Government Quotes

I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit

Grover Cleveland

There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.

Will Rogers

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

Richard M. Nixon

The maxim, that governments ought to train the people in the way in which they should go, sounds well. But is there any reason for believing that a government is more likely to lead the people in the right way than the people to fall into the right way of themselves?

Thomas Babington

Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.

Harry S Truman

A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away

Barry Goldwater

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

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

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

An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger

Confucius

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

Only a government that is rich and safe can afford to be a democracy, for democracy is the most expensive and nefarious kind of government ever heard of on earth

Mark Twain

I believe there is something out there watching us. Unfortunately, it's the government

Woody Allen

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This isn’t about the conflict; it is about the government doing nothing to acknowledge the current human rights violations being committed against Tamil civilians.

Anna Neistat

Under the doctrine of separation of powers, the manner in which the president personally exercises his assigned executive powers is not subject to questioning by another branch of government

Richard Milhouse Nixon

Our government sprang from and was made for the people -- not the people for the government. To them it owes an allegiance; from them it must derive its courage, strength, and wisdom

Andrew Johnson

The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers wthout government, I should not hesita

Thomas Jefferson
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