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Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.

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The issue of race could benefit from a period of benign neglect.

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If you don't have 30 years to devote to social policy, don't get involved.

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The liberal left can be as rigid and destructive as any force in American life.

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The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare.

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Citizen participation is a device whereby public officials induce nonpublic individuals to act in a way the officials desire.

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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.

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Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from birth what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth namely, a healthy skepticism of the powers of government to do good.

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The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.

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