I want to tell the good people of this state as a judge of the 3rd Judicial Circuit, if I didn’t have what it took to treat a man fair regardless of his color, then I don’t have what it takes to be the governor of your great state.
First gubernatorial campaign (1958), quoted in George Wallace: Conservative Populist (2004) by Lloyd Earl Rohler
As your governor, I shall resist any illegal federal court order, even to the point of standing at the schoolhouse door in person, if necessary.George Wallace
The unwelcomed, unwanted, unwarranted, and force-induced intrusion upon the campus of the University of Alabama today of the might of the central government offers frightful example of the oppression of the rights, privileges and sovereignty of this state by officers of the federal government.George Wallace
I stand here today, as Governor of this sovereign state, and refuse to willingly submit to illegal usurpation of power by the Central Government.George Wallace
Why does the Air Force need expensive new bombers? Have the people we've been bombing over the years been complaining?George Wallace
I have learned what suffering means. In a way that was impossible, I think I can understand something of the pain black people have come to endure. I know I contributed to that pain, and I can only ask your forgiveness.George Wallace
We shall continue to maintain segregation in Alabama completely and absolutely without violence or ill-will. ...I advocate hatred of no man, because hate will only compound the problems facing the South. ...We ask for patience and tolerance and make an earnest request that we be allowed to handle state and local affairs without outside interference.George Wallace