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
Thomas jefferson - the spirit of resistance to government is so...

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.
Ronald Reagan
John herro - an elephant is a mouse, built to government...
Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The most valuable function performed by the federal government is entertainment.
Dave Barry

So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private citizens will occasionally kill their. s.
Elbert Hubbard
The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security.
Thomas Paine, in his "The Rights of Man" (1791)
A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.
Gerald R. Ford
Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! It is a dangerous servant and a terrible master.
George Washington
It was once said that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.
Hubert H. Humphrey
All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.
James Abram Garfield
One of these days, the people are going to demand peace of the government, and the government is going to have to give it to them.
Dwight Eisenhowe
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
Ed, we just witnessed a peaceful transition in government. Do you realize how miraculous that is... Today, tiny Cicely, Alaska, stood up and put another W in the win category for democracy.
Jeff Melvoin
Besides anarchy, the worst thing in this world is government.
Henry Ward Beeche
John quincy adams - our constitution was made only for a moral and...
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
George Washington
The one bonus of not lifting the ban on gays in the military is that the next time the government mandates a draft, we can all declare we are homosexual instead of running off to Canada.
Lorne Bloch
Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want - And their kids pay for it.
Richard Lamm
A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.
Benjamin Disraeli, Speech in the House of Commons, Mar. 3, 1845
History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.
Ronald Reagan, Address to the Nation, Jan 16, 1984
The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.
William H. Borah
All the taxes paid over a lifetime by the average American are spent by the government in less than a second.
Jim Fiebig
All in all, I am not surprised that the people who want to unravel the social contract start with young adults. Those who are urged to feel afraid, very afraid, have both the greatest sense of independence and the most finely honed skepticism about government.
Ellen Goodman
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
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 government deficit is the difference between the amount of money the government spends and the amount it has the nerve to collect.
Sam Ewig
Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men.
Gerald R. Ford, on becoming President, Aug. 9, 1974
No government can be long secure without formidable opposition.
Benjamin Disraeli
It was once said that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.
Hubert Humphrey
A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw
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
The art of government is the organization of idolatry.
George Bernard Shaw
Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
H. L. Mencken
President Reagan was elected on the promise of getting government off the backs of the people and now he demands that government wrap itself around the waists of the people.
Ralph Nade
Government is too big and too important to be left to the politicians.
Chester Bowles
Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.
Bertrand Russell
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
James Madison