"Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice.
Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue."
Barry Goldwater
(1909-1998) US Senator (R-Arizona)
Often attributed to Goldwater but no source found. Perhaps paraphrased from this quote:
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This is not the correct quote. It does a disservice to a great American.
 -- John J. Pilato, Sr., Buffalo, N.Y.     
     -- Gary, Lane      
     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    Goldwater may have said those words at one time, but in his 1964 presidentiao acceptance speech he said, "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."
     -- Jack, Greeen, OH     
    The quote's source has been changed to 'Questionable' with a link to the quote Jack was so kind to research:
     -- Editor, Liberty Quotes     
    Dear Editor, It's not "Questionable".... just correct the quote as posted. This statement is from from BG's 1964 acceptance speech. "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."
     -- Lydia, Orlando, FL     
    Both quotes are accurate from two different speeches.

    This version is actually even more timely.
     -- Roland, Bonner's Ferry     
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     -- Mary, MI      
    The extremist loses their influence in trying kill everyone or simply trying to imprison everyone. 1 + 1 = 2, and if you want to deny or simply debate this proposition I'm sorry I must  move on. So long.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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