Quotes by: Jacob K. Javits

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Jacob K. Javits
United States Senator
from New York
In office
January 9, 1957 – January 3, 1981
Preceded by Herbert H. Lehman
Succeeded by Alfonse D'Amato
58th New York Attorney General
In office
January 1, 1955 – January 9, 1957
Governor W. Averell Harriman
Preceded by Nathaniel L. Goldstein
Succeeded by Louis Lefkowitz
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 21st district
In office
January 3, 1947 – December 31, 1954
Preceded by James H. Torrens
Succeeded by Herbert Zelenko
Personal details
Born Jacob Koppel Javits
(1904-05-18)May 18, 1904
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died March 7, 1986(1986-03-07) (aged 81)
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
Political party Republican
Liberal Party of New York
Spouse(s) Marjorie Joan Ringling
(1933- 1936)
Marion Ann Borris Javits
(born 1925)
(1947 - his death)
Children 3
Religion Judaism

When scrutiny is lacking, tyranny, corruption and man's baser qualities have a better chance of entering into the public business of any government.
Jacob K. Javits
I remember my own life as a small boy, son of Jewish immigrants, in a janitor's flat on Orchard and Stanton streets on the Lower East Side of New York City. My father made pants and doubled as janitor of a tenement - before he made janitoring at $30 a month, plus rooms, a career.
Jacob K. Javits
My thinking is Lincolnian rather than Jeffersonian, Teddy Rooseveltian rather than Franklin D. Rooseveltian.
Jacob K. Javits
You must remember, my own philosophy is that you don't belong only to yourself. You have an obligation to the society which protected you when you were brought into the world, which taught you, which supported you and nurtured you. You have an obligation to repay it.
Jacob K. Javits
Birth and death are the most singular events we experience - and the contemplation of death, as of birth, should be a thing of beauty, not ignobility.
Jacob K. Javits
'Business,' properly understood, is so central to every aspect of our civilization that Republicans should proudly announce that they are indeed 'the party of business.'
Jacob K. Javits
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