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Governing a large country is like frying fish. You spoil it with too much poking.
Lao Tzu

Wherever you find a crooked politician, you'll find a crooked businessman behind him.
Harry Truman

The chief duty of government is to keep the peace and stand out of the sunshine of the
James Garfield

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
instrument indeed.
Bernard Mannes Baruch

It's not the voting that's democracy. It's the counting.
Tom Stoppard

The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses
and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the
forms of democracy.
Woodrow Wilson

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt
George Bernard Shaw

Loyalty to country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.
Mark Twain

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.
Lao Tzu

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

That government is best which governs least.
Thomas Paine

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.
Theodore Roosevelt

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.
Russell Baker

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

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.
Thomas Jefferson

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.
Edmund Burke

If pro is the opposite of con, what is the opposite of Congress?
Will Rogers

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.
Ron Paul

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

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.
Ambrose Bierce

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.
Robert Kiyosaki

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 Fed

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first
and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.
Charles Bukowski

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
Stephen Hawking

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.
Napoleon Bonaparte

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