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Richard Nixon Peacetime Address Highlights: 9 Quotes From Speech

By    |   Monday, 01 Jun 2015 03:45 PM

As the 37th President of the United States, Richard Nixon ended the Vietnam War, which was quite the feat for the only president to ever resign from office.

While his reputation may have been tarnished because of the Watergate Scandal, his second inaugural address spoke volumes to the American people who were so relieved to hear of an end to the Vietnam War was in sight.

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Here are nine highlights from that 1973 speech:

1. “When we met here four years ago, America was bleak in spirit, depressed by the prospect of seemingly endless war abroad and of destructive conflict at home. As we meet here today, we stand on the threshold of a new era of peace in the world.”

2. “Let us resolve that this will be what it can become: a time of great responsibilities greatly borne, in which we renew the spirit and the promise of America as we enter our third century as a nation.”

3. “The peace we seek in the world is not the flimsy peace which is merely an interlude between wars, but a peace which can endure for generations to come.”

4. “The time has passed when America will make every other nation’s conflict our own, or make every other nation’s future our responsibility, or presume to tell the people of other nations how to manage their own affairs. Just as we respect the right of each nation to determine its own future, we also recognize the responsibility of each nation to secure its own future.”

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5. “We have the chance today to do more than ever before in our history to make life better in America — to ensure better education, better health, better housing, better transportation, a cleaner environment — to restore respect for law, to make our communities more livable — and to insure the God-given right of every American to full and equal opportunity.”

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“Abroad and at home, the time has come to turn away from the condescending policies of paternalism — of ‘Washington knows best.’”

7. “As America’s longest and most difficult war comes to an end, let us again learn to debate our differences with civility and decency. And let each of us reach out for that one precious quality government cannot provide — a new level of respect for the rights and feelings of one another, a new level of respect for the individual human dignity which is the cherished birthright of every American.”

8. “Let us be proud that in each of the four wars in which we have been engaged in this century, including the one we are now bringing to an end, we have fought not for our selfish advantage, but to help others resist aggression.”

9. “We are embarking here today on an era that presents challenges great as those any nation, or any generation, has ever faced. We shall answer to God, to history, and to our conscience for the way in which we use these years.”

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