fighting."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: War, Communism, Fighting)

"Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Hate)

"Tell them to send everything that can fly."
- Richard M. Nixon
"Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Government, Men)

"Solutions are not the answer."
- Richard M. Nixon
"Scrubbing floors and emptying bedpans has as much dignity as the Presidency."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Dignity, Presidency)

"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."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Hate, May)

"President Johnson and I have a lot in common. We were both born in small towns and we're both fortunate in the fact that we think we married above ourselves."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Fact, President)

"The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Fire)

"Well, I screwed it up real good, didn't I?"
- Richard M. Nixon
"I don't think that a leader can control, to any great extent, his destiny. Very seldom can he step in and change the situation if the forces of history are running in another direction."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Change, History, Leader, Control, Destiny, Direction, Running)

"You've got to learn to survive a defeat. That's when you develop character."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Character, Defeat)

"You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Gentlemen, Nixon, Press)

"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."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Investigation, Job, President)

"You must never be satisfied with losing. You must get angry, terribly angry, about losing. But the mark of the good loser is that he takes his anger out on himself and not his victorious opponents or on his teammates."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Anger, Losing, Opponents)

"When the President does it, that means that it's not illegal."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: President)

"There are some people, you know, they think the way to be a big man is to shout and stomp and raise hell-and then nothing ever really happens. I'm not like that I never shoot blanks."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: People, Hell, Man, Nothing)

"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 M. Nixon
(Related: Anger, Change, Performance, Deep, Excellence)

"There will be no whitewash in the White House."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Will)

"We must always remember that America is a great nation today not because of what government did for people but because of what people did for themselves and for one another."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Government, People, America, Nation, Today)

"We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Sympathy, Mathematics, Philosophy)

"Watergate had become the center of the media's universe, and during the remaining year of my presidency the media tried to force everything else to revolve around it."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Force, Media, Presidency, Universe)

"Unless a president can protect the privacy of the advice he gets, he cannot get the advice he needs."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Advice, Needs, President, Privacy)

"Under the doctrine of separation of powers, the manner in which the president personally exercises his assigned executive powers is not subject to questioning by another branch of government."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Government, Doctrine, President, Questioning, Separation)

"Tonight - to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans - I ask for your support."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Americans, Majority, Support)

"Voters quickly forget what a man says."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Forget, Man)

"When I retire I'm going to spend my evenings by the fireplace going through those boxes. There are things in there that ought to be burned."
- Richard M. Nixon
"I'm glad I'm not Brezhnev. Being the Russian leader in the Kremlin. You never know if someone's tape recording what you say."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Leader, Being)

"If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Music, Play, Want)

"If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats. But if you take no risks, you win no victories."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Will)

"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."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Words)

"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."
- Richard M. Nixon
"If I were to make public these tapes, containing blunt and candid remarks on many different subjects, the confidentiality of the office of the president would always be suspect."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Office, President, Public)

"If an individual wants to be a leader and isn't controversial, that means he never stood for anything."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Leader)

"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."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Change, History, Nature, Religion, Encouraging, Hope, Conflict, Man, Religious, Respect, Will)

"I've analyzed the best I can... and I have not found an impeachable offense, and therefore resignation is not an acceptable course."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Resignation)

"If you think the United States has stood still, who built the largest shopping center in the world?"
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: states, United, World)

"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."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Experience, Winning, Advice, Losing)

"I reject the cynical view that politics is a dirty business."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Business, Politics)

"I played by the rules of politics as I found them."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Politics, Rules)

"I let the American people down."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: People, American)

"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."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: America, Body, First, Instinct, Office, Presidency, President, Tomorrow)

"I have impeached myself by resigning."
- Richard M. Nixon
"People react to fear, not love; they don't teach that in Sunday School, but it's true."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Love, People, Fear, School)

"I've never canceled a subscription to a newspaper because of bad cartoons or editorials. If that were the case, I wouldn't have any newspapers or magazines to read."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Cartoons, Newspapers)

"My strong point, if I have a strong point, is performance. I always do more than I say. I always produce more than I promise."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Performance, Promise)

"People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook. I earned everything I've got."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: People, President)

"Our chief justices have probably had more profound and lasting influence on their times and on the direction of the nation than most presidents."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Direction, Influence, Nation)

"Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain."
- Richard M. Nixon
"Once you get into this great stream of history, you can't get out."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: History)

"No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: History, War, American, Now, Vietnam)

"If we take the route of the permanent handout, the American character will itself be impoverished."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Character, American, Will)

"Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Sun)

"In the television age, the key distinction is between the candidate who can speak poetry and the one who can only speak prose."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Poetry, Age, Key, Prose, Television)

