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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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  • ''For its part, Government will listen. We will strive to listen in new ways—to the voices of quiet anguish, to voices that speak without words, the voices of the heart, to the injured voices, and the anxious voices, and the voices that have despaired of being heard.''
    Richard M. Nixon (1913-1995), U.S. Republican politician, president. first inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1969.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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