Government Quotes

The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.

James Madison

The cure for capitalism's failing would require that a government would have to rise above the interests of one class alone.

Robert Heilbroner

The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government.

Barry Goldwater

The power of taxing people and their property is essential to the very existence of government.''

James Madison

Sir, I wish to understand the true principles of the Government. I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more

William Henry Harrison

National leaders who find themselves wilting under the withering criticisms by members of the media, would do well not to take such criticism personally but to regard the media as their allies in keeping the government clean and honest, its services

Corazon Aquino

The weather is like the government, always in the wrong.

Jerome K. Jerome

The United States are a political state, or organized society, whose end is government, for the security, welfare, and happiness of all who live under its protection

William H. Seward

I want for our country enough laws to restrain me from injuring others, so that these laws will also restrain others from injuring me. I want enough government, with enough constitutional safeguards, so that this necessary minimum of laws will be applied equitably to everybody, and will be binding on the rulers as well as those ruled. Beyond that I want neither laws nor government to be imposed on our people as a means or with the excuse of protecting us from catching cold, or of seeing that we raise the right kind of crops, or of forcing us to live in the right kind of houses or neighborhoods, or of compelling us to save money or to spend it, or of telling us when or whether we can pray. I do not want government or laws designed for any other form of welfarism or paternalism, based on the premise that government knows best and can run our lives better than we can run them ourselves. And my concept of freedom, and of its overwhelming importance, is implicit in these aspirations and ideals

Robert Welch

Government proposes, bureaucracy disposes. And the bureaucracy must dispose of government proposals by dumping them on us.

P. J. O'Rourke

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.

Mark Twain

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.

Edward Abbey

No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams.

Jesse Jackson

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

George Pataki

Responsibility is a tremendous engine in a free government

Thomas Jefferson

I certainly respect privacy and privacy rights. But on the other hand, the first function of government is to guarantee the security of all the people.

Phil Crane

My experience in government is that when things are non-controversial and beautifully coordinated, there is not much going on

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Religion flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government

James Madison

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

The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was built on government contract.

Robert A. Heinlein

It has long been a grave question whether any government, not too strong for the liberties of its people, can be strong enough to maintain its existence in great emergencies

Abraham Lincoln

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

Woodrow T. Wilson

All government, of course, is against liberty.

Henry Louis Mencken

I make a fortune from criticizing the policy of the government, and then hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it going

George Bernard Shaw
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