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  • Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver. Finishing second in politics gets you oblivion.
    Richard M. Nixon (b. 1913), U.S. Republican politician, president. Quoted in Sunday Times (London, November 13, 1988). Referring to the defeat of Michael Dukakis by George Bush in the 1988 presidential election.

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  • People react to fear, not love—they don't teach that in Sunday School, but it's true.
    Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994), U.S. Republican politician, president. Quoted in William Safire, Before The Fall, prologue (1975).

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  • 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 (1913-1995), U.S. Republican politician, president. Quoted in Earl Mazo, Richard Nixon: A Political and Personal Portrait, ch. 18 (1959).

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  • When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.
    Richard M. Nixon (1913-1992), U.S. Republican politician, president. TV interview with David Frost, May 20, 1977. Quoted in I Gave Them a Sword, ch. 8, David Frost (1978).
  • Let us understand: North Vietnam cannot defeat or humiliate the United States. Only Americans can do that.
    Richard M. Nixon (1913-1992), U.S. Republican politician, president. television broadcast, Nov. 3, 1969. Quoted in Nixon: The Triumph of a Politician, ch. 14, Stephen Ambrose (1989). In his Memoirs, Nixon commented: "Very few speeches actually influence the course of history. The November 3 speech was one of them." On the subject of Vietnam, he later wrote: "No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now."("No More Vietnams" in New York Times (March 28, 1985)).
  • I played by the rules of politics as I found them.
    Richard M. Nixon (1913-1995), U.S. Republican politician, president. Times (London, March 26, 1990).
  • No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.
    Richard M. Nixon (b. 1913), U.S. Republican politician, president. "No More Vietnams," New York Times (March 28, 1985).

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  • People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook.
    Richard M. Nixon (1913-1992), U.S. Republican politician, president. press conference Nov. 17, 1973. New York Times (Nov. 18, 1973).

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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.
    Richard M. Nixon (1913-1995), U.S. Republican politician, president. Life (New York, June 8, 1959). This observation appeared in a tribute to Secretary of State John Foster Dulles following his death. Dulles, Nixon asserted, recognized this "fundamental truth."
  • There can be no whitewash at the White House.
    Richard M. Nixon (1913-1992), U.S. Republican politician, president. Television address on Watergate, April 30, 1973. New York Times (May 1, 1973). In July 1972 agents of Nixon's reelection committee were arrested in Democratic Party headquarters after an attempt to tap telephones there.

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