Government Quotes

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests

Patrick Henry

Only a government that is rich and safe can afford to be a democracy, for democracy is the most expensive and nefarious kind of government ever heard of on earth

Mark Twain

That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves

Henry David Thoreau

Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us

Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger

Confucius

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it

Ronald Reagan

They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program

George W. Bush

Ask not what the government can do for you. Ask why it doesn't

Gerhard Kocher

I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it

Dwight David Eisenhower

The best minds in government? If any were, business would hire them away

Ronald Reagan

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action

George Washington

When government accepts responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves

George Pataki

With all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and prosperous people? Still one thing more, fellow citizens -- a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities

Thomas Jefferson

The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty

John Adams

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule

H.L. Mencken

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