Richard Nixon Quotes

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I would have made a good Pope.
— Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon

Certain loyalty comes only through dependency.

loyalty

Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them back; then you destroy yourself.
— Richard Nixon

hate

They say, "Gee, you look great." That means they thought you looked like hell before.
— Richard Nixon

praise

The true idealist pursues what his heart says is right in a way that his head says will work.
— Richard Nixon

idealist

Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver.  Finishing second in politics gets you oblivion.

politics

Defeat doesn't finish a man—quit does.  A man is not finished when he's defeated.  He's finished when he quits.

defeat

People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook. I earned everything I've got.
— Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon

It's a piece of cake until you get to the top. You find you can't stop playing the game the way you've always played it.
— Richard Nixon

leadership government

I played by the rules of politics as I found them.  Not taking a higher road than my predecessors and my adversaries was my central mistake.

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I wanted to be a sports writer, but it took me too long to turn out my stuff. I found I could become vice president faster than I could become a newspaperman.
— Richard Nixon

journalism

I wanted to be a sports writer. but it took me too long to turn out my stuff. I found I could become vice president faster than I could become a newspaperman.
— Richard Nixon

politicians

I brought myself down.  I gave them a sword.  And they stuck it in, and they twisted it with relish. And I guess if I had been in their position, I'd have done the same thing.
— Richard Nixon

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