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“To be Irish is to know that in the end the world will break your heart.”
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
“You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.”
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
“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.”
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 set of facts.”
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
“No one is innocent after the experience of governing. But not everyone is guilty.”
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own set of facts. ”
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
“Pandaemonium was inhabited by creatures quite convinced that the great Satan had their best interests at heart. Poor little devils.”
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Pandaemonium: Ethnicity in International Politics
“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.”
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
“The Soviet Union came apart along ethnic lines. The most important factor in this breakup was the disinclination of Slavic Ukraine to continue under a regime dominated by Slavic Russia. Yugoslavia came apart also, beginning with a brutal clash between Serbia and Croatia, here again 'nations' with only the smallest differences in genealogy; with, indeed, practically a common language. Ethnic conflict does not require great differences; small will do.”
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Pandaemonium: Ethnicity in International Politics


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