Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down
Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
It's every American's duty to support his government, but not necessarily in the style to which it has become accustomed.
Democracy is like a raft: It won't sink, but you will always have your feet wet
The happiest thing that can be said about democracy... is that it is one of the few systems that has been willing to risk a long period of confusion and mixed purposes for the sake of giving man a chance to grow up in mind and responsibility
Democracy cannot flourish half rich and half poor, any more than it can flourish half free and half slave
You know why there are so many whitefish in the Yellowstone River? Because the Fish and Game people have never done anything to help them
Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary
To hear some men talk of the government, you would suppose that Congress was the law of gravitation, and kept the planets in their places.
Democracy is an experiment, and the right of the majority to rule is no more inherent than the right of the minority to rule; and unless the majority represents sane, righteous, unselfish public sentiment, it has no inherent right
Many people say that government is necessary because some men cannot be trusted to look after themselves, but anarchists say that government is harmful because no men can be trusted to look after anyone else
The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern
Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists
Applause, mingled with boos and hisses, is about all that the average voter is able or willing to contribute to public life
Because of our Congressional committee system, our government is closer to a gerontocracy than a democracy.
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.
What is the government? nothing, unless supported by opinion.
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more
The really valuable thing in the pageant of human life seems to me not the State but the creative, sentient individual, the personality; it alone creates the noble and the sublime
A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves
It may well be that our means are fairly limited and our possibilities restricted when it comes to applying pressure on our government. But is this a reason to do nothing? Despair is nor an answer. Neither is resignation. Resignation only leads to indifference, which is not merely a sin but a punishment
The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty
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