"My own view is that taping of conversations for historical purposes was a bad decision on the part of all the presidents. I don't think Kennedy should have done it. I don't think Johnson should have done it, and I don't think we should have done it."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Decision)

"My concern today is not with the length of a person's hair but with his conduct."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Concern, Hair, Today)

"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."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Life, History, Being, Crisis, Sense)

"Let us move from the era of confrontation to the era of negotiation."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Negotiation)

"Let us begin by committing ourselves to the truth to see it like it is, and tell it like it is, to find the truth, to speak the truth, and to live the truth."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Truth)

"It's a piece of cake until you get to the top. You find you can't stop playing the game the way you've always played it."
- Richard M. Nixon
"It is necessary for me to establish a winner image. Therefore, I have to beat somebody."
- Richard M. Nixon
"It I talked about Watergate, I was described as struggling to free myself from the morass. If I did not talk about Watergate, I was accused of being out of touch with reality."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Being, Reality, Talk)

"Never say no when a client asks for something, even if it is the moon. You can always try, and anyhow there is plenty of time afterwards to explain that it was not possible."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Time, Moon)

"You can't underestimate the power of fear."
- Tricia Nixon
(Related: Power, Fear)

"He and Reagan were not at all alike, because Reagan is an optimist and Dick Nixon wasn't. Yet in some ways they were alike. Neither really liked to talk on the telephone, for instance. And, in a lot of respects, both of them were very much loners."
- Lyn Nofziger
(Related: Nixon, Talk)

"I sometimes lie awake at night trying to think of something funny that Richard Nixon said."
- Lyn Nofziger
(Related: Funny, Lie, Night, Nixon, Trying)

"I wrote that letter, and the one to Nixon. And I wrote more letters, and I thought it might be a magazine article. At that time I sent it to Esquire and Playboy, but anyway, I kept writing, and all of sudden I had enough and thought, well maybe it is a book."
- Don Novello
(Related: Time, Thought, Letters, Nixon, Writing)

"Some people thought we were presenting Archie as a false character. President Nixon thought we were making a fool out of a good man."
- Carroll O'Connor
(Related: Thought, People, Character, Fool, Man, Nixon, President)

"There were dragons to slay in the old days. Nixon was a good dragon."
- Pat Oliphant
(Related: Nixon, Old)

"Throughout the 20th century, the Republican Party benefited from a non-interventionist foreign policy. Think of how Eisenhower came in to stop the Korean War. Think of how Nixon was elected to stop the mess in Vietnam."
- Ron Paul
(Related: War, Policy, Foreign policy, Nixon, Party, Republican, Vietnam)

"I was fourteen when Kissinger made his secret trip to China, and then there was subsequently Nixon's trip to China, and I was very much seized with an interest in China."
- John Pomfret
(Related: Interest, Nixon)

"I first came on the scene during the Johnson years and that crowd was out all the time enjoying themselves. Nixon wasn't particularly social but a lot of the people in his administration were."
- Sally Quinn
(Related: Time, People, First, Nixon, Years)

"My mom was a Democrat and I was scared to death that she was gonna blow it. First I was going to hell with Monroe, and now to Republican hell with Nixon."
- Tommy Rettig
(Related: Death, Mom, First, Hell, Nixon, Now, Republican)

"In many ways when Jerry Ford pardoned Nixon, in a certain way, he did speak for the country."
- Morley Safer
(Related: Country, Nixon)

"Washington couldn't tell a lie, Nixon couldn't tell the truth, and Reagan couldn't tell the difference."
- Mort Sahl
(Related: Truth, Lie, Difference, Nixon, Washington)

"The death of JFK to the resignation of Richard Nixon marked a great turning point in American life."
- Pierre Salinger
(Related: Death, Life, American, Nixon, Resignation)

"Kennedy was a lot of fun, always. He had something going on. But not Nixon."
- George Smathers
(Related: Fun, Nixon)

"I liked Nixon fine, but Nixon was not a partier."
- George Smathers
(Related: Nixon)

"If we had pursued what President Nixon declared in 1970 as the war on cancer, we would have cured many strains. I think Jack Kemp would be alive today. And that research has saved or prolonged many lives, including mine."
- Arlen Specter
(Related: War, Cancer, Nixon, President, Research, Today)

"Nixon is finding out there are no tails on an Eisenhower jacket."
- Adlai E. Stevenson
(Related: Nixon)

"Nixon is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump for a speech on conservation."
- Adlai Stevenson
(Related: Conservation, Nixon, Speech)

