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144 Government Quotes

Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness.

Fred Woodworth Quotes

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Governments last as long as the undertaxed can defend themselves against the overtaxed.

Bernhard Berenson Quotes

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The nearest approach to immortality on earth is a government bureau.

James F. Byrnes Quotes

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In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government.

Thomas Carlyle Quotes

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The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.

Lord Acton Quotes

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Bush Sr. was a jerk, Quayle an idiot, Clinton was atrocious and disgusting, most of those who persecuted him were hypocritical, Gore is shallow and weak, Bradley is an idealist, Bush Jr. a fool, and all of the independent candidates act like they're on drugs.

David Borenstein Quotes

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In a state-run society the government promises you security. But it's a false promise predicated on the idea that the opposite of security is risk. Nothing could be further from the truth. The opposite of security is insecurity, and the only way to overcome insecurity is to take risks. The gentle government that promises to hold your hand as you cross the street refuses to let go on the other side.

Theodore Forstmann Quotes

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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 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 punishment which the wise suffer, who refuse to take part in government, is to live under the government of worse men.

Plato Quotes

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Government is not reason, it is not eloquence -- it is force.

George Washington Quotes

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Our political institutions work remarkably well. They are designed to clang against each other. The noise is democracy at work.

Michael Novak Quotes

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The art of governing consists in not letting men grow old in their jobs.

Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes

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It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.

Thomas Jefferson Quotes

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If men were angels, no government would be necessary.

James Madison Quotes

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Must a government of necessity be too strong for the liberties of its people or too weak to maintain its own existence?

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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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 D. Brandeis Quotes

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Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those others that have been tried from time to time.

Sir Winston Churchill Quotes

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