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In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.

No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent.

Abraham Lincoln

Reader suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

Mark Twain

I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end... I have lost every other friend on earth I shall at least have one friend left and that friend shall be down inside of me.

You can fool some people sometimes, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.

Bob Marley

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.

The first mistake in public business is the going into it.

Benjamin Franklin

I believe that in every country the people themselves are more peaceably and liberally inclined than their governments.

Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.

Niccolo Machiavelli

In my opinion eight years as president is enough, and sometimes too much for any man to serve in that capacity.

Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people and therefore deprive them of their arms.


The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control and outnumbers both of the other classes.

Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.

The basis of a democratic state is liberty.

Any people anywhere being inclined and having the power have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world.

It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.

There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.

If men were angels no government would be necessary.

Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.

Do not criticize your government when out of the country. Never cease to do so when at home.

History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.

Ronald Reagan

All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.

Government is not reason, it is not eloquent, it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

George Washington

Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.


The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.


If liberty and equality as is thought by some are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.

He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.

Potentially 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.

They should rule who are able to rule best.

The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.

If there's anything a public servant hates to do, it's something for the public.

If you lead the people with correctness who will dare not be correct?

The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly, the rich have always objected to being governed at all.

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.

Mark Twain

Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.

I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.

William F. Buckley, Jr.

Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.

Kahlil Gibran

The state exists for the sake of a good life and not for the sake of life only

It is better for a city to be governed by a good man than by good laws.

Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects, because men are equally free they claim to be absolutely equal.

If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare - all else is lost.

Barack Obama

By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.

History in general only informs us of what bad government is.

Thomas Jefferson

If the freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent, we may be led like sheep to the slaughter.

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens, unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.

For me every ruler is alien that defies public opinion.

Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.

In Republics the great danger is that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.

A free America... means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.

Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.

And it is characteristic of man that he alone has any sense of good and evil, of just and unjust, and the like and the association of living beings who have this sense makes family and a state.


I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other.

A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.

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, subsidize it.

Where some people are very wealthy and others have nothing, the result will be either extreme democracy or absolute oligarchy, or despotism will come from either of those excesses.


Important principles may and must be inflexible.

Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.

Mark Twain

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

We have the best government that money can buy.

I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.

Thomas Jefferson

To restore the trust of the people, we must reform the way the government operates.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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, if the second then you are an oasis in the desert.

Kahlil Gibran

Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education, or of government, by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people.

Eleanor Roosevelt

What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.


Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil, in its worst state an intolerable one.

Thomas Paine

Whenever the people are well-informed they can be trusted with their own government.

Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.

There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses.

When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects 'This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know' the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives.

All government indeed every human benefit and enjoyment every virtue and every prudent act is founded on compromise and barter.

A democracy is more than a form of government, it is primarily a mode of associated living of conjoint communicated experience

John Dewey

It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for.

The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.

William F. Buckley, Jr.

Big-government economics breeds crony capitalism. It's corrupt anything but neutral and a barrier to broad participation in prosperity.

No government ought to be without censors, and where the press is free no one ever will.

Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers.

Government proposes bureaucracy disposes. And the bureaucracy must dispose of government proposals by dumping them on us.

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.

Now let me be clear. The path I lay out is not one paved with ever increasing government checks and cradle to grave assurance that government will always be the solution. If this election is a bidding war for who can promise the most goodies and the most benefits I'm not your president. You have that president today.

Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.

I feel good because I believe I have made progress in rebuilding the people's trust in their government.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the goverment.

It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors hospitals and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors hospitals medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.

Money is power and in that government which pays all the public officers of the states will all political power be substantially concentrated.

Andrew Jackson

The federal government has sponsored research that has produced a tomato that is perfect in every respect except that you can't eat it. We should make every effort to make sure this disease often referred to as 'progress' doesn't spread.

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

Politically the world is so confused right now - there's so much suffering caused by various movements by various parties and people in power in government.

Alice Walker

The four pillars of government . . . (which are religion justice counsel and treasure).

Francis Bacon

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.

The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only object of good government.

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

Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.

If government were a product selling it would be illegal.

