Peace with Honor

"Peace with Honor" was a phrase U.S. President Richard M. Nixon used in a speech on January 23, 1973 to describe the Paris Peace Accord to end the Vietnam War. The phrase is a variation on a campaign promise Nixon made in 1968: "I pledge to you that we shall have an honorable end to the war in Vietnam."[1] The treaty specified that a ceasefire would take place four days later. According to the plan, within sixty days of the ceasefire, the North Vietnamese would release all U.S. prisoners, and all U.S. troops would withdraw from South Vietnam. On March 29, 1973, the last U.S. soldier left Vietnam. On 30 April 1975, Saigon fell to North Vietnamese troops.[2] While Nixon's campaign used the phrase, as a rhetorical trope it has a very long pedigree of use by politicians as can be seen by the list below.

Earlier uses


  1. Nixon TV ad
  2. Gilbert Morales, Critical Perspectives on the Vietnam War, p. 120-125, 2005, ISBN 1-4042-0063-0, ISBN 978-1-4042-0063-0
  3. Cicero, Cicero: Letters to Atticus, Volume 4, Books 7.10-10, p. 29.
  4. Hoyt's New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations, 1922.
  5. Shakespeare, William, Coriolanus Act iii. Sc. 2.
  6. Burke, Edmund, "On Conciliation with the Colonies" (1775).
  7. Safire, William, Safire's Political Dictionary (2008), p. 531
  8. Commager, Henry Steele and Richard B. Morris, Woodrow Wilson and the Progressive Era 1910-1917 (1972).
  9. Chamberlain, Neville, "Peace for Our Time, September 30, 1938.
  10. Churchill, W.S., "Dishonour and War, September 30, 1938.

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