Government Quotes

You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.

Mario Matthew Cuomo

We are no guiltier in following the primative impulses that govern us than is the Nile for her floods or the sea for her waves

Marquis de Sade

There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an advantage and security to all, but especially to democracies against despots -- suspicion

Demosthenes

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

As long as Nazi violence was unleashed only, or mainly, against the Jews, the rest of the world looked on passively and even treaties and agreements were made with the patently criminal government of the Third Reich.... The doors of Palestine were closed to Jewish immigrants, and no country could be found that would admit those forsaken people. They were left to perish like their brothers and sisters in the occupied countries. We shall never forget the heroic efforts of the small countries, of the Scandinavian, the Dutch, the Swiss nations, and of individuals in the occupied part of Europe who did all in their power to protect Jewish lives

Albert Einstein

The less government we have the better

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have

Gerald R. Ford

Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He who is content. Who is that? Nobody

Benjamin Franklin

Man supposes that he directs his life and governs his actions, when his existence is irretrievably under the control of destiny

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What government is the best? That which teaches us to govern ourselves

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

While democracy must have its organizations and controls, its vital breath is individual liberty

Charles Evans Hughes

Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of the citizens to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should not be carefully used and that definite safety rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of the citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible

Hubert H. Humphrey

The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment

Robert Maynard Hutchins

The thin and precarious crust of decency is all that separates any civilization, however impressive, from the hell of anarchy or systematic tyranny which lie in wait beneath the surface

Aldous Leonard Huxley

The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object

Thomas Jefferson

So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs

Elbert Hubbard

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

Alexis de Tocqueville

No nation keeps its word. A nation is a big, blind worm, following what? Fate perhaps. A nation has no honor, it has no word to keep

Carl Jung

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

Will Rogers

Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption

James Garfield

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

You Can't Manage Stress Unless You Do These Three Things

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Updated On : June 10, 2014
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