Government Quotes

Centralization at the national capital or within a business undertaking always glorifies the importance of pieces of paper. This dims the sense of reality

David E. Lilienthal

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote

George Jean Nathan

It may be true that the government that governs best governs least. Unfortunately, the same is also true of the government that governs worst.

Jane Auer

Laws for the liberal education of youth, especially for the lower classes of people, are so extremely wise and useful that to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant.

John Adams

States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions.

Noam Chomsky

If government were a product, selling it would be illegal

P. J. O'Rourke

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned -- this is the sum of good government

Thomas Jefferson

The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern

Lord John Emerich

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other

John Quincy Adams

Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government

Aristotle

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost

Aristotle

Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking

Clement Attlee

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious

Sir Francis Bacon

So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy

Roger Nash Baldwin

The saddest life is that of a political aspirant under democracy. His failure is ignominious and his success is disgraceful

Mary Catherine Bateson

Government is too big and too important to be left to the politicians

Claire Huchet Bishop

Anything that keeps a politician humble is healthy for democracy

Irish Blessing

Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it

Nadia Boulanger

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

Henry Peter Brougham

Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. Men have right that these wants should be provided for, [including] the want of a sufficient restraint upon their passions

Edmund Burke

Of all the inventions that have helped to unify China perhaps the airplane is the most outstanding. Its ability to annihilate distance has been in direct proportion to its achievements in assisting to annihilate suspicion and misunderstanding among provincial officials far removed from one another or from the officials at the seat of government

Madame Chiang

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present

Tao Le Ching

Personally, I'm in favor of democracy, which means that the central institutions of society have to be under popular control. Now, under capitalism, we can't have democracy by definition. Capitalism is a system in which the central institutions of society are in principle under autocratic control. Thus, a corporation or an industry is, if we were to think of it in political terms, fascist; that is, it has tight control at the top and strict obedience has to be establishedat every level--there's little bargaining, a little give and take,but the line of authority is perfectly straightforward. Just as I'm opposed to political fascism, I'm opposed to economic fascism. I think that until the major institutions of society are under the popular control of participants and communities, it's pointless to talk about democracy.

Noam Chomsky

You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.

Mario Matthew Cuomo

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