Government Quotes

The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society

Thomas Jefferson

The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion

Lewis Mumford

It might be more worthwhile if we stopped wringing our hands and started ringing our congressmen


The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter

Winston Churchill

If people behaved like governments, you'd call the cops

Kelvin Throop

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys

P.J. O'Rourke

The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them

Karl Marx

Our government... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy

Louis Brandeis

Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those others that have been tried from time to time.

Winston Churchill

If you want to understand your government, don't begin by reading the Constitution. It conveys precious little of the flavor of today's statecraft. Instead, read selected portions of the Washington telephone directory containing listings for all the organizations with titles beginning with the word National

George Will

This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer

Will Rogers

I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work. Of course it doesn't work. We are supposed to work it

Alexander Woollcott

Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be

Sydney J. Harris

People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote - a very different thing.

Walter H. Judd

Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down

Robert Orben

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Updated On : June 10, 2014
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