Government Quotes

That no free government, or the blessing of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles

George Mason

Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks -- no form of government can render us secure. To suppose liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea. If there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men. So that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them.

James Madison

I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit

Grover Cleveland

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

Will Rogers

Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too.

Richard M. Nixon

The maxim, that governments ought to train the people in the way in which they should go, sounds well. But is there any reason for believing that a government is more likely to lead the people in the right way than the people to fall into the right way of themselves?

Thomas Babington

Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.

Harry S Truman

For every action there is an equal and opposite government program

Bob Wells

A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away

Barry Goldwater

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it

Ronald Reagan

A little government involvement is just as dangerous as a lot -because the first leads inevitably to the second

Harry Browne

The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty

John Adams

With all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and prosperous people? Still one thing more, fellow citizens -- a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities

Thomas Jefferson

I believe that all government is evil, in that all government must necessarily make war on liberty, and that the democratic government is at least as bad as any of the other forms

Henry Louis Mencken

Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds

John Perry Barlow
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