Government Quotes

The 1976 Bicentennial is not going to be invented in Washington, printed in triplicate by the Government Printing Office and mailed to you by the United States Postal Service

Richard Milhouse Nixon

True friends stab you in the front

Oscar Wilde

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government


It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong


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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare

Daniel P. Moynihan

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

Will Rogers

Good government is no substitute for self-government

Mahatma Gandhi

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul

George Bernard Shaw

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

A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inferences

Thomas Jefferson

The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation enlightened as it is if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men

Sam Adams

My experience in government is that when things are non-controversial and beautifully coordinated, there is not much going on

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

The only justifiable purpose of political institutions is to ensure the unhindered development of the individual

Albert Einstein

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison

Henry David Thoreau

When I am abroad, I always make it a rule to never criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home

Winston Churchill

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground

Thomas Jefferson

Government, which does not and did not grant us our rights, must not now seek to deny them by using fear as its justification

Malcolm Wallop

The primary function of the government is to spew out paper

Dave Barry

Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds

John Perry Barlow

I believe that all government is evil, in that all government must necessarily make war on liberty, and that the democratic government is at least as bad as any of the other forms

Henry Louis Mencken

The State is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else

Frederic Bastiat

Government does not quiet destructive human behavior - it amplifies it

Mark D. Valenti

There are many things the government can't do, many good purposes it must renounce. It must leave them to the enterprise of others. It cannot feed the people. It cannot enrich the people. It cannot teach the people. It cannot convert the people

Lord Acton

You Can't Manage Stress Unless You Do These Three Things

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Updated On : June 10, 2014
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