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Rush Limbaugh dies: Memorable quotes from his 30-year radio career

Rush Limbaugh, the radio host who ripped into liberals and laid waste to political correctness as the ‘voice of American conservatism’, died on Wednesday at the age of 70.

Here are some of the most memorable quotes from the unflinchingly conservative and larger-than-life broadcaster, who galvanized his listeners and infuriated his detractors for 30 years: 

‘What’s the difference between a liberal and a conservative? A liberal will interpret the constitution, a conservative will quote it!’ — Rush Limbaugh 

‘If Thomas Jefferson thought taxation without representation was bad, he should see how it is with representation.’ — Rush Limbaugh

‘Even when I think I’m wrong, I’m right. I am all-knowing.’ — Rush Limbaugh

‘Psychologically, when I sit down at noon, I’m it. I’m the only thing on. Nobody else does what I do. Nobody else has the opportunity. That’s the psychological mindset. It’s not an ego thing; it’s just the way I’ve always approached it.’ — Rush Limbaugh 

‘I’d get up in the morning, get ready to go to school, and I would dread it. I hated it. My mother would have the radio on. And the guy on the radio sounded like he was having so much fun. And I knew, when his program was over, he wasn’t going to go to school.’ — Rush Limbaugh 

‘End results that work that don’t involve government threaten liberals.’ — Rush Limbaugh

‘I want the largest audience I can get, because that’s how I can charge the highest advertising rate. Which means what else do I want? Money. I am trying to earn a profit. It’s capitalism.’ — Rush Limbaugh 

‘I want the largest audience I can get, because that’s how I can charge the highest advertising rate. Which means what else do I want? Money. I am trying to earn a profit. It’s capitalism.’ — Rush Limbaugh 

‘If people are speaking about something passionately and if they have a level of intelligence about it and if they’re sufficiently informed, it’s going to be like a magnet to people.’ — Rush Limbaugh 

'Liberals measure compassion by how many people are given welfare. Conservatives measure compassion by how many people no longer need it.' -- Rush Limbaugh

‘Liberals measure compassion by how many people are given welfare. Conservatives measure compassion by how many people no longer need it.’ — Rush Limbaugh

‘I come from a long ago era where men could be men and stereotypical humor didn’t offend anybody.’ — Rush Limbaugh

‘I’m amazed at the Democrats and the media who do not know what’s going on in my world. I know what’s going on in theirs. I study ’em. I watch ’em every day.’ — Rush Limbaugh 

‘Most of my critics don’t even listen to me; they are clueless. They just go to Web sites that report what I say out of context.’ — Rush Limbaugh

‘Even when I think I’m wrong, I’m right. I am all-knowing.’ — Rush Limbaugh 

‘I am the Doctor of Democracy. I am America’s Truth Detector. And as the Doctor of Democracy, the deal you have with your doctor isn’t changing. You get to keep your doctor. You get to keep your plan. You get to keep your station. Nothing’s changing, and it really never was gonna change.’ — Rush Limbaugh

‘I’ve always believed in the old-fashioned way: When you’ve got scoundrels in office, you vote ’em out.’ — Rush Limbaugh

‘Liberals measure compassion by how many people are given welfare. Conservatives measure compassion by how many people no longer need it.’ — Rush Limbaugh

'Liberalism is a scourge. It destroys the human spirit. It destroys prosperity. It assigns sameness to everybody. And wherever I find it, I oppose it.' -- Rush Limbaugh

‘Liberalism is a scourge. It destroys the human spirit. It destroys prosperity. It assigns sameness to everybody. And wherever I find it, I oppose it.’ — Rush Limbaugh

‘I must be honest. I can only read so many paragraphs of a New York Times story before I puke.’ — Rush Limbaugh

‘Racist — a person who wins an argument with a liberal.’  — Rush Limbaugh

‘Liberalism is a scourge. It destroys the human spirit. It destroys prosperity. It assigns sameness to everybody. And wherever I find it, I oppose it.’ — Rush Limbaugh

‘Compassion is no substitute for justice.’ — Rush Limbaugh

‘The only way liberals win national elections is by pretending they’re not liberals.’ — Rush Limbaugh

‘If you had to attach not a philosophy but an attitude to a leftist worldview, it’s one of pessimism and darkness, sadness. They’re never happy, are they? They’re always angry about something. No matter what they get, they’re always angry.’ — Rush Limbaugh 

‘Feminism has led women astray. I love the women’s movement — especially when walking behind it.’ — Rush Limbaugh

‘No nation has ever taxed itself into prosperity.’  — Rush Limbaugh

‘Enraging liberals is simply one of the more enjoyable side effects of my wisdom.’  — Rush Limbaugh


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