Popular Quotes of Government

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Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.John Adams
A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.Gerald R. Ford
Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.Milton Friedman
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.Abraham Lincoln
How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?Charles de Gaulle
It&’s not the voting that&’s democracy; it&’s the counting.Tom Stoppard
I&’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.William F. Buckley, Jr.
The most terrifying words in the English language are: I&’m from the government and I&’m here to help.Ronald Reagan
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.P. J. O&’Rourke
If men were angels, no government would be necessary.James Madison
In a free society, government reflects the soul of its people. If people want change at the top, they will have to live in different ways. Our major social problems are not the cause of our decadence. They are a reflection of it.Cal Thomas
It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.Hubert H. Humphrey
Corruption is the enemy of development, and of good governance. It must be got rid of. Both the government and the people at large must come together to achieve this national objective.Pratibha Patil
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.Winston Churchill
Government&’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.Ronald Reagan
Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.H. L. Mencken
Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.James Russell Lowell
Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.Franklin D. Roosevelt
We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.Ayn Rand
It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.Andrew Jackson
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.Thomas Paine
If human beings are fundamentally good, no government is necessary; if they are fundamentally bad, any government, being composed of human beings, would be bad also.Fred Woodworth
This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.Abraham Lincoln
The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments.Ludwig von Mises
Majority rule only works if you&’re also considering individual rights. Because you can&’t have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.Larry Flynt
The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.Milton Friedman
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.Thomas Jefferson
The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples&’ money.Margaret Thatcher
The world will not accept dictatorship or domination.Mikhail Gorbachev
If &’pro&’ is the opposite of &’con&’ what is the opposite of &’progress&’?Paul Harvey
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, subsidize it.Ronald Reagan
Our government… teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.Louis D. Brandeis
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.George Bernard Shaw
A state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed.Rene Descartes
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
The essence of good government is trust.Kathleen Sebelius
A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.Thomas Jefferson
We have the best government that money can buy.Mark Twain
No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we&’ll ever see on this earth!Ronald Reagan
Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.William Penn
For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.Jonathan Swift
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?Saint Augustine
The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.Gore Vidal
No man is good enough to govern another man without the other&’s consent.Abraham Lincoln
Democracy is an abuse of statistics.Jorge Luis Borges
Socialism means slavery.John Dalberg-Acton
Loyalty to the Nation all the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it.Mark Twain
If government were a product, selling it would be illegal.P. J. O&’Rourke
You don&’t pay taxes – they take taxes.Chris Rock
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.Albert Einstein
The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It&’s not tyranny we desire; it&’s a just, limited, federal government.Alexander Hamilton
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 government is us; we are the government, you and I.Theodore Roosevelt
If you like small government you need to work hard at having a strong national defense that is not so militant. Personal liberty is the purpose of government, to protect liberty – not to run your personal life, not to run the economy, and not to pretend that we can tell the world how they ought to live.Ron Paul
I&’m tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn&’t work. Of course it doesn&’t work. We are supposed to work it.Alexander Woollcott
It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.Thomas Jefferson
The happiness of society is the end of government.John Adams
Government &’help&’ to business is just as disastrous as government persecution… the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.Ayn Rand
Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.Henry Clay

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