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I have said what I meant and meant what I said. I have not done as well as I should like to have done, but I have done my best, frankly and forth-rightly; no man can do more, and you are entitled to no less.

I once said cynically of a politician, "He'll double-cross that bridge when he comes to it." See quote detail

I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.

I shall never ask, never refuse, nor ever resign an office.

I'm not an old, experienced hand at politics. But I am now seasoned enough to have learned that the hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.

If I believe in something, I will fight for it with all I have. But I do not demand all or nothing. I would rather get something than nothing. Professional liberals want the fiery debate. They glory in defeat. The hardest job for a politician today is to have the courage to be a moderate. It's easy to take an extreme position.

If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be no help.

Macdonald's Law: Never write a letter if you can help it, and never destroy one.

More men have been elected between Sundown and Sunup than ever were elected between Sunup and Sundown.

Never retract, never explain, never apologize - get the thing done and let them howl.

No one is forced to be a politician. It can only compare with fox hunting and writing poetry. These are two things that men do for sheer enjoyment, too.

Now that all the members of the press are so delighted I lost, I'd like to make a statement. As I leave you I want you to know -just think how much you'll be missing. You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference.

One of the luxuries of a politican's life is that you see yourself as others see you.

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.

Power is a drug on which the politicians are hooked. They buy it from the voters, using the voters' own money.

Probably the most distinctive characteristic of the successful politician is selective cowardice.

Reagan won because he ran against Jimmy Carter. Had he run unopposed he would have lost.

Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.

Statesmanship is harder than politics. Politics is the art of getting along with people, whereas statesmanship is the art of getting along with politicians.

Successful democratic politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies.


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