Government Quotes

I want to make a policy statement. I am unabashedly in favor of women. On appointing 10 women to top government positions.
Lyndon B. Johnson
Thomas jefferson, notes on virginia - it is error alone which needs the support of...

The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.
Hubert H. Humphrey
Elbert hubbard - so long as governments set the example of killing...
The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.
Ronald Reagan
Our government sprang from and was made for the people - - Not the people for the government. To them it owes an allegiance from them it must derive its courage, strength, and wisdom.
Andrew Johnson

Government cannot make us equal it can only recognize, respect, and protect us as equal before the law.
Clarence Thomas
I wish the government would put a tax on pianos for the incompetent.
Dame Edith Sitwell
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781 - 82
All governments eventually lean further and further towards aristocracy.
Frank Herbert, Dune
I believe that truth is the glue that holds government together, not only our government but civilization itself.
Gerald R. Ford, Inaugural Address, 9 August 1974
Good government generally begins in the family, and if the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow.
Elias Boudinot
A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.
Benjamin Disraeli, Speech in the House of Commons, Mar. 3, 1845
The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers wthout government, I should not hesita.
Thomas Jefferson
No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand. The Centauri learned this lesson once. We will teach it to them again. Though it take a thousand years, we will be free.
J. Michael Straczynski
So they the Government go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all - Powerful to be impotent.
Sir Winston Churchill, Hansard, November 12, 1936
Thomas fulle - judge of thine improvement, not by what thou...
He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects
I bear solemn witness to the fact that NATO heads of state and of government meet only to go through the tedious motions of reading speeches, drafted by others, with the principal objective of not rocking the boat.
Pierre Elliott Trudeau
No government can be long secure without formidable opposition.
Benjamin Disraeli
The function of government ought to be: make sure you have good water to drink, somebody picking up the garbage, good roads to drive on, enough electricity to turn your light bulbs and your record player on, and whatever smaller amounts of regulatory assistance is necessary to make this society work.
Frank Zappa, Interview with this submitter, New York City, 5/08/1980
I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
Dwight D Eisenhowe
Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. Men have right that these wants should be provided for, including the want of a sufficient restraint upon their passions.
Edmund Burke
Many people consider the things which government does for them to be social progress, but they consider the things government does for others as socialism.
Chief Justice Earl Warren
Every government is run by liars. Nothing they say should be believed.
I. F. Stone 1907 - 1989
If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.
Frank Herbert, The Dosadi Experiment
Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too.
Richard M. Nixon
We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.
Thomas Jefferson
If our democracy is to flourish, it must have criticism; if our government is to function it must have dissent.
Henry Commage
A compassionate government keeps faith with the trust of the people and cherishes the future of their children.
Lyndon B. Johnson
Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
Frederick Bastiat, "Government" published in 1848
Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.
Aristotle
Of all the inventions that have helped to unify China perhaps the airplane is the most outstanding. Its ability to annihilate distance has been in direct proportion to its achievements in assisting to annihilate suspicion and misunderstanding among provincial officials far removed from one another or from the officials at the seat of government.
Madame Chiang
We hold these truths to be self - Evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments a.
Thomas Jefferson
The art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of the citizens to give to the other.
Voltaire
Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.
Harry S Truman, Lecture at Columbia University, 28 Apr. 1959
By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.
Albert Camus
Take away the right to say fuck and you take away the right to say fuck the government.
Lenny Bruce
If government could create jobs and raise children, socialism would have worked.
George Gilde
It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government. Their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity.
Alexander Hamilton, Speech on 21 June 1788 urging ratification of the Constitution in New York.