Government quotes page 1
Governing a large country is like frying fish. You spoil it with too much poking.
Wherever you find a crooked politician, you'll find a crooked businessman behind him.
The chief duty of government is to keep the peace and stand out of the sunshine of the
Government is not a substitute for people, but simply the instrument through which they act.
And if the individual fails to do his duty as a citizen, government becomes a very deadly
Bernard Mannes Baruch
It's not the voting that's democracy. It's the counting.
The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the
and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the
forms of democracy.
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the
George Bernard Shaw
Loyalty to country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.
In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one
class of citizens to give to the other.
People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge.
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its
limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
government is best which governs least.
No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when
we require him to obey it. Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.
Law is order, and good law is good order.
The Government cannot afford to have a country made up entirely of rich people, because
rich people pay so little tax that the Government would quickly go bankrupt. This is why
Government men always tell us that labor is man's noblest calling. Government needs labor to
pay its upkeep.
The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here
Experience has shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with
power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. Men have a right
that these wants should be provided for by this wisdom.
If pro is the opposite of con, what is the opposite of Congress?
The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live
under the government of worse men.
One thing is clear: The Founding Fathers never intended a nation where citizens would pay
nearly half of everything they earn to the government.
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose
wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Democracy, n. Four wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Big government taking over our banks and solving our financial problems through government
programs such as Social Security and Medicare is a form of socialism.
We need to take away the government's
money power. The banking industry needs its welfare
check ended. The dollar's soundness depends on its being untied from the machine that can
make an infinite number of copies of dollars and reduce their value to zero.
Ron Paul, End the
The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote
and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.
A government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything
you have. The course of history shows us that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
Gerald R. Ford
Government works best under the glare of public scrutiny. Absent such scrutiny, abuses
If a government commission had worked on the horse, you would have had the first horse that
could operate its knee joint in both directions. The only trouble is it couldn't have stood up.
Peter F. Drucker
When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the
government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes...
Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole
object is gain.