"I don't believe that in our society that we should have guns."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Ed Koch on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Ed Koch on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Ed Koch on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Ed Koch on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Ed Koch on Mahatma Gandhi
"I was drafted into the Army when I was 19 and came out at age 22. Most people that I knew didn't think they'd come home alive. I didn't think I would either, so I was happy when I did."
"Citizens, thank you for all your birthday wishes. I am 88 years old today and still lucky to live in the greatest city in the world."
"No, I am not a homosexual. If I were a homosexual, I would hope I would have the courage to say so. What's cruel is that you are forcing me to say I am not a homosexual. This means you are putting homosexuals down. I don't want to do that."
"The best way to lose weight is to close your mouth - something very difficult for a politician. Or watch your food - just watch it, don't eat it."
"If you listen to Giuliani, it's like nobody did anything to improve the city except him. I'm not part of the history. Bloomberg's not part of the history. It's like, he did it. He's the only one. That's why he's a little crazy."