Pat Nixon quotes share a common theme among many First Ladies of anguish and the pressure of being a President’s wife. Her life was one of trial and despair at times but her quotes showed she clearly didn’t give up. She joins a long list of women who felt this way, such as Dolly Madison and Martha Washington.
Pat Nixon real name Thelma Catherine Nixon was the wife of Richard Nixon and an American educator. She spent more than 30 years in public office and served as the 37th First Lady of the United States of America. Below are a number of quotes from her.
“Being first lady is the hardest unpaid job in the world."
“I'll have to have a room of my own. Nobody could sleep with Dick. He wakes up during the night, switches on the lights, speaks into his tape recorder.”
“I have sacrificed everything in my life that I consider precious to advance the political career of my husband."
“I only know what I read in the papers.”
“I'm a perfectionist. I won't do a thing without trying to do it well.”
“I never have tantrums. If anything makes me mad, I'm silent. If I'm not talking, leave me alone.”
“Not my power, but the power of the position, a power which could be used to help.”
“I didn't know what it was not to work hard as I grew up.”
“I always look forward, not back.”
“I don't have time to be depressed.”
“I have made my own decisions ever since my father died.”
“If I had a choice, I'd rather be admired less and have my husband tormented less. I'd prefer that people concentrate on a fair assessment of him and his Presidency.”
“All lives have triumphs and tragedies, laughter and tears, and mine has been no different. What really matters is whether, after all of that, you remain strong and a comfort to your loved ones. I have tried to meet that test.”
“I have always tried my best to do what I thought was the right thing at the time.”
“I'd like to work on job and educational opportunities for all.”
“I've been blessed with a wonderful husband, two caring daughters and sons-in-law, and four really special grandchildren. They have each enhanced my life.”
“I think a person has to just be herself.”
“I never had time to dream about being anyone else.”
“I feel there's enough seriousness in the world without seeing it in the theatre.”
“I don't have time to worry about who I admire or who I identify with.”
“It takes heart to be in political life.”
“I do or die, but I never cancel out.”
“The truth sustains me.”
“I have a very positive outlook.”
“I love my husband. I believe in him, and I am proud of his accomplishments.”
“Helping another person gives one the deepest pleasure in the world.”
“Even when people can't speak your language, they can tell if you have love in your heart.”
“Caring for others creates the spirit of a nation.”
“You can't underestimate the power of fear.”
“[On the ERA Equality March:] It's the funniest thing. I don't feel there's any discrimination. I know my husband feels that way.”
“The hearings are just like a snake about to devour people.”
Pat Nixon quotes are of a woman who despite going through so much refused to give up. She had her moments but she never quit. I hope her quotes though sometimes gloomy will be a motivator and an inspiration to all who read to rise above all challenges.