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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 2043
AUTHOR: Richard Milhous Nixon (1913–94)
QUOTATION: Red China and Russia are having their differences. But we cannot take too much comfort in the fact that what they are debating about is not how to beat each other but how to beat us. They are simply arguing about what kind of a shovel they should use to dig the grave of the United States.
ATTRIBUTION: RICHARD M. NIXON, speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Washington, D.C., April 20, 1963.—“American Policy Abroad,” Vital Speeches of the Day, June 1, 1963, p. 487.
SUBJECTS: World domination