Government Quotes

 A bureaucracy is sure to think that its duty is to augment official power, official business, or official members, rather than to leave free the energies of mankind; it overdoes the quantity of government, as well as impairs its quality. The truth is, that a skilled bureaucracy is, though it boasts of an appearance of science, quite inconsistent with the true principles of the art of business. 
Author: Walter Bagehot
Nationality: English
b. 3 February 1826  - d. 28 March 1877
  
 A Conservative government is an organised hypocrisy. 
Author: Benjamin Disraeli
Nationality: British
b. 21 December 1804  - d. 19 April 1881
  
 A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. Eventually, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public Treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy. The world's greatest civilizations have progressed through this sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from great courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependency back again to bondage. 
Author: Andrew Tyler Fraser
Nationality: British   
 A democratic government that respects no limits on its own power is a ticking time bomb, waiting to destroy the rights it was created to protect. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 A government is republican in proportion as every member composing it has his equal voice in the direction of its concerns, not indeed in person, which would be impracticable beyond the limits of a city or small township, but by representatives chosen by himself and responsible to him at short periods. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 A government is the only known vessel that leaks from the top. 
Author: James Barrett Reston
Nationality: American
b. 3 November 1909  - d. 6 December 1995
  
 A government must not waiver once it has chosen it's course. It must not look to the left or right but go forward. 
Author: Prince Otto von Bismarck
Nationality: German
b. 1 April 1815  - d. 30 July 1898
  
 A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away. 
Author: Barry Goldwater
Nationality: American
b. 2 January 1909  - d. 29 May 1998
  
 A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay. 
Author: Amos Bronson Alcott
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1799  - d. 4 March 1888
  
 A great writer is, so to speak, a second government in his country. And for that reason no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones. 
Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 December 1918  - d. 03 August 2008
  
 A monied aristocracy in our country has already set the government at defiance. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. 
Author: Edward Abbey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1927  - d. 14 March 1989
  
 A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. 
Author: James Madison
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1751  - d. 28 June 1836
  
 A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves. 
Author: Bertrand de Jouvenal
Nationality: French
b. 31 October 1755  - d. 1 March 1841
  
 A sound Conservative government. Tory men and Whig measures. 
Author: Benjamin Disraeli
Nationality: British
b. 21 December 1804  - d. 19 April 1881
  
 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 circle of our felicity. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 A wise government knows how to enforce with temper, or to conciliate with dignity, but a weak one is odious in the former, and contemptible in the latter. 
Author: George Greenville
Nationality: British
b. 14 October 1712  - d. 13 November 1770
  
 All communities divide themselves into the few and the many. The first are the rich and the well born; the other the mass of the people ... turbulent and changing, they seldom judge or determine right. Give therefore to the first class a distinct, permanent share in the Government ... Nothing but a permanent body can check the imprudence of democracy. 
Author: Alexander Hamilton
Nationality: American
b. 11 January 1757  - d. 12 July 1804
  
 All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people. 
Author: James Garfield
Nationality: American
b. 19 November 1831  - d. 19 September 1881
  
 All government, in its essence, is organized exploitation, and in virtually all of its existing forms it is the implacable enemy of every industrious and well-disposed man. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter. 
Author: Edmund Burke
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 January 1729  - d. 9 July 1797
  
 All power is originally vested in, and consequently derived from, the people. That government is instituted and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people; which consists in the enjoyment of life and liberty and the right of acquiring property, and generally of pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety. That the people have an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to reform or change their government whenever it be found adverse or inadequate to the purpose of its institution. 
Author: James Madison
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1751  - d. 28 June 1836
  
 Almighty God; we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government... and finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Literature of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. 
Author: George Washington
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1732  - d. 14 December 1799
  
 Any people anywhere being inclined and having the power have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and force a new one that suits them better. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 Anyone overseas wishing to contact our Government should use a more acceptable avenue than a ping-pong, mah-jong, Scrabble or yo-yo team. 
Author: Frank McManus
Nationality: Australian
b. 27 February 1905  - d. 28 December 1983
  
 As long as I don't write about the government, religion, politics, and other institutions, I am free to print anything. 
Author: Pierri-Augustin de Beaumarchais
Nationality: French
b. December 1732  - d.  December 1799
  
 As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending. 
Author: Andrew Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 15 March 1767  - d. 8 June 1845
  
 Australia is what it is today in spite of the government and incompetent politicians. 
Author: Suzanne Le Moy
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1894  - d.  December 1976
  
 Blind trust in government is often portrayed as a harmless error - as if it were of no more account than saying prayers to a pagan deity that didn't exist. However, the notion that rulers are entitled to trust is the most expensive entitlement program of them all. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 By definition, a government has no conscience, sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 Can government really be active and, at the same time, limited? History suggests otherwise. 
Author: Lew Rockwell
Nationality: American
b. December 1944
  
 Corruption of morals is rapid enough in any country without a bounty from government. The Chief Magistrate of the United States should be the last man to accelerate its progress. 
Author: Noah Webster
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1758  - d. 28 April 1843
  
 Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law. 
Author: Louis Brandeis
Nationality: American
b. 13 November 1856  - d. 5 October 1941
  
 Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people. 
Author: Wendell Phillips
Nationality: American
b. December 1811  - d.  December 1884
  
 Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike. 
Author: Plato
Nationality: Greek
b. December 427  - d.  December 347
  
 Democracy is merely a form of government. It is not a mode of salvation. It is not a catapult to the Promised Land. It is not a penicillin that cures all politically transmitted diseases. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor. 
Author: James Russell Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1819  - d. 12 August 1891
  
 Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking. 
Author: Clement Richard Attlee
Nationality: British
b. 3 January 1883  - d. 8 October 1967
  
 Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated. 
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Nationality: English
b. 29 May 1874  - d. 16 June 1936
  
 Democracy, I do not conceive that ever God did ordain as a fit government either for church or commonwealth. If the people be governors, who shall be governed? 
Author: John Cotton
Nationality: English
b. 4 December 1585  - d. 23 December 1652
  
 Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business. 
Author: Tom Robbins
Nationality: American
b. 22 July 1936
  
 Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government. 
Author: James Madison
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1751  - d. 28 June 1836
  
 Every country has the government it deserves. 
Author: Joseph Marie de Maistre
Nationality: French
b. 1 April 1753  - d. 26 February 1821
  
 Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war As a ship's captain has to avoid a shipwreck. 
Author: Guy de Maupassant
Nationality: French
b. 5 August 1850  - d. 6 July 1893
  
 Every time that we try to lift a problem from our own shoulders, and shift that problem to the hands of the government, to the same extent we are sacrificing the liberties of our people. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 Excess generally causes reaction and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in government. 
Author: Plato
Nationality: Greek
b. December 427  - d.  December 347
  
 Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent. 
Author: Louis Brandeis
Nationality: American
b. 13 November 1856  - d. 5 October 1941
  
 Fear is the foundation of most government. 
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 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. 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal...We here highly resolve that the dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 Frankly, I'd like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private industry.  
Author: Joseph Heller
Nationality: American
b. 1 May 1923  - d. 12 December 1999
  
 Freedom is the recognition that no single person, no single Literatureity or government has a monopoly on the truth, but that every individual life is infinitely precious, that every one of us put in this world has been put there for a reason and has something to offer. It is so hard for government planners, no matter how sophisticated, to ever substitute for millions of individuals working night and day to make their dreams come true. The fact is, bureaucracies are a problem around the world. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 Given a government with a big surplus and a big majority and a weak opposition, and you would debauch a committee of archangels. 
Author: Sir John A. Macdonald
Nationality: British   
 Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 Good government is no substitute for self-government. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Government and co-operation are in all things the laws of life: anarchy and competition, the laws of death. 
Author: Walter Winchell
Nationality: American
b. 7 April 1897  - d. 20 February 1972
  
 Government does not cause affluence. Citizens of totalitarian countries have plenty of government and nothing of anything else. 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 Government interference: Leave it alone, and let it happen. 
Author: François Quesnay
Nationality: French
b. 04 June 1694  - d. 16 December 1774
  
 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. 
Author: Edmund Burke
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 January 1729  - d. 9 July 1797
  
 Government is a kind of legalized pillage. 
Author: Elbert Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1856  - d. 7 May 1915
  
 Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem... We've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of government himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. 
Author: Frederic Bastiat
Nationality: French
b. 30 June 1801  - d. 24 December 1850
  
 Government is too big and too important to be left to the politicians. 
Author: Chester Bowles
Nationality: American
b. 5 April 1901  - d. 25 May 1986
  
 Government isn't a good way to solve problems... Government is concerned mostly with self-perpetuation and is subject to fantastic ideas about its own capabilities. Government is wasteful of the nation's resources, immune to common sense and subject to pressure from every half-organized bouquet of assholes... Government is distrustful of and disrespectful toward average Americans while being easily gulled by Americans with money, influence or fame. 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 Governments last as long as the under taxed can defend themselves against the overtaxed. 
Author: Bernard Berenson
Nationality: American
b. 26 June 1865  - d. 6 October 1959
  
 He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it. 
Author: Confucius
Nationality: Chinese
b. 28 September 551  - d.  December 479
  
 History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or sovereign. You must weep that your own government, at present, seems blind to this truth. 
Author: Mother Teresa
Nationality: Indian
b. 26 August 1910  - d. 5 September 1997
  
 I am told that today rather more than 60 per cent of the men who go to university go on a Government grant. This is a new class that has entered upon the scene. It is the white-collar proletariat. They do not go to university to acquire culture but to get a job, and when they have got one, scamp it. They have no manners and are woefully unable to deal with any social predicament. Their idea of a celebration is to go to a public house and drink six beers. They are mean, malicious and envious . They are scum. 
Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Nationality: English
b. 25 January 1874  - d. 16 December 1965
  
 I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it. 
Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1890  - d. 28 March 1969
  
 I make a fortune from criticising the policy of the government, and then hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it going. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 I mean, someone has gone mad in there. God, what is democracy if you can't actually talk to the people? The only power government has is the power that the people yield to it to make decisions on their behalf. Hunters Hill will be sold. We won't even talk to them. The jet skis will be banned. We won't even talk to them. The hire car rules will be changed, and to hell with those people who'll lose money from hire car plates. And so, it goes on and on. And here we are now. A smart cookie, that fellow - Jonathan Fowler - and a very thorough practitioner. He thinks and deliberates about the interests and needs of his local government area. 
Author: Alan Jones
Nationality: Australian
b. 13 April 194143
  
 I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers... We must make our choice between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 I think every nation has a right to establish that form of government, under which it conceives it may live most happy; provided it infracts no right, or is not dangerous to others; and that no governments ought to interfere with the internal concerns of another, except for the security of what is due to themselves. 
Author: George Washington
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1732  - d. 14 December 1799
  
 I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 I wish the government would put a tax on pianos for the incompetent. 
Author: Dame Edith Sitwell
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1887  - d. 9 December 1964
  
 I would like to record my satisfaction of His Majesty's Government, that throughout these last days of crisis Signor Mussolini also has been doing his best to reach a solution.  
Author: Neville Chamberlain
Nationality: British
b. 18 March 1869  - d. 9 November 1940
  
 I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government: 'I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. '... You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival. 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 I'd like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole feud to private industry. 
Author: Joseph Heller
Nationality: American
b. 1 May 1923  - d. 12 December 1999
  
 I'm proud that I'm a politician. A politician is a man who understands government, and it takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead 10 or 15 years. 
Author: Harry S. Truman
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1884  - d. 26 December 1972
  
 If anything I say is in line with the Government's views, it would be purely coincidental. 
Author: Sir John Gorton
Nationality: Australian
b. 9 September 1911  - d. 19 May 2002
  
 If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin. 
Author: Samuel Adams
Nationality: American
b. 27 September 1722  - d. 2 October 1803
  
 If liberty and equality, as is thought by some are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 If the Government had a war on abortion like its war on poverty or war on drugs, within 5 years men would be having abortions! 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 If you put the Federal Government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand. 
Author: Milton Friedman
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1912  - d. 16 November 2006
  
 If you will help run our government in the American way, then there will never be danger of our government running America in the wrong way. 
Author: Omar Bradley
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1893
  
 In 1967, Ronald Reagan said, 'One way to make sure crime doesn't pay would be to let the government run it.' 
Author: Bob Dole
Nationality: American
b. 22 July 1923
  
