"Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver. Finishing second in politics gets you oblivion."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Richard M. Nixon on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Richard M. Nixon on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Richard M. Nixon on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Richard M. Nixon on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Richard M. Nixon on Joseph Stalin
"In the television age, the key distinction is between the candidate who can speak poetry and the one who can only speak prose."
"Don't get the impression that you arouse my anger. You see, one can only be angry with those he respects."
"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."
"What starts the process, really, are laughs and slights and snubs when you are a kid. If your anger is deep enough and strong enough, you learn that you can change those attitudes by excellence, personal gut performance."
"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."