Government Quotes

Treaties are like roses and young girls - they last while they last

Charles de Gaulle

It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government

John Gardner

Morphine and state relief are the same. You go dopey, feel better and are worse off.

Martin H. Fischer

The mistakes made by Congress wouldn't be so bad if the next Congress didn't keep trying to correct them

Cullen Hightower

The plague of government is senile delinquency

Mignon McLaughlin

No nation is fit to set in judgment upon any other nation

Woodrow Wilson

Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good

H.L. Mencken

No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session

Unknown

A Conservative government is an organised hypocrisy

Benjamin Disraeli

Let the people think they govern, and they will be governed

William Penn

Bureaus are extrusions from the body politic - they are pus

Martin H. Fischer

In the infancy of societies, the chiefs of the state shape its institutions; later the institutions shape the chiefs of state

Baron de Montesquieu

The People, though we think of a great entity when we use the word, means nothing more than so many millions of individual men

James Bryce

For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.

Jonathan Swift

Young lovers and young nations face the same problem: after orgasm, what?

Mignon McLaughlin

Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness

Fred Woodworth

If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock.

Goldberg

To rule is easy, to govern difficult

Johann W. von Goethe

Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear

Alan Coren

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 : June 10, 2014
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