category-People Quotes

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

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

In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us

Thich Nhat Hanh

I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it

Dwight David Eisenhower

Mediocrity is excellent to the eyes of mediocre people.

Joseph Joubert

Unemployment diminishes people. Leisure enlarges them.

Mason Cooley

That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves

Henry David Thoreau

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests

Patrick Henry

The steroid issue is not quite as big an issue as some people think. This is a hot-button issue now. People are making a mountain out of a molehill.

Lance Berkman

I'm a supporter of gay rights. And not a closet supporter either. From the time I was a kid, I have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay community. There are so many qualities that make up a human being... by the time I get through with all the things that I really admire about people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant.

Paul Newman

I strongly believed that Sri Lanka belongs to the Sinhalese, but there are minority communities and we treat them like our people, They can live in this country with us. But they must not try to, under the pretext of being a minority, demand undue things.

Sarath Fonseka

The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie.

Agnes de Mille

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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