Quotes on Government

Quotes on Government

There can be no truer principle than this that every individual of the community at large has an equal right to the protection of government. Alexander Hamilton

 

That all men are equal in proposition to which, in ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent. Aldous Huxley

 

Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye than the easiness by which the many are governed by the few. David Hume

 

Fear and hope are the two great instruments for the governance of men.… Jean-Jacques Rousseau

 

In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to the other. Voltaire

 

If you ever live in a country run by a committee, be on the committee. William Graham Sumner

 

Every country has the government it deserves. Joseph de Maistre

 

If you’re going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you, but the bureaucracy won’t. Admiral Hyman G. Rickover

 

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

 

No government can be long secure without a formidable opposition. Benjamin Disraeli

 

The less government we have, the better the fewer laws, and the less confided power. Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem. Milton Friedman (attrib.)

No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent. Abraham Lincoln

There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you. Will Rogers

 

You can fool too many of the people too much of the time. James Thurber

 

The only good government … is a bad one in a hell of a fright. Joyce Cary

 

Hell hath no fury like the bureaucrat scorned. Milton Friedman

 

We are willing to spend the least amount of money to keep a kid at home, more to put him in a foster home, and the most to institutionalize him. Marian W. Edelman

Bad administration, to be sure, can destroy good policy; but good administration can never save bad policy. Adlai E. Stevenson

 

Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status. Laurence J. Peter

 

I don’t mind how much my ministers talk as long as they do what I say. Margaret Thatcher

 

The stakes…are too high for government to be a spectator sport. Barbara Jordan

 

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

 

Congress is functioning the way the Founding Fathers intended not very well. They understood that if you move too quickly, our democracy will be less responsible to the majority. Barber Conable, Jr.

 

In constitutional states, liberty is compensation for heavy taxes; in dictatorships the substitute for liberty is light taxes. Baron de Montesquieu

 

The art of governing consists in not allowing men to grow old in their jobs. Napoleon Bonaparte

 

All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people. James A. Garfield

 

It is perfectly true that the government is best which governs least. It is equally true that the government is best that provides the most. Walter Lippmann

 

It’s a piece of cake until you get to the top. You find you can’t stop playing the game the way you have always played it. Richard M. Nixon

 

Some of us are like a shovel brigade that follow a parade down Main Street cleaning up. Donald T. Regan

 

It is the absolute right of the state to supervise the formation of public opinion. Joseph Goebbels

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

 

There are two periods when Congress does no business: one is before the holidays, and the other after. George D. Prentice

 

Fleas can be taught nearly everything a congressman can. Mark Twain

 

Britain has invented a new missile. It’s called the civil servant it doesn’t work and it can’t be fired. Walter Walker

 

The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it’s so rare. Daniel Patrick Moynihan

 

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. George Bernard Shaw

 

I learned in business that you had to be very careful when you told somebody that’s working for you to do something, because the chances were very high he’d do it. In government, you don’t have to worry about that. George P. Schultz

 

The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation. Pierre Trudeau, appealing for revised divorce laws in Canada

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