Quotes by: Ed Koch

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Ed Koch
Koch in August 1988
105th Mayor of New York City
In office
January 1, 1978 – December 31, 1989
Preceded by Abraham Beame
Succeeded by David Dinkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 18th district
In office
January 3, 1973 – December 31, 1977
Preceded by Charles Rangel
Succeeded by Bill Green
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th district
In office
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1973
Preceded by Theodore Kupferman
Succeeded by John Murphy
Personal details
Born Edward Irving Koch
(1924-12-12)December 12, 1924
The Bronx, New York City, U.S.
Died February 1, 2013(2013-02-01) (aged 88)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater City College of New York
New York University
Religion Judaism
Awards
Combat Infantryman Badge EAME Campaign Medal World War II Victory Medal
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1943–1946
Rank Sergeant
Unit 104th Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War II Battle of Hürtgen Forest Battle of the Bulge

We're in the hands of the state legislature and God, but at the moment, the state legislature has more to say than God.
Ed Koch
I said, to be a New Yorker you have to live here for six months, and if at the end of the six months you find you walk faster, talk faster, think faster, you're a New Yorker.
Ed Koch
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.
Ed Koch
In a neighborhood, as in life, a clean bandage is much, much better than a raw or festering wound.
Ed Koch
There was always a love-hate relationship with New York in the rest of the country, but I made them feel more love than hate.
Ed Koch
The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse.
Ed Koch
I think that every Saturday, we ought to say, 'My father's a Jew, my mother was a Jew, and I'm a Jew,' with great pride.
Ed Koch
Twelve years ago, if someone attacked me, I wouldn't let them get away with it. I'd take them on. I now perceive my job to include allowing people to vent their rage.
Ed Koch
You punch me, I punch back. I do not believe it's good for one's self-respect to be a punching bag.
Ed Koch
The knife of corruption endangered the life of New York City. The scalpel of the law is making us well again.
Ed Koch
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.
Ed Koch
Jews have always thought that having someone elevated with his head above the grass was not good for the Jews. I never felt that way. I believe that you have to stand up.
Ed Koch
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.
Ed Koch
I probably enjoy campaigning more than most other people in public office because I like people and I enjoy going out there and telling people what I've done.
Ed Koch
I'm sure that people who elected me, some of them thought I was gay, some of them thought I wasn't gay, and most of them didn't care.
Ed Koch
I think I have a very good reputation amongst the gay population and among the whole country because I stood up on the issue of gay rights. It is not easy to stand up on that issue when you are single and male in New York City. I did it anyway.
Ed Koch
When I came in, the city was on the edge of bankruptcy. I'm proud of what I did. I built the foundation that mayors after me built upon - particularly Bloomberg. But the foundation was essential because if it hadn't occurred, we would have been another Detroit.
Ed Koch
I was not afraid of the press or the militants. It was uncomfortable, but I was not afraid. With respect to the press, I knew I knew more than they knew about city matters. With respect to the militants, I understood it. I mean, everybody believed in those days that they were being screwed, you know, that somebody was getting ahead of them.
Ed Koch
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