It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting
Talk is cheap - except when Congress does it
The most important political office is that of the private citizen
How can one conceive of a one-party system in a country that has over two hundred varieties of cheese?
A survey says that American workers work the first three hours every day just to pay their taxes. So that's why we can't get anything done in the morning: We're government workers
When a machine begins to run without human aid, it is time to scrap it - whether it be a factory or a government
In a state-run society the government promises you security. But it's a false promise predicated on the idea that the opposite of security is risk. Nothing could be further from the truth. The opposite of security is insecurity, and the only way to overcome insecurity is to take risks. The gentle government that promises to hold your hand as you cross the street refuses to let go on the other side
Treaties are like roses and young girls - they last while they last
It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government
Morphine and state relief are the same. You go dopey, feel better and are worse off.
The mistakes made by Congress wouldn't be so bad if the next Congress didn't keep trying to correct them
The plague of government is senile delinquency
No nation is fit to set in judgment upon any other nation
Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good
Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference
No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session
A Conservative government is an organised hypocrisy
Let the people think they govern, and they will be governed
Bureaus are extrusions from the body politic - they are pus
In the infancy of societies, the chiefs of the state shape its institutions; later the institutions shape the chiefs of state
The People, though we think of a great entity when we use the word, means nothing more than so many millions of individual men
For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.
Young lovers and young nations face the same problem: after orgasm, what?
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