1,009 Quotes Regarding Government


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.
Thomas Jefferson

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Winston Churchill

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.
Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill

Government 'help' to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.
Ayn Rand

We have the best government that money can buy.
Mark Twain

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

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

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

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

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

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
P. J. O'Rourke

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
James Madison

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

That government is best which governs least.
Henry David Thoreau

If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress'?
Paul Harvey

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

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