Government Quotes

Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.
Bertrand Russell
John updike - i love my government not least for the extent to...

A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.
Bertrand de Jouvenal
Lyndon b. johnson - a compassionate government keeps faith with the...
The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.
Hubert H. Humphrey
The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government they have only a talent for getting and holding office.
H. L. Mencken

Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.
Tom Robbins
Government can easily exist without laws, but law cannot exist without government.
Bertrand Russell
So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private citizens will occasionally kill their. s.
Elbert Hubbard
What experience and history teach is this - That nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man.
Lord William Beveridge
The teaching of politics is that the Government, which was set for protection and comfort of all good citizens, becomes the principal obstruction and nuisance with which we have to contend? The cheat and bully and malefactor we meet everywhere is the Government.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journal, 1860
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
Ronald Reagan
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
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
Universal suffrage is the government of a house by its nursery.
Prince Otto
Golda mei - the soviet government is the most realistic...
For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.
Bob Wells
Governments never learn. Only people learn.
Milton Friedman
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
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
Abraham Lincoln
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
In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wisdom in governmental action.
Louis D. Brandeis
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
The less government we have the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to Farce, or a Tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance. and a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
James Madison
If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.
Thomas Jefferson
The 1976 Bicentennial is not going to be invented in Washington, printed in triplicate by the Government Printing Office and mailed to you by the United States Postal Service.
Richard Milhous Nixon
If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government - - And a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws.
Edward Abbey
No tyranny is so irksome as petty tyranny the officious demands of policemen, government clerks, and electromechanical gadgets.
Edward Abbey
The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.
Ronald Reagan
The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
Milton Friedman
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
John Adams, Journal, 1772
Democracy is a form of government in which it is permitted to wonder aloud what the country could do under first - Class management.
Senator Soape
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
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
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
Edward Abbey
But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
John Adams
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
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.