Government Quotes

A great writer is, so to speak, a second government in his country. And for that reason no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.
Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
John updike - i love my government not least for the extent to...

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
Sir Winston Churchill
Adlai e. stevenson jr. - public confidence in the integrity of the...
That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.
Thomas Jefferson
The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way.
Henry David Thoreau

Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.
Nadia Boulange
If our democracy is to flourish, it must have criticism if our government is to function it must have dissent.
Henry Commage
As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.
George Washington
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
No government ought to be without censors & where the press is free, no one ever will.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to George Washington, September 9, 1792
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
The Soviet government is the most realistic regime in the world - No ideals.
Golda Mei
Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
H. L. Mencken
The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered... deeply, ... finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.
George Washington, First Inaugural Address, Apr. 30, 1789
The biggest lesson I learned from Vietnam is not to trust our own government statements. I had no idea until then that you could not rely on them.
William Fullbright
Dwight d eisenhowe - people in the long run are going to do more to...
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
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
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
John Quincy Adams
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
We are the men of intrinsic value, who can strike our fortunes out of ourselves, whose worth is independent of accidents in life, or revolutions in government we have heads to get money, and hearts to spend it.
George Farquha
In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wisdom in governmental action.
Louis D. Brandeis
Universal suffrage is the government of a house by its nursery.
Prince Otto
Every government is run by liars. Nothing they say should be believed.
I. F. Stone 1907 - 1989
The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government is to live under the government of worse men.
Plato, The Republic
When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
Sir Winston Churchill
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
Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.
Tom Robbins
They who seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers... call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Take away the right to say fuck and you take away the right to say fuck the government.
Lenny Bruce
An elephant is a mouse, built to government specifications.
John Herro
The point to remember is what the government gives it must first take away.
John S. Coleman
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.
John Adams
Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.
Benjamin Disraeli
I wish the government would put a tax on pianos for the incompetent.
Dame Edith Sitwell
Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the governing of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.
Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address
So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private citizens will occasionally kill their. s.
Elbert Hubbard
Every culture has its distinctive and normal system of government. Yours is democracy, moderated by corruption. Ours is totalitarianism, moderated by assassination.
Unknown Russian
We know that dictators are quick to choose aggression, while free nations strive to resolve differences in peace. We know that oppressive governments support terror, while free governments fight the terrorists in their midst. We know that free peoples embrace progress and life, instead of becoming the recruits for murderous ideologies.
George W. Bush, Speech to UN General Assembly, September 21, 2004