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Government Quotes

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.

What experience and history teach is this – that people and governments never have learned anything from history or acted on principles deduced from it.
~ G.W.F. Hegel.

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.

The First Amendment is about how we govern ourselves - not about how we titillate ourselves sexually.
~ Robert H. Bork.

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 Brandeis.

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, 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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