 In a democracy, people are led to believe that they can easily apply the brakes to government, no matter how unstoppable it becomes. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude. 
Author: George Washington
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1732  - d. 14 December 1799
  
 In a healthy nation there is a kind of dramatic balance between the will of the people and the government, which prevents its degeneration into tyranny. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 In all forms of government the people is the true legislator. 
Author: Edmund Burke
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 January 1729  - d. 9 July 1797
  
 In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful. 
Author: Count Leo Tolstoy
Nationality: Russian
b. 09 September 1828  - d. 20 November 1910
  
 In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself. 
Author: Alexander Hamilton
Nationality: American
b. 11 January 1757  - d. 12 July 1804
  
 In the formation of the American governments... it will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of heaven ... These governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses.  
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 Influence is not government. 
Author: George Washington
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1732  - d. 14 December 1799
  
 Internet publishing can be more powerful than print journalism, given its immediacy and lack of corporate or governmental filters. 
Author: Dave Winer
Nationality: American
b. 2 May 1955
  
 It (government) is neither business nor technology nor applied science. It is one of the subtlest of the arts since it is the art of making men live together in peace and with reasonable happiness. 
Author: Felix Frankfurter
Nationality: American
b. 15 November 1882  - d. 22 February 1965
  
 It cannot in the opinion of His Majesty's Government be classified as slavery in the extreme acceptance of the word without some risk of terminological inexactitude. 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 It has been thought a considerable advance towards establishing the principles of Freedom, to say, that government is a compact between those who govern and those that are governed: but this cannot be true, because it is putting the effect before the cause; for as man must have existed before governments existed, there necessarily was a time when governments did not exist, and consequently there could originally exist no governors to form such a compact with. The fact therefore must be, that the individuals themselves, each in his own personal and sovereign right, entered into a compact with each other to produce a government: and this is the only mode in which governments have a right to arise, and the only principle on which they have a right to exist. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 It is a reproach to religion and government to suffer so much poverty and excess. 
Author: William Penn
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1644  - d. 30 June 1718
  
 It is from weakness that people reach for dictators and concentrated government power. Only the strong can be free. And only the productive can be strong. 
Author: Wendell L. Willkie
Nationality: American
b. 18 February 1892  - d. 8 October 1944
  
 It is perfectly true that the government is best which governs least. It is equally true that the government is best which provides most. 
Author: Walter Lippmann
Nationality: American
b. 23 September 1889  - d. 14 December 1974
  
 It is the duty of the government to make it difficult for people to do wrong, easy to do right. 
Author: William Gladstone
Nationality: British
b. 29 December 1809  - d. 19 May 1898
  
 It is the theory of all modern civilized governments that they protect and foster the liberty of the citizen; it is the practice of all of them to limit its exercise, and sometimes very narrowly. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 It is with government as with medicine, its only business is the choice of evils. Every law is an evil, for every law is an infraction of liberty. 
Author: Jeremy Bentham
Nationality: English
b. 15 February 1748  - d. 6 June 1832
  
 It seems that we have gone through three stages in Parliament - Secret government, when nobody knew anything; Open Government, when everybody knew everything; and now to the stage when everyone knows about things before they happen. 
Author: Lionel Murphy
Nationality: Australian
b. 30 August 1922  - d. 21 August 1986
  
 It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life-the sick, the needy and the handicapped. 
Author: Hubert Horatio Humphrey
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1911
  
 It would be foolish to suggest that government is a good custodian of aesthetic goals. But, there is no alternative to the state. 
Author: J. K. Galbraith
Nationality: American
b. December 1908
  
 It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for. 
Author: Will Rogers
Nationality: American
b. 04 November 1879  - d. 15 August 1935
  
 Justice is the end of government. It is the end of society. 
Author: James Madison
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1751  - d. 28 June 1836
  
 Leviathan is premised on government's need to control the people. Democracy rests on people's right to control the government. The conflict between these two principles generates much of the deceit that permeates contemporary politics. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 Liberal Democrats are inexorably opposed to tax cuts, because tax cuts give people more power, and take away from the role of government. 
Author: Rush Limbaugh
Nationality: American
b. 12 January 1951
  
 Liberty and happiness have a powerful enemy on each hand; on the one hand tyranny, on the other licentiousness anarchy. To guard against the latter, it is necessary to give the proper powers to government; and to guard against the former, it is necessary that those powers should be properly distributed. 
Author: James Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 14 September 1742  - d. 21 August 1798
  
 Man is not free unless government is limited. As government expands, liberty contracts. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 Man is not the enemy of Man, but through the medium of a false system of government. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government. 
Author: George Washington
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1732  - d. 14 December 1799
  
 Many a person seems to think it isn't enough for the government to guarantee him the pursuit of happiness.He insists it also run interference for him. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 May it be to the world... to assume the blessings and security of self-government. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 Men well governed should seek after no other liberty, for there can be no greater liberty than a good government. 
Author: Walter Raleigh
Nationality: English
b. December 1552  - d. 29 October 1618
  
 Modern democracy is far more effective at unleashing government than at protecting individuals. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 My experience in government is that when things are non-controversial and beautifully coordinated, there is not much going on. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 I regard the weather as a Federal Government responsibility. 
Author: Paul Landa
Nationality: Australian   
 Never trust a government that doesnt trust its own citizens with guns 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 When the time comes for this Government to take action, it will take it in its own good time. 
Author: R. J. Heffron
Nationality: Australian
b. 10 September 1890  - d. 27 July 1978
  
 No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will. Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign. 
Author: Anatole France
Nationality: French
b. 16 April 1844  - d. 12 October 1924
  
 No government ought to exist for the purpose of checking the prosperity of its people or to allow such a principle in its policy. 
Author: Edmund Burke
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 January 1729  - d. 9 July 1797
  
 No tyranny is so irksome as petty tyranny: the officious demands of policemen, government clerks, and electromechanical gadgets. 
Author: Edward Abbey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1927  - d. 14 March 1989
  
 Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Of all the inventions that have helped to unify China perhaps the airplane is the most outstanding. Its ability to annihilate distance has been in direct proportion to its achievements in assisting to annihilate suspicion and misunderstanding among provincial officials far removed from one another or from the officials at the seat of government. 
Author: Madame Chiang
Nationality: American
b. 05 May 1898  - d. 23 October 2003
  
 On account of us being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only people in the world that has to keep a government four years no matter what it does. 
Author: Will Rogers
Nationality: American
b. 04 November 1879  - d. 15 August 1935
  
 In schools and universities information of all sorts is ladled out, but no one is taught to reason, or to consider what is evidence for what. To any person with even the vaguest idea of the nature of scientific evidence, such beliefs as those of astrologers are of course impossible. But so are most of the beliefs upon which governments are based, such as the peculiar merit of persons living in a certain area, or of persons whose income exceeds a certain sum. It would not do to teach people to reason correctly, since the result would be to undermine these beliefs. If these beliefs were to fade, mankind might escape disaster, but politicians could not. At all costs, therefore, we must be kept stupid. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 On Naples: This is the negation of God erected into a system of government. 
Author: William Gladstone
Nationality: British
b. 29 December 1809  - d. 19 May 1898
  
 On the BAS - Business Activity Statement:- The whole thing is a nightmare, and not everyone in the Government who should be aware of it, is aware of it. 
Author: Mark Leibler
Nationality: British   
 November 15 - That was the date of the mid-year economic and budget update. It was quite deliberately rolled out two months earlier than necessary, so that the government would not have to publicly admit that GST revenues were going to be higher than budgeted. 
Author: Terry McCrann
Nationality: Australian   
 They will reap this November the clever-dick seeds they sowed last November. 
Author: Terry McCrann
Nationality: Australian   
 Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear. 
Author: Harry S. Truman
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1884  - d. 26 December 1972
  
 One way to make sure crime doesn't pay would be to let the government run it. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. 
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 Owning your own home is America's unique recipe for avoiding revolution and promoting pseudo-equality at the same time. To keep citizens puttering in their yards instead of sputtering on the barricades, the government has gladly deprived itself of billions in tax revenues by letting home ''owners'' deduct mortgage interest payments. 
Author: Florence King
Nationality: American
b. 05 January 1936
  
 Patience would help. The Germans called the period after the Nazi defeat in 1945 Stunde Null - Zero Hour. Their cities were pulverised, industries destroyed, their towns full of refugees and millions of men were POWs. The country was divided by the Allies, and administered by a military government. It took four years for a new state, the Federal Republic of Germany, to come into existence. Nor were things quick on the economic front - the Marshall Plan only started in mid 1947. No 24-hour news stations then. Iraq begins its new life with several advantages. It has not been destroyed and it possesses a substantial natural asset. Nor is it regarded by its occupiers as a defeated nation, but as a liberated one. 
Author: David Aaronovitch
Nationality: British
b. 8 July 1954
  
 People constantly speak of 'the government' doing this or that, as they might speak of God doing it. But the government is really nothing but a group of men, and usually they are very inferior men. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 People do not make wars, governments do. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 People get the government they deserve. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Poverty breeds instability; instability breeds fanaticism. Fanaticism breeds hated, and hatred breeds terrorism. This is a reminder to look to God, not our Government, for salvation. 
Author: Tom Frame
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1962
  
 Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for. 
Author: Adlai Stevenson II
Nationality: American
b. 5 February 1900  - d. 14 July 1965
  
 Public servants say, always with the best of intentions, 'What greater service we could render if only we had a little more money and a little more power.' But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 Q. Mr. President, have you approved of covert activity to destabilize the present government of Nicaragua? A. Well, no, we're supporting them, the - oh, wait a minute, wait a minute, I'm sorry, I was thinking of El Salvador, because of the previous, when you said Nicaragua. Here again, this is something upon which the national security interests, I just - I will not comment. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 Reason and Ignorance, the opposites of each other, influence the great bulk of mankind. If either of these can be rendered sufficiently extensive in a country, the machinery of Government goes easily on. Reason obeys itself; and Ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 Royalty is a government in which the attention of the nation is concentrated on one person doing interesting actions. 
Author: Walter Bagehot
Nationality: English
b. 3 February 1826  - d. 28 March 1877
  
 Shouldn't someone tag Mr Kennedy's bold new imaginative program with its proper age? Under the tousled boyish haircut is still old Karl Marx-first launched a century ago. There is nothing new in the idea of a government being Big Brother. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 Since it has not been possible to neuter political power, citizens' thinking on government has been neutered instead. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs. 
Author: Elbert Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1856  - d. 7 May 1915
  
 Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too. 
Author: Richard M. Nixon
Nationality: American
b. 9 January 1913  - d. 22 April 1994
  
 In the relations of a weak Government and a rebellious people there comes a time when every act of the Literatureities exasperates the masses, and every refusal to act excites their contempt.  
Author: John Silas Reed
Nationality: American
b. December 1887  - d.  December 1920
  
 Thanks to the Battered Citizen Syndrome, the more debacles government produces, the more voters cling to faith in their rulers. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 That law may be set down as good which is certain in meaning, just in precept, convenient in execution, agreeable to the form of government, and productive of virtue in those that live under it. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 That telegram, which was repeated in Poland, brought an instantaneous reply from the Polish Government, dated the 31st August, in which they said: - The Polish Government are also prepared on a reciprocal basis to give a formal guarantee in the event of negotiations taking place that Polish troops will not violate the frontiers of the German Reich provided a corresponding guarantee is given regarding the non-violation of the frontiers of Poland by troops of the German Reich. 
Author: Neville Chamberlain
Nationality: British
b. 18 March 1869  - d. 9 November 1940
  
 That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 That's another great big error on the part of the government. Three years go they said there's absolutely no possibility that there's any danger of the mad cow getting into human beings. And three years ago the farm minister actually fed his little girl, on television, a beef burger. Now every time he pops up, all the newspaper men are running after him with a hamburger, saying, 'Eat this!' So now of course nobody believes a word the government says about this matter. 
Author: John Mortimer
Nationality: British
b. 21 April 1923  - d. 16 January 2009
  
 The American wage earner and the American housewife are a lot better economists than most economists care to admit. They know that a government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have. 
Author: Gerald Ford
Nationality: American
b. 14 July 1913  - d. 26 December 2006
  
 The asperity of the word convict shocks their ears, so the more mollifying term of 'Government Man' has been substituted. 
Author: William Shaw
Nationality: American   
 The basis of effective government is public confidence. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 The benefits of education and of useful knowledge, generally diffused through a community, are essential to the preservation of a free government. 
Author: Sam Houston
Nationality: American
b. 02 March 1793  - d. 26 July 1863
  
