Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.

— Marion Barry

The most powerful Marion Barry quotes to discover and learn by heart

There are two kinds of truth. There are real truths, and there are made up truths.


I am a great mayor; I am an upstanding Christian man; I am an intelligent man; I am a deeply educated man; I am a humble man.


If you take out the killings, Washington actually has a very low crime rate.


People blame me because these water mains break, but I ask you, if the water mains didn't break, would it be my responsibility to fix them then? WOULD IT!?!


I am clearly more popular than Reagan.

I am in my third term. Where's Reagan? Gone after two! Defeated by George Bush and Michael Dukakis no less.


What right does Congress have to go around making laws just because they deem it necessary?


I had my bad times. But the good news is that every time this has happened I've taken full responsibility for it. I don't try to duck it, I don't try to dodge it, I don't try to bullshit about it. Truth crushed to the ground will rise again. And that's what my life has been about.


And no offense, but let’s grow our own teachers, let’s grow our own nurses—and so that we don’t have to be scrounging around in our community clinics and other kinds of places—having to hire people from somewhere else.


We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up business and dirty shops. They ought to go.


There is a sort of an unwritten code in Washington, among the underworld and the hustlers and these other guys that I am their friend.


I have to admit I didn't do as much as I should have back when I was mayor, but now we're getting it done. It's not where you've been but where you're going.


Our neighbors in Virginia are just as responsible for these killings as the criminals are because they won't pass strong gun [control] legislation.


About Marion Barry

Quotes 22 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Politician
Birthday October 16

When you know more, you can do more.


My personal view is very simple: What happens in your bedroom, it's up to you.

If you want to use gay marriage as an affectionate kind of thing you're doing, do it.


Aside from the murders, DC has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.


People have criticized me because my security detail is larger than the president's. But you must ask yourself: are there more people who want to kill me than who want to kill the president? I can assure you there are.


Jesse ain't running nothin' but his mouth.


My greatest work comes in the community.


I read a funny story about how the Republicans freed the slaves.

The Republicans are the ones who created slavery by law in the 1600's. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves and he was not a Republican.


The contagious people of Washington have stood firm against diversity during this long period of increment weather.


The brave men who died in Vietnam, more than 100% of which were black, were the ultimate sacrifice.