Government

«But, Jefferson worried that the people - and the argument goes back to Thucydides and Aristotle - are easily misled. He also stressed, passionately and repeatedly, that it was essential for the people to understand the risks and benefits of government, to educate themselves, and to involve themselves in the political process.»

Carl Sagan


«Outrage is easy, cheap, and oversold. The nation needs less anger and more thoughtful reflection, less shouting and more listening, less dissembling and more honesty.»

Mario Cuomo


«I have no doubt that the nation has suffered more from undue secrecy than from undue disclosure. The government takes good care of itself.»

Daniel Schorr


«If there is ever a fascist takeover in America, it will come not in the form of storm troopers kicking down doors but with lawyers and social workers saying. "I'm from the government and I'm here to help.»

Jonah Goldberg


«Our government needs the church, because only those humble enough to admit they're sinners can bring democracy the tolerance it requires to survive»

Ronald Reagan


«If you want government to intervene domestically, you’re a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you’re a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you’re a moderate. If you don’t want government to intervene anywhere, you’re an extremist.»

Joseph Sobran


«We do need a system, and we do need you and your 'Bertos, and sometimes we need Sam to just come along and kick some ass. - Quinn»

Michael Grant


«Because of the power that we have given money: The government would rather have taxpayers who do not vote, than voters who do not pay tax.»

Mokokoma Mokhonoana


«I define anarchist society as one where there is no legal possibility for coercive aggression against the person or property of any individual.»

Murray N. Rothbard


«The gross evil of our time defies all labels.»

Edward Abbey


«I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.»

Thomas Jefferson


«Our government, conceived in liberty and purchased with blood, can be preserved only by constant vigilance. May we guard it as our children's richest legacy, for what shall it profit our nation if it shall gain the whole world and lose “the spirit that prizes liberty as the heritage of all men in all lands everywhere”?»

William Jennings Bryan


«People and institutions that refuse to admit error eventually discredit themselves.»

Jeffrey Tucker


«A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?»

George Washington


«Corruption is uniquely reprehensible in a democracy because it violates the system's first principle, which we all learned back in the sunshiny days of elementary school: that the government exist to serve the public, not particular companies or individuals or even elected officials.»

Thomas Frank


«History is full of religious wars; but, we must take care to observe, it was not the multiplicity of religions that produced these wars, it was the intolerating spirit which animated that one which thought she had the power of governing.»

Montesquieu


«We live in a society where interacting with government agents is a»

Steven Magee


«Governments from the top fail as often as those from the bottom; and every great failure brings a sad social reaction, thousands and millions of helpless men laying down their lives in the unhappy process. Why may not statesmen study the past and avoid such catastrophes?"»

William E. Dodd


«Therefore a wise prince ought to adopt such a course that his citizens will always in every sort and kind of circumstance have need of the state and of him, and then he will always find them faithful.»

Niccolò Machiavelli


«In any government, interests precede truth.»

Toba Beta


«It is not so much freedom of speech but the right to truth that great men protect.»

Criss Jami


«...legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,'»

Thomas Jefferson


«Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil. Next time, go all out and write in Lucifer on the ballot.»

Jarod Kintz


«A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.»

P.J. O'Rourke


«In framing a government, which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty is this: You must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.»

James Madison


«The most dangerous diminutions of freedom come from those who are convinced of their moral rectitude.»

Daniel Hannan


«Government has become ungovernable; that is, it cannot leave off governing. Law has become lawless; that is, it cannot see where laws should stop. The chief feature of our time is the meekness of the mob and the madness of the government.»

G.K. Chesterton


«It's all very well to run around saying regulation is bad, get the government off our backs, etc. Of course our lives are regulated. When you come to a stop sign, you stop; if you want to go fishing, you get a license; if you want to shoot ducks, you can shoot only three ducks. The alternative is dead bodies at the intersection, no fish, and no ducks. OK?»

Molly Ivins


«Power is different from glory for former, in the long run, leads to the latter.»

Junaid e Mustafa


«These examples and many others demonstrate an alarming trend whereby the privacy and dignity of our citizens is being whittled away by sometimes imperceptible steps. Taken individually, each step may be of little consequence. But when viewed as a whole, there begins to emerge a society quite unlike any we have seen -- a society in which government may intrude into the secret regions of man's life at will."»

William O. Douglas