Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.— Daniel Patrick Moynihan
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To be Irish is to know that in the end the world will break your heart.
The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare.
Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from life what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth: namely, a healthy skepticism of the powers of government agencies to do good.
Marriage orients men and women toward the future, asking them not just to commit to each other but to plan, to earn, to save, and to devote themselves to advancing their children's prospects.
The steady expansion of welfare programs can be taken as a measure of the steady disintegration of the Negro family structure over the past generation in the United States.
If the newspapers of a country are filled with good news, the jails of that country will be filled with good people.
I can live with the robber barons, but how do you live with these pathological radicals?
The institution of the family is decisive in determining not only if a person has the capacity to love another individual but in the larger social sense whether he is capable of loving his fellow men collectively. The whole of society rests on this foundation for stability, understanding and social peace.
The principal objective of American government at every level should be to see that children are born into intact families and that they remain so.
At the heart of the deterioration of the fabric of the Negro society is the deterioration of the Negro family.
The American Constitution was designed to make it hard to have too much government.
We've come full circle but the best remains the heart of the city, the greatest center of the greatest city, our Acropolis, where our Christmas tree is lighted.
Am I embarrassed to speak for a less than perfect democracy? Not one bit.
Find me a better one. Do I suppose there are societies which are free of sin? No, I don't. Do I think ours is, on balance, incomparably the most hopeful set of human relations the world has? Yes, I do.
The great corporations of this country were not founded by ordinary people.
They were founded by people with extraordinary intelligence, ambition, and aggressiveness.
The amount of violations of human rights in a country is always an inverse function of the amount of complaints about human rights violations heard from there. The greater the number of complaints being aired, the better protected are human rights in that country.
To strip our past of glory is no great loss, but to deny it honor is devastating.
Citizen participation is a device whereby public officials induce nonpublic individuals to act in a way the officials desire.
At 14 you are still in most respects a dependent youth, in some respects a child. At 24 you are an adult. In between, extraordinary turbulences take place.
A commonplace of political rhetoric has it that the quality of a civilization may be measured by how it cares for its elderly. Just as surely, the future of a society may be forecast by how it cares for its young.
People who pierce the veil of money rarely return with their faculties altogether intact.
If we get into the mind-set where the good becomes the enemy of the best, we will get nothing.
Irresponsibility breeds irresponsibility.
The finances of government are so central. You'd think that would be pretty obvious.
Pandaemonium was inhabited by creatures quite convinved that the great Satan had their best interests at heart. Poor little devils.
Secrecy is for losers. For people who do not know how important the information really is.
If you don't have 30 years to devote to social policy, don't get involved.
Secrecy is for losers. . . . It is time to dismantle government secrecy, this most persuasive of Cold War-era regulations. It is time to begin building the supports for the era of openness that is already upon us.
A responsible government does not triple the national debt in eight years.
It is perhaps common in the world for individuals and nations to suffer for their noble qualities more than for their ignoble ones. For nobility is an occasion for pride, the most treacherous of sentiments.
The US wished things to turn out as they did, and worked to bring this about.
The department of state desired that the UN prove utterly ineffective in whatever measures it undertook. This task was given to me, and I carried it forward with no inconsiderable success.
So many of the new nations which were established as democracies after the second world war, during the decolonizing process, have now changed their system to state-socialism. Small elites run them, and they aren't sharing societies. They aren't even socialist. The power of the state has been merged with business property and you have the greatest concentration of power that's possible.
Government cannot provide values to persons who have none, or who have lost those they had. It cannot provide inner peace. It can provide outlets for moral energies, but it cannot create those energies.
There is one unmistakable lesson in American history: A community that allows a large number of young men to grow up in broken families, dominated by women, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any set of rational expectations about the future
In too many cases, if our Government had set out determined to destroy the family, it couldn't have done greater damage than some of what we see today.
The issue of race could benefit from a period of benign neglect.
When a person goes to a country and finds their newspapers filled with nothing but good news, he can bet there are good men in jail.
No one is innocent after the experience of governing. But not everyone is guilty.
Political society wants things simple.
Political scientists know them to be complex... One could argue that, in part, the leftist impulse is so conspicuous among the educated and well-to-do precisely because they are exposed to more information, and are accordingly forced to choose between living with the strains of complexity, or lapsing into simplism.
Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.
You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.
Stubborn opposition to proposals often has no other basis than the complaining question, 'Why wasn't I consulted?'
One ideological claim is that private property is theft, that the natural product of the existence of property is evil, and that private ownership therefore should not exist... What those who feel this way don't realize is that property is a notion that has to do with control - that property is a system for the disposal of power. The absence of property almost always means the concentration of power in the state.
There are some mistakes only someone with a Ph.D. can make.
We have the right to our own opinions, but not our own facts.
...there is simply nothing so important to a people and its government as how many of them there are, whether their number is growing or declining, how they are distributed as between different ages, sexes, and different social classes and racial and ethnic groups, and again, which way these numbers are moving.
The atmosphere in which social legislation is considered is not a friend of truth.
The world's largest debtor is a distinction of sorts, but not the one we like having.
Liberty lives in protest and democracy prospers under conditions of change.
When we travel about the world and come to a country whose newspapers are filled with bad news we feel that liberty lives in that land. When we come to a country whose newspapers are filled with good news, we feel differently.
What the press never does say is who the leaker is and why he wants the story leaked. Yet, more often than not, this is the more important story: What policy wins if the one being disclosed loses?
I have no doubt that there will continue to be bumps, some serious crises indeed in our relationship with China.... Neither membership in the WTO nor normalized trade relations with the United States will magically impose the rule of law on China or institute deep-seeded respect for human rights. But it certainly has potential to advance those purposes.