 The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 The best reason why Monarchy is a strong government is, that it is an intelligible government. The mass of mankind understand it, and they hardly anywhere in the world understand any other. 
Author: Walter Bagehot
Nationality: English
b. 3 February 1826  - d. 28 March 1877
  
 The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. 
Author: John Maynard Keynes
Nationality: British
b. 05 June 1883  - d. 21 April 1946
  
 The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way. - from Civil Disobedience 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 The chief deduction most people make from their income tax is that government costs too darned much. 
Author: Walt Streightiff
Nationality: American   
 The Constitution supposes what the history of all governments demonstrates, that the executive is the branch of power most interested in war and most prone to it. It has accordingly with studied care, vested the question of war in the legislature. If a president is successful in bypassing the Congress it is evident that the people are cheated out of the best ingredients in the government, the safeguards of peace which is the greatest of their blessings. 
Author: James Madison
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1751  - d. 28 June 1836
  
 The contented and economically comfortable have a very discriminating view of government. Nobody is ever indignant about bailing out failed banks and failed savings and loans associations. But when taxes must be paid for the lower middle class and poor, the government assumes an aspect of wickedness. 
Author: J. K. Galbraith
Nationality: American
b. December 1908
  
 The delegation of the government, in a republic, to a small number of citizens elected by the rest... is to refine and enlarge the public views by passing them through the medium of a chosen body of citizens, whose wisdom may best discern the true interest of their country and whose patriotism and love of justice will be least likely to sacrifice it to temporary or partial considerations. 
Author: James Madison
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1751  - d. 28 June 1836
  
 The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it. 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. 
Author: Voltaire
Nationality: French
b. 21 November 1694  - d. 30 May 1778
  
 The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to an uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government. 
Author: James Madison
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1751  - d. 28 June 1836
  
 The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. 
Author: James Madison
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1751  - d. 28 June 1836
  
 The federal government and the state government must not fear programs who change lives, but must welcome those faith-based programs for the embetterment of mankind. 
Author: George W. Bush
Nationality: American
b. 6 July 1946
  
 The Federal Government will use its constitutional powers to override objections of state governments to the transport and storage of hazardous radioactive nuclear waste, including travelling through Sydney and the Blue Mountains. 
Author: Aban Contractor
Nationality: Australian   
 The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 The government deficit is the difference between the amount of money the government spends and the amount it has the nerve to collect. 
Author: Sam Ewing
Nationality: American
b. 9 April 1949
  
 The government is the potent omnipresent teacher. For good or ill it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that the end justifies the means to declare that the government may commit crimes would bring terrible retribution. 
Author: Louis Brandeis
Nationality: American
b. 13 November 1856  - d. 5 October 1941
  
 The government is unresponsive to the needs of the little man.Under 5' 7', it is impossible to get your congressman on the phone. 
Author: Woody Allen
Nationality: American
b. 1 December 1935
  
 The government is us; we are the government, you and I. 
Author: Teddy Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 27 October 1858  - d. 6 January 1919
  
 The government of the absolute majority is but the government of the strongest interests; and when not effectively checked, is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised. To read the Constitution is to realize that no free system was ever farther removed from the principle that the absolute majority, without check or limitation, ought to govern. 
Author: John C. Calhoun
Nationality: American
b. 18 March 1782  - d. 31 March 1850
  
 The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government. 
Author: Thomas C. Haliburton
Nationality: Canadian
b. 17 December 1796  - d. 27 August 1865
  
 The happiness of society is the end of government. 
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 The ideas of a time are like the clothes of a season: they are as arbitrary, as much imposed by some superior will which is seldom explicit. They are utilitarian and political, the instruments of smooth-running government. 
Author: Wyndham Lewis
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 November 1882  - d. 07 March 1957
  
 The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 The least government is the best government. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 The legislative powers of the government reach actions only, and not opinions. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 The mania for giving the Government power to meddle with the private affairs of cities or citizens is likely to cause endless trouble, through the rivalry of schools and creeds that are anxious to obtain official recognition, and there is great danger that our people will lose our independence of thought and action which is the cause of much of our greatness, and sink into the helplessness of the Frenchman or German who expects his government to feed him when hungry, clothe him when naked, to prescribe when his child may be born and when he may die, and, in fine, to regulate every act of humanity from the cradle to the tomb, including the manner in which he may seek future admission to paradise. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. 
Author: William Edgar Borah
Nationality: American
b. 29 June 1865  - d. 19 January 1940
  
 The more Literatureitarian the U.S. government becomes, the louder presidents praise democracy. Unfortunately, democracy is a magical word that permits speakers to automatically fog the minds of many listeners. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 The more fears government fans, the fewer people will recall the danger of government itself. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 The more powerful rulers become, the lower the odds for "free and fair elections." The bigger government becomes, the more votes it can buy. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who Is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost invariably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And if he is not romantic personally, he is apt to spread discontent among those who are. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop. 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 The nearest approach to immortality on earth is a government bureau. 
Author: James F. Byrnes
Nationality: American
b. 2 May 1879  - d. 9 April 1972
  
 The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man. 
Author: W. H. Beveridge
Nationality: British
b. 5 March 1879  - d. 16 March 1963
  
 The only thing wrong with Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address was that it was the South, not the North, that was fighting for a government of the people, by the people and for the people. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 The people's government, made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people. 
Author: Daniel Webster
Nationality: American
b. 18 January 1782  - d. 24 October 1852
  
 The plan of the Constitutional Convention aims only at a partial union or consolidation, the State governments would clearly retain all the rights of sovereignty which they before had, and which were not, by that act, exclusively delegated to the United States. 
Author: Alexander Hamilton
Nationality: American
b. 11 January 1757  - d. 12 July 1804
  
 The punishment suffered by the wise who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of bad men. 
Author: Plato
Nationality: Greek
b. December 427  - d.  December 347
  
 The Republican form of Government is the highest form of government; but because of this it requires the highest type of human nature - a type nowhere at present existing. 
Author: Herbert Spencer
Nationality: English
b. 27 April 1820  - d. 8 December 1903
  
 The system of colonization that has been pursued by the British government has been upon principles that cannot be too strongly reprobated. Aborigines have had wholesale robbery of territory committed upon them by the Government and the settlers have become the receivers of this stolen property. 
Author: James Blackhouse
Nationality: English   
 The system of government we have in Australia is socialism for the rich and free enterprise for the poor. 
Author: Bob Ellis
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1942
  
 The term consumerism has been current since the middle 1960s, about the same length of time as the Department of Transportation itself. Literally interpreted, the word means 'an ideology based on the opposite of being productive.' This ideology has caused enormous changes in the American economy. At one time complaining was a cottage industry. The typical maker of complaints gave them to (or traded them with) friends and family members. Sometimes the complaints were sent to newspapers or included in prayers. Friends, family, the press and God then ignored the complaints. In the sixties, however, various consumer advocates began to help complainers find a market for their wares. There is only one organization that is required to take everyone and their complaints seriously. So the government became the foremost grumble customer. And it is, of course, the government's bureaucratic agencies who have to do the buying. 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 The three branches of government number considerably more than three and are not, in any sense, 'branches' since that would imply that there is something they are all attached to besides self-aggrandizement and our pocketbooks ... Government is not a machine with parts; it's an organism. When does an intestine quit being and intestine and start becoming an asshole? 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 The true art of government consists in not governing too much. 
Author: Jonathan Shipley
Nationality: English
b. December 1714  - d.  December 1788
  
 The very idea of the power and the right of the People to establish Government, presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established Government. 
Author: George Washington
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1732  - d. 14 December 1799
  
 The way to have good and safe government is not to trust it all to one, but divide it among the many, distributing to everyone exactly the function he is competent to. Let the national government be entrusted with the defense of the nation and its foreign and federal relations; the state governments with the civil rights, laws, police and administration of what concerns the state generally; the counties with the local concerns of the counties; and each ward direct the interests within itself. It is by dividing and subdividing these republics from the great national one down through all its subordinations until it ends in the administration of every man's farm by himself, by placing under everyone what his own eye may superintend, that all will be done for the best. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 The weather is like the government, always in the wrong. 
Author: Jerome K. Jerome
Nationality: English
b. 02 May 1859  - d. 14 June 1927
  
 The wheels of government grind fine, but slow. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: English   
 The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 The work of internal government has become the task of controlling the thousands of fifth-rate men. 
Author: Henry Brooks Adams
Nationality: American
b. 16 February 1838  - d. 27 March 1918
  
 The world of antitrust is reminiscent of Alice's Wonderland: Competition is branded as criminal when taken by businessment, yet praised as enlightened when initiated by the government. 
Author: Alan Greenspan
Nationality: American
b. 06 March 1926
  
 The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here ... It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government. 
Author: Henry Ward Beecher
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1813  - d. 8 March 1887
  
 There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. 
Author: Andrew Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 15 March 1767  - d. 8 June 1845
  
 There are widespread killings by the Taliban and the former Northern Alliance, including the alliance's massacre of hundreds of Taliban fighters. The US enlisted the alliance in the war against the Taliban and its leaders now dominate the Kabul government. Civilians continue to be killed, jailed tortured and intimidated with impunity by warlords. There is a climate of fear, and those who leak information on violations of human rights are threatened, tortured or killed. 
Author: Asma Jilani Jahangir
Nationality: Pakistani
b. 27 January 1952
  
 There is no nonsense so errant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 There is only one institution that can arrogate to itself the power legally to trade by means of rubber checks: the government. And it is the only institution that can mortgage your future without your knowledge or consent: government securities (and paper money) are promissory notes on future tax receipts, i.e. on your future production. 
Author: Ayn Rand
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1905  - d. 6 March 1982
  
 There is only one test of leadership in any Labor Government-the ability to muster a majority of votes whenever they are needed to support the leader. 
Author: J. T. Lang
Nationality: Australian
b. 21 December 1876  - d. 27 September 1975
  
 There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you. 
Author: Will Rogers
Nationality: American
b. 04 November 1879  - d. 15 August 1935
  
 These things I believe: That government should butt out. That freedom is our most precious commodity and if we are not eternally vigilant government will take it all away. That individual freedom demands individual responsibility. That government is (contrary to George W. Bush) not a necessary good but an unavoidable evil. That the executive branch has grown too strong, the judicial branch too arrogant and the legislative branch too stupid. That political parties have become close to meaningless. That government should work to insure the rights of the individual, not plot to take them away. That government should provide for the national defense and work to insure domestic tranquility. That foreign trade should be fair rather than free. That America should be wary of foreign entanglements. That the tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. That guns do more than protect us from criminals; more importantly, they protect us from the ongoing threat of government. That states are the bulwark of our freedom. That states should have the right to secede from the Union. That once a year we should hang someone in government as an example to his fellows. 
Author: Lyn Nofziger
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1924  - d. 27 March 2006
  
 They say it's the responsibility of the media to look at government - especially the President - with a microscope. I don't argue with that, but when they use a proctoscope, it's going too far. 
Author: Richard M. Nixon
Nationality: American
b. 9 January 1913  - d. 22 April 1994
  
 They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program. 
Author: George W. Bush
Nationality: American
b. 6 July 1946
  
 Things in our country run in spite of the government, not by the aid of it. 
Author: Will Rogers
Nationality: American
b. 04 November 1879  - d. 15 August 1935
  
 This used to be a government of checks and balances.Now it's all checks and no balances. 
Author: Gracie Allen
Nationality: American
b. 26 July 1895  - d. 27 August 1964
  
 Those who excel in war first cultivate their own humanity and justice and maintain their laws and institutions. By these means they make their governments invincible. 
Author: Sun Tzu
Nationality: Chinese
b. December 544  - d.  December 496
  
 To establish any mode to abolish war, however advantageous it might be to Nations, would be to take from such Government the most lucrative of its branches. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 No Government has ever promoted education like I have. After listening to you, I can understand what vast amounts still have to be spent. 
Author: Robert Menzies
Nationality: Australian
b. 20 December 1894  - d. 15 May 1978
  
