You’re entitled to your own opinions. You’re not entitled to your own facts.
Cited in Ellen Hume, Tabloids, Talk Radio and the Future of News, part 4 (1995). Said in a debate with his 1994 electoral opponent on WNBC in New York.
Things become complicated if there are enough people to complexify them.Daniel Patrick Moynihan
They live off secrecy?[it] keep the mistakes secret.Daniel Patrick Moynihan
The Lord looks after drunks and Americans.Daniel Patrick Moynihan
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.Daniel Patrick Moynihan
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.Daniel Patrick Moynihan
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.Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Variant: You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.Daniel Patrick Moynihan
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.Daniel Patrick Moynihan
I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually. I guess that we thought he had a little more time.Daniel Patrick Moynihan
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.Daniel Patrick Moynihan
The mudslinging has begun.Daniel Patrick Moynihan