A democracy is a government in the hands of men of low birth no property and vulgar employment.

All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State.

Our government is founded upon the intelligence of the people. I for one do not despair of the republic. I have great confidence in the virtue of the great majority of the people and I cannot fear the result.

The belief that recipients of government aid are better off the more we spend on them is remarkably persistent. No matter how many times this central tenet of liberalism gets debunked, like Brett Favre it just keeps coming back.

More than an end to war we want an end to the beginning of all wars - yes an end to this brutal inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments.

Society in every state is a blessing but government even in its best stage is but a necessary evil, in its worst state an intolerable one.

Thomas Paine

The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.

The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. The point is is that when we succeed we succeed because of our individual initiative but also because we do things together.

Barack Obama

What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.

We believe as our founders did that 'the pursuit of happiness' depends upon individual liberty, and individual liberty requires limited government.

Paul Ryan

An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.

Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.

There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state.

Michel de Montaigne

And a special thank you to the citizens of Massachusetts: You are paying all the taxes, creating all the jobs, raising all the children. This government is yours. Thank you for letting me serve you. I love this job.

Mitt Romney

Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear - kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor - with the cry of grave national emergency.

Douglas MacArthur

The answer for healthcare is market incentives not healthcare by a Godzilla-sized government bureaucracy.

Mitt Romney

Man is not free unless government is limited.

Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.

The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.

Only government can take perfectly good paper cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless.

I spent my whole life in the private sector 25 years in the private sector. I understand that when government takes more money out of the hands of people it makes it more difficult for them to buy things. If they can't buy things the economy doesn't grow. If the economy doesn't grow we don't put Americans to work.

There are many people who feel that it is useless and futile to continue talking about peace and non-violence against a government whose only reply is savage attacks on an unarmed and defenceless people.

Nelson Mandela

The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government.

My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government - he promised Dad he'd go straight.

By making bold cuts in spending and commonsense entitlement reforms, we will make our government simpler smaller and smarter.

We need to reclaim our American system of limited government low taxes reasonable regulations and sound money which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity. And it has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed.

I am really sorry to see my countrymen trouble themselves about politics. If men were wise the most arbitrary princes could not hurt them. If they are not wise the freest government is compelled to be a tyranny. Princes appear to me to be fools. Houses of Commons and Houses of Lords appear to me to be fools, they seem to me to be something else besides human life.

There is in fact no law or government at all [in Italy], and it is wonderful how well things go on without them.

The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.

I think its rather peculiar. It's not in keeping with our founding documents our founding vision. But I'd guess you'd have to ask the Obama administration why they purged all this language from their platform. There sure is a lot of mention of government so I guess I would put the onus on them to answer why they did all these purges of God.

Republics decline into democracies, and democracies degenerate into despotisms.

Whatever it is that the government does sensible Americans would prefer that the government does it to somebody else. This is the idea behind foreign policy.

Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.

I am absolutely opposed to a national ID card. This is a total contradiction of what a free society is all about. The purpose of government is to protect the secrecy and the privacy of all individuals not the secrecy of government. We don't need a national ID card.

Ron Paul

In a clean break from the Obama years and frankly from the years before this president we will keep federal spending at 20 percent of GDP or less. That is enough. The choice is whether to put hard limits on economic growth or hard limits on the size of government and we choose to limit government.

While all other sciences have advanced that of government is at a standstill - little better understood little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago.

The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter taller richer and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it.

P. J. O'Rourke

Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful it does a great deal of harm.

When the federal government spends more each year than it collects in tax revenues it has three choices: It can raise taxes print money or borrow money. While these actions may benefit politicians all three options are bad for average Americans.

An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.


Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.

When you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.

Religion flourishes in greater purity without than with the aid of Government.

War should only be declared by the authority of the people whose toils and treasures are to support its burdens instead of the government which is to reap its fruits.

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

What would annoy the most people most often? That is the true left-wing test of government intervention.

In our civilization and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.

We need a government alas because of the nature of humans.

The best minds are not in government. If any were business would steal them away.

Our founders got it right when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nature and nature's God, not from government.

