Government Quotes

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

When government accepts responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves

George Pataki

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action

George Washington

The best minds in government? If any were, business would hire them away

Ronald Reagan

Government is not the doctor. It is the disease

H. S. Ferns

Ask not what the government can do for you. Ask why it doesn't

Gerhard Kocher

They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program

George W. Bush

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, subsidise it

Ronald Reagan

An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger


Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us

Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves

Henry David Thoreau
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