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When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same
amount of income.
Plato

Sovereignty over any foreign land is insecure.
Seneca

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

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is
that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.
William Somerset Maugham

Government is to life what pantyhose are to sex.
P. J. O'Rourke

It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them
to rule a large country.
Will Durant

The welfare of the people is the ultimate law.
Cicero

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when
there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime
that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
Ayn Rand

Conservative, n. A statesman enamored of existing evils, as opposed to a Liberal, who wants
to replace them with others.
Ambrose Bierce

In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism. In this country, capitalism
triumphed over democracy.
Fran Lebowitz

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

States organized for war will make war as surely as hens will lay eggs.
H. G. Wells

Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to
safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The
object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is
power.
George Orwell

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

Everybody wants to eat at the government's table, but nobody wants to do the dishes.
Werner Finck

We should know everything we can about government - and the first thing we should know is
what we're paying for it.
Robert Fulford

Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.
Adlai E. Stevenson

Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live
at the expense of everyone.
Frederic Bastiat

The very essence of a free government consists in considering offices as public trusts,
bestowed for the good of the country, and not for the benefit of an individual or a party.
John C. Calhoun

A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.
Bertrand de Jouvenel

The difference between golf and government is that in golf you can't improve your lie.
George Deukmajian

The best use of laws is to teach men to trample bad laws under their feet.
Wendell Phillips

Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but man's inclination to injustice makes
democracy necessary.
Reinhold Niebuhr

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of
opportunity.
Irving Kristol

Bureaucracy is the art of making the possible impossible.
Javier Pasual Salcedo

The government deficit is the difference between the amount of money the government
spends and the amount it has the nerve to collect.
Sam Ewing

The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow
extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.
Robert Hutchins

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
Adlai E. Stevenson

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