The inherent purpose of American government is let people seek their own goals and to encourage them to be responsible on the various adventures they have on their way to those goals good bad and otherwise.

The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.

Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.

Government stimulates the democrat party.

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

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

The awakening of the people of China to the possibilities under free government is the most significant if not the most momentous event of our generation.

Democracy shows not only its power in reforming governments but in regenerating a race of men and this is the greatest blessing of free governments.

We believe in individual initiative personal responsibility opportunity freedom small government the Constitution. These principles these American principles are key to getting our economy back to being successful and leading the world.

Life in general has never been even close to fair so the pretense that the government can make it fair is a valuable and inexhaustible asset to politicians who want to expand government.

No government ought to be without censors, and where the press is free no one ever will. Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.

Anatole France

As president Reagan worked very well with Democrats to do big things. It is true that he worked to reduce the size of government and cut federal taxes and he eliminated many regulations but he also raised taxes when necessary.

I would cap the amount of federal government can spend at 20 percent of the economy. Bring it back to 20 percent or lower. And say we are not going to spend above that level. Democrats they want to raise your taxes and spend more and more and turn us into an economy which is no longer driven by the private sector.

Not only our future economic soundness but the very soundness of our democratic institutions depends on the determination of our government to give employment to idle men.

The art of government is the organisation of idolatry.

I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.

The black market was a way of getting around government controls. It was a way of enabling the free market to work. It was a way of opening up enabling people.

The diversity in the faculties of men from which the rights of property originate is not less an insuperable obstacle to an uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government.

The future is not Big Government. Self-serving politicians. Powerful bureaucrats. This has been tried tested throughout history. The result has always been disaster. President Obama your agenda is not new. It's not change and it's not hope.

Rush Limbaugh

This country with its institutions belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.

The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.

A little group of willful men representing no opinion but their own have rendered the great government of the United States helpless and contemptible.

All initiation of force is a violation of someone else's rights, whether initiated by an individual or the state for the benefit of an individual or group of individuals, even if it's supposed to be for the benefit of another individual or group of individuals.

Government is taking 40 percent of the GDP. And that's at the state local and federal level. President Obama has taken government spending at the federal level from 20 percent to 25 percent. Look at some point you cease being a free economy and you become a government economy. And we've got to stop that.

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

Government's first duty is to protect the people not run their lives.

The United States Constitution has proved itself the most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written.

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.

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

So they [the Government] go on in strange paradox decided only to be undecided resolved to be irresolute adamant for drift solid for fluidity all-powerful for impotence.

The duty of government is to leave commerce to its own capital and credit as well as all other branches of business protecting all in their legal pursuits granting exclusive privileges to none.

Andrew Jackson

The people are the only legitimate fountain of power and it is from them that the constitutional charter under which the several branches of government hold their power is derived.

James Madison

And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity the less they are mixed together.

James Madison

One of my goals upon becoming Secretary of State was to take diplomacy out of capitals out of government offices into the media into the streets of countries.

The first duty of government is to see that people have food fuel and clothes. The second that they have means of moral and intellectual education.

John Ruskin

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs once launched never disappear. Actually a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!

Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.

The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.

The nuclear arsenal that Pakistan has I believe is secure. I think the government and the military have taken adequate steps to protect that.

Democracy... is a charming form of government full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.

It cannot in the opinion of His Majesty's Government be classified as slavery in the extreme acceptance of the word without some risk of terminological inexactitude.

We got rid of a terrible dictator. We gave the Iraqi people an opportunity for a new life under a representative form of government.

The rights of persons and the rights of property are the objects for the protection of which Government was instituted.

I think governments can't do much.

Government does not create wealth. The major role for the government is to create an environment where people take risks to expand the job rate in the United States.

George W. Bush

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.

Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.

George Washington

Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture. Eventually I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.

Do not separate text from historical background. If you do you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution which can only end in a distorted bastardized form of illegitimate government.

To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people is a chimerical idea.

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

We are persuaded that good Christians will always be good citizens and that where righteousness prevails among individuals the Nation will be great and happy. Thus while just government protects all in their religious rights, true religion affords to government it's surest support.

