Government Quotes

All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.

Aristotle

If we get a government that reflects more of what this country is really about, we can turn the century -- and the economy -- around.

Bella Abzug

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

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

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.

Mark Twain

I never would believe that Providence had sent a few men into the world, ready booted and spurred to ride, and millions ready saddled and bridled to be ridden

Richard Rumbold

Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us

P.J. O'Rourke

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage

H.L. Mencken

Dealing with Congress is a matter of give and take. The president doesn't get everything he wants, the Congress doesn't get everything they want. But we're finding good common ground. A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it.

George Walker Bush

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Updated On : February 20, 2014
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