Government Quotes

The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society

Thomas Jefferson

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter

Winston Churchill

If people behaved like governments, you'd call the cops

Kelvin Throop

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor

James Russell Lowell

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few

George Bernard Shaw

The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy

Woodrow Wilson

The state of affairs in which you consent to having your pocket picked, and elect the best man to do it

Benjamin Lichtenberg

If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.

George Bernard Shaw

Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true

Polish Proverb

Governments should not possess instruments of coercion and violence denied to their citizens

Edgar A. Suter

Democracy is a government where you can say what you think even if you don't think

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The cure for capitalism's failing would require that a government would have to rise above the interests of one class aloneRobert L. Heilbroner

Robert L. Heilbroner

Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it

Richard Lamm

Ohio claims they are due a president as they haven't had one since Taft. Look at the United States, they have not had one since Lincoln

Will Rogers

Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens - and then everybody disagrees

Boris Marshalov

Our political institutions work remarkably well. They are designed to clang against each other. The noise is democracy at work.

Michael Novak

The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government

Henry Ward Beecher

People come to Washington believing it's the center of power. I know I did. It was only much later that I learned that Washington is a steering wheel that's not connected to the engine

Richard Goodwin

Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest

Denis Diderot

Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt

Herbert Hoover

It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting

Tom Stoppard

Talk is cheap - except when Congress does it

Cullen Hightower

The most important political office is that of the private citizen

Louis Brandeis

How can one conceive of a one-party system in a country that has over two hundred varieties of cheese?

Charles de Gaulle

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Updated On : April 17, 2014
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