Government Quotes

The function of government ought to be: make sure you have good water to drink, somebody picking up the garbage, good roads to drive on, enough electricity to turn your light bulbs and your record player on, and whatever smaller amounts of regulatory assistance is necessary to make this society work

Frank Zappa

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

As government expands, liberty contracts

Ronald Reagan

A government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth

Ronald Reagan

Are you entitled to the fruits of your labor or does government have some presumptive right to spend and spend and spend?

Ronald Reagan

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church and State

Thomas Jefferson

The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers wthout government, I should not hesita

Thomas Jefferson

Our government sprang from and was made for the people -- not the people for the government. To them it owes an allegiance; from them it must derive its courage, strength, and wisdom

Andrew Johnson

Our government sprang from and was made for the people -- not the people for the government. To them it owes an allegiance; from them it must derive its courage, strength, and wisdom

Andrew Johnson

Under the doctrine of separation of powers, the manner in which the president personally exercises his assigned executive powers is not subject to questioning by another branch of government

Richard Milhouse Nixon

The antiwar movement is a wild orgasm of anarchists sweeping across the country like a prairie fire

Richard Milhouse Nixon

Our cause, then, must be intrusted to, and conducted by, its own undoubted friends-those whose hands are free, whose hearts are in the work-who do care for the result. Two years ago the Republicans of the nation mustered over thirteen hundred thousand strong. We did this under the single impulse of resistance to a common danger, with every external circumstance against us. Of strange, discordant, and even, hostile elements, we gathered from the four winds, and formed and fought the battle through, under the constant hot fire of a disciplined, proud, and pampered enemy. Did we brave all then to falter now?-now when that same enemy is wavering, dissevered, and belligerent? The result is not doubtful. We shall not fail-if we stand firm, we shall not fail. Wise councils may accelerate or mistakes delay it, but, sooner or later, the victory is sure to come

Abraham Lincoln

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there

Will Rogers

Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it

Lao-Tzu

I believe there is something out there watching us. Unfortunately, it's the government

Woody Allen

Only a government that is rich and safe can afford to be a democracy, for democracy is the most expensive and nefarious kind of government ever heard of on earth

Mark Twain

That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves

Henry David Thoreau

Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us

Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger

Confucius

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it

Ronald Reagan

They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program

George W. Bush

Ask not what the government can do for you. Ask why it doesn't

Gerhard Kocher

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Updated On : June 10, 2014
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