 Truth-telling and persuasion are better instruments of action in American democracy than lying, control and demagogy as long as citizens respond to 'the better angels of our nature.' The presidency is the seat of power and an engine for policy making, but it is also a moral agent for the articulation of the ideals of American democracy. The character of American governmental institutions and political culture invites presidents to be moral leaders. 
Author: Ervin C. Hargrove
Nationality: American   
 Under a Presidential government, a nation has, except at the electing moment, no influence; it has not the ballot-box before it; its virtue is gone, and it must wait till its instant of despotism again returns. 
Author: Walter Bagehot
Nationality: English
b. 3 February 1826  - d. 28 March 1877
  
 Very few established institutions, governments and constitutions are ever destroyed by their enemies until they have been corrupted and weakened by their friends. 
Author: Walter Lippmann
Nationality: American
b. 23 September 1889  - d. 14 December 1974
  
 Violence has no constitutional sanction; and every government from the beginning has moved against it. But where grievances pile high and most of the elected spokesmen represent the Establishment, violence may be the only effective response. 
Author: William O. Douglas
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1898  - d. 19 January 1980
  
 We are the men of intrinsic value, who can strike our fortunes out of ourselves, whose worth is independent of accidents in life, or revolutions in government: we have heads to get money, and hearts to spend it. 
Author: George Farquhar
Nationality: Irish
b. December 1678  - d. 29 April 1707
  
 We have no quarrel with the German people, except that they allow themselves to be governed by a Nazi Government. As long as that Government exists and pursues the methods it has so persistently followed during the last two years, there will be no peace in Europe. We shall merely pass from one crisis to another, and see one country after another attacked by methods which have now become familiar to us in their sickening technique. We are resolved that these methods must come to an end. If out of the struggle we again re- establish in the world the rules of good faith and the renunciation of force, why, then even the sacrifices that will be entailed upon us will find their fullest justification.  
Author: Neville Chamberlain
Nationality: British
b. 18 March 1869  - d. 9 November 1940
  
 We in Government have begun to recognize the critical work which must be done at all levels-local, State and Federal-in ending the pollution of our waters. 
Author: Robert F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1925  - d. 6 June 1968
  
 We insist on the principle that no danger or crisis, foreign or domestic, will be solved by Americans surrendering more of their constitutional liberties, in the foolish hope that a bigger government will provide greater security. 
Author: Dr. Larry P. Arnn
Nationality: American   
 We live under a government of men and morning newspapers. 
Author: Wendell Phillips
Nationality: American
b. December 1811  - d.  December 1884
  
 We must stop this attempted coup on our government. 
Author: Barbra Streisand
Nationality: American
b. 24 April 1942
  
 We urgently need a government equivalent of Weight Watchers. 
Author: Sir Roderick Carnegie
Nationality: American   
 We want a president who is as much like an American tourist as possible. Someone with the same goofy grin, the same innocent intentions, the same naive trust; a president with no conception of foreign policy and no discernible connection to the U.S. government, whose Nice Guyism will narrow the gap between the U.S. and us until nobody can tell the difference. 
Author: Florence King
Nationality: American
b. 05 January 1936
  
 We who live in free market societies believe that growth, prosperity and ultimately human fulfillment, are created from the bottom up, not the government down. Only when the human spirit is allowed to invent and create, only when individuals are given a personal stake in deciding economic policies and benefiting from their success only then can societies remain economically alive, dynamic, progressive, and free. Trust the people. This is the one irrefutable lesson of the entire postwar period contradicting the notion that rigid government controls are essential to economic development. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 What experience and history teach is this - that people and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it. 
Author: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Nationality: German
b. 27 August 1770  - d. 14 November 1831
  
 What government is the best? That which teaches us to govern ourselves. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. 
Author: James Madison
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1751  - d. 28 June 1836
  
 When a government controls both the economic power of individuals and the coercive power of the state... this violates a fundamental rule of happy living: Never let the people with all the money and the people with all the guns be the same people. 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home. 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 When I warned (the French Government) that Britain would fight on alone whatever they did, their Generals told their Prime Minister and his divided Cabinet, 'In three weeks England will have her neck wrung like a chicken.' Some chicken! Some neck! 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 When I warned them (the French Government) that Britain would fight on alone whatever they did, their Generals told their Prime Minister and his divided Cabinet, 'In three weeks England will have her neck wrung like a chicken.' Some chicken! Some neck! 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 When I was a young man in the Western District, we had a saying, 'The girl's more scared of the calf than she is of the bull'. That's the way it ought to remain. The government shouldn't make it easier. 
Author: Henry Bolte
Nationality: Australian
b. 20 May 1908  - d. 4 January 1990
  
 When it shall be said in any country in the world, 'My poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive; the rational world is my friend, because I am a friend of its happiness' - when these things can be said, then may that country boast of its constitution and its government. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 When making public policy decisions about new technologies for the Government, I think one should ask oneself which technologies would best strengthen the hand of a police state. Then, do not allow the Government to deploy those technologies. 
Author: Philip Zimmermann
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1954
  
 When people put their ballots in the boxes, they are, by that act, inoculated against the feeling that the government is not theirs. They then accept, in some measure, that its errors are their errors, its aberrations their aberrations, that any revolt will be against them. It's a remarkably shrewd and rather conservative arrangement when one thinks of it. 
Author: J. K. Galbraith
Nationality: American
b. December 1908
  
 When the people fear the government, you have tyranny. When the government fears the people, you have freedom. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship. 
Author: Harry S. Truman
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1884  - d. 26 December 1972
  
 Where a government has come into power through some form of popular vote, fraudulent or not, and maintains at least an appearance of constitutional legality, the guerrilla outbreak cannot be promoted, since the possibilities of peaceful struggle have not yet been exhausted. 
Author: Che Guevara
Nationality: Argentinean
b. 14 June 1928  - d. 910 December 1967
  
 Which is the best government? That which teaches us to govern ourselves. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. Politicians and taxpayers have assumed - with occasional phases of doubt, that a rising total in the number of civil servants must reflect a growing volume of work to be done. Cynics, in questioning this belief, have imagined that the multiplication of officials must have left some of them idle or all of them able to work for shorter hours. But this is a matter in which faith and doubt seem equally misplaced. The fact is that the number of the officials and the quantity of the work are not related to each other at all. The rise in the total of those employed is governed by Parkinson's Law and would be much the same whether the volume of the work were to increase, diminish, or even disappear. The importance of Parkinson's Law lies in the fact that it is a law of growth based upon an analysis of the factors by which that growth is controlled. 
Author: C. Northcote Parkinson
Nationality: English
b. 30 July 1909  - d. 09 March 1993
  
 Write on my gravestone: 'Infidel, Traitor.' - infidel to every church that compromises with wrong; traitor to every government that oppresses the people. 
Author: Wendell Phillips
Nationality: American
b. December 1811  - d.  December 1884
  
 You can't run a government solely on a business basis... Government should be human. It should have a heart. 
Author: Herbert Henry Lehman
Nationality: American
b. 28 March 1878  - d. 05 December 1963
  
 You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments; rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the Universe. 
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 You have the God-given right to kick the government around - don't hesitate to do so. 
Author: Edmund Muske
Nationality: American
b. 28 March 1914  - d. 26 March 1996
  
 Young people know that the public secular institutions of government, media, unions and educational institutions like our universities are running on empty because they have little language of interconnectedness or priority for spiritual values. Indeed, many of these institutions are terrified by the mushrooming interest in spirituality. 
Author: Rev. Tim Costello
Nationality: Australian   
 They have seized upon the government by bribery and corruption. They have made speculation and public robbery a science. They have loaded the nation, the state, the county, and the city with debt. 
Author: Denis Kearney
Nationality: American
b. December 1847  - d.  December 1907
  
 We are with you in this work. Workingmen must form a party of their own, take charge of the government, dispose gilded fraud, and put honest toil in power.  
Author: Denis Kearney
Nationality: American
b. December 1847  - d.  December 1907
  
 Laws: We know what they are, and what they are worth! They are spider webs for the rich and mighty, steel chains for the poor and weak, fishing nets in the hands of the government.  
Author: Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
Nationality: French
b. 15 January 1809  - d. 10 January 1865
  
 Measures of self-government and a school council, especially for such young children, were a great innovation.  
Author: Dora Russell
Nationality: English
b. 3 April 1894  - d. 31 May 1986
  
 A correspondence has been opened with the Government of Austria for the establishment of diplomatic relations, in conformity with the wishes of Congress as indicated by an appropriation act of the session of 1837, and arrangements made for the purpose, which will be duly carried into effect. 
Author: Martin van Buren
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1782  - d. 24 July 1862
  
 Indeed, I am more than ever convinced of the dangers to which the free and unbiased exercise of political opinion - the only sure foundation and safeguard of republican government - would be exposed by any further increase of the already overgrown influence of corporate Literatureities 
Author: Martin van Buren
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1782  - d. 24 July 1862
  
 In a government whose distinguishing characteristic should be a diffusion and equalization of its benefits and burdens the advantage of individuals will be augmented at the expense of the community at large. 
Author: Martin van Buren
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1782  - d. 24 July 1862
  
 It seems proper, at all events, that by an early enactment similar to that of other countries the application of public money by an officer of Government to private uses should be made a felony and visited with severe and ignominious punishment. 
Author: Martin van Buren
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1782  - d. 24 July 1862
  
 The case of the Seminoles constitutes at present the only exception to the successful efforts of the Government to remove the Indians to the homes assigned them west of the Mississippi. 
Author: Martin van Buren
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1782  - d. 24 July 1862
  
 The connection which formerly existed between the Government and banks was in reality injurious to both, as well as to the general interests of the community at large. 
Author: Martin van Buren
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1782  - d. 24 July 1862
  
 The Constitution devised by our forefathers as the framework and bond of that system, then untried, has become a settled form of government; not only preserving and protecting the great principles upon which it was rounded, but wonderfully promoting individual happiness and private interests. 
Author: Martin van Buren
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1782  - d. 24 July 1862
  
 The government should not be guided by Temporary Excitement, but by Sober Second Thought. 
Author: Martin van Buren
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1782  - d. 24 July 1862
  
 The less government interferes with private pursuits, the better for general prosperity. 
Author: Martin van Buren
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1782  - d. 24 July 1862
  
 To avoid the necessity of a permanent debt and its inevitable consequences, I have advocated and endeavored to carry into effect the policy of confining the appropriations for the public service to such objects only as are clearly with the constitutional Literatureity of the Federal Government. 
Author: Martin van Buren
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1782  - d. 24 July 1862
  
 With respect to the northeastern boundary of the United States, no official correspondence between this Government and that of Great Britain has passed since that communicated to Congress toward the close of their last session. 
Author: Martin van Buren
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1782  - d. 24 July 1862
  
 As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality. 
Author: George Washington
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1732  - d. 14 December 1799
  
 How soon we forget history... Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. And, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. 
Author: George Washington
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1732  - d. 14 December 1799
  
 It may be laid down as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every Citizen who enjoys the protection of a Free Government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defense of it. 
Author: George Washington
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1732  - d. 14 December 1799
  
 Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. 
Author: George Washington
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1732  - d. 14 December 1799
  
 Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds.  
Author: Thurgood Marshall
Nationality: American
b. 2 July 1908  - d. 24 January 1993
  
 What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don't like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don't expect freedom to survive very long. 
Author: Thomas Sowell
Nationality: American
b. 30 June 1930
  
 In order to stand well in the eyes of the community, it is necessary to come up to a certain, somewhat indefinite, conventional standard of wealth. 
Author: Thorstein Bunde Veblen
Nationality: American
b. December 1857  - d.  December 1929
  
 If you seek Hamilton's monument, look around. You are living in it. We honor Jefferson, but live in Hamilton's country, a mighty industrial nation with a strong central government. 
Author: George Will
Nationality: American
b. 04 May 1941
  
 Whatever right the Second Amendment protects is not as important as it was 200 years ago... The government should deconstitutionalize the subject by repealing the embarrasing Amendment. 
Author: George Will
Nationality: American
b. 04 May 1941
  
 World War II was the last government program that really worked. 
Author: George Will
Nationality: American
b. 04 May 1941
  
 Women ought to have representatives, instead of being arbitrarily governed without any direct share allowed them in the deliberations of government. 
Author: Mary Wollstonecraft
Nationality: British
b. 27 April 1759  - d. 10 September 1797
  
