Daniel P. Moynihan

(Daniel Patrick "Pat" Moynihan)

Quote Topics Cited
... an auction of the treasury. Taxes
A dangerous place. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
A large capacity to tolerate atrocity does not imply an unlimited capacity. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A third of all the children born today will be on welfare. Welfare
All our key institutions were created in response to either World War II or the cold war, and they were built around predictions of eminent danger from the exterior. Whereas the biggest danger we face now is internal—from the collapse of social standards and social order in our cities. Defense & National Security
Americans are used to the clatter of campaign promises hitting ground as they are thrown out the window. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Anything we have not done in the next century will be our own fault because we have so many resources to do it. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Architecture is a political art connecting our values to the ages. Memorials, Monuments, Medals, Statues & Buildings
Can you have a free trade agreement with a country that isn't free? Foreign Trade
Cardinals are never off-base. They are often ill-advised. Religion & God
Citizen participation is a device whereby public officials induce nonpublic individuals to act in a way the public officials desire. Citizenship & Patriotism
Citizen participation: a device whereby public officials induce nonpublic individuals to act in a way the officials desire. Miscellaneous
Communism is not immortal; it is impossible. It doesn’t work. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Create a great university and wait 200 years. Development & Growth
Culture more than politics determines the success of the society, but politics can save the culture. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Education depends on 5 factors: The attendance at school, the time spent watching television at home, the time of reading at home, the amount of reading material in home, and the number of parents in home. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Expect little of government, especially national government. Miscellaneous
Government is not for the short-winded. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Gucci Gulch Lobbying & Special Interests
Guns don't kill people; bullets do. It is time the Federal Government began taxing handgun ammunition used in crime out of existence. Guns & Gun Control
Heavens, Mary, of course we'll laugh again. It's just that we'll never be young again. Human Nature
I have lived through the days when John F. Kennedy was a fascist. So it didn't come as a great surprise when some people learned that I was a fascist. Miscellaneous
I was tempted to raise this issue in the Senate several weeks ago, but I decided that I would get more attention if I could get it printed in the papers. Public Relations & Image
Idea has heft. Policy & Policy Making
If something awful happens to the President, we’ll get another President. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
If the whole of the 20th century has taught us anything, it has taught us that borders must be respected. States. Nations & Nationhood
If you build a stadium, you don’t build a school. Indeed, you don’t build fifty schools. Parks & Recreation
If you don’t have thirty years for a problem, don’t get involved in social policy. Policy & Policy Making
Impeachment is a dangerous measure that could easily lead to instability. Intergovernmental Relations
Intelligence is not to be confused with intelligence. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
International law seeks to avoid the use of force but does not preclude it. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
It has proved politically wiser to set goals than to start programs. Management & Managing Government
It is helpful to keep in mind that the right we claim for ourselves can be asserted by others. Policy & Policy Making ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
It is important that we do not appear to be a fearful people. We must not let these attacks change our values. The terrorists must not be allowed to change our architecture. Terrorism
It is possible to grow enormously successful and powerful in America without knowing that the world is a dangerous place. Miscellaneous ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Just how many infants we will put to the sword is not yet clear. There is dickering to do. Those involved will take this disgrace to their graves. Welfare
Knowledge is capital. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Organizations in conflict quickly become like one another. Political Parties & Machines
Pacta illegalia non sevanda sunt. Illegal agreements are not to be enforced. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Presidents cannot seem to be hesitating in any area that concerns their propriety. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Race must never be a partisan issue. Discrimination & Prejudice
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. Secrecy & Transparency
Since 1920 ... there have been four additional members of Congress established. We have built an office building for each one of them. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Social science has been established not to set policy but to measure its results. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Social Sciences
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. Liberals & Conservatives
Statistics is the plural of anecdote. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
The basic work of Congress is done in committees. Legislating & Legislative Process
The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines. Human Nature
The Constitution provided an invitation to the President and Congress to struggle for the privilege of directing American foreign policy. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The defining mode of conflict in the era ahead is ethnic conflict. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The Democrats have prevailed because at heart we have embodied a great idea, which is that an elected government can be the instrument of the common purpose of a free people; that government can embrace great causes and do great things. Political Parties & Machines
The FBI is full of Fordham graduates keeping tabs on Harvard Men in the State Department. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
The illegitimacy rate is going up every year. If you expect a government program to change that, you know more about government programs than I do. Families, Children & Parenting
The issue of race could benefit from a period of benign neglect. Minorities & Women
The national security state controls the President. It controls most of the executive departments. Defense & National Security
The political parties have no role except to stage the conventions, where you celebrate a decision that's already been made elsewhere. Political Parties & Machines
The Social Security System is the one great social policy achievement of the twentieth century. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
The tax structure of the United States is fast becoming the most regressive of any Western nation. Taxes
The United Nations Charter is not a social science experiment. It is a treaty. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The war on poverty had not been undertaken at the request of the poor. Poverty
There is no nation so poor that it cannot afford free speech. Freedom & Liberty
There's always another loophole to get out of the tax code. Taxes
Things that bind a community together are the things that nobody has to talk about because everyone agrees about them. Miscellaneous
This legislation is in the President's interest, if only the President could be brought to see it. Legislating & Legislative Process
Thou shalt not purloin pension funds. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
We are legitimizing genocide .... We feed them while we allow them to be killed off. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We believe in American government, and we fully expect that those who now denigrate it, and even despise it, will soon or late find themselves turning to it in necessity, even desperation. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We do so much better when television isn’t watching. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We have defined decency down. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
We have had on our desks 800-, 900-, and 1,000 page bills. Nobody knows what was in them. No one had read them. No one could. Legislating & Legislative Process
We should take a look at our tax system every 75 years or so. Taxes
We will not take care. We do not give a damn. United Nations
Welfare became a term of opprobrium—a contentious, often vindictive area of political conflict in which liberals and conservatives clashed and children were lost sight of. Welfare
What you don't want to have is tax-driven economic activity. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
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. Freedom & Liberty
Whereas in the Fall of 1980 the frame of the new Senate Office Building was covered with plastic sheathing in order that construction might continue during the winter months; and Whereas the plastic cover has now been removed revealing, as feared, a building whose banality is exceeded only by its expense; and Whereas, even in a democracy there are things that it is as well the people do not know about their government; Therefore, be it resolved, That it is the sense of the Senate that the plastic cover be put back. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
You are going to regret the end of the cold war because violence is going to leak out free from the control of states. War & Peace
You must understand that Americans are a warrior nation. War & Peace