Asked in
Famous Quotations
John Adams
John Quincy Adams

Who said 'Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice'?

Answer

User Avatar
Wiki User
June 22, 2010 11:58AM
  • 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!
    • Acceptance Speech as the 1964 Republican Presidential candidate.
    • Variants and derivatives of this that are often quoted include:
Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue.Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.Moderation in the protection of liberty is no virtue; extremism in the defense of freedom is no vice. Answer from Wikiquote.

THE REAL ANSWER: BARRY GOLDWATER SAID THIS IN HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH AS THE 1964 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE.

No, the real answer is Marcus Tullius Cicero. It is true that Barry Goldwater used

in in a speech but Cicero is credited with the original.