 The case decided on Thursday, though, seemed promising to takings fans because it wasn't about compensation. It was about the requirement that any government taking must have a "public purpose."  
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 The equal protection clause was a handy tool because just about anything the government does or doesn't do can be framed as treating people unequally. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 When the local government showers a big development with money and favors, it's usually not about sovereignty but about lack of sovereignty. Private developers play jurisdictions off against one another, extracting concessions from all that none would actually make a sovereign decision to give. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 They can't take your house and give it to the mayor's mistress, even if they pay you for it. But they can, apparently, take your house and tear it down to make room for a development of trendy shops and restaurants, a hotel and so on. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 The deterioration of a government begins almost always by the decay of its principles. 
Author: Charles de Secondat
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 There are three species of government: republican, monarchical, and despotic. 
Author: Charles de Secondat
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 The Canadian government continues to say they will not help us if we go to war with Iraq. However, the prime minister of Canada said he'd like to help, but he's pretty sure that last time he checked, Canada had no army. 
Author: Conan Christopher O'Brien
Nationality: American
b. 18 April 1963
  
 The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people. 
Author: Andrew Johnson
Nationality: American
b. 29 December 1808  - d.  December 1875
  
 I really do inhabit a system in which words are capable of shaking the entire structure of government, where words can prove mightier than ten military divisions. 
Author: Václav Hável
Nationality: Czechoslovakian
b. 05 October 1936
  
 I was a government employee in the morning and a writer in the evening. 
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 11 December 1911  - d. 30 August 2006
  
 Since I stopped working for the government in 1971, I have had more time for friends. 
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 11 December 1911  - d. 30 August 2006
  
 There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 In France particularly, under the strong and brilliant government of Francis I, there was an outburst of original and vital writing. 
Author: Giles Lytton Strachey
Nationality: British
b. 01 March 1880  - d. 21 January 1932
  
 When Louis XIV assumed the reins of government France suddenly and wonderfully came to her maturity; it was as if the whole nation had burst into splendid flower. 
Author: Giles Lytton Strachey
Nationality: British
b. 01 March 1880  - d. 21 January 1932
  
 The primary victims of Katrina, those who were given the least help by the government, those rescued last or not at all, were overwhelmingly people of color largely hidden from the mainstream of society. 
Author: Jonathan Kozol
Nationality: American
b. 05 September 1936
  
 In the twentieth century one of the most personal relationships to have developed is that of the person and the state. It's become a fact of life that governments have become very intimate with people, most always to their detriment. 
Author: Edward Lawrence Doctorow
Nationality: American
b. December 1931
  
 You can have a revolution wherever you like, except in a government office; even were the world to come to an end, you'd have to destroy the universe first and then government offices. 
Author: Dr. Karel Capek
Nationality: Czechoslovakian
b. 9 January 1890  - d. 25 December 1938
  
 I say this as a Democrat, for whom the Republican domination of government threatens many values that I hold to be important to America's role as a light among nations. But there are no values that matter to me that will not be gravely endangered if we lose this war. 
Author: Orson Scott Card
Nationality: American
b. 24 August 1951
  
 The jam is moving toward the Capitol where Congress sits in judgment on all the administrative agencies of Government.  
Author: Grace Abbott
Nationality: American
b. 17 November 1878  - d. 19 June 1939
  
 The literary culture, if you examine it, the high literary culture is that which preserves the government and you know it's really the talk for those who have. 
Author: Kathy Acker
Nationality: American
b. 18 April 1947  - d. 30 November 1997
  
 Sometimes democracy must be bathed in blood. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 I'm not a dictator. It's just that I have a grumpy face.  
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 Many people around the President have sizeable egos before entering government, some with good reason. Their new positions will do little to moderate their egos. 
Author: Donald Henry Rumsfeld
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1932
  
 The Federal Government should be the last resort, not the first. Ask if a potential program is truly a federal responsibility or whether it can better be handled privately, by voluntary organizations, or by local or state governments. 
Author: Donald Henry Rumsfeld
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1932
  
 Herein indeed consists the excellence of the English government, that all parts of it form a mutual check upon each other. 
Author: Sir William Blackstone
Nationality: English
b. 10 July 1723  - d. 14 February 1780
  
 If it were not for the government, we should have nothing to laugh at in France. 
Author: Nicolas Chamfort
Nationality: French
b. 6 April 1741  - d. 13 April 1794
  
 I would say that the Pentagon Papers case of 1971 - in which the government tried to block The New York Times and The Washington Post that they obtained from a secret study of how we got involved in the war in Vietnam - that is probably the most important case. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 The government understands - every government, every administration, both parties, understands - that that power, they just don't have. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 The government would be able to go to court with respect to newspaper articles, broadcast pieces and the like that they thought were bad or harmful or even against the government and try to block them. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 I would have been glad to have lived under my wood side, and to have kept a flock of sheep, rather than to have undertaken this government.  
Author: Oliver Cromwell
Nationality: English
b. 25 April 1599  - d. 3 September 1658
  
 The object of my relationship with Vietnam has been to heal the wounds that exist, particularly among our veterans, and to move forward with a positive relationship,... Apparently some in the Vietnamese government don't want to do that and that's their decision. 
Author: Ho Chi Minh
Nationality: Vietnamese
b. 19 May 1892  - d. 2 September 1969
  
 Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison... the only house in a slave State in which a free man can abide with honor. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in government? Is it not possible to take a step further towards recognizing and organizing the rights of man? There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and Literatureity are derived, and treats him accordingly. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 Idealist as he was, standing for abolition of slavery, abolition of tariffs, almost for abolition of government, it is needless to say he found himself not only unrepresented in actual politics, but almost equally opposed to every class of reformers. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 That government is best which governs not at all 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 Say what you like about my bloody murderous government,' I says, 'but don't insult me poor bleedin' country. 
Author: Edward Abbey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1927  - d. 14 March 1989
  
 A tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government. 
Author: Spiro Agnew
Nationality: American
b. 9 November 1918  - d. 17 September 1996
  
 I think it is just stupid economics for a government to approach economic management from a strand of thinking regarding unions as enemies. 
Author: Bob Hawke
Nationality: Australian
b. 9 December 1929
  
 The Chinese are definitely concerned about the tendency of this Australian government to align itself with the United States. 
Author: Bob Hawke
Nationality: Australian
b. 9 December 1929
  
 There is no doubt that this government and this country are benefiting from the reforms that we brought in the 1980s, and that couldn't have been done without the co-operation of the trade union movement. 
Author: Bob Hawke
Nationality: Australian
b. 9 December 1929
  
 In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed. 
Author: Noah Webster
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1758  - d. 28 April 1843
  
 No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.  
Author: Noah Webster
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1758  - d. 28 April 1843
  
 The Bible must be considered as the great source of all the truth by which men are to be guided in government as well as in all social transactions. 
Author: Noah Webster
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1758  - d. 28 April 1843
  
 The ecclesiastical establishments of Europe which serve to support tyrannical governments are not the Christian religion but abuses and corruptions of it. 
Author: Noah Webster
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1758  - d. 28 April 1843
  
 While democracy in the long run is the most stable form of government, in the short run, it is among the most fragile. 
Author: Madeleine Albright
Nationality: American
b. 15 May 1937
  
 And now my country, France, my homeland, my fatherland is again invaded, with the blessing of our successive governments, by overpopulated foreigners, mostly Muslims, to which we provide an oath of allegiance. Years passing by, we assist to a blossom of mosques everywhere in France, though our churches become silent, lacking of priests. 
Author: Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot
Nationality: French
b. 28 September 1934
  
 In fact, it was the women in our house who were in the saddle. If men are the gods, women are not only the presidents but all the ministers of the government. 
Author: Pedro Almodovar
Nationality: Spanish
b. 24 September 1949
  
 We cannot wait for governments to do it all. Globalization operates on Internet time. Governments tend to be slow moving by nature, because they have to build political support for every step. 
Author: Kofi Annan
Nationality: Ghanaian
b. 8 April 1938
  
 It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. And we formed it, not to give the blessings of liberty, but to secure them; not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people - women as well as men. And it is a downright mockery to talk to women of their enjoyment of the blessings of liberty while they are denied the use of the only means of securing them provided by this democratic-republican government - the ballot. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 For any state to make sex a qualification that must ever result in the disfranchisement of one entire half of the people, is to pass a bill of attainder, or, an ex post facto law, and is therefore a violation of the supreme law of the land. By it the blessings of liberty are forever withheld from women and their female posterity. To them this government has no just powers derived from the consent of the governed. To them this government is not a democracy. It is not a republic. It is an odious aristocracy; a hateful oligarchy of sex; the most hateful aristocracy ever established on the face of the globe; an oligarchy of wealth, where the rich govern the poor. An oligarchy of learning, where the educated govern the ignorant, or even an oligarchy of race, where the Saxon rules the African, might be endured; but this oligarchy of sex, which makes father, brothers, husband, sons, the oligarchs over the mother and sisters, the wife and daughters, of every household - which ordains all men sovereigns, all women subjects, carries dissension, discord, and rebellion into every home of the nation. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 If one generation is expected to carry an excessive burden on behalf of another, it will seek by every means to avoid it. It will either demand that past promises are broken, or it will not work, or it will not pay taxes, or the most talented people will leave. Socialist governments which have tried to tax 'till the pips squeak' have ample experience of that. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 Whether manufactured by black, white, brown or yellow hands, a widget remains a widget - and it will be bought anywhere if the price and quality are right. The market is a more powerful and more reliable liberating force than government can ever be. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 The larger the slice taken by government, the smaller the cake available for everyone. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 When all the objectives of government include the achievement of equality - other than equality before the law - that government poses a threat to liberty. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 The mass media in the United States largely serve as a propaganda arm and "bought priesthood" of the U.S. government and U.S. corporations, with the three parties all largely intertwined through common interests. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The public, who consume the new commodity or profit by the new invention, are much better judges of its merit than the government can be. 
Author: Charles Babbage
Nationality: British
b. 26 December 1791  - d. 18 October 1871
  
 Wherever magistrates were appointed from among those who complied with the injunctions of the laws, Socrates considered the government to be an aristocracy.  
Author: General Xenophon
Nationality: Greek
b. December 431  - d.  December 355
  
 It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. 
Author: Ansel Adams
Nationality: American
b. 20 February 1902  - d. 22 April 1984
  
 The awakening of the people of China to the possibilities under free government is the most significant, if not the most momentous, event of our generation. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 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. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 Competitive markets are massive and generally efficient generators of economic wealth. They must therefore have a central place in the management of the economy. But markets sometimes fail, requiring direct government intervention through instruments such as industry policy. There are also areas where the public good dictates that there should be no market at all. 
Author: Kevin Rudd
Nationality: Australian
b. 21 September 1957
  
 How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 In terms of the Labor agenda this government has left every other Labor government bare arsed. No other government even gets within cooee of it. We have a cabinet which has a degree of economic sophistication which puts the Whitlam government into the cavemen class in economic terms. 
Author: Paul Keating
Nationality: Australian
b. 18 January 1944
  
 Present governments are encouraging separatism in Australia by providing opportunities, land, moneys and facilities available only to Aboriginals. 
Author: Pauline Lee Hanson
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 August 1954
  
 The government must do all it can to help reduce interest rates for business. 
Author: Pauline Lee Hanson
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 August 1954
  
 Governments must give to all those who have hit life's hurdles the chance to rebuild and have a future. 
Author: Pauline Lee Hanson
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 August 1954
  
 Immutably true propositions regulative of voluntary actions as to the choice of good and the avoidance of evil, and which carry with them an obligation to outward acts of obedience, even apart from civil laws and from any considerations of compacts constituting government. 
Author: Richard Cumberland
Nationality: English
b. December 1631  - d.  December 1718
  
 Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people. 
Author: Henry Clay, Sr.
Nationality: American
b. 12 April 1777  - d. 29 June 1852
  
 Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and destroyed much of the Gulf Coast - that was an act of God. Now what happened to New Orleans, that was a complete failure of the federal government. Complete negligence by the governemnt. 
Author: James Carville
Nationality: American
b. 25 October 1944
  
 A government for the people must depend for its success on the intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest of the people themselves. 
Author: Grover Cleveland
Nationality: American
b. 18 March 1837  - d. 24 June 1908
  
 Communism is a hateful thing, and a menace to peace and organized government. 
Author: Grover Cleveland
Nationality: American
b. 18 March 1837  - d. 24 June 1908
  
 He mocks the people who proposes that the government shall protect the rich and that they in turn will care for the laboring poor. 
Author: Grover Cleveland
Nationality: American
b. 18 March 1837  - d. 24 June 1908
  
