Topics - Government


Quote 22For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.
Quote 44Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
Quote 50Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
Quote 152If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
Quote 182It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
Quote 214In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
Quote 378Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
Quote 382Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
Quote 399Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.
Quote 443If human beings are fundamentally good, no government is necessary; if they are fundamentally bad, any government, being composed of human b...
Quote 658Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
Quote 757Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home.
Quote 1019That government is best which governs least. - Thomas Paine
Quote 1169Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.
Quote 1188Democracy is an abuse of statistics. - Jorge Luis Borges
Quote 1202Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what's going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?
Quote 2011Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis o...
Quote 2052It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.
Quote 2721The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Quote 2744We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Quote 3533The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.
Quote 3543If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress'?
Quote 3873Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
Quote 4396Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
Quote 4747I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work. Of course it doesn't work. We are supposed to work it.
Quote 7809To rule is easy, to govern difficult. - Johann Goethe
Quote 7889Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down.
Quote 7893Our government... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites ...
Quote 8049This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.
Quote 8094There are three species of government: republican, monarchical, and despotic.
Quote 8254Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.
Quote 8335It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government.
Quote 8458Ohio 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...
Quote 8631The 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...
Quote 9412Talk is cheap - except when Congress does it.
Quote 9635Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of t...
Quote 10015It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.
Quote 10224The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repre...
Quote 10296People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can't live within its income.
Quote 10325Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
Quote 10385The mistakes made by Congress wouldn't be so bad if the next Congress didn't keep trying to correct them.
Quote 10482The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
Quote 10581Government alone cannot solve the problems we deal with in our correctional facilities, treatment centers, homeless shelters and crisis cent...
Quote 10588Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.
Quote 10651What I worry about would be that you essentially have two chambers, the House and the Senate, but you have simply, majoritarian, absolute po...
Quote 10750The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invis...
Quote 11255Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge ...
Quote 11660The essence of good government is trust. - Kathleen Sebelius
Quote 11782The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government.
Quote 11925Feeling good about government is like looking on the bright side of any catastrophe. When you quit looking on the bright side, the catastrop...
Quote 11981Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get...
Quote 12037Our nation is built on the bedrock principle that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.
Quote 12151So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear. That there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ...
Quote 12183The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common se...
Quote 12233The fact that political ideologies are tangible realities is not a proof of their vitally necessary character. The bubonic plague was an ext...
Quote 12277No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
Quote 12388Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to na...
Quote 12548To hear some men talk of the government, you would suppose that Congress was the law of gravitation, and kept the planets in their places.
Quote 12780Americans no longer look to government for economic security; rather, they look to their portfolios.
Quote 12984But let us remember, at the same time, government is sacred, and not to be trifled with.
Quote 13099You don't pay taxes - they take taxes. - Chris Rock
Quote 13116Bureaucracy gives birth to itself and then expects maternity benefits.
Quote 13160Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on ...
Quote 13284I have long believed taxpayers make better use of their money than the government ever could.
Quote 13756As a governor, I am naturally inclined to focus on the domestic side of protecting the United States.
Quote 13844The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes t...
Quote 13982Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
Quote 13990The people are the government, administering it by their agents; they are the government, the sovereign power.