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Famous Quotes & Quotations About Government:

A civil servant is sometimes like a broken cannon - it won't work and you can't fire it.
~ George S. Patton.

A Conservative government is an organised hypocrisy.
~ Benjamin Disraeli, 1845.

A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.
~ Barry Goldwater.

A wise man distrusts his neighbor. A wiser man distrusts both his neighbor and himself. The wisest man of all distrusts his government.
~ Taylor Caldwell.

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
~ James Russell Lowell.

Democracy is a government where you can say what you think even if you don't think.
~ Author Unknown.

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes, Man and Superman, Maxims: Education,1905.

Democracy: The state of affairs in which you consent to having your pocket picked, and elect the best man to do it.
~ Benjamin Lichtenberg.

Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.
~ H.L. Mencken.

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

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, The Match!, No. 79.

Government under democracy is thus government by orgy, almost by orgasm.
~ Henry Louis Mencken.

Governments should not possess instruments of coercion and violence denied to their citizens.
~ Edgar A. Suter.

He is like some sherry-crazed old dowager who has lost the family silver at roulette, and who now decides to double up by betting the house as well.
~ Boris Johnson on Gordon Brown.

I see in the future a crisis approaching that fills me with anxiety. As a result of the war, corporations have become enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow. The money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its rule by preying upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is concentrated in a few hands and the Republic destroyed.
~ Abraham Lincoln Quotes.

If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes.

If people behaved like governments, you'd call the cops.
~ Kelvin Throop.

If you want to understand your government, don't begin by reading the Constitution. (It conveys precious little of the flavor of today's statecraft.) Instead, read selected portions of the Washington telephone directory containing listings for all the organizations with titles beginning with the word National.
~ George Will.

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
~ St. Augustine.

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
~ Thomas Jefferson Quotes, Notes on Virginia.

It might be more worthwhile if we stopped wringing our hands and started ringing our congressmen.
~ Author Unknown.

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.

Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those others that have been tried from time to time.
~ Winston Churchill Quotes.

Many people say that government is necessary because some men cannot be trusted to look after themselves, but anarchists say that government is harmful because no men can be trusted to look after anyone else.
~ Nicolas Walter, About Anarchism.

Men must turn square corners when they deal with the Government.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr Quotes.

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
~ Abraham Lincoln Quotes.

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