Government Quotes

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The follow government quotes are hard-hitting, potent and note worthy.

Immediately you will find strong views in this collection from these famous authors.

Some of these quotes about government you will find yourself agreeing with. However, there are probably just as many that you will completely disagree with.

All of these government quotes are surely not boring.

The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.
-Karl Marx

The essence of good government is trust.
-Kathleen Sebelius

I have long believed taxpayers make better use of their money than the government ever could.
-Kay Bailey Hutchison

A corporation's primary goal is to make money. Government's primary role is to take a big chunk of that money and give it to others.
-Larry Ellison

Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.
-Larry Flynt

The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.
-Lewis Mumford

Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.
-Lily Tomlin

The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern: every class is unfit to govern.
-Lord Acton

Our government... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.
-Louis D. Brandeis

So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear. That there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.
-Milton Friedman

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
-Milton Friedman

Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.
-Otto von Bismarck

Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.
-P. J. O'Rourke

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.
-P. J. O'Rourke

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

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

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People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can't live within its income.
-Robert Half

Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down.
-Robert Orben

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.
-Ronald Reagan In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
-Saint Augustine

Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
-Sydney J. Harris

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

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

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

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

To hear some men talk of the government, you would suppose that Congress was the law of gravitation, and kept the planets in their places.
-Wendell Phillips

The fact that political ideologies are tangible realities is not a proof of their vitally necessary character. The bubonic plague was an extraordinarily powerful social reality, but no one would have regarded it as vitally necessary.
-Wilhelm Reich

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

Ohio claims they are due a president as they haven't had one since Taft. Look at the United States, they have not had one since Lincoln.
-Will Rogers

This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.
-Will Rogers

Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home.
-William E. Gladstone

Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
-William Penn

The neat thing about these government quotes is that we get to read what famous people are saying. Interestingly, their government quotes are similar to the everyday citizen!

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