Government Quotes

Power without principle is barren, but principle without power is futile. This is a party of government and I will lead it as party of government.

Tony Blair

The worst government is the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.

Henry Louis Mencken

An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.

Confucius

Terrorism: deadly violence against humans and other living things. Usually conducted by government against its own people."

Unknown

Nature has placed mankind under the government of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure - they govern us in all we do, in all we say, in all we think: every effort we can make to throw off our subjection, will serve but to demonstrate and confirm

Jeremy Bentham

Democracy is a form of government in which it is permitted to wonder aloud what the country could do under first-class management.

Senator Soaper

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

Thomas Jefferson

Truth is the glue that holds government together.

Gerald R. Ford

I consider ethics, as well as religion, as supplements to law in the government of man.

Thomas Jefferson

Our government has become too responsive to trivial or ephemeral concerns, often at the expense of more important concerns or an erosion of our liberty, and it has made policy priorities more dependent on where TV journalists happen to point their cameras.... As a nation we have lost our sense of tragedy, a recognition that bad things happen to good people. A nation that expects the government to prevent churches from burning, to control the price of bread or gasoline, to secure every job, and to find some villain for every dramatic accident, risks an even larger loss of life and liberty.

William A. Niskanen

Must a government be too strong for the liberties of its people or too weak to maintain its own existence?

Abraham Lincoln

Look at the Justice Department, it's full of Jews...The lawyers in government are damn Jews

Richard Milhouse Nixon

Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too

Richard Milhouse Nixon

The federal government has taken too much tax money from the people, too much authority from the states, and too much liberty with the Constitution

Ronald Reagan

The government in which I believe is that which is based on mere moral sanction ... the real law lives in the kindness of our hearts. If our hearts are empty, no law or political reform can fill them.

Leo Tolstoy

We believe the American people can spend their money better than the government can spend it.

George Bush

In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.

Ambrose Bierce

Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the 1st Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press.

Hugo Black

Nations do not think, they only feel. They get their feelings at second hand through their temperaments, not their brains. A nation can be brought -- by force of circumstances, not argument -- to reconcile itself to any kind of government or religion that can be devised; in time it will fit itself to the required conditions; later it will prefer them and will fiercely fight for them.

Mark Twain

Any nation that can survive what we have lately in the way of government, is on the high road to permanent glory.

Molly Ivins

I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics.

Barack Obama

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.

Thomas Jefferson

The art of government is the organization of idolatry

George Bernard Shaw

If all that Americans want is security, they can go to prison. They'll have enough to eat, a bed and roof over their heads. But if an American wants to preserve his dignity and his equality as a human Being, he must not bow his neck to any dictatorial government.

General Dwight David Eisenhower
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