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Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.

Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy Quotes

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"The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation – enlightened as it is – if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men." -Samuel Adams

Sam Adams Quotes

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My experience in government is that when things are non-controversial and beautifully coordinated, there is not much going on

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Quotes

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The only justifiable purpose of political institutions is to ensure the unhindered development of the individual.

Albert Einstein Quotes

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Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it

Ronald Reagan Quotes

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They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program.

George W. Bush Quotes

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So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs.

Elbert Hubbard Quotes

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Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.

Henry David Thoreau Quotes

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Ask not what the government can do for you. Ask why it doesn't.

Gerhard Kocher Quotes

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I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.

Dwight David Eisenhower Quotes

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The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.

Thomas Jefferson Quotes

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Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.

Thomas Jefferson Quotes

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In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us.

Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes

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Government is not the doctor. It is the disease.

H. S. Ferns Quotes

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When government accepts responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves.

George Pataki Quotes

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The primary function of the government is - and here I am quoting directly from the U.S. Constitution - "to spew out paper."

Dave Barry Quotes

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I believe that all government is evil, in that all government must necessarily make war on liberty, and that the democratic government is at least as bad as any of the other forms

Henry Louis Mencken Quotes

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Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.

Henry Louis Mencken Quotes

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Despotism tempered by assassination, that is our Magna Carta. [Fr., Le despotisme tempere par l'assassinat, c'est notre magna charta.]

Unattributed Author Quotes , Source: said by a Russian noble to Count Munster on the assassination of Paul I, emperor of Russia

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Oh, we are weary pilgrims; to this wilderness we bring A Church without a bishop, a State without a King.

Unattributed Author Quotes , Source: Puritan's Mistake

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A government of laws, and not of men.

Unattributed Author Quotes , Source: Puritan's Mistake

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The declaration that our People are hostile to a government made by themselves, for themselves, and conducted by themselves, is an insult.

John Quincy Adams Quotes , Source: in an address to the citizens of Westmoreland County, Virginia

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. . . The manners of women are the surest criterion by which to determine whether a republican government is practicable in a nation or not.

John Quincy Adams Quotes , Source: Diary

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States are great engines moving slowly.

Francis Bacon Quotes , Source: Advancement of Learning (bk. II)

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So that every wand or staff of empire is forsooth curved at top. [Lat., Adeo ut omnes imperii virga sive bacillum vere superius inflexum sit.]

Francis Bacon Quotes , Source: De Sapientia Veterum (6, Pan, sive Natura)

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