 In the scheme of our national government, the presidency is preeminently the people's office. 
Author: Grover Cleveland
Nationality: American
b. 18 March 1837  - d. 24 June 1908
  
 The lesson should be constantly enforced that though the people support the Government, Government should not support the people. 
Author: Grover Cleveland
Nationality: American
b. 18 March 1837  - d. 24 June 1908
  
 I think for us to get American military personnel involved in a civil war inside Iraq would literally be a quagmire. Once we got to Baghdad, what would we do? Who would we put in power? What kind of government? Would it be a Sunni government, a Shia government, a Kurdish government? Would it be secular, along the lines of the Baath party, would it be fundamentalist Islamic? I do not think the United States wants to have U.S. military forces accept casualties and accept responsibility of trying to govern Iraq. I think it makes no sense at all. 
Author: Dick Cheney
Nationality: American
b. 30 January 1941
  
 Despotism is the only form of government which may with safety to itself, neglect the education of its infant poor. 
Author: Bishop Samuel Horsley
Nationality: American
b. 15 September 1733  - d. 4 October 1806
  
 A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers. 
Author: F. A. von Hayek
Nationality: Austrian
b. 8 May 1899  - d. 23 March 1992
  
 I do not think it is an exaggeration to say history is largely a history of inflation, usually inflations engineered by governments for the gain of governments. 
Author: F. A. von Hayek
Nationality: Austrian
b. 8 May 1899  - d. 23 March 1992
  
 Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one's government is not necessarily to secure freedom. 
Author: F. A. von Hayek
Nationality: Austrian
b. 8 May 1899  - d. 23 March 1992
  
 When will government cease being a nuisance to everybody? 
Author: Charles Olson
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1910  - d. 10 January 1970
  
 Americans accept that gangsters are running the government. 
Author: Tim Robbins
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1958
  
 Bush is very clever. When the debate should have been about the deterioration of our cities and the lack of action by government, he sent in his idiot to make an outrageous statement about Murphy Brown. 
Author: Tim Robbins
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1958
  
 The American citizen must be made aware that today a relatively small group of people is proclaiming its purposes to be the will of the People. That elitist approach to government must be repudiated. 
Author: William Edward Simon
Nationality: American
b. 27 November 1927  - d. 3 June 2000
  
 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. 
Author: Lewis Mumford
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1895  - d. 26 January 1990
  
 If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual. 
Author: Frank Patrick Herbert
Nationality: American
b. 8 October 1920  - d. 11 February 1986
  
 Communism is the tool by which Britain's international finance is knocking down national governments in the interest of world government, world police and world currency. 
Author: Nicholas Murray Butler
Nationality: American
b. 2 April 1862  - d. 7 December 1947
  
 Blest is that government where no art thrives. 
Author: Thomas Nashe
Nationality: English
b. December 1567  - d.  December 1601
  
 I have to thank the People, the Congress, and the Government of the United States for my liberation. 
Author: Lajos Kossuth
Nationality: Hungarian
b. 19 September 1802  - d. 20 March 1894
  
 In my opinion, the form of Government may be different in different countries, according to their circumstances, their wishes, their wants. England loves her Queen, and has full motive to do so. 
Author: Lajos Kossuth
Nationality: Hungarian
b. 19 September 1802  - d. 20 March 1894
  
 The government is tottering. We must deal it the death blow an any cost. To delay action is the same as death. 
Author: Vladimir Lenin
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 April 1870  - d. 21 January 1924
  
 The privacy and dignity of our citizens are 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 a person's life. 
Author: William O. Douglas
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1898  - d. 19 January 1980
  
 But our society - unlike most in the world - presuppose that freedom and liberty are in frame of reference that makes the individual, not the government, the keeper of his tastes, beliefs, and ideas. That is the philosophy of the First Amendment; and it is the article of faith that sets us apart from most nations in the world. 
Author: William O. Douglas
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1898  - d. 19 January 1980
  
 The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people. 
Author: William O. Douglas
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1898  - d. 19 January 1980
  
 The critical point is that the Constitution places the right of silence beyond the reach of government. 
Author: William O. Douglas
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1898  - d. 19 January 1980
  
 The Literatures of the clear and present danger test never applied it to a case like this, nor would I. If applied as it is proposed here, it means that the Communist plotting is protected during its period of incubation; its preliminary stages of organization and preparation are immune from the law; the Government can move only after imminent action is manifest, when it would, of course, be too late. 
Author: Robert H. Jackson
Nationality: American
b. December 1892  - d.  December 1954
  
 If the colony of Liberia were able to receive thousands of new inhabitants every year, and if the Negroes were in a state to be sent thither with advantage; if the Union were to supply the society with annual subsidies, and to transport the Negroes to Africa in government vessels, it would still be unable to counterpoise the natural increase of population among the blacks; and as it could not remove as many men in a year as are born upon its territory within that time, it could not prevent the growth of the evil which is daily increasing in the states. The Negro race will never leave those shores of the American continent to which it was brought by the passions and the vices of Europeans; and it will not disappear from the New World as long as it continues to exist. The inhabitants of the United States may retard the calamities which they apprehend, but they cannot now destroy their efficient cause. 
Author: Alexis de Tocqueville
Nationality: French
b. 29 July 1805  - d. 16 April 1859
  
 It is not uncommon in modern times to see governments straining every nerve to keep the peace, and the people whom they represent, with patriotic enthusiasm and resentment over real or fancied wrongs, urging them forward to war. 
Author: Elihu Root
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1845  - d. 7 February 1937
  
 Nothing is more important in the preservation of peace than to secure among the great mass of the people living under constitutional government a just conception of the rights which their nation has against others and of the duties their nation owes to others. 
Author: Elihu Root
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1845  - d. 7 February 1937
  
 The growth of modern constitutional government compels for its successful practice the exercise of reason and considerate judgment by the individual citizens who constitute the electorate. 
Author: Elihu Root
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1845  - d. 7 February 1937
  
 The United States are a political state, or organized society, whose end is government, for the security, welfare, and happiness of all who live under its protection 
Author: William Henry Seward
Nationality: American
b. 16 May 1801  - d. 10 October 1872
  
 Three years ago the Government announced the creation of Reconciliation Place, and said that it would include a memorial to those removed from their families. However, they refused to include any of those who were removed in the design of their own memorial. 
Author: Malcolm Fraser
Nationality: Australian
b. 21 May 1930
  
 Occasionally, a finger comes up to wipe a tear - of laughter, from the eye, and that's my reward. The rest goes to the government. 
Author: Victor Borge
Nationality: American
b. 3 January 1909  - d. 23 December 2000
  
 The Sovereign is absolute; for there is no other Literatureity but that which centers in his single Person, that can act with a Vigour proportionate to the Extent of such a vast Dominion. The Extent of the Dominion requires an absolute Power to be vested in that Person who rules over it. It is expedient so to be, that the quick Dispatch of Affairs, sent from distant Parts, might make ample Amends for the Delay occasioned by the great Distance of the Places. Every other Form of Government whatsoever would not only have been prejudicial to Russia, but would even have proved its entire Ruin. 
Author: Catherine II of Russia
Nationality: Russian
b. 2 May 1729  - d. 17 November 1796
  
 What is the true end of Monarchy? Not to deprive people of their natural Liberty; but to correct their actions, in order to attain the supreme good. The form of Government, therefore, which best attains this end, and at the same time sets less bounds than others to natural Liberty, is that which coincides with the views and purposes of rational creatures, and answers the end, upon which we ought to fix a steadfast eye in the regulations of civil polity. 
Author: Catherine II of Russia
Nationality: Russian
b. 2 May 1729  - d. 17 November 1796
  
 I'm not running away from the fact that I had previously said I did not contemplate a major increase, and that was a fair statement of the Government's state of mind at the time I made that. 
Author: John Howard
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 July 1939
  
 The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered deeply. Finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people. 
Author: George Washington
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1732  - d. 14 December 1799
  
 Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action. 
Author: George Washington
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1732  - d. 14 December 1799
  
 We were in a great, seething moment in the 1970s. There was a new Labour government and everything seemed full of hope. But, as we got older and we saw how much women's behaviour contributed to what was wrong, we stopped being able to see ourselves purely as. 
Author: Helen Garner
Nationality: Australian
b. 7 November 1942
  
 Our government is in the iron grip of venality, its treasury is barren, its resources are wasted, its civil service is slothful and indifferent, its armed forces demoralized and its councils sterile. 
Author: Ferdinand Marcos
Nationality: Filipino
b. 11 September 1917  - d. 28 September 1989
  
 We are in crisis. You know that the government treasury is empty. Only by severe self-denial will there be hope for recovery within the next year. 
Author: Ferdinand Marcos
Nationality: Filipino
b. 11 September 1917  - d. 28 September 1989
  
 In the Soviet Union, government controls industry. In the United States, industry controls government. That is the principal structural difference between the two great oligarchies of our time. 
Author: Edward Abbey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1927  - d. 14 March 1989
  
 People just want to hear some common sense, and I bring to bear the experience in local government and state government and national government - I was the first woman in history on the Senate Finance Committee - not to mention the diplomatic international experience. 
Author: Carol Elizabeth Moseley-Braun
Nationality: American
b. 16 August 1947
  
 So I think that if we want to have a Congress, if we want to have government that looks like America, if we want to have government that is truly a representative Democracy, then we need to clearly address how we get our campaign laws out of the way of Democracy. 
Author: Carol Elizabeth Moseley-Braun
Nationality: American
b. 16 August 1947
  
 The Menzies Government, by its participation in the plans for the development of other nations, can see the virtue of planning for them but apparently cannot see the virtue of a plan for Australia. 
Author: Lionel Murphy
Nationality: Australian
b. 30 August 1922  - d. 21 August 1986
  
 Where there is a will there is a way. And this must be the way not of compulsion but of cooperation. No government and no plan can succeed without it. 
Author: Lionel Murphy
Nationality: Australian
b. 30 August 1922  - d. 21 August 1986
  
 Freedom is our most precious commodity and if we are not eternally vigilant, government will take it all away. Individual freedom demands individual responsibility. 
Author: Lyn Nofziger
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1924  - d. 27 March 2006
  
 Government should work to insure the rights of the individual, not plot to take them away. 
Author: Lyn Nofziger
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1924  - d. 27 March 2006
  
 I don't like government, it's just that simple. 
Author: Lyn Nofziger
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1924  - d. 27 March 2006
  
 I think the American people have become more reliant upon government and less reliant upon themselves and that they now tend to put security ahead of freedom, but I think freedom is the most important aspect of our lives. 
Author: Lyn Nofziger
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1924  - d. 27 March 2006
  
 That guns do more than protect us from criminals; more importantly, they protect us from the ongoing threat of government. 
Author: Lyn Nofziger
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1924  - d. 27 March 2006
  
 That government is not a necessary good but an unavoidable evil. 
Author: Lyn Nofziger
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1924  - d. 27 March 2006
  
 The reason this country continues its drift toward socialism and big nanny government is because too many people vote in the expectation of getting something for nothing, not because they have a concern for what is good for the country. 
Author: Lyn Nofziger
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1924  - d. 27 March 2006
  
 These things I believe: that government should butt out. 
Author: Lyn Nofziger
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1924  - d. 27 March 2006
  
 The Reform Bill has destroyed the ancient conduits and strainers, and brings Public Opinion to act upon the government with the rapid, turbulent, and uncertain violence of a flood! 
Author: Robert Peel
Nationality: English
b. 5 February 1788  - d. 2 July 1850
  
 That men ought to be governed, seems to have been agreed on all hands: the reason is, that, without government, they could never attain any high or permanent share of perfection or happiness. But the question has been - by whom should they be governed? And this has been made a question, by reason of two others - by whom can they be governed? - are they capable of governing themselves? 
Author: James Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 14 September 1742  - d. 21 August 1798
  
 How is the schoolmaster, the nation, to know which boy needs the whipping? Power and strict accountability for its use are the essential constituents of good government. It is, therefore, manifestly a radical defect in our federal system that it parcels out power and confuses responsibility as it does. The main purpose of the Convention of 1787 seems to have been to accomplish this grievous mistake. The 'literary theory' of checks and balances is simply a consistent account of what our Constitution makers tried to do; and those checks and balances have proved mischievous just to the extent which they have succeeded in establishing themselves - the Framers - would be the first to admit that the only fruit of dividing power had been to make it irresponsible. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great government of the United States helpless and contemptible. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 If there are men in this country big enough to own the government of the United States, they are going to own it. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 I'm serious. I've got to get people to realize that the government is full of it. Republicans and Democrats want to argue over stuff that's not important, like gay marriage or the war in Iraq or illegal immigration... When I run - if I run - we're going to talk about real issues like improving our schools, cleaning up our neighborhoods of drugs and crime and making Alabama a better place for all people. 
Author: Charles Barkley
Nationality: American
b. 20 February 1963
  
