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144 Government Quotes

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.

Edward Abbey Quotes

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It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

Voltaire Quotes

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Which is the best government? That which teaches us to govern ourselves

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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I believe there is something out there watching us. Unfortunately, it's the government.

Woody Allen Quotes

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The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.

Patrick Henry Quotes

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That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.

Henry David Thoreau Quotes

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A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.

Ayn Rand Quotes

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A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inferences

Thomas Jefferson Quotes

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When I am abroad, I always make it a rule to never criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.

Winston Churchill Quotes

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Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.

George Washington Quotes

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Government, which does not and did not grant us our rights, must not now seek to deny them by using fear as its justification

Malcolm Wallop Quotes

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Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.

John Perry Barlow Quotes

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Fear is the foundation of most governments.

John Adams Quotes , Source: Thoughts on Government

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Not stones, nor wood, nor the art of artisans make a state; but where men are who know how to take care of themselves, these are cities and walls.

John Quincy Adams Quotes , Source: Diary

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Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a law-breaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.

Louis D. Brandeis Quotes , Source: part of his dissent in the case "Olmstead v. United States", 277 U.S. 438, 485 (1928)

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When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

Edmund Burke Quotes , Source: Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontent

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A thousand years scarce serve to form a state; An hour may lay it in the dust.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Childe Harold (canto II, st. 84)

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Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.

William Penn Quotes

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The true art of government consists in not governing too much.

Jonathan Shipley Quotes

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Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

H. L. Mencken Quotes

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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 F. Will Quotes

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The American wage earner and the American housewife are a lot better economists than most economists care to admit. They know that a government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.

Gerald R. Ford Quotes

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A goverment that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.

Barry Goldwater Quotes

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You can't run a government solely on a business basis ... Government should be human. It should have a heart.

Herbert Henry Lehman Quotes

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A government is the only known vessel that leaks from the top.

James Reston Quotes

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