Government Quotes

There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.
Benjamin Franklin
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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
Thomas jefferson - whenever the people are well informed, they can...
Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is in prison.
Henry David Thoreau

And that this country shall have a new birth of freedom, and that this government, of the people, for the people, by the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address
Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.
Bertrand Russell
Religion... is the basis and foundation of government... before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.
James Madison
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
The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.
Ronald Reagan
A little rebellion now and then... is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.
Thomas Jefferson, Letter to James Madison, 1787
A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.
Bertrand de Jouvenal
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
By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.
Albert Camus
Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.
Harry S Truman
Hubert h. humphrey - it was once said that the moral test of...
A government is the only known vessel that leaks from the top.
James Reston
Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
George Washington
Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.
Tom Robbins
Asking to meet with Italian businessmen instead of government officials. I want to talk to these people because they stay in power and you change all the time.
Nikita Khrushchev
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
There has never been a perfect government, because men have passions and if they did not have passions, there would be no need for government.
Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire
The best government rests on the people, and not on the few, on persons and not on property, on the free development of public opinion and not on authority.
George Bancroft
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
The art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of the citizens to give to the other.
Voltaire
The real question of government versus private enterprise is argued on too philosophical and abstract a basis. Theoretically, planning may be good. But nobody has ever figured out the cause of government stupidity and until they do and find the cure all ideal plans will fall into quicksand.
Richard Feynman
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
Thomas Jefferson
Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
Thomas Jefferson
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
In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.
Ambrose Bierce
If our democracy is to flourish, it must have criticism if our government is to function it must have dissent.
Henry Commage
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.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
In rivers and bad governments, the lightest things swim at the top.
Benjamin Franklin
An elephant is a mouse, built to government specifications.
John Herro
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
The less government we have the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
All the taxes paid over a lifetime by the average American are spent by the government in less than a second.
Jim Fiebig
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