Richard M. Nixon

Richard M. Nixon

Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was an American politician who served as the 37th President of the United States from 1969 until 1974, when he became the only U.S. president to resign from office. He had previously served as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961 under the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, and prior to that as a U.S. Representative and also Senator from California.

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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.

Once you get into this great stream of history you can't get out.

The press is the enemy.

The memory of that scene for me is like a frame of film, forever frozen at that moment: the red carpet, the green lawn, the white house, the leaden sky. The new president and his first lady.

Only if you have been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.

The American people are entitled to see the president and to hear his views directly and not to see him only through the press.

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.

I brought myself down. I impeached myself by resigning.

Scrubbing floors and emptying bedpans has as much dignity as the Presidency.

Tonight - to you the great silent majority of my fellow Americans - I ask for your support.

It I talked about Watergate I was described as struggling to free myself from the morass. If I did not talk about Watergate I was accused of being out of touch with reality.

I've analyzed the best I can... and I have not found an impeachable offense and therefore resignation is not an acceptable course.

Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too.

You must pursue this investigation of Watergate even if it leads to the president. I'm innocent. You've got to believe I'm innocent. If you don't take my job.

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.

My strong point if I have a strong point is performance. I always do more than I say. I always produce more than I promise.

If you take no risks you will suffer no defeats. But if you take no risks you win no victories.

Politics would be a helluva good business if it weren't for the goddamned people.

Our chief justices have probably had more profound and lasting influence on their times and on the direction of the nation than most presidents.

I have never been a quitter. To leave office before my term is completed is opposed to every instinct in my body. But as president I must put the interests of America first Therefore I shall resign the presidency effective at noon tomorrow.

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