Government Quotes

What government is the best? That which teaches us to govern ourselves

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have

Gerald R. Ford

The less government we have the better

Ralph Waldo Emerson

As long as Nazi violence was unleashed only, or mainly, against the Jews, the rest of the world looked on passively and even treaties and agreements were made with the patently criminal government of the Third Reich.... The doors of Palestine were closed to Jewish immigrants, and no country could be found that would admit those forsaken people. They were left to perish like their brothers and sisters in the occupied countries. We shall never forget the heroic efforts of the small countries, of the Scandinavian, the Dutch, the Swiss nations, and of individuals in the occupied part of Europe who did all in their power to protect Jewish lives

Albert Einstein

Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. Men have right that these wants should be provided for, [including] the want of a sufficient restraint upon their passions

Edmund Burke

Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it

Nadia Boulanger

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

Claire Huchet Bishop

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious

Sir Francis Bacon

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

Clement Attlee

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost

Aristotle

Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government

Aristotle

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other

John Quincy Adams

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned -- this is the sum of good government

Thomas Jefferson

Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purpose is beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

Louis Dembitz Brandeis

If government were a product, selling it would be illegal

P. J. O'Rourke
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