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Is in the article twice.

Categories For Quotes[edit]

Does anyone think that it would be a good idea to separate these quotes into (Public Adresses) and (White House/Watergate Tapes)? The two sets show completely different sides of Nixon, and are rather jumbled as they are now. Can anyone help with what quotes are from where?

I have a different idea, if you mean to divide it into two articles. If you would like to separate them on one page, I don't oppose you. Perhaps you like to check other pages sorted by themes like Mohandas Gandhi. Cheers. --Aphaia 00:33, 3 May 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hunter S. Thompson[edit]

There's plenty of quotes about Nixon in the Wikiquote article for Hunter S. Thompson. Maybe we should add them here. -- LGagnon 14:11, 3 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Yes there's a lot there, but for sake of proportions, I wouldn't recommend duplicating it wholesale here. If you'd like to choose one or two that seem best to you, and add them here, that'd be cool I think. Perhaps we would like to have the clickable link with Thompson's name point to the Nixon subsection on his page, in order to increase the probability that people who visit this page would see the rest. Sams 14:38, 3 Jun 2005 (UTC)

did he say it?[edit]

  • "We're going to [put] more of these little Negro bastards on the welfare rolls at $2,400 a family—let people like [New York Sen.] Pat Moynihan ... believe in all that crap. But I don’t believe in it. Work, work—throw 'em off the rolls. That's the key ... I have the greatest affection for [blacks], but I know they're not going to make it for 500 years. They aren't. You know it, too. The Mexicans are a different cup of tea. They have a heritage. At the present time they steal, they're dishonest, but they do have some concept of family life. They don't live like a bunch of dogs, which the Negroes do live like."
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This was Nixon in a taped discussion with Ehrlichman and Haldeman, quoted in "All the Philosopher King's Men" in Harper's magazine (February 2000), and in Poor People's Medicine : Medicaid and American Charity Care Since 1965 (2006) Jonathan Engel, p. 267 ~ Kalki 17:04, 9 January 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"can't stand pat" sourced[edit]

Nixon's line "America cannot stand pat" is from the fourth Kennedy-Nixon debate.

Some may wonder why the quote is remarkable. It might be worth noting in the article that Mr. Nixon's wife was named Pat.

 -- Ben Rosengart <>

Many of these quotes are from the movie nixon, and their authenticity is in doubt

Massive cleanup 2007·06·17[edit]

Noticing a totally spurious endorsement by Nixon of "purple Kool-aid" on this page, I finally began tackling the very unpleasant task of intensely dealing with one more page of the random unformatted debris that people are prone to post on the pages on politicians. I just spent several hours tediously sorting through the massively unsorted and mis-sorted mess this page had become — I removed some duplications, many quotations of people other than Nixon that were posted in a long transcript of one of the famous tapes, and then added two sections for his Inaugural speeches. I did not make an effort to source much that remains unsourced, but I cleaned up much of the worst mess, and set the page as a whole into proper order. There are many more notable quotes I am sure that can still be added, but I can only hope that there is enough material presented that we will not again have any huge new flood of poorly formatted or poorly sourced material. Some day I might get around to addressing the mess on a few of the pages of more recently active politicians, but right now I am still trying to get around to finishing up work on some more interesting files for literary figures that I've dabbled with on off and on for the last few weeks. ~ Kalki 10:08, 17 June 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Good on you for taking that on - I'd been planning to have a go at some of the obvious mistakes next week when I have some time off. I suppose I'll have to check on Reagan's page or something now...
Jb17kx 11:15, 19 June 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Sock it to me!![edit]

thats just wonderfull this man makes me gigle every time i read anything about him

How about some positive quotes?[edit]

Why is this article filled with basically only negative things about Nixon? How about someone actually make this article neutral and include some good quotes? Or perhaps everyone has forgotten about the accomplishments of the Nixon administration. NiXon 21:50, 11 November 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

If you feel that something is needed, you have to be willing to do it yourself. Wikiquote, like other Wiki projects, is a community effort. You're welcome to add succinct and notable quotes to improve upon an article. - InvisibleSun 23:11, 11 November 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I agree with UTC, this article is very flawed.

Seeking source[edit]

"The jawbone of an ass is just as dangerous a weapon today as in Sampson's time."

The above quotation, which I rather like, has been attributed to Nixon, but I can't find a source for it. I've searched everywhere, even the transcripts of his presidential tapes, with no luck. I was hoping somebody might know who actually said it. Sysmsifa 06:29, 24 May 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Solutions are not the answer."[edit]

I hear this quoted often. Anyone have a source? 05:45, 20 March 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Won't vs. Don't[edit]

The Nixon quote from the last press conference is widely reported as "You won't have Nixon to kick around", including in the NYTimes transcript, but it's actually "you don't have Nixon to kick around". This is one of a number of errors in the Times' transcript. See here; I've added the citation to the 'last press conference' wikipedia article, but this quote appears a lot of places incorrectly. What's the policy on a line which is widely misquoted in many reliable published sources? The usage of the quote sometimes casts it as more of a literal prediction, which is hampered by the correct wording; this is probably why it is so often misquoted.-- 08:07, 28 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You could add "as quoted in..." to the original citation, and put a note about the audio recording after it. (E.g., see the "no such thing as society" quote in the Margaret Thatcher article.) Alternatively, one could correct the quote and add an explanation; but I think using the originally published version as the main entry is fine in this case. ~ Ningauble 12:17, 28 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Nixon said that Jews are draft dodgers[edit]

The New York Times has this MP3 file which they quote here. Problem: they didn't specify the year, month, tape number, and/or the conversation number. —User 000 name 00:00, 22 May 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]