Government Quotes

What experience and history teach is this - that nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned

Herbert Clark Hoover

The role of the teacher remains the highest calling of a free people. To the teacher, America entrusts her most precious resource, her children; and asks that they be prepared ... to face the rigors of individual participation in a democratic society

Shirley Mount Hufstedler

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 liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them

Patrick Henry

Every step we take towards making the State our Caretaker of our lives, by that much we move toward making the State our Master

Dwight Eisenhower

If we have Senators and Congressmen there that can't protect themselves against the evil temptations of lobbyists, we don't need to change our lobbies, we need to change our representatives

Will Rogers

Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights

Thomas Jefferson

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments

Thomas Jefferson

It is the common failing of totalitarian regimes that they cannot really understand the nature of our democracy. They mistake dissent for disloyalty. They mistake restlessness for a rejection of policy. They mistake a few committees for a country. They misjudge individual speeches for public policy

Lyndon Baines Johnson

A compassionate government keeps faith with the trust of the people and cherishes the future of their children

Lyndon Baines Johnson

Dedication and responsibility, Far beyond the laws governed by man, Releases the power within you, To attain all the wisdom of the universe

Christine Lane

Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it

Mark Twain

Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer

Ludwig von Mises

The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg

Thomas Jefferson

The government is good at one thing...it knows how to break your legs, and then hand you a crutch and say 'see if it weren't for the government you wouldn't be able to walk

Harry Browne

An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens . . . There has never been a moment of my life in which I should have relinquished for it the enjoyments of my family, my farm, my friends and books.

Thomas Jefferson

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent

Abraham Lincoln

I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that 'all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.' To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power not longer susceptible of any definition

Thomas Jefferson

A civil servant is sometimes like a broken cannon - it won't work and you can't fire it.

George S. Patton

The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment

Robert M. Hutchins

If human beings are fundamentally good, no government is necessary; if they are fundamentally bad, any government, being composed of human beings, would be bad also

Fred Woodworth

Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home

William Ewart Gladstone

The Government of the absolute majority instead of the Government of the people is but the Government of the strongest interests; and when not efficiently checked, it is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised.

John Caldwell Calhoun

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