 Poor people cannot rely on the government to come to help you in times of need. You have to get your education. Then nobody can control your destiny. 
Author: Charles Barkley
Nationality: American
b. 20 February 1963
  
 The Right's view of government and the Left's view of big business are both correct. 
Author: Robert Anton Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 18 January 1932
  
 You know, I have found a new way to get high and stay spaced out for hours on end, and the government can't stop me. It's called senility. 
Author: Robert Anton Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 18 January 1932
  
 The government is best which makes itself unnecessary. 
Author: Wilhelm von Humboldt
Nationality: German
b. 22 June 1767  - d. 8 April 1835
  
 The Government and the Parliament, even the House of Lords, will consent to a large increase of electors; and men who have not considered the subject fully will imagine they have gained much by the concession. 
Author: John Bright
Nationality: British
b. 16 November 1811  - d. 27 March 1889
  
 A few hours ago, the House of Representatives of the Congress of the United States of America voted 260 to 167 to completely gut the Constitution of its separation of powers and violate numerous other clauses because they thought it was important enough to keep 'under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance. I don't think people would've done that for our political heritage or anything else. They did it because they want God in their government because it stands for a religious view that they adhere to, and they want to see that religious view espoused by government, which is exactly what the Establishment Clause forbids. 
Author: Michael Newdow
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1953
  
 Government needs to stay out of the religion business altogether.  
Author: Michael Newdow
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1953
  
 I believe in the Constitution. The Constitution says that government isn't supposed to be infusing religion into our society, and so I asked to have that upheld. 
Author: Michael Newdow
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1953
  
 I choose to worship not believing in God and government should not thrust a religious idea down my throat. 
Author: Michael Newdow
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1953
  
 Most people I know I think agree and even many theists agree with this. We don't want government involved. 
Author: Michael Newdow
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1953
  
 They were turned into second-class citizens by a government that continuously sends messages that 'real Americans' believe in God. 
Author: Michael Newdow
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1953
  
 The Constitution says that government isn't supposed to be infusing religion into our society, and so I asked to have that upheld. 
Author: Michael Newdow
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1953
  
 This issue is whether or not our government should be infusing religion into schools. 
Author: Michael Newdow
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1953
  
 So the American government lied to the Native Americans for many, many years, and then President Clinton lied about a relationship, and everyone was surprised! A little naive, I feel! 
Author: Eddie Izzard
Nationality: British
b. 7 February 1962
  
 The Viennese wash everything. Where else in the world does the government hire public servants to wash public telephone booths and the glass over traffic lights? Every time I see someone doing these things, I smile like a child. 
Author: Jonathan Carroll
Nationality: American
b. 26 January 1949
  
 It was in our power to cause the Arab governments to renounce the policy of strength toward Israel by turning it into a demonstration of weakness. 
Author: Moshe Dayan
Nationality: Israeli
b. 20 May 1915  - d. 16 October 1981
  
 It was in our power to set high price for our blood, a price too high for the Arab community, the Arab army, or the Arab governments to think it worth paying. 
Author: Moshe Dayan
Nationality: Israeli
b. 20 May 1915  - d. 16 October 1981
  
 A new State of Israel with broad frontiers, strong and solid, with the authority of the Israel Government extending from the Jordan to the Suez Canal 
Author: Moshe Dayan
Nationality: Israeli
b. 20 May 1915  - d. 16 October 1981
  
 There is something that Governments care for far more than human life, and that is the security of property, and so it is through property that we shall strike the enemy. Be militant each in your own way. I incite this meeting to rebellion. 
Author: Emmeline Pankhurst
Nationality: British
b. December 1858  - d.  December 1928
  
 I am not evading tax in any way, shape or form. Now, of course I am minimizing my tax and if anybody in this country doesn't minimize their tax they want their heads read because as a government I can tell you you're not spending it that well that we should be donating extra. 
Author: Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 December 1937  - d. 26 December 2005
  
 The first lesson in civics is that efficient government begins at home.  
Author: Charles Evans Hughes
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1862  - d. 27 August 1948
  
 The 4th Amendment and the personal rights it secures have a long history. At the very core stands the right of a man to retreat into his own home and there be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion. 
Author: Potter Stewart
Nationality: American
b. 23 January 1915  - d. 7 December 1985
  
 Our republic and its press will rise or fall together. An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself. The power to mould the future of the Republic will be in the hands of the journalism of future generations. 
Author: Joseph Pulitzer
Nationality: American
b. 10 April 1847  - d. 29 October 1911
  
 American capitalism is predatory, and American politics are corrupt: The same thing is true in England and the same in France; but in all these three countries the dominating fact is that whatever the people get ready to change the government, they can change it. The same thing is not true of Germany, and until it was made true in Germany, there could be no free political democracy anywhere else in the world - to say nothing of any free social democracy. My revolutionary friends who will not recognize this fact seem to me like a bunch of musicians sitting down to play a symphony concert in a forest where there is a man-eating tiger loose. For my part, much as I enjoy symphony concerts, I want to put my fiddle away in its case and get a rifle and go out and settle with the tiger. 
Author: Upton Sinclair
Nationality: American
b. 20 September 1878  - d. 25 November 1968
  
 In Australia, they set up a special fund to kick films off. It was quite an enlightened sort of move. You could go to this government bureau with scripts and and get finance for films. 
Author: Bruce Beresford
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 August 1940
  
 To punish public outrages on morals and religion is unquestionably within the competence of rulers. But when a government, not content with requiring decency, requires sanctity, it oversteps the bounds which mark its proper functions. And it may be laid down as a universal rule that a government which attempts more than it ought will perform less. 
Author: Thomas Babington Macaulay
Nationality: English
b. 25 October 1800  - d. 28 December 1859
  
 There is not, and there never was on this earth, a work of human policy so well deserving of examination as the Roman Catholic Church. The history of that Church joins together the two great ages of human civilisation. No other institution is left standing which carries the mind back to the times when the smoke of sacrifice rose from the Pantheon, and when camelopards and tigers bounded in the Flavian amphitheatre. The proudest royal houses are but of yesterday, when compared with the line of the Supreme Pontiffs. That line we trace back in an unbroken series, from the Pope who crowned Napoleon in the nineteenth century to the Pope who crowned Pepin in the eighth; and far beyond the time of Pepin the august dynasty extends, till it is lost in the twilight of fable. The republic of Venice came next in antiquity. But the republic of Venice was modern when compared with the Papacy; and the republic of Venice is gone, and the Papacy remains. The Papacy remains, not in decay, not a mere antique, but full of life and youthful vigour. The Catholic Church is still sending forth to the farthest ends of the world missionaries as zealous as those who landed in Kent with Augustin, and still confronting hostile kings with the same spirit with which she confronted Attila. The number of her children is greater than in any former age. Her acquisitions in the New World have more than compensated for what she has lost in the Old. Her spiritual ascendency extends over the vast countries which lie between the plains of the Missouri and Cape Horn, countries which a century hence, may not improbably contain a population as large as that which now inhabits Europe. The members of her communion are certainly not fewer than a hundred and fifty millions; and it will be difficult to show that all other Christian sects united amount to a hundred and twenty millions. Nor do we see any sign which indicates that the term of her long dominion is approaching. She saw the commencement of all the governments and of all the ecclesiastical establishments that now exist in the world; and we feel no assurance that she is not destined to see the end of them all. She was great and respected before the Saxon had set foot on Britain, before the Frank had passed the Rhine, when Grecian eloquence still flourished at Antioch, when idols were still worshipped in the temple of Mecca. And she may still exist in undiminished vigour when some traveller from New Zealand shall, in the midst of a vast solitude, take his stand on a broken arch of London Bridge to sketch the ruins of St. Paul's. 
Author: Thomas Babington Macaulay
Nationality: English
b. 25 October 1800  - d. 28 December 1859
  
 That is the best government which desires to make the people happy, and knows how to make them happy. 
Author: Thomas Babington Macaulay
Nationality: English
b. 25 October 1800  - d. 28 December 1859
  
 Free trade, one of the greatest blessings which a government can confer on a people, is in almost every country unpopular. 
Author: Thomas Babington Macaulay
Nationality: English
b. 25 October 1800  - d. 28 December 1859
  
 The best government rests on the people, and not on the few, on persons and not on property, on the free development of public opinion and not on authority. 
Author: George Bancroft
Nationality: American
b. 3 October 1800  - d. 17 January 1891
  
 No government is safe unless fortified by goodwill. 
Author: Cornelius Nepos
Nationality: Roman
b. December 100  - d.  December 25
  
 Though brutal and bombastic, and dripping with venom against the Czech state and especially against the Czech President, the Fuehrer's speech, made to a delirious mass of Nazi fanatics gathered in the huge stadium on the last night of the party rally, was not a declaration of war. He reserved his decision - publicly at least, for, as we know from the captured German documents, he had already set October 1 for the attack across the Czech frontier. He simply demanded that the Czech government give "justice" to the Sudeten Germans. If it didn't, Germany would have to see to it that it did. 
Author: William Lawrence Shirer
Nationality: American
b. 23 February 1904  - d. 28 December 1993
  
 Censorship is advertising paid by the government. 
Author: Frederico Fellini
Nationality: Italian
b. 20 January 1920  - d. 31 October 1993
  
 A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 The art of government is the organisation of idolatry 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 Without computers, the government would be unable to function at the level of effectiveness and efficiency that we have come to expect. This is because the primary function of the government is - and here I am quoting directly from the U.S. Constitution - to spew out paper.' 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 I'm a middle age white guy, which means I'm constantly reminded that my particular group is responsible for the oppression of every known minority PLUS most wars PLUS government corruption PLUS pollution of the environment, not to mention that it was middle-age white guys who killed Bambi's mom. 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 We should enact an 'e' tax. Government agents would roam the country looking for stores whose names contained any word that ended in an unnecessary 'e,' such as 'shoppe' or 'olde,' and the owners of these stores would be taxed at a flat rate of $50,000 per year per 'e.' We should also consider an additional $50,000 'ye' tax, so that the owner of a store called 'Ye Olde Shoppe' would have to fork over $150,000 a year. In extreme cases, such as 'Ye Olde Barne Shoppe,' the owner would simply be taken outside and shot. 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 Experts tell us that if the Millennium Bug is not fixed, when the year 2000 arrives, our financial records will be inaccurate, our telephone system will be unreliable, our government will be paralyzed and airline flights will be canceled without warning. In other words, things will be pretty much the same as they are now. 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 Crazy people who still think the government brought down the Twin Towers in a controlled explosion have to stop pretending that I'm the one who's being naïve. How big a lunatic do you have to be to watch two giant airliners packed with jet fuel slam into buildings on live TV, igniting a massive inferno that burned for two hours, and then think, 'well, if you believe that was the cause...' 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 Governments are not built to perceive large truths. Only people can perceive great truths. Governments specialize in small and intermediate truths. They have to be instructed by their people in great truths. 
Author: Norman Cousins
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1915  - d. 30 November 1990
  
 Today there is a new class hostile to business in general, and especially to large corporations. As a group, you find them mainly in the very large and growing public sector and in the media. They share a disinterest in personal wealth, a dislike for the free-market economy, and a conviction that society may best be improved through greater governmental participation in the country's economic life. They are the media. They are the educational system. Their dislike for the free-market economy originates in their inability to exercise much influence over it so as to produce change. In its place they would prefer a system in which there is a very large political component. This is because the new class has a great deal of influence in politics. Thus, through politics, they can exercise a direct and immediate influence on the shape of our society and the direction of national affairs. 
Author: Irving Kristol
Nationality: American
b. 22 January 1920
  
 The country's founders understood that republican self-government could not exist if humanity did not possess the traditional 'republican virtues' of self-control, self-reliance, and a disinterested concern for the public good. 
Author: Irving Kristol
Nationality: American
b. 22 January 1920
  
 Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain 
Author: Frederic Bastiat
Nationality: French
b. 30 June 1801  - d. 24 December 1850
  
