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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Richard Milhous Nixon (1913–94)
QUOTATION: You think of those kids out there. I say “kids.” I have seen them. They are the greatest. You see these bums, you know, blowing up the campuses. Listen, the boys that are on the college campuses today are the luckiest people in the world, going to the greatest universities, and here they are burning up the books, I mean storming around about this issue—I mean you name it—get rid of the war; there will be another one. Out there we’ve got kids who are just doing their duty. I have seen them. They stand tall, and they are proud. I am sure they are scared. I was when I was there. But when it really comes down to it, they stand up and, boy, you have to talk up to those men. And they are going to do fine; we’ve got to stand back of them.
ATTRIBUTION: President RICHARD M. NIXON, informal conversation with one of a group of employees who had gathered in a corridor to greet him at the Pentagon, May 1, 1970.—The Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Richard Nixon, 1970, p. 417, footnote 1.
SUBJECTS: Campus violence