Barry Goldwater (1909 - 1998)
U.S. Senator, Arizona (1952 - 1992)
1964 Republican Presidential Nominee

"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice...moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." 
- Barry Goldwater 1964 Republican National Convention

"A lot of so-called conservatives today don't know what the word means. They think I've turned liberal because I believe a woman has a right to an abortion. That's a decision that's up to the pregnant woman, not up to the pope or some do-gooders or the religious right. It's not a conservative issue at all."
- Barry Goldwater, 1994 Los Angeles Times interview.

"I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is 'needed' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' interests, I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can." 
-- Sen. Barry Goldwater, "The Conscience of a Conservative"

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

"It's political Daddyism and it's as old as demagogues and despotism."
-- Sen. Barry Goldwater

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

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

A Tribute to Barry Goldwater

The Goldwater Institute