Government Quotes

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


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


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

It may be true that the government that governs best governs least. Unfortunately, the same is also true of the government that governs worst.

Jane Auer

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

If we get a government that reflects more of what this country is really about, we can turn the century -- and the economy -- around.

Bella Abzug

Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.

Ayn Rand

Fraud, robbery, and murder have characterized the English usurpation of the government of our country. Why, for the last fifty years we have been robbed in the matter of taxes of hundreds of millions.

John Edward Redmond

A feeble execution is but another phrase for a bad execution; and a government ill executed, whatever may be its theory, must, in practice, be a bad government.

Joseph Story

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
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