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  • Always remember, others may hate you. Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.
    Richard M. Nixon (1913-1992), U.S. Republican politician, president. speech, Aug. 9, 1974. To members of his administration, on leaving office.

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  • 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 (1913-1992), U.S. Republican politician, president. speech, Aug. 9, 1968, Miami. Acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination.

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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.
    Richard M. Nixon (1913-199 ), U.S. Republican politician, president. Note written July 1969, with reference to Edward Kennedy and the Chappaquiddick Bridge incident. Quoted in William Safire, Before the Fall, pt. 3, ch. 4 (1975).
  • 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.
    Richard M. Nixon (1913-1995), U.S. Republican politician, president. Remark, July 24, 1969, on U.S.S. Hornet welcoming back the crew of Apollo 11 four days after the first moon-landing. Quoted in Stephen Ambrose, Nixon: The Triumph of a Politician, vol. 2, ch. 13 (1989). A few days later, Ambrose narrates, the evangelist Billy Graham mentioned three greater days: Christ's birth, Christ's death, and Christ's resurrection. Nixon's scribbled response was: "Tell Billy R.N. referred to a week not a day...."

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  • The greatest honor history can bestow is that of peacemaker.
    Richard M. Nixon (1913-1995), U.S. Republican politician, president. First inaugural address, January 20, 1969.

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  • 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 (1913-1995), U.S. Republican politician, president. repr. In Stephen Ambrose, Nixon: The Triumph of a Politician, vol. 2, ch. 2 (1989). "Cuba, Castro and John F. Kennedy," The Reader's Digest (Nov. 1964).

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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.
    Richard M. Nixon (1913-1995), U.S. Republican politician, president. Interview with Stewart Alsop, said during his term as vice president. Quoted in Alsop, "A Talk with Nixon," appendix, Nixon and Rockefeller: A Double Portrait (1960).

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  • The one thing sure about politics is that what goes up comes down and what goes down often comes up.
    Richard M. Nixon (1913-1995), U.S. Republican politician, president. Quoted in Earl Mazo, Richard Nixon: A Political and Personal Portrait, ch. 17 (1959).
  • 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 (b. 1913), U.S. Republican politician, president. "The Campaign of 1960," Six Crises (1962).

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  • Castro couldn't even go to the bathroom unless the Soviet Union put the nickel in the toilet.
    Richard M. Nixon (1913-1995), U.S. Republican politician, president. remark to interviewer, Sept. 1980. Quoted in Robert Sam Anson, Exile: The Unquiet Oblivion of Richard M. Nixon, ch. 17 (1984).
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