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Richard Milhouse Nixon
1913 - 1994

37th president of the United States (1968-1974). Nixon resigned in disgrace rather than be impeached for his role in the Watergate break-in scandal and other political antics


The ultimate test of a nation's character is not how it responds to adversity in war but how it meets the challenge of peace.

1994 - from Beyond Peace
America is a great nation today not because of what government did for the people bur because of what people did for themselves and for one another.

1994 - from Beyond Peace
In assembling a staff, the conservative leader faces a greater problem than does the liberal. In general, liberals want more government and hunger to be the ones running it. Conservatives want less government and want no part of it. Liberals want to run other people's lives. Conservatives want to be left alone to run their own lives.... Liberals flock to government; conservatives have to be enticed and persuaded.

from Leaders
Television is to news what bumper stickers are to philosophy.

With all the power that a President has, the most important thing to bear in mind is this: You must not give power to a man unless, above everything else, he has character. Character is the most important qualification the President of the United States can have.

1964 - from a television advertisement supporting Barry Goldwater's bid for the presidency
A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.

Dec. 10, 1978 - quoted in the Dallas Times-Herald
The jawbone of an ass is just as dangerous a weapon today as in Samson's time.

 When the president does it, that means it is not illegal.

May. 19, 1977 - from an interview with David Frost
To accomplish anything, we have to win. I will do whatever it takes, and say whatever it takes to get elected.

1969 - said to his aide Robert LeFevre in a California primary campaign
You must never be satisfied with success, and you should never be discouraged by failure. Failure can be sad, but the greatest sadness is not to try and fail, but to fail to try.

quoted by Sen. Robert Dole in his eulogy to Richard Nixon, delivered Apr. 27, 1994