George Washington

It would be foolish to suggest that government is a good custodian of aesthetic goals. But there is no alternative to the state.

In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men you must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place oblige it to control itself.

On account of being a democracy and run by the people we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years no matter what it does.

We are a forward-looking people and we must have a forward-looking government.

The taxpayer - that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.

Ansel Adams

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

John Adams

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

President Obama's reckless defense cuts that are hanging over our cloud hanging over the horizon could put almost 44 000 jobs at stake right here in Pennsylvania. we are not going to let that happen. You know why? Because No. 1 national defense is the first priority of the federal government.

Just think of what Woodrow Wilson stood for: he stood for world government. He wanted an early United Nations League of Nations. But it was the conservatives Republicans that stood up against him.

Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.

When the people fear the government there is tyranny. When the government fears the people there is liberty.

Thomas Jefferson

I don't want to transform America. I want to restore to America the economic values of freedom and opportunity and limited government that has made us the powerhouse of the world.

The problem is not that people are taxed too little the problem is that government spends too much.

In South Africa we could not have achieved our freedom and just peace without the help of people around the world who through the use of non-violent means such as boycotts and divestment encouraged their governments and other corporate actors to reverse decades-long support for the Apartheid regime.

Desmond Tutu

It's opportunity. It's opportunity not a check from government - it's opportunity that has always driven America and defined us as Americans.

The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.

Things in our country run in spite of government not by aid of it.

In other words a democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.

As I speak to you today government censors somewhere are working furiously to erase my words from the records of history. But history itself has already condemned these tactics.

I had the privilege of practicing medicine in the early '60s before we had any government. It worked rather well and there was nobody on the street suffering with no medical care.

In the councils of government we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence whether sought or unsought by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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.

The right way to reign in healthcare costs is not by applying more government and more controls and making it more like the post office it's by making it more like a consumer-driven market.

Mitt Romney

We believe a renewed commitment to limited government will unshackle our economy and create millions of new jobs and opportunities for all people of every background to succeed and prosper. Under this approach the spirit of initiative - not political clout - determines who succeeds.

Both the American people and nations that censor the internet should understand that our government is committed to helping promote internet freedom.

Liberal Democrats are inexorably opposed to tax cuts because tax cuts give people more power and take away from the role of government.

Rush Limbaugh

The most important ways in which I think the Internet will affect the big issue is that it will make it more difficult for government to collect taxes.

Democracy is worth dying for because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.

If the federal government had been around when the Creator was putting His hand to this state Indiana wouldn't be here. It'd still be waiting for an environmental impact statement.

Experience hath shewn that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have in time and by slow operations perverted it into tyranny.

If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people under the pretence of taking care of them they must become happy.

Governments never learn. Only people learn.

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

The government is tottering. We must deal it the death blow an any cost. To delay action is the same as death.

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases while the citizens may act only by permission, which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history the stage of rule by brute force.

Law represents the effort of man to organize society, governments the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty.

Henry Ward Beecher

Which government is the best? The one that teaches us to govern ourselves.

There is no distinctly American criminal class - except Congress.

Government of the people by the people for the people shall not perish from the Earth.

If you make any money the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets and all that don't get wet you can keep.

The power of the executive to cast a man into prison ... without formulating any charge known to the law and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers is in the highest degree odious and the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist.

Fear is the foundation of most governments.

John Adams

If there are men in this country big enough to own the government of the United States they are going to own it.

It was settled by the Constitution the laws and the whole practice of the government that the entire executive power is vested in the President of the United States.

The Great Depression like most other periods of severe unemployment was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy.

It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government.

No group and no government can properly prescribe precisely what should constitute the body of knowledge with which true education is concerned.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens who assemble and administer the government in person.

James Madison

So confident am I in the intentions as well as wisdom of the government that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done either cannot or ought not to be done.

The most cogent reason for restricting the interference of government is the great evil of adding unnecessarily to its power.

John Stuart Mill

Julia progresses from cradle to grave showing how government makes every good thing in her life possible. The weak economy high unemployment falling wages rising gas prices the national debt the insolvency of entitlements - all these are fictionally assumed away in a cartoon that is produced by a president who wants us to forget about them.

