Richard Nixon: I Have Never Been a Quitter

Despite all his gifts, Nixon spent his whole life falling and running and falling again

| Richard Nixon's first conscious memory was of falling -- falling and then running. He was three years old, and his mother had taken him and his brother out riding in a horse-drawn buggy, and the horse turned a corner too fast on the way home. The boy fell out. A buggy wheel ran over his head and inflicted a deep cut. "I must have been in shock," Nixon recalled later, "but I managed to get up and run after the buggy while my mother tried to make the horse stop." The only aftereffect, Nixon said, was a scar, and that...

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