Government Quotes

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

Universal suffrage is the government of a house by its nursery

Prince Otto

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

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government

Thomas Jefferson

The government is merely a servant -- merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.

Mark Twain

A democratic government that respects no limits on its power is a ticking time bomb, waiting to destroy the rights it was created to protect.

James Bovard

America needs fewer laws, not more prisons. By trying to seize far more power than is necessary over American citizens, the federal government is destroying its own legitimacy. We face a choice not of anarchy or authoritarianism, but a choice of limited government or unlimited government.

James Bovard
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