Barry Goldwater
Quotations


I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!

Perserverance. . .thatís been the story of my family.

I have the unmitigated gall to think that I could lead men anywhere, business, politics or combat.

Iíve often said that if I hadnít known Barry Goldwater in 1964 and I had to depend on the press and the cartoons, Iíd have voted against the son of a bitch.

History has to judge every man who served. I donít know how theyíre going to treat me. I may be the worst S.O.B. that ever came down the pike. But I wonít lose any sleep over it. I just like to be remembered as an honest person who tried.

I won't say that the papers misquote me, but I sometimes wonder where Christianity would be today if some of those reporters had been Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

I wouldn't trust Nixon from here to that phone.

If everybody in this town connected with politics had to leave town because of chasing women and drinking, you would have no government.

It's a great country, where anybody can grow up to be president... except me.

It's political Daddyism and it's as old as demagogues and despotism.

Nixon was the most dishonest individual I have ever met in my life. He lied to his wife, his family, his friends, his colleagues in the Congress, lifetime members of his own political party, the American people and the world.

Politics is the art of achieving the maximum amount of freedom for individuals that is consistent with the maintenance of social order.

Religious factions will go on imposing their will on others unless the decent people connected to them recognize that religion has no place in public policy. They must learn to make their views known without trying to make their views the only alternatives.

Sex and politics are a lot alike. You don't have to be good at them to enjoy them.

The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government.

The big thing is to make this country, along with every other country in the world with a few exceptions, quit discriminating against people just because they're gay, you don't have to agree with it, but they have a constitutional right to be gay. And that's what brings me into it.

Throughout history civilian populations and political rulers have talked of peace. We have never been free of war. The soldier, whose profession is war, understands that peace must be enforced by superior military might. The certainty of defeat is the only effective deterrent we can use to maintain peace. Furthermore, we can be strong without being aggressive.

To disagree, one doesn't have to be disagreeable.

To insist on strength is not war-mongering. It is peace-mongering.

When I'm not a politician, I'll be dead.

You don't have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight.

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