"I covered two presidents, LBJ and Nixon, who could no longer convince, persuade, or govern, once people had decided they had no credibility, but we seem to be more tolerant now of what I think we should not tolerate."
- Helen Thomas
(Related: People, Credibility, Nixon, Now)

"The trouble with Nixon is that he's a serious politics junkie. He's totally hooked and like any other junkie, he's a bummer to have around, especially as President."
- Hunter S. Thompson
(Related: Politics, Nixon, President, Trouble)

"You and I are stuck with the necessity of taking the worst of two evils or none at all. So-I'm taking the immature Democrat as the best of the two. Nixon is impossible."
- Harry S. Truman
(Related: Necessity, Nixon)

"Nixon is one of the few in the history of this country to run for high office talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and lying out of both sides."
- Harry S. Truman
(Related: History, Time, Country, Lying, Nixon, Office, Talking)

"Richard Nixon is a no good, lying bastard. He can lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time, and if he ever caught himself telling the truth, he'd lie just to keep his hand in."
- Harry S. Truman
(Related: Time, Truth, Lie, Lying, Nixon)

"What makes me laugh? Richard Nixon always made me laugh."
- Bruce Vilanch
(Related: Nixon)

"The old Court you and I served so long will not be worthy of its traditions if Nixon can twist, turn and fashion If Nixon gets away with that, then Nixon makes the law as he goes along - not the Congress nor the courts."
- Earl Warren
(Related: Congress, Court, Fashion, Law, Nixon, Old, Traditions, Will)

"If Nixon is not forced to turn over tapes of his conversations with the ring of men who were conversing on their violations of the law, then liberty will soon be dead in this nation."
- Earl Warren
(Related: Men, Law, Liberty, Nation, Nixon, Will)

"When the bus or the plane rolled or flew through the night, they sang songs of their own composition about Mr Nixon and the Republicans in chorus with the Kennedy staff and felt that they, too, were marching like soldiers of the Lord to the New Frontier."
- Theodore White
(Related: Night, Nixon, Republicans, Soldiers, Songs)

"I might say that when the settlement was made the Nixon administration issued what they called a second inflation alert in which the General Motors settlement was branded as being inflationary and bad for the country."
- Leonard Woodcock
(Related: Being, Country, Inflation, Nixon)

"Not a season passes without new disclosures showing Nixon's numerous attempts at criminal use of his presidential powers and in fact the scorn he held for the rule of law."
- Bob Woodward
(Related: Fact, Law, Nixon)

"Nixon's grand mistake was his failure to understand that Americans are forgiving, and if he had admitted error early and apologized to the country, he would have escaped."
- Bob Woodward
(Related: Mistake, Failure, Americans, Country, Error, Nixon)

"Nixon's attempts to order subversion of various departments was bound to come out in some form."
- Bob Woodward
(Related: Nixon, Order)

"Nixon had some large achievements in foreign affairs. They will be remembered. But a president probably gets remembered for one thing, and Watergate will head the Nixon list, I suspect."
- Bob Woodward
(Related: Nixon, President, Will)

"The fact of the Watergate cover-up is not nearly as interesting as the step into making the cover-up. And when you understand the step, you understand that Richard Nixon lied. That he was a criminal."
- Bob Woodward
(Related: Fact, Nixon)

"It was accountability that Nixon feared."
- Bob Woodward
(Related: Nixon)

"When you hear in the tape recordings Nixon's own voice saying, We have to stonewall, We have to lie to the Grand Jury, We have to pay burglars a million dollars, it's all too clear the horror of what went on."
- Bob Woodward
(Related: Lie, Horror, Jury, Nixon, Saying, Voice)

"The failure of the system to deal quickly was attributable to Nixon's lying, stonewalling and refusal to come clean. So it took 26 months for the final truth to be known."
- Bob Woodward
(Related: Truth, Failure, Lying, Months, Nixon)

"The number of illegal activities were so large that one was bound to come out and lead to the uncovering of the others. Nixon was too willing to use the power of government to settle scores and get even with enemies."
- Bob Woodward
(Related: Government, Power, Enemies, Nixon)

"After Nixon resigned in 1974, he engaged in a very aggressive war with history, attempting to wipe out the Watergate stain and memory. Happily, history won, largely because of Nixon's tapes."
- Bob Woodward
(Related: History, War, Memory, Nixon)

"Even now there is no evidence that anyone involved in the Nixon operation was going to threaten us."
- Bob Woodward
(Related: Nixon, Now)

"I recently read some of the transcripts of Nixon's Watergate tapes, and they spent hours trying to figure out who was leaking and providing information to Carl and myself."
- Bob Woodward
(Related: Information, Nixon, Trying)