Government Quotes

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

Government cannot make trade more fair by making it less free.

James Bovard

The U.S. government has created a trade lynch law that can convict foreign companies almost regardless of how they operate.

James Bovard

A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both.

James Madison

The surest effect of exalting government is to make it easier for some people to drag others down.

James Bovard

The growth of government is like the spread of a dense jungle, and the average citizen can hack through less of it every year.

James Bovard

It was once said that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped

Hubert H. Humphrey

The principle of government supremacy is Clinton's clearest legacy.

James Bovard

Nothing happened on 9/11 that made the federal government more trustworthy.

James Bovard

I believe that liberty is the only genuinely valuable thing that men have invented, at least in the field of government, in a thousand years. I believe that it is better to be free than to be not free, even when the former is dangerous and the latter safe. I believe that the finest qualities of man can flourish only in free air that progress made under the shadow of the policeman's club is false progress, and of no permanent value. I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave.

H. L. Mencken

The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

We need a constitutional amendment to make the federal government obey the Constitution.

James Bovard

It may well be that our means are fairly limited and our possibilities restricted when it comes to applying pressure on our government. But is this a reason to do nothing? Despair is nor an answer. Neither is resignation. Resignation only leads to indifference, which is not merely a sin but a punishment

Elie Wiesel

A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves

Edward R. Murrow

By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more

Albert Camus

Government is too big and important to be left to the politicians.

Chester Bliss Bowles

The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.

Voltaire

Of all the inventions that have helped to unify China perhaps the airplane is the most outstanding. Its ability to annihilate distance has been in direct proportion to its achievements in assisting to annihilate suspicion and misunderstanding among provincial officials far removed from one another or from the officials at the seat of government

Madame Chiang

Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.

James Russell Lowell

Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.

Clement Atlee
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