Government Quotes

Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions

Edward R. Murrow

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments

William Edgar Borah

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding

Louis Dembitz Brandeis

We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both

Louis Dembitz Brandeis

Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave

Henry Peter Brougham

You are a king by your own fireside, as much as any monarch in his throne

Miguel de Cervantes

The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves

William Ellery Channing

Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery

Benjamin Disraeli

The Second Amendment reveals a profound principle of American government - the principle of civilian ascendency over the military

William Orville Douglas

Our country was founded on a distrust of government. Our founding fathers gave power to the people to keep an eye on government. So when politicians say, Trust me, they're actually being very un-American.

David Duchovny

All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people

James Abram Garfield

I was resolved to sustain and preserve in my college the bite of the mind, the chance to stand face to face with truth, the good life lived in a small, various, highly articulate and democratic society

Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve

Our enemy sees us clearly. ... They will not start a war. They're worried about one thing: If democracy develops here, if we succeed, we will win

Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev

The fact that political ideologies are tangible realities is not a proof of their vitally necessary character. The bubonic plague was an extraordinarily powerful social reality, but no one would have regarded it as vitally necessary.

Wilhelm Reich

The Lord's Prayer is 66 words, the Gettysburg Address is 286 words, there are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence, but government regulations on the sale of cabbage total 26,911 words.

National Review

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