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Pat Nixon

Nixon in the White House (1970)
First Lady of the United States
In role
January 20, 1969 â€“ August 9, 1974
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Lady Bird Johnson
Succeeded by Betty Ford
Second Lady of the United States
In role
January 20, 1953 â€“ January 20, 1961
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded by Jane Barkley
Succeeded by Lady Bird Johnson
Personal details
Born Thelma Catherine Ryan
(1912-03-16)March 16, 1912
Ely, Nevada, U.S.
Died June 22, 1993(1993-06-22) (aged 81)
Park Ridge, New Jersey, U.S.
Resting place Nixon Presidential Library, Yorba Linda, California
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Richard Nixon (1940–1993 her death)
Children Tricia
Julie
Alma mater Fullerton College
University of Southern California
Profession Clerk, secretary, technician, teacher, analyst
Religion Methodism

All lives have triumphs and tragedies, laughter and tears, and mine has been no different.
Pat Nixon
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.
Pat Nixon
I never had time to dream about being anyone else.
Being first lady is the hardest unpaid job in the world.
I feel there's enough seriousness in the world without seeing it in the theatre.
Pat Nixon
I only know what I read in the papers.
I don't have time to worry about who I admire or who I identify with.
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.
Pat Nixon
I never have tantrums. If anything makes me mad, I'm silent. If I'm not talking, leave me alone.
Pat Nixon
I have always tried my best to do what I thought was the right thing at the time.
Pat Nixon
I do or die, but I never cancel out.
It takes heart to be in political life.
I'd like to work on job and educational opportunities for all.
I'm a perfectionist. I won't do a thing without trying to do it well.
Pat Nixon
I think a person has to just be herself.
I have a very positive outlook.
I love my husband. I believe in him, and I am proud of his accomplishments.
Pat Nixon
The truth sustains me.
I have sacrificed everything in my life that I consider precious to advance the political career of my husband.
Pat Nixon
I don't have time to be depressed.
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.
Pat Nixon
I have made my own decisions ever since my father died.
I always look forward, not back.
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.
Pat Nixon
I didn't know what it was not to work hard as I grew up.