Government Quotes

History, in general, only informs us what bad government is

Thomas Jefferson

If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin

Samuel Adams

No government can love a child, and no policy can substitute for a family's care

Hillary Clinton

Every government is a scoundrel

Henry Mencken

The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office

Henry Mencken

I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time

Henry Mencken

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under

Henry Mencken

Egalitarians create the most dangerous inequality of all -- inequality of power. Allowing politicians to determine what all other human beings will be allowed to earn is one of the most reckless gambles imaginable. Like the income tax, it may start off being applied only to the rich but it will inevitably reach us all

Thomas Sowell

We've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of government himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?

Ronald Reagan

Nations crumble from within when the citizenry asks of government those things which the citizenry might better provide for itself

Ronald Reagan

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size

Ronald Reagan

Government does not tax to get the money it needs; government always finds a need for the money it gets

Ronald Reagan

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

Herbert Hoover

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive

Thomas Jefferson

Information is the currency of democracy

Thomas Jefferson

I want to make a policy statement. I am unabashedly in favor of women

Lyndon Baines Johnson

Democracy is a constant tension between truth and half-truth and, in the arsenal of truth, there is no greater weapon than fact

Lyndon Baines Johnson

The accords were fig leaves of democratic procedure to hide the nakedness of Stalinist dictatorship

George Frost Kennan

The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech

Anthony M. Kennedy

I want to talk to these people because they stay in power and you change all the time

Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev

When you meet the president, you ask yourself, "How did it ever occur to anybody that he should be governor much less president?

Henry Alfred Kissinger

If you don't like the president, it costs you 90 bucks to fly to Washington to picket. If you don't like the governor, it costs you 60 bucks to fly to Albany to picket. If you don't like me, 90 cents.

Edward Irving Koch

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity

Irving Kristol

Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want-and their kids pay for it

Richard Lamm

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Updated On : June 10, 2014
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