April 21, 2010

Quotables: Barry Goldwater

"Equality, rightly understood as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences; wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism."

"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."

"Where is the politician who has not promised to fight to the death for lower taxes- and who has not proceeded to vote for the very spending projects that make tax cuts impossible?"

"I think any man in business would be foolish to fool around with his secretary. If it's somebody else's secretary, fine."

"I could have ended the war in a month. I could have made North Vietnam look like a mud puddle."

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

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

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

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

"Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have

"If you don't mind smelling like peanut butter for two or three days, peanut butter is darn good shaving cream."

"I will offer a choice, not an echo."

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

"The only summit meeting that can succeed is the one that does not take place."

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

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

-Barry Goldwater, U.S. Senator from 1953-65 & 1969-87, and Presidential candidate in 1964 (R)

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