Richard M. Nixon Quotes

A collection of quotes by Richard M. Nixon.

Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) was an American politician who served as the 37th President of the United States from 1969 to 1974. Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, California, and grew up in a modest Quaker family. He excelled academically and attended Whittier College and Duke University School of Law.

Nixon embarked on his political career after World War II, winning a seat in the House of Representatives in 1946. He later served as a Senator from California from 1950 to 1953 and as Vice President under President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953 to 1961. Nixon’s political profile rose during his tenure as Vice President, particularly for his role in handling the Cold War and his visits to foreign countries.

In 1968, Nixon won the Republican nomination for President and went on to defeat Democratic nominee Hubert Humphrey in the general election, narrowly securing his presidency. During his presidency, Nixon implemented a series of policies collectively known as the "Nixon Doctrine," which aimed to reduce American involvement in foreign conflicts. Notably, he pursued détente with the Soviet Union and facilitated the historic visit of President Mao Zedong to the United States.

However, Nixon’s presidency was marred by the Watergate scandal, a political scandal that unfolded in 1972. Following revelations of illegal activities by members of his administration, Nixon resigned from office in August 1974, becoming the first U.S. president to do so.

Despite the controversy surrounding his presidency, Nixon made significant contributions to foreign policy and left a lasting impact on American politics. He played a vital role in reshaping U.S.-China relations and advocating for nuclear arms control. Following his resignation, Nixon largely withdrew from public life and focused on writing and international consulting. He passed away on April 22, 1994.