Government Quotes

Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.

John Basil Barnhill

A wise man distrusts his neighbor. A wiser man distrusts both his neighbor and himself. The wisest man of all distrusts his government.

Janet Miriam Holland Taylor Caldwell

I have the right to do whatever I wish with my property. If I own a pile of wood, I can set fire to it even if it is currently nailed together in the shape of a barn. Cigarettes may not be healthy for me in the long run, but I have the freedom to smoke them anyway. Drinking alcohol may or may not have negative side effects, but even if it does, the government has no authority to prohibit you from consuming it, even if it is "in your own best interest." Since when do we let the government decide what is or isn't good for us? What the hell does Congress know about nutrition, anyway? (For that matter, what does Congress know about the Constitution?) If the government can use force whenever something is "in our best interest" then government should force everyone to wake up at 6am every morning for calisthenics in the front yard. Fast food establishments should be torn down and replaced with bars that serve carrot juice and alfalfa sprouts, since - "it's in your best interest." This paternalistic attitude that "the government knows best" and that you are merely a helpless child is insulting and reprehensible. Hitler used the same attitude to persuade the Germans to subjugate themselves to the "Fatherland."

Michael J. Badnarik

It is the Sri Lanka government that has failed to learn the lessons from the emergence of the struggles for self determination in several parts of the globe and the innovative structural changes that have taken place.

V.Prabhakaran

Government must be a transparent garment which tightly clings to the peoples body.

Karl Georg Bchner

All religions united with government are more or less inimical to liberty. All, separated from government, are compatible with liberty.

Henry Clay

The government is not God. It does not have the right to take away that which it cant return even if it wants to.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Ultimately a government cannot defeat its people, no matter how much power they assume or how corrupt they are. For us, there is only opportunity.

Moran Margaret Cho

A leader has to know how the system functions - not just the system of government but the whole social and economic system, including business, the unions, and the universities.

Joseph Jacques Jean Chrtien

The final end of government is not to exert restraint but to do good.

Rufus Choate

The federal government and the state government must not fear programs who change lives, but must welcome those faith-based programs for the embetterment (sic) of mankind.

George Walker Bush

Ages of experience have taught us that the commitment of a husband and wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society. Government, by recognizing and protecting marriage, serves the interests of all.

George Walker Bush

For decades, the circle of liberty and security and development has been expanding in our world. This progress has brought unity to Europe, self-government to Latin America and Asia, and new hope to Africa. Now we have the historic chance to widen the circle even further, to fight radicalism and terror with justice and dignity, to achieve a true peace, founded on human freedom.

George Walker Bush

The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men opportunity to work out happiness for themselves.

William Ellery Channing

Good government is the outcome of private virtue.

John Jay Chapman

Republicans want smaller government for the same reason crooks want fewer cops: it's easier to get away with murder.

James Carville

The spirit of rebellion is present in every great city, and the great task of wise government is to keep it dormant, for if it wakes it is a torrent which no dam can hold back.

Giacomo Casanova

I have certain rules I live by. My first rule: I don't believe anything the government tells me.

George Denis Patrick Carlin

The very essence of a free government consists in considering offices as public trusts, bestowed for the good of the country, and not for the benefit of an individual or a party.

John Caldwell Calhoun

Any government that chooses to be an ally of terror has also chosen to be an enemy of civilization.

George Walker Bush

I hope you can get to Iceland quickly and safely. There you will find a people and a government who care about the freedoms that we hold dear and for which our forefathers and veterans fought and died.

John Kiriakou

Trusting government nowadays means dividing humanity into two classes: those who can be trusted with power to run other peoples lives, and those who cannot even be trusted to run their own lives.

James Bovard

The worse government fails, the less privacy citizens supposedly deserve.

James Bovard

There is no technological magic bullet that will make the government as smart as it is powerful.

James Bovard
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