65 Richard Nixon Quotes On Success In Life

Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th president of the United States. A member of the Republican Party, Nixon previously served as the 36th vice president from 1953 to 1961, having risen to national prominence as a representative and senator from California.

After five years in the White House that saw the conclusion to the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, détente with the Soviet Union and China, and the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency, he became the only president to resign from the office, following the Watergate scandal. These Richard Nixon quotes will motivate you.

Best Richard Nixon Quotes

  1. “Never forget, the press is the enemy. The establishment is the enemy. The professors are the enemy. Professors are the enemy. Write that on a blackboard 100 times and never forget it.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  2. “When the President does it, that means that it’s not illegal.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  3. “I was not lying. I said things that later on seemed to be untrue.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  4. “There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  5. “I know you heard what you thought I said, but what I said isn’t what I meant.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  6. “Nothing would please the Kremlin more than to have the people of this country choose a second-rate president.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  7. “Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  8. “I didn’t do anything wrong and I promise to never do it again.” ~ Richard M. Nixon

  9. “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
  10. “We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another – until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  11. “I don’t think a woman should be in any government job whatever. I mean, I really don’t. The reason why I do is mainly because they are erratic and emotional.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  12. “Capitalism works better than it sounds, while socialism sounds better than it works.” ~ Richard M. Nixon

  13. “[T]here may be some truth in that if the Arabs have some complaints about my policy towards Israel, they have to realize that the Jews in the U. S. control the entire information and propaganda machine, the large newspapers, the motion pictures, radio and television, and the big companies, and there is a force that we have to take into consideration.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  14. “We must always remember that America is a great nation today not because of what government did for people but because of what people did for themselves and for one another.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  15. “I don’t mind the homosexuality. I understand it. Nevertheless, goddamn, I don’t think you glorify it on public television, homosexuality, even more than you glorify whores. We all know we have weaknesses. But, goddammit, what do you think that does to kids? You know what happened to the Greeks! Homosexuality destroyed them. Sure, Aristotle was a homo. We all know that. So was Socrates.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  16. “Remember, always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  17. “The three most difficult words to speak are, “I was wrong.”” ~ Richard M. Nixon

  18. “The important thing is that we maintain plausible deniability.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  19. “The worst thing a politician can be is dull. At least I’m interesting.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  20. “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.” ~ Richard Nixon Quotes
  21. “If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats. But if you take no risks, you win no victories.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  22. “The press is the enemy.” ~ Richard M. Nixon, Richard Nixon quotes on press
  23. “You don’t know how to lie. If you can’t lie, you’ll never go anywhere.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  24. “Look at the Justice Department, it’s full of Jews…The lawyers in government are damn Jews.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  25. “The Jews are irreligious, atheistic, immoral bunch of bastards.” ~ Richard M. Nixon

  26. “Any nation that decides the only way to achieve peace is through peaceful means is a nation that will soon be a piece of another nation.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  27. “When the strongest nation in the world can be tied up for years in a war with no end in sight, when the richest nation in the world can’t manage its own economy, when the nation with the greatest tradition of the rule of law is plagued by unprecedented lawlessness, and when the President of the United States cannot travel abroad or to any major city at home without fear of a hostile demonstration – then it’s time for new leadership for the United States of America.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  28. “No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  29. “The Bohemian Grove, which I attend from time to time – it is the most faggy goddamned thing you could ever imagine.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  30. “Communism denies God, enslaves men, and destroys justice.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  31. “If the President does it, it can’t be illegal.” ~ Richard M. Nixon

  32. “Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  33. “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word “crisis.” One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  34. “Well, I screwed it up real good, didn’t I?” ~ Richard M. Nixon

  35. “The greatness comes not when things go always good for you. But the greatness comes when you’re really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes. Because only if you’ve been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  36. “Well, I’m not a crook.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  37. “You have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognizes this all while not appearing to.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  38. “I think Congress has spent enough time on ethics. I think it’s time they moved on to something else.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  39. “I would have made a good pope.” ~ Richard M. Nixon

  40. “Rarely have so many people been so wrong about so much.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  41. “The Jewish cabal is out to get me.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  42. “Politics would be a helluva good business if it weren’t for the goddamned people.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  43. “They put the Jewish interest above America’s interest and it’s about goddamn time that the Jew in America realizes he’s an American first and a Jew second.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  44. “Publicly, we say one thing….Actually, we do another.” ~ Richard M. Nixon

  45. “Federal and state laws (should) be changed to no longer make it a crime to possess marijuana for private use.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  46. “You must never be satisfied with losing. You must get angry, terribly angry, about losing. But the mark of the good loser is that he takes his anger out on himself and not his victorious opponents or on his teammates.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  47. “We will establish a new system that makes high-quality health care available to every American in a dignified manner and at a price he can afford.” ~ Richard Nixon Quotes
  48. Honesty may not be the best policy, but it is worth trying once in a while.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  49. “What we have done with the American Indian is its way as bad as what we imposed on the Negroes. We took a proud and independent race and virtually destroyed them. We have to find ways to bring them back into decent lives in this country.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  50. “Solutions are not the answer.” ~ Richard M. Nixon

  51. “The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  52. “The peace we seek in the world is not the flimsy peace which is merely an interlude between wars, but a peace which can endure for generations to come. It is important that we understand both the necessity and the limitations of America’s role in maintaining that peace. Unless we in America work to preserve the peace, there will be no peace. Unless we in America work to preserve freedom, there will be no freedom.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  53. “Those who hate us only win if we hate them back” ~ Richard M. Nixon, Richard Nixon quotes on hate
  54. “Being trustworthy is something you are, something you stand for and a core value you live by. It isn’t something you can train for nor is it something you can manipulate. You either have those values or you don’t.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  55. “Idealism without realism is impotent. Realism without idealism is immoral.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  56. “What a strange creature man is that he fouls his own nest.” ~ Richard M. Nixon

  57. “If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  58. “No president in history has been more vilified or was more vilified during the time he was President than Lincoln. Those who knew him, his secretaries, have written that he was deeply hurt by what was said about him and drawn about him, but on the other hand, Lincoln had the great strength of character never to display it, always able to stand tall and strong and firm no matter how harsh or unfair the criticism might be. These elements of greatness, of course, inspire us all today.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  59. “Baseball without fans is like Jayne Mansfield without a sweater. Hang on, that can be taken two ways.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  60. “If an individual wants to be a leader and isn’t controversial, that means he never stood for anything.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  61. “People react to fear, not love; they don’t teach that in Sunday School, but it’s true.” ~ Richard M. Nixon

  62. “To me, the most unhappy people in the world are the people … in Palm Beach- Going to parties every night. Playing golf every afternoon, then bridge. [They have] no purpose.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  63. “The jawbone of an ass is just as dangerous a weapon today as in Sampson’s time.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  64. “I’m not at liberty to discuss the governments knowledge of extraterrestrial UFO’s at this time. I am still personally being briefed on the subject!” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  65. “You find out who your true friends are not when you are on top of the world, but when the world is on top of you.” ~ Richard M. Nixon

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