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Quotes about the topic of "Government"

"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities." - Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." - Winston Churchill
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." - George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one." - Thomas Paine
"No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent." - Abraham Lincoln
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill
"Government 'help' to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off." - Ayn Rand
"We have the best government that money can buy." - Mark Twain
"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories." - Thomas Jefferson
"It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself." - Thomas Jefferson
"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government." - Thomas Jefferson
"The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments." - George Washington
"The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away." - Ronald Reagan
"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." - P. J. O'Rourke
"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." - James Madison
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"Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed too severe, seldom executed." - Benjamin Franklin
"That government is best which governs least." - Henry David Thoreau
"If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress'?" - Paul Harvey
"Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what's going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?" - Will Rogers
"The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy." - Woodrow Wilson
"Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made." - Otto von Bismarck
"It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes." - Andrew Jackson
"So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear. That there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system." - Milton Friedman
"The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem." - Milton Friedman
"This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer." - Will Rogers
"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." - Denis Diderot
"Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage." - H. L. Mencken
"Ohio 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." - Will Rogers
"The 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 drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return." - Gore Vidal