Republican Presidential quotes from Richard M. Nixon to George W. Bush
Richard M. Nixon 37th President served from 1969-1974
Here are some interesting and insightful quotes from Richard M. Nixon:
"I am not a crook..."
"The White House has no involvement
whatever in this particular incident."
"I condemn any attempts to cover up in
this case, no matter who is involved."
"This office is a sacred trust and I am
determined to be worthy of that trust."
"I am an introvert in an extrovert
"I donít give a shit what happens. I
want you all to stonewall it, let them plead the Fifth Amendment, cover up or
anything else, if itíll save itósave this plan. Thatís the whole point.
Weíre going to protect our people if we can."
"One vote is worth a hundred obscene
"You know, I always wondered about
taping equipment, but Iím damn glad we have it, arenít you?"
"If there is anything I want to do
before I die, it is to go to China. If I donít, I want my children to."
"Today, in one of the most difficult
decisions of my presidency, I accepted the resignations of two of my closest
associates in the White House, Bob Halderman and John Ehrlichman, two of the
finest public servants it has been my privilege to know . . ." (1973)
"It is time for the great silent
majority of Americans to stand up and be counted."
"Öin matters as sensitive as guarding
the integrity of our democratic process, it is essential that not only rigorous
legal and ethical standards be observed, but also that the public, you, have the
total confidence that they are both being observed and enforced by those in
authority and particularly by the president of the United States." (1973)
"There is one thing solid and
fundamental in politics. What is up today is down tomorrow." (1973)
"You donít win campaigns with a diet
of dishwater and milk toast."
"When the president does it, that means
that it is not illegal."
"Now that all the members of the press
are so delighted that I have lost . . . I believe Governor Brown has a heart,
even though he believes that I do not . . . I did not win. I have no hard
feelings against anybody, against any opponent and least of all, the people of
"You cannot win a battle in any arena
merely by defending yourself."
"My strong point, if I have a strong
point, is performance. I always do more than I say. I always produce more than I
"You wonít have Nixon to kick around
any more, because gentlemen, this is my last press conference." (1962)
"Communist leaders believe in Leninís
precept: Probe with bayonets. If you encounter mush, proceed; if you encounter
"Once a man has been in politics, once
thatís been in his life, he will always return if the people want him."
"I would have made a good pope."
"And all the decisions I have made in my
public life I have always tried to do what was best for the nation. . . . In the
past few days, however, it has become evident to me that I no longer have a
strong enough political base in Congress to justify continuing that effort . . .
. I would have preferred to carry through to the finish whatever the personal
agony it would have involved, and my family unanimously urged me to do so. . . .
. I have never been a quitter. . . . To leave office before my term is completed
is opposed to every instinct in my body." (Resignation, August 8, 1974)
"Always give your best. Never get
discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember; others may hate you. Those who
hate you donít win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself."
(Farewell to his White House staff, 1974)
"Once youíre in the stream of history
you canít get out."
"Television in its present formÖ[is]
the opiate of the people of the United States."
"Your boys will be home for
"A man who has never lost himself in a
cause bigger than himself has missed one of lifeís 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 would otherwise have remained
"Any culture which can put a man on the
moon is capable of gathering all the nations of the earth in peace, justice, and
"If I could find a way to get [Saddam
Hussein] out of there, even putting a contract out on him, if the CIA still did
that sort of thing, assuming it ever did, I would be for it."
"Voters quickly forget what a man