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Watergate Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Watergate

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I can see clearly now...
that I was wrong in not acting more decisively and
more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate.
- Richard M. Nixon

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You must pursue this investigation of Watergate even
if it leads to the president.
I'm innocent.
You've got to believe I'm innocent.
If you don't, take my job.
- Richard M. Nixon

The source known as Deep Throat provided a kind of
road map through the scandal.
His one consistent message was that the Watergate burglary
was just the tip of the iceberg.
- Bob Woodward

Watergate is an immensely complicated scandal with
a cast of characters as varied as a Tolstoy novel.
- Bob Woodward

 

This story, I predict, will grow to be worse than Watergate.
The American people need to have the answers.
- Curt Weldon

I hope you will respond to the crisis of confidence
that Watergate has created by opening up your administration
and reaching out to people in a more magnanimous spirit.
- Elliot Richardson

There may yet be another Watergate book.
I have thought a book about the aftermath of Watergate
and its impact could be done,
perhaps by me or someone else.
- Bob Woodward

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After Watergate, America was a ship without a rudder.
Vietnam was left to its own devices,
drifting along towards its fate.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

Lawyers didn't seriously get involved in the Watergate
stories until quite late,
when we realized we were on to something.
- Bob Woodward

Watergate had become the center of the media's universe,
and during the remaining year of my presidency the
media tried to force everything else to revolve around it.
- Richard M. Nixon

The government paid the family of Richard Nixon $18 million for papers,
tape recordings and other materials seized after Watergate.
- Dexter S. King

It I talked about Watergate, I was described as struggling
to free myself from the morass.
If I did not talk about Watergate, I was accused of
being out of touch with reality.
- Richard M. Nixon

Even before Watergate and his resignation,
Nixon had inspired conflicting and passionate emotions.
- Stephen Ambrose

Because of Watergate in part, I am kind of a magnet
for calls and information and suggestions.
- Bob Woodward

Suppose Watergate had not been uncovered? I'd still be on the City Desk.
- Bob Woodward

I contend that, in spite of all that might be said about Watergate,
Richard Nixon was good for the poor people of America.
- Tony Campolo

I believe Watergate shows that the system did work.
Particularly the Judiciary and the Congress,
and ultimately an independent prosecutor working in the Executive Branch.
- Bob Woodward

The Watergate reforms did work well for many years,
and if improved and broadened, these reforms can have
real and major impact on the system today.
- Elliot Richardson

The French were mystified about the Watergate scandal.
- Pierre Salinger

Even Napoleon had his Watergate.
- Yogi Berra

I'm still friendly with Dean.
He still calls me on the phone from time to time.
John Dean was fired and later ended up spending some
time in prison for his role in Watergate.
- Fred F. Fielding

I remember being a kid and the Vietnam War was huge
and looking at Watergate.
- David Cross

Way before Watergate, senior administration officials hid behind anonymity.
- Bob Woodward

It would seem that the Watergate story from beginning
to end could be used as a primer on the American political system.
- Bob Woodward

I recently read some of the transcripts of Nixon's Watergate tapes,
and they spent hours trying to figure out who was leaking
and providing information to Carl and myself.
- Bob Woodward

The crusades of Vietnam and Watergate seemed like a good idea at the time,
even a noble one, not only to the press but perhaps
to a majority of Americans.
- Howard Fineman

The influences in my life were all kind of politically,
socially implanted.
And then there was Watergate.
- Tobe Hooper

Watergate showed more strengths in our system than weaknesses...
The whole country did take part in quite a genuine
sense in passing judgment on Richard Nixon.
- Archibald Cox

We're not going to have another Watergate in our lifetime.
I'm sure.
- Bob Woodward

Watergate provides a model case study of the interaction
and powers of each of the branches of government.
It also is a morality play with a sad and dramatic ending.
- Bob Woodward

Everybody has a little bit of Watergate in him.
- Billy Graham

There have been as many investigative reporters on
this newspaper working on Clinton's many problems as
I can remember there were working on Watergate.
- Ben Bradlee

I suspect there have been a number of conspiracies
that never were described or leaked out.
But I suspect none of the magnitude and sweep of Watergate.
- Bob Woodward

The biggest rap on me is that I don't find a Watergate every couple of years.
Well, Watergate was unique.
It's not something Carl Bernstein, I,
or the Washington Post caused.
- Bob Woodward

I used to think that the Civil War was our country's greatest tragedy,
but I do remember that there were some redeeming features
in the Civil War in that there was some spirit of sacrifice
and heroism displayed on both sides.
I see no redeeming features in Watergate.
- Sam Ervin

The political lesson of Watergate is this:
Never again must America allow an arrogant,
elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the
regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election.
- Gerald R. Ford

Nixon had some large achievements in foreign affairs.
They will be remembered.
But a president probably gets remembered for one thing,
and Watergate will head the Nixon list,
I suspect.
- Bob Woodward

I know that from the days of Watergate...
the notion of two sources on a story has become the
popular dogma about how you confirm something.
And there is a lot of truth to that,
but there are all kinds of ways to check to the extent that you can,
a story that you get.
- Howard Fineman

From Watergate we learned what generations before us have known;
our Constitution works.
And during Watergate years it was interpreted again
so as to reaffirm that no one -
absolutely no one -
is above the law.
- Leon Jaworski

The fact of the Watergate cover-up is not nearly as
interesting as the step into making the cover-up.
And when you understand the step, you understand that Richard Nixon lied.
That he was a criminal.
- Bob Woodward

If the many allegations made to this date are true,
then the burglars who broke into the headquarters of
the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate were,
in effect, breaking into the home of every citizen.
- Sam Ervin

Before Watergate and Viet Nam, the American public,
as a whole, believed everything it was told,
and since then it doesn't believe anything,
and both of those extremes hurt us because they prevent
us from recognizing the truth.
- Daniel Keys Moran

The American Dream has run out of gas.
The car has stopped.
It no longer supplies the world with its images,
its dreams, its fantasies.
No more.
It's over.
It supplies the world with its nightmares now:
the Kennedy assassination,
Watergate, Vietnam.
- J. G. Ballard

After Nixon resigned in 1974, he engaged in a very
aggressive war with history,
attempting to wipe out the Watergate stain and memory.
Happily, history won, largely because of Nixon's tapes.
- Bob Woodward

After Watergate, which happened when I was in college,
I became increasingly inspired by journalism as a way to change the world.
It sounds corny, but to wake the public up,
to serve a higher cause.
- David Talbot

Watergate was unique because it allowed the public
to play its democratic role in expressing its outrage at the presidency.
And as a result, for the first time in history a president resigned.
- Samuel Dash

I learned one thing in Watergate: I was well-intentioned
but rationalized illegal behavior,"
he said.
"You cannot live your life other than walking in the truth.
Your means are as important as your ends.
- Chuck Colson

An attempt is already underway to revise history -
to leave the impression that the former president had
nothing to do with Watergate.
But there is no doubt about his obstruction of justice
after the Watergate break-in.
- John J. Sirica

There is beauty and adventure in the commonplace
for those with eyes to see beyond.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

When I see Spirit in everything, Peace is at hand.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am a Passionate Observer of Life.
I See the events, feel the emotions,
and recognize the difference.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When It's Darkest, Men See the Stars.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We don't see things as they are,
we see things as we are.
- Anais Nin

Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

We must become the change we wish to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The traveler sees what he sees,
the tourist sees what he has come to see.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
- John Lubbock

The invariable mark of wisdom is to
see the miraculous in the common.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous


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