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Government quotes (80)

For forms of government let fools contest; Whateer is best administerd is best. For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight; His cant be wrong whose life is in the right. In faith and hope the world will disagree But all mankinds concern is charity.
Alexander Pope   Category: Government

A star for every State and a State for every star.
Robert C. Winthrop   Category: Government

EXECUTIVE n. An officer of the Government whose duty it is to enforce the wishes of the legislative power until such time as the judicial department shall be pleased to pronounce them invalid and of no effect.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce   Category: Government

Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.
John Perry Barlow   Category: Government

How many of us are waiting for the opportunity to do some great thing for the betterment of our community forgetting that the solution of the problem requires only the active intelligent fulfillment of individual civic duty. The only things which are wrong about our Government are the things which are wrong with you and me. Democracy is never a thing done; it is and always will be a goal to be achieved. It means action not passive acquiescence in things as they are; it requires alertness to duty a dynamic faith a willingness to give for the good of all. It can live only as a result of loyalty and devotion to its principles expressed by daily deeds.
Douglas L. Edmonds   Category: Government

I am not angry damnit I am passionate.
Susan Powter   Category: Government

The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.
William F. Buckley Jr.   Category: Government

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity.
Irving Kristol   Category: Government

The criterion by which these people judge their action is a simple one. If in any part of the world the Communist Party by no matter what means is in power that is democracy. If anywhere the Communists fail then however fair the conditions it is regarded as Fascism.
Earl Clement Richard Attlee   Category: Government

Federal commandeering of state governments is such a novel phenomenon that this Court's first experience with it did not occur until the 1970's....later opinions of ours have made clear that the Federal Government may not compel the States to implement by legislation or executive action federal regulatory programs....Even assuming moreover that the Brady Act leaves no policymaking discretion with the States we fail to see how that improves rather than worsens the intrusion upon state sovereignty. Preservation of the States as independent and autonomous political entities is arguably less undermined by requiring them to make policy in certain fields than (as Judge Sneed aptly described it over two decades ago) by reducing them to puppets of a ventriloquist Congress.
Supreme Court   Category: Government

A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Government

Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.
Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy   Category: Government

And if a house be divided against itself that house cannot stand.
The Bible   Category: Government

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

He that would govern others first should be The master of himself.
Philip Massinger   Category: Government

Man is not the sum of what he has but the totality of what he does not yet have of what he might have.
Jean-Paul Sartre   Category: Government

I go to the chair of government with feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution.
George Washington   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

When you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.
Harry S. Truman   Category: Government

I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature; and that power whether vested in many or a few is ever grasping and like the grave cries Give give!
Abigail Smith Adams   Category: Government

They (who) seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers ... call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Government

Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.
Frank McKinney Kin Hubbard   Category: Government

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.
George Jean Nathan   Category: Government

There is a kind of dictatorship that can come about through a creeping paralysis of thought readiness to accept paternalistic measures by government and along with those measures comes a surrender of our own responsibilities and therefore a surrender of our own thought over our own lives and our own right to exercise the vote. The free system gives the right to every citizen to do something for himself. Because he has the right the opportunity is always there.
General Dwight David Eisenhower   Category: Government

The King said The Athenians govern the Greeks; I govern the Athenians; you my wife govern me; your son governs you.
Plutarch   Category: Government

If the policy of the government upon vital questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court ... the people will have ceased to be their own rulers having to that extent practically resigned their government into the hands of that eminent tribunal. Nor is there in this view any assault upon the court or the judges. It is a duty from which they may not shrink to decide cases properly brought before them; and it is no fault of theirs if others seek to turn their decisions to political purposes.
Abraham Lincoln   Category: Government

Government of man by man in every form is oppression.
Pierre Joseph   Category: Government

Government never furthered any enterprise but by the alacrity with which it gets out of its way.
Henry David Thoreau   Category: Government

Government cannot close its eyes to the pollution of waters to the erosion of soil to the slashing of forests any more than it can close its eyes to the need for slum clearance and schools.
Franklin Delano Rooselvelt   Category: Government

Government is not a substitute for people but simply the instrument through which they act. And if the individual fails to do his duty as a citizen government becomes a very deadly instrument indeed.
Bernard Mannes Baruch   Category: Government

Do you know that the ready concession of minor points is a part of the grace of life?
Henry Harland   Category: Government

Grace was in all her steps heaven in her eye In every gesture dignity and love.
John Milton   Category: Government

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert in 5 years thered be a shortage of sand.
Milton Friedman   Category: Government

If I wished to punish a province I would have it governed By philosophers.
Frederick II the Great   Category: Government

Just as the separation and independence of the coordinate branches of the Federal Government serve to prevent the accumulation of excessive power in any one branch a healthy balance of power between the States and the Federal Government will reduce the risk of tyranny and abuse from either front....The power of the Federal Government would be augmented immeasurably if it were able to impress into its service and at no cost to itself the police officers of the 50 states.
Unknown   Category: Government

No Government can be long secure without a formidable Opposition.
Benjamin Disraeli   Category: Government

We stand equally against government by a plutocracy and government by a mob. There is something to be said for government by a great aristocracy which has furnished leaders to the nation in peace and war for generations; even a democrat like myself must admit this. But there is absolutely nothing to be said for government by a plutocracy for government by men very powerful in certain lines and gifted with the money touch but with ideals which in their essence are merely those of so many glorified pawnbrokers.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Government

Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country? If you are the first then you are a parasite; is the second then you are an oasis in a desert.
Kahlil Gibran   Category: Government

There is hardly a facet of life that is now free of some sort of federal action.
Millicent Fenwick   Category: Government

A government with the policy to rob Peter to pay Paul can be assured of the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Government

You are apprehensive of monarchy; I of aristocracy. I would therefore have given more power to the President and less to the Senate.
John Adams   Category: Government

An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.
Kung Fu-tzu Confucius   Category: Government

A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves consisting of many and various and powerful interests combined into one mass and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in the banks.
John C. Calhoun   Category: Government

Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.
I. F. Stone   Category: Government

The Republican form of government is the highest form of government: but because of this it requires the highest type of human nature a type nowhere at present existing.
Herbert Spencer   Category: Government

Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it.... The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power not the increase of it.
Woodrow Wilson   Category: Government

In general the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Government

When reading a speech Learn to read slow: all other graces Will follow in their proper places.
William Walker   Category: Government

He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart and in our despair against our own will comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.
Aeschylus   Category: Government

What government is the best? That which teaches us to govern ourselves.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Government

Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants.
William Penn   Category: Government

Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ships captain has to avoid a shipwreck.
Guy de Maupassant   Category: Government

Laissez Faire laissez passer. Let it be let it pass. The phrase is not readily translatable. It was widely used by the Physiocrats in urging freedom from government interference and was adopted by Adam Smith.
Fran├žois Quesnay   Category: Government

The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.
Anthony Kennedy   Category: Government

A graceful and pleasing figure is a perpetual letter of recommendation.
Francis Bacon   Category: Government

Americanism is not an accident of birth but an achievement in terms of worth. Government does not create Americanism but Americanism creates Government. Americanism is not a race but a vision a hope and an ideal.
Dr. Louis L. Mann   Category: Government

I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.
Thomas Jefferson   Category: Government

The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop.
   Category: Government

In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed and in the next place oblige it to control itself.
Alexander Hamilton   Category: Government

The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life ... the children; those who are in the twilight of life ... the elderly; and those who are in the shadow of life ... the sick ... the needy ... and the disabled.
Hubert H. Humphrey Jr.   Category: Government

Finally two days ago I succeeded not on account of my hard efforts but by the grace of the Lord. Like a sudden flash of lightning the riddle was solved. I am unable to say what was the conducting thread that connected what I previously knew with what made my success possible.
Karl Friedrich Gauss   Category: Government

Up up the long delirious burning blue Ive topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace Where never the lark nor even eagle flew And while with silent lifting mind Ive trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
John Gillespie Magee Jr.   Category: Government

A government is the only known vessel that leaks from the top.
James Reston   Category: Government

I am not a Virginian I am an American.
Patrick Henry   Category: Government

Every time that we try to lift a problem from our own shoulders and shift that problem to the hands of the government to the same extent we are sacrificing the liberties of our people.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Government

Government [is] operated by deeply embedded hopelessly entangled bureaus where nothing is accomplished because the function of the bureau is to intercept every living idea and smother it.
Gerry Spence   Category: Government

A PRIMER OF AMERICAN SELF-GOVERNMENT I. Understand honor and preserve the Constitution of the United States. 2. Keep forever separate and distinct the legislative executive and judicial functions of government. 3. Remember that government belongs to the people is inherently inefficient and that its activities should be limited to those which government alone can perform. 4. Be vigilant for freedom of speech freedom of worship and freedom of action. 5. Cherish the system of Free Enterprise which made America great. 6. Respect thrift and economy and beware of debt. 7. Above all let us be scrupulous in keeping our word and in respecting the rights of others.
Philip D. Reed   Category: Government

Though the people support the government the government should not support the people.
Stephan Grover Cleveland   Category: Government

And having looked to Government for bread on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them.
Edmund Burke   Category: Government

Government in the U.S. today is a senior partner in every business in the country.
Norman Cousins   Category: Government

I will govern according to the common weal but not according to the common will.
James VI   Category: Government

If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot therefore maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.
Frank Patrick Herbert   Category: Government

Where the state begins individual liberty ceases and vice versa.
Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin   Category: Government

The best view of government is in the rearview mirror as youre driving away from it.
Ronald Wilson Reagan   Category: Government

Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.
William Hazlitt   Category: Government

Its a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for.
Will Rogers   Category: Government

Our government has become too responsive to trivial or ephemeral concerns often at the expense of more important concerns or an erosion of our liberty and it has made policy priorities more dependent on where TV journalists happen to point their cameras.... As a nation we have lost our sense of tragedy a recognition that bad things happen to good people. A nation that expects the government to prevent churches from burning to control the price of bread or gasoline to secure every job and to find some villain for every dramatic accident risks an even larger loss of life and liberty.
William A. Niskanen   Category: Government

To govern is always to choose among disadvantages.
Charles Andre Joseph Marie de Gaulle   Category: Government

The punishment suffered by the wise who refuse to take part in the government is to live under the government of bad men.
Plato   Category: Government

Good government is no substitute for self-government.
Mahatma Gandhi   Category: Government