 It seems to me that this is theoretically right, for whatever the question under discussion - whether religious, philosophical, political, or economic; whether it concerns prosperity, morality, equality, right, justice, progress, responsibility, cooperation, property, labor, trade, capital, wages, taxes, population, finance, or government - at whatever point on the scientific horizon I begin my researches, I invariably reach this one conclusion: The solution to the problems of human relationships is to be found in liberty. 
Author: Frederic Bastiat
Nationality: French
b. 30 June 1801  - d. 24 December 1850
  
 The Fed was largely responsible for converting what might have been a garden-variety recession, although perhaps a fairly severe one, into a major catastrophe. Instead of using its powers to offset the depression, it presided over a decline in the quantity of money by one-third from 1929 to 1933. Far from the depression being a failure of the free-enterprise system, it was a tragic failure of government. 
Author: Milton Friedman
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1912  - d. 16 November 2006
  
 There is no way to justify our present public monopoly of the post office. It may be argued that the carrying of mail is a technical monopoly and that a government monopoly is the least of evils. Along these lines, one could perhaps justify a government post office, but not the present law, which makes it illegal for anybody else to carry the mail. If the delivery of mail is a technical monopoly, no one else will be able to succeed in competition with the government. If it is not, there is no reason why the government should be engaged in it. The only way to find out is to leave other people free to enter. 
Author: Milton Friedman
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1912  - d. 16 November 2006
  
 Governments never learn. Only people learn. 
Author: Milton Friedman
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1912  - d. 16 November 2006
  
 Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government. 
Author: Milton Friedman
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1912  - d. 16 November 2006
  
 Most of the energy of political work is devoted to correcting the effects of mismanagement of government. 
Author: Milton Friedman
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1912  - d. 16 November 2006
  
 Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program. 
Author: Milton Friedman
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1912  - d. 16 November 2006
  
 Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless. 
Author: Milton Friedman
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1912  - d. 16 November 2006
  
 The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem. 
Author: Milton Friedman
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1912  - d. 16 November 2006
  
 The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy.  
Author: Milton Friedman
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1912  - d. 16 November 2006
  
 The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.  
Author: Milton Friedman
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1912  - d. 16 November 2006
  
 The black market was a way of getting around government controls. It was a way of enabling the free market to work. It was a way of opening up, enabling people. 
Author: Milton Friedman
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1912  - d. 16 November 2006
  
 The most important ways in which I think the Internet will affect the big issue is that it will make it more difficult for government to collect taxes. 
Author: Milton Friedman
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1912  - d. 16 November 2006
  
 After the uprising of the 17th of June The Secretary of the Writers Union Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee Stating that the people Had thrown away the confidence of the government And could win it back only By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier In that case for the government To dissolve the people And elect another? 
Author: Bertolt Brecht
Nationality: German
b. 10 February 1898  - d. 14 August 1956
  
 It has too often been too easy for rulers and governments to incite man to war.  
Author: Lester Bowles Pearson
Nationality: Canadian
b. 23 April 1897  - d. 27 December 1972
  
 His wife "ruled the roost," and in governing the governor, governed the province, which might thus be said to be under petticoat government. 
Author: Washington Irving
Nationality: American
b. 3 April 1783  - d. 28 November 1859
  
 Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us. 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 If government were a product, selling it would be illegal. 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 Government proposes, bureaucracy disposes. And the bureaucracy must dispose of government proposals by dumping them on us.  
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 Whatever it is that the government does, sensible Americans would prefer that the government do it to somebody else. This is the idea behind foreign policy. 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 The Communist Chinese government has the secret loyalty of millions of 'overseas Chinese' from Singapore to San Francisco. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 We have a Biblically-based obligation to be good stewards of the land as 'keepers of the commons.' However, the modern environmental movement has been co-opted by globalists who use international treaties to regulate our industries, and violate property rights by converting private holdings into public 'habitats'. No one is more qualified to conserve land than the people who live on it. The government should not trample states' rights by turning local land into public property. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 I saw in the Revolution of 1848 an act of great justice. I thought that a test of the Republican form was possible in France under better conditions that those of 1792. I sincerely accepted this test. I was with this idea that I entered the Assemblée Nationale, and that I sat on the extreme left, so as immediately to give a sign of my adherence to the type of government that the force of things had just imposed on France. The 15 May weakened me to the foundations of my hopes. It brought to light for me the schemes and the passions that unerringly reach toward a Civil War, a profound, unavoidable, fierce fight, in which the extreme left would play a role for which I did not want, for anything on Earth, to take responsibility. The Monarchist parties raised their heads again; I did not want to serve them, I could not without compromising religion. I preferred to retire. 
Author: Jean Baptiste Lacordaire
Nationality: French
b. 12 May 1802  - d. 21 November 1861
  
 One thing I fear, that you Americans will do the same thing that you did after the last war. I mean that you will pull out of here and leave Europe, then Russia will have her way. Private enterprise and individual rights will be lost just as much as under a Nazi government. Frightful! 
Author: Hjalmar Schacht
Nationality: German
b. 22 January 1877  - d. 3 June 1970
  
 A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. 
Author: Ed Murrow
Nationality: American
b. 25 April 1908  - d. 27 April 1965
  
 Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free.  
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 You can't give the government the power to do good without also giving it the power to do bad - in fact, to do anything it wants. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 The government's War on Poverty has transformed poverty from a short-term misfortune into a career choice. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 Government is good at one thing - It knows how to break your legs, hand you a crutch, and say, "See, if it weren't for the government, you wouldn't be able to walk. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 A little government involvement is just as dangerous as a lot - because the first leads inevitably to the second. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 Before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, many governments in southern states forced people to segregate by race. Civil rights advocates fought to repeal these state laws, but failed. So they appealed to the federal government, which responded with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But this federal law didn't simply repeal state laws compelling segregation. It also prohibited voluntary segregation. What had been mandatory became forbidden. Neither before nor after the Civil Rights Act were people free to make their own decisions about who they associated with. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 Democratic politicians want to solve the crisis of poor education by taking more of your money and using it to reduce classroom sizes in the government schools. Republican politicians want to solve the crisis by taking more of your money to provide vouchers to a handful of the poorest students in each area, paying for a part of the tuition expense at private schools. But before long this 'reform' would make those private schools indistinguishable from the government schools. Vouchers are an excellent way for the government to increase control over private schools. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 Given the government's record with the War on Poverty and the War on Drugs, we can assume that a War on Abortion would lead within five years to men having abortions. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 Government seems to operate on the principle that if even one individual is incapable of using his freedom competently, no one can be allowed to be free. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 I want a government small enough to fit inside the Constitution. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 Immigrants used to come to America seeking freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom from government. Now they come looking for free health care, free education, and a free lunch. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 Medicare was created in 1965 to make it easier for the elderly to get health care. But by reducing the patient's out-of-pocket costs, it increased the demand for doctors and hospitals. It also reduced the supply of those services by requiring doctors and other medical personnel to use their time and attention handling paperwork and complying with regulations -- and looking for ways to circumvent these things. So the price of medical care rose sharply as the demand soared and the supply diminished. As a result, the elderly now pay from their own pockets over twice as much for health care - after adjusting for inflation, than they did before Medicare began. Many older people now find it harder to get adequate medical service. Naturally, the politicians point to the higher costs and shortages as proof that the elderly would be lost without Medicare -- and that government should be even more deeply involved. When Medicare was set up in 1965, the politicians projected its cost in 1990 to be $3 billion - which is equivalent to $12 billion when adjusted for inflation to 1990 dollars. The actual cost in 1990 was $98 billion -- eight times as much. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 Once upon a time, government budgets were balanced, our money was sound, the streets were safe, and taxes imposed by all levels of government took less than 10% of our income. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 So what is government? Very simply, it is an agency of coercion. Of course, there are other agencies of coercion - such as the Mafia. So to be more precise, government is the agency of coercion that has flags in front of its offices. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 The American heritage was one of individual liberty, personal responsibility and freedom from government. Unfortunately, that heritage has been lost. Americans no longer have the freedom to direct their own lives. Today, it is the government that is free - free to do whatever it wants. There is no subject, no issue, no matter that is not subject to legislation. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 The free market punishes irresponsibility. Government rewards it. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 The income tax has destroyed the concept of financial privacy. It has demolished the idea that a man's home is his castle. It has provided unlimited funding for politicians to wreck lives and property. It has forced one-earner families to become two-earner households, leading to decreased parental supervision of children; loss of family values, and increased crime, promiscuity and drug use. So long as the government has the power to invade our lives, rummage through our records, and take what it wants from our income, we will have only as much freedom and take-home pay as the politicians condescend to let us have. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 We may not always recognize it, but government plays a bigger role in our lives than any other single person or institution. We spend nearly half of our lives working to pay for it. Children spend more time in government schools than they do with their parents. Birth, death, marriage, every area of our lives feels the influence of government. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 When we turn to the government to stop someone from ruining his life with drugs, we convert a personal tragedy into a national disaster. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 Whatever the issue, let freedom offer us a hundred choices, instead of having government force one answer on everyone. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 No government has the right to tell its citizens when or whom to love. The only queer people in the world are those who don't love anyone. 
Author: Rita Mae Brown
Nationality: American
b. 28 November 1944
  
 Governments still support this kind of agriculture to the tune of about $40 billion each year. None of that goes to supporting alternative systems like organic or soil-creating agriculture. Even China is adopting modern chemical agriculture now. 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 I do not accept the view, widely held in the Federal Cabinet, that some kind of slow Asian takeover of Australia is inevitable. I do not believe that we are powerless. As a people, we seem to move from extreme to extreme. In the past 30 years the government of Australia has moved from the extreme of wanting a white Australia to the extreme of saying that we will have an Asian Australia and that the quicker we move towards it the better. 
Author: Geoffrey Blainey
Nationality: Australian
b. 11 March 1930
  
 Good government is the outcome of private virtue. 
Author: John Jay Chapman
Nationality: American
b. December 1862  - d.  December 1933
  
 Good government is known from bad government by this infallible test: that under the former the labouring people are well fed and well clothed, and under the latter, they are badly fed and badly clothed. 
Author: William Cobbett
Nationality: English
b. 9 March 1763  - d. 18 June 1835
  
 The very existence of government at all, infers inequality. The citizen who is preferred to office becomes the superior to those who are not, so long as he is the repository of power, and the child inherits the wealth of the parent as a controlling law of society. 
Author: James Fenimore Cooper
Nationality: American
b. 15 September 1789  - d. 14 September 1851
  
 The government in a revolution is the despotism of liberty against tyranny. 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 The attribute of popular government in a revolution is at one and the same time virtue and terror. Virtue without terror is fatal; terror without virtue is impotent....terror is nothing but justice; prompt, severe, inflexible. It is the emanation of virtue." 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 Sen. Obama said that he wants to spread the wealth and he wants government to take your money and decide how to best to redistribute it according to his priorities. 
Author: Sarah Palin
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1964
  
 We must win, because Ohio, the far-left wing of the Democrat Party, not mainstream Democrat ideology, the values, the planks in the platform of the Democrat Party. It's the far-left wing of the party is getting ready to take over the entire federal government. 
Author: Sarah Palin
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1964
  
 Everyone is an abused child, if you think about what governments do. 
Author: Tim Roth
Nationality: English
b. 14 May 1961
  
 The crime bill passed by the Senate would reinstate the Federal death penalty for certain violent crimes: assassinating the President; hijacking an airliner; and murdering a government poultry inspector. 
Author: Dodgy Quotes Dodgy Quotes
Nationality: English   
 Laws can embody standards; governments can enforce laws - but the final task is not a task for government. It is a task for each and every one of us. Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted - when we tolerate what we know to be wrong - when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy, or too frightened - when we fail to speak up and speak out - we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice. 
Author: Robert F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1925  - d. 6 June 1968
  
 Earlier this year, I spoke at the Australian National University on the phenomenon of the Howard-haters. Subsequently I addressed the Fabian Society in Sydney on the general topic of 'John Howard: Ten Years On'. Both talks are on The Sydney Institute's website. Today I intend to focus on a particular aspect of the Howard Government. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 I do not share the disdain - which frequently presents as cynicism - of Australian politicians that finds expression in the work of all too many journalists, academics and commentators. Never have. In my view, Australia has been well governed since European settlement in 1788. The one obvious exception has turned on the policy failures which occurred consequent upon the interaction of a