Mitt Romney

For Forms of Government let fools contest, whatever is best administered is best.

I know what it's like to start a business. I know how extra ordinarily difficult it is to build something from nothing. I know how government kills jobs and yes I know how it can help from time- to-time.

Either the Government must have the capacity to educate and reform the people or the people must have the capacity to educate the Government.

I know it's going to be the private sector that leads this country out of the current economic times we're in. You can spend your money better than the government can spend your money.

George W. Bush

It's not tyranny we desire, it's a just limited federal government.

That government is best which governs least.

The instant formal government is abolished society begins to act. A general association takes place and common interest produces common security.

Thomas Paine

One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace good people don't go into government.

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.

I would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government other than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an individual.

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

We are beginning a new era in our government. I cannot too strongly urge the necessity of a rigid economy and an inflexible determination not to enlarge the income beyond the real necessities of the government.

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.

I'm not really conservative. I'm conservative on certain things. I believe in less government. I believe in fiscal responsibility and all those things that maybe Republicans used to believe in but don't any more.

Dependency is death to initiative to risk-taking and opportunity. It's time to stop the spread of government dependency and fight it like the poison it is.

I don't think the government is out to get me or help someone else get me but it wouldn't surprise me if they were out to sell me something or help someone else sell me something. I mean why else would the Census Bureau want to know my telephone number?

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy.

The government of the United States is a device for maintaining in perpetuity the rights of the people with the ultimate extinction of all privileged classes.

You know why there's a Second Amendment? In case the government fails to follow the first one.

Rush Limbaugh

If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another then I say break the law.

I hope all of you are going to fill out your census form when it comes in the mail next month. If you don't return the form the area you live in might get less government money and you wouldn't want that to happen would you.

Andy Rooney

The universe never did make sense, I suspect it was built on government contract.

Folks, the most insidious part of this whole health care scheme is that all of these vast medical expenditures will become nothing more than government budget items. We individuals will no longer exist. The relationship between a government and citizen will change forever.

Rush Limbaugh

Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.

The government is us, we are the government you and I.

This is the America that I love. This is a great people. We can do anything. We can achieve anything. We've got a government that has gotten in the way of the American people. We're going to change that in November.

Mitt Romney

This President takes his inspiration from the capitals of Europe, we look to the cities and small towns of America. This President puts his faith in government. We put our faith in the American people.

Mitt Romney

That fatal drollery called a representative government.

The greatest advances of civilization whether in architecture or painting in science and literature in industry or agriculture have never come from centralized government.

If you like small government you need to work hard at having a strong national defense that is not so militant. Personal liberty is the purpose of government to protect liberty - not to run your personal life not to run the economy and not to pretend that we can tell the world how they ought to live.

Ron Paul

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.

Well private money can take risks in a way that government money often isn't willing to.

Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials but the voters of this country.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

We all hoped in 2001 that we could put in place an Afghan government under President Karzai that would be able to control the country make sure al-Qaeda didn't come back and make sure the Taliban wasn't resurging. It didn't work out.

Colin Powell

Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.

Excess generally causes reaction and produces a change in the opposite direction whether it be in the seasons or in individuals or in governments.

As long as our government is administered for the good of the people and is regulated by their will, as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property liberty of conscience and of the press it will be worth defending.

Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too.

Feeling good about government is like looking on the bright side of any catastrophe. When you quit looking on the bright side the catastrophe is still there.

I am just absolutely convinced that the best formula for giving us peace and preserving the American way of life is freedom limited government and minding our own business overseas.

Ron Paul

That's the definition of 'success' for the modern Democrat Party. As many people dependent on government as possible is the objective.

Rush Limbaugh

The Federal Government should be the last resort not the first. Ask if a potential program is truly a federal responsibility or whether it can better be handled privately by voluntary organizations or by local or state governments.

Fiscal conservatism is just an easy way to express something that is a bit more difficult which is that the size and scope of government and really the size and scope of politics in our lives has grown uncomfortable unwieldy intrusive and inefficient.

I don't look for much to come out of government ownership as long as we have Democrats and Republicans.

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