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government quotes (67)

The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern: every class is unfit to govern.
Lord Acton   Category: Government

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
Saint Augustine   Category: Government

The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government.
Henry Ward Beecher   Category: Government

Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.
Otto von Bismarck   Category: Government

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
Jorge Luis Borges   Category: Government

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   Category: Government

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Winston Churchill   Category: Government

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill   Category: Government

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   Category: Government

Our nation is built on the bedrock principle that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.
Adrian Cronauer   Category: Government

Bureaucracy gives birth to itself and then expects maternity benefits.
Dale Dauten   Category: Government

Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
Denis Diderot   Category: Government

A corporation's primary goal is to make money. Government's primary role is to take a big chunk of that money and give it to others.
Larry Ellison   Category: Government

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   Category: Government

So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear. That there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.
Milton Friedman   Category: Government

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
Milton Friedman   Category: Government

Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.
John Kenneth Galbraith   Category: Government

It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government.
John W. Gardner   Category: Government

Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home.
William E. Gladstone   Category: Government

People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can't live within its income.
Robert Half   Category: Government

Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
Sydney J. Harris   Category: Government

If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress'?
Paul Harvey   Category: Government

Talk is cheap - except when Congress does it.
Cullen Hightower   Category: Government

The mistakes made by Congress wouldn't be so bad if the next Congress didn't keep trying to correct them.
Cullen Hightower   Category: Government

I have long believed taxpayers make better use of their money than the government ever could.
Kay Bailey Hutchison   Category: Government

It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.
Andrew Jackson   Category: Government

The people are the government, administering it by their agents; they are the government, the sovereign power.
Andrew Jackson   Category: Government

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
Thomas Jefferson   Category: Government

Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.
Thomas Jefferson   Category: Government

Government alone cannot solve the problems we deal with in our correctional facilities, treatment centers, homeless shelters and crisis centers - we need our faith-based and community partners.
Dirk Kempthorne   Category: Government

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
Abraham Lincoln   Category: Government

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Government

If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
James Madison   Category: Government

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
James Madison   Category: Government

The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.
Karl Marx   Category: Government

But let us remember, at the same time, government is sacred, and not to be trifled with.
Jonathan Mayhew   Category: Government

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
H. L. Mencken   Category: Government

The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.
Lewis Mumford   Category: Government

Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.
P. J. O'Rourke   Category: Government

Feeling good about government is like looking on the bright side of any catastrophe. When you quit looking on the bright side, the catastrophe is still there.
P. J. O'Rourke   Category: Government

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
P. J. O'Rourke   Category: Government

What I worry about would be that you essentially have two chambers, the House and the Senate, but you have simply, majoritarian, absolute power on either side. And that's just not what the founders intended.
Barack Obama   Category: Government

Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down.
Robert Orben   Category: Government

Americans no longer look to government for economic security; rather, they look to their portfolios.
Bill Owens   Category: Government

As a governor, I am naturally inclined to focus on the domestic side of protecting the United States.
Bill Owens   Category: Government

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
Thomas Paine   Category: Government

The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security.
Thomas Paine   Category: Government

Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
William Penn   Category: Government

To hear some men talk of the government, you would suppose that Congress was the law of gravitation, and kept the planets in their places.
Wendell Phillips   Category: Government

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   Category: Government

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.
Ronald Reagan   Category: Government

The fact that political ideologies are tangible realities is not a proof of their vitally necessary character. The bubonic plague was an extraordinarily powerful social reality, but no one would have regarded it as vitally necessary.
Wilhelm Reich   Category: Government

You don't pay taxes - they take taxes.
Chris Rock   Category: Government

Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what's going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?
Will Rogers   Category: Government

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   Category: Government

This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.
Will Rogers   Category: Government

The essence of good government is trust.
Kathleen Sebelius   Category: Government

There are three species of government: republican, monarchical, and despotic.
Charles de Secondat   Category: Government

It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.
Tom Stoppard   Category: Government

For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.
Jonathan Swift   Category: Government

Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.
Lily Tomlin   Category: Government

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   Category: Government

Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
George Washington   Category: Government

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   Category: Government

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   Category: Government

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   Category: Government

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   Category: Government