Government Quotes

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

Every government is a scoundrel

Henry Mencken

No government can love a child, and no policy can substitute for a family's care

Hillary Clinton

If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin

Samuel Adams

History, in general, only informs us what bad government is

Thomas Jefferson

A man may be loyal to his government and yet oppose the particular principles and methods of administration

Abraham Lincoln

Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for

Will Rogers

A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt...If the game runs sometime against us at home, we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake

Thomas Jefferson

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

None of us here in Washington knows all or even half of the answers If you love your country, don't depend on handouts from Washington for your information. If you cherish your freedom, don't leave it all up to big government

Barry Morris Goldwater

The biggest lesson I learned from Vietnam is not to trust our own government statements. I had no idea until then that you could not rely on them.

James William Fulbright

Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men

Gerald R. Ford

We are the men of intrinsic value, who can strike our fortunes out of ourselves, whose worth is independent of accidents in life, or revolutions in government: we have heads to get money, and hearts to spend it

George Farquhar

The government deficit is the difference between the amount of money the government spends and the amount it has the nerve to collect

Sam Ewing

I believe that if you go and ask a chief executive of a Goldman Sachs or a BP, and they answer you honestly...they want monopolies, they want government subsidies, they want preferences they're not interested in free markets.

Ian Bremmer

State capitalism is about more than emergency government spending, implementation of more intelligent regulation, or a stronger social safety net. Its about state dominance of economic activity for political gain.

Ian Bremmer

Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

All government -- indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act -- is founded on compromise and barter

Edmund Burke

Good government generally begins in the family, and if the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow

Elias Boudinot
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