Government Quotes

In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.

Alexander Hamilton

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 most dangerous moment for a bad government is when it begins to reform

Alexis de Tocqueville

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

Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem

Ronald Reagan

Outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector

Ronald Reagan

I think the best possible social program is a job

Ronald Reagan

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

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