There are no moderate Republicans left, with the exception of a few who would vote with us when it doesn't make any difference. It's the most rigid ideological party since before the Civil War. [...] The bumper sticker I'm going to have printed up for Democrats this year is, "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."
From his keynote speech at the Maine People's Alliance 30th anniversary Rising Tide awards dinner, June 9, 2012, held at Woodford's Congregational Church in Portland.Quoted in Koenig, Seth (June 10, 2012). "Barney Frank tackles gay marriage, defense spending in Portland speech". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved on 2012-06-11.
I'm used to being in the minority. I'm a left-handed gay Jew. I've never felt, automatically, a member of any majority.Barney Frank
Moderate Republicans are reverse Houdinis . They tie themselves up in knots and then tell you they can't do anything because they're tied up in knots.Barney Frank
The issue is not that morals be applied to public policy, it's that conservatives bring public policy to spheres of our lives where it should not enter.Barney Frank
… [they] believe that life begins at conception and ends at birth…Barney Frank
In the debate between those who believe in essentially unregulated markets and others who hold that reasonable regulation diminishes market excesses without inhibiting their basic function, the subprime situation unfortunately provides ammunition for the latter view.Barney Frank
In a free society a large degree of human activity is none of the government's business. We should make criminal what's going to hurt other people and other than that we should leave it to people to make their own choices.Barney Frank
There are a lot of ways to mispronounce my name. That is the least common […] I checked with my mother. In 50 years no one's ever called her "Elsie Fag".Barney Frank
I’m surprised to find absence of explicit anti-Semitism this time. Was a page missing?Barney Frank
I do have things I would like to see adopted on behalf of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people: they include the right to marry the individual of our choice; the right to serve in the military to defend our country; and the right to a job based solely on our own qualifications. I acknowledge that this is an agenda, but I do not think that any self-respecting radical in history would have considered advocating people's rights to get married, join the army, and earn a living as a terribly inspiring revolutionary platform.Barney Frank