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Daniel Patrick Moynihan
1927 -

U.S. Senator (D. New York) (1976- ), member of the cabinet or sub-cabinet of U.S. presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford, former professor of government at Harvard University, author of over 15 books including On The Law of Nations (1990)


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

Mar. 02, 1976 - from an essay in the New York Times
The issue of race could benefit from a period of benign neglect.

1971 - from a memo to President Richard Nixon
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.

Feb. 15, 1969 - from an essay in the New York Post
[Government] It 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.

Feb. 15, 1969 - from an essay in the Los Angeles Times
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 -- that community asks for and gets chaos. Crime, violence, unrest, disorder -- most particularly the furious, unrestrained lashing out at the whole social structure -- that is not only to be expected; it is very near to inevitable. And it is richly deserved.

1965 - from Family and Nation