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Richard Nixon Inaugural Address Highlights: 6 Quotes From Speech

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Richard Nixon being inaugurated as the 37th President of the United States, 1969. (wikimedia/commons)

By    |   Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 04:40 PM

Before the Watergate scandal that severely damaged his legacy, President Richard Nixon had several notable accomplishments during his time in office. Nixon's two inauguration speeches, both delivered on Jan. 20 in 1969 and 1973 respectively, speak of unity, prosperity and maintaining peace in the world.

He historically brokered peace with China in 1972, and oversaw great strides in foreign policy, civil rights and environmental policies.

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Here are six highlights of Nixon's two inauguration speeches:

1. "The greatest honor history can bestow is the title of peacemaker. This honor now beckons America — the chance to help lead the world at last out of the valley of turmoil and onto that high ground of peace that man has dreamed of since the dawn of civilization."

2. "Each moment in history is a fleeting time, precious and unique. But some stand out as moments of beginning, in which courses are set that shape decades or centuries. This can be such a moment."

3. "What kind of a nation we will be, what kind of a world we will live in, whether we shape the future in the image of our hopes, is ours to determine by our actions and our choices."

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4. "The American dream does not come to those who fall asleep."

5. "Let us build a structure of peace in the world in which the weak are as safe as the strong — in which each respects the right of the other to live by a different system — in which those who would influence others will do so by the strength of their ideas, and not by the force of their arms. Let us accept that high responsibility not as a burden, but gladly — gladly because the chance to build such a peace is the noblest endeavor in which a nation can engage."

6. Nixon borrowed a page from Kennedy during his second inaugural speech: "Let us remember that America was built not by government, but by people — not by welfare, but by work — not by shirking responsibility, but by seeking responsibility. In our own lives, let each of us ask — not just what will government do for me, but what can I do for myself? In the challenges we face together, let each of us ask — not just how can government help, but how can I help?"

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