Barry M Goldwater Quotes (20 quotations)

1. A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away. - Barry M Goldwater

2. After one of his [Hubert Humphrey] long-winded harangues I suggested he had probably been vaccinated with a phonograph needle. He responded by saying that I would have been a great success in the movies working for Eighteenth Century-Fox. - Barry M Goldwater

3. Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. - Barry M Goldwater

4. Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages. - Barry M Goldwater

5. 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. - Barry M Goldwater

6. 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. - Barry M Goldwater

7. I wouldn't trust Nixon from here to that phone. - Barry M Goldwater

8. If you don't mind smelling like peanut butter for two or three days, peanut butter is darn good shaving cream. - Barry M Goldwater

9. I'm not sure I've even got the brains to be President. - Barry M Goldwater

10. It's political Daddyism and it's as old as demagogues and despotism. - Barry M Goldwater

11. 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. - Barry M Goldwater

12. On religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in A, B, C, and D. Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of 'conservatism.' - Barry M Goldwater

13. Politics [is] the art of achieving the maximum amount of freedom for individuals that is consistent with the maintenance of social order. - Barry M Goldwater

14. Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have. - Barry M Goldwater

15. The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government. - Barry M Goldwater

16. The only summit meeting that can succeed is the one that does not take place. - Barry M Goldwater

17. To disagree, one doesn't have to be disagreeable. - Barry M Goldwater

18. To insist on strength is not war-mongering. It is peace-mongering. - Barry M Goldwater

19. When I'm not a politician, I'll be dead. - Barry M Goldwater

20. You don't have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight. - Barry M Goldwater

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