Government Quotes

Under the doctrine of separation of powers, the manner in which the president personally exercises his assigned executive powers is not subject to questioning by another branch of government

Richard Milhouse Nixon

Our government sprang from and was made for the people -- not the people for the government. To them it owes an allegiance; from them it must derive its courage, strength, and wisdom

Andrew Johnson

The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers wthout government, I should not hesita

Thomas Jefferson

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church and State

Thomas Jefferson

Are you entitled to the fruits of your labor or does government have some presumptive right to spend and spend and spend?

Ronald Reagan

A government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth

Ronald Reagan

As government expands, liberty contracts

Ronald Reagan

Outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector

Ronald Reagan

Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem

Ronald Reagan

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under

Henry Mencken

The function of government ought to be: make sure you have good water to drink, somebody picking up the garbage, good roads to drive on, enough electricity to turn your light bulbs and your record player on, and whatever smaller amounts of regulatory assistance is necessary to make this society work

Frank Zappa

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

Abraham Lincoln

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

Will Rogers

The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object

Thomas Jefferson

Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of the citizens to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should not be carefully used and that definite safety rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of the citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible

Hubert H. Humphrey
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