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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1939
AUTHOR: Richard Milhous Nixon (1913–94)
QUOTATION: A riot is a spontaneous outburst. A war is subject to advance planning.
ATTRIBUTION: RICHARD M. NIXON, address before the National Association of Manufacturers, New York City, December 8, 1967.—James J. Kilpatrick quoted a transcript in his syndicated column in The Evening Star, Washington, D.C., December 26, 1967, p. A13. Nixon’s topic was the “war in our cities.”