These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.
I'll have them niggers voting Democratic for two hundred years.
Said to two governors regarding the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to then-Air Force One steward Robert MacMillan. Source: Kessler, Ronald (1996). Inside the White House. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 33. ISBN 0671879197. Retrieved on 5 July 2014.71.178.55.131 19:24, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
Speaking to Secret Service Agent who was shielding him outdoors while he was urinating, after urinating on his leg.
Education is equipping our children to walk through doors of opportunity.
For this is what America is all about. It is the uncrossed desert and the unclimbed ridge. It is the star that is not reached and the harvest sleeping in the unplowed ground. Is our world gone? We say “Farewell.” Is a new world coming? We welcome it -- and we will bend it to the hopes of man.
Ford's economics are the worst thing that's happened to this country since pantyhose ruined finger-fucking.
If two men agree on everything, you can be sure one of them is doing the thinking.
If you have had your foot on the neck of a man for three hundred years, and then take it off, do you expect him to get up and thank you?
Commenting on criticism of rioting African-Americans in 1968.
If you let a bully come into your garden one day, the next day he'll be up on your porch, and the day after that he'll rape your wife in your own bed.
My generals are always right about other people's wars and wrong about our own.
Now listen, George, don’t think about 1968. Think about 1988. You and me, we’ll be dead and gone, then, George. [...] What do you want left after you, when you die? Do you want a great big marble monument that reads, ‘George Wallace: He Built.’ Or do you want a little piece of pine board lying across that harsh caliche soil that reads, ‘George Wallace: He Hated.'
Popular anecdote from meeting with Alabama Governor George Wallace, 13 March 1965
The Democratic party at its worst, is still far better than the Republican party at its best.
We have just lost the South for a generation.
To an aide, upon having signed the Civil Rights Act.
We learned from Hitler at Munich that success only feeds the appetite for aggression.
We'll pass any damn legislation we want; it's the Supreme Court's duty to declare it unconstitutional.
Speech in the House of Representatives
You know, doing what is right is easy. The problem is knowing what is right.
You’re asking the leader of the Western world a chickenshit question like that?
You do not examine legislation in light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered.