Government Quotes

It may be true that the government that governs best governs least. Unfortunately, the same is also true of the government that governs worst.

Jane Auer

Laws for the liberal education of youth, especially for the lower classes of people, are so extremely wise and useful that to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant.

John Adams

States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions.

Noam Chomsky

If government were a product, selling it would be illegal

P. J. O'Rourke

I know of no safe repository of the ultimate power of society but people. And if we think them not enlightened enough, the remedy is not to take the power from them, but to inform them by education

Thomas Jefferson

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned -- this is the sum of good government

Thomas Jefferson

The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern

Lord John Emerich

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other

John Quincy Adams

Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government


If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost


Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking

Clement Attlee

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious

Sir Francis Bacon

So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy

Roger Nash Baldwin

The saddest life is that of a political aspirant under democracy. His failure is ignominious and his success is disgraceful

Mary Catherine Bateson

Government is too big and too important to be left to the politicians

Claire Huchet Bishop

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Updated On : June 10, 2014
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