Government Quotes

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison

Henry David Thoreau

A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inferences

Thomas Jefferson

A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims

Ayn Rand

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul

George Bernard Shaw

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests

Patrick Henry

Good government is no substitute for self-government

Mahatma Gandhi

There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you

Will Rogers

The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare

Daniel P. Moynihan

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong

Voltaire

Blatant idiocies had been tried by early men and womenfoolishness that would never have been considered by species aware of the laws of nature. Desperate superstitions had bred during the savage centuries. Styles of government, intrigues, philosophies were tested with abandon. It was almost as if Orphan Earth had been a planetary laboratory, upon which a series of senseless and bizarre experiments were tried.

William M. Kucmierowski

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government

Unknown

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 Milhouse Nixon

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

The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech

Anthony M. Kennedy

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive

Thomas Jefferson

Where there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned

Herbert Hoover

Government does not tax to get the money it needs; government always finds a need for the money it gets

Ronald Reagan

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size

Ronald Reagan

Nations crumble from within when the citizenry asks of government those things which the citizenry might better provide for itself

Ronald Reagan

Government is good at one thing: It knows how to break your legs, hand you a crutch, and say, "See, if it weren't for the government, you wouldn't be able to walk."

Harry Browne

We've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of government himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?

Ronald Reagan

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under

Henry Mencken

I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time

Henry Mencken

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

Henry Mencken
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