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“Some programs have been theatrical masterpieces, but all we’re seeing is the negative side of nuclear war.”

 

Barry Goldwater

“The best thing Clinton could do — I think I wrote him a letter about this, but I’m not sure — is to shut up. Every time I turn that radio on, there’s Clinton, making a speech. And he makes speeches on a subject he doesn’t know anything about. He has no discipline.”

 

Barry Goldwater

“You’ve got to forget about this civilian. Whenever you drop bombs, you’re going to hit civilians.”

 

Barry Goldwater

“When fraternities are not allowed, Communism flourishes. Young men who are inexperienced but have faith are more useful than older, experienced men without faith. The fraternity system is a bastion of American strength.”

 

Barry Goldwater

“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 Goldwater

“Trade unions infringe upon the property rights of company owners.”

 

Barry Goldwater

“I’m the most underdog underdog there is.”

 

Barry Goldwater

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

 

Barry Goldwater

“Having spent 37 years of my life in the military as a reservist, and never having met a gay in all of that time, and never having even talked about it in all those years, I just thought, why the hell shouldn’t they serve? They’re American citizens. As long as they’re not doing things that are harmful to anyone else… So I came out for it.”

 

Barry Goldwater

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

 

Barry Goldwater

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

 

Barry Goldwater

“In your heart you know he’s right.”

 

Barry Goldwater

“We now have a president who tries to save money by turning off lights in the White House, even as he heads toward a staggering addition to the national debt. “L.B.J.” should stand for Light Bulb Johnson.”

 

Barry Goldwater

“I’ve played everything – baseball, football, basketball. I can still swim a mile a day. That’s why I can’t walk.”

 

Barry Goldwater

“I understand Jacqueline Kennedy has redone the White House in eighteenth-century style. Why, then, I’d fit in perfectly.”

 

Barry Goldwater

“To my mind the single essential element on which all discoveries will be dependent is human freedom.”

 

Barry Goldwater

“It’s political Daddyism and it’s as old as demagogues and despotism.”

 

Barry Goldwater

“If the Conservative is less anxious than his Liberal brethren to increase Social Security ‘benefits,’ it is because he is more anxious than his Liberal brethren that people be free throughout their lives to spend their earnings when and as they see fit”

 

Barry Goldwater

“The only summit meeting that can succeed is one that does not take place.”

 

Barry Goldwater

“I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size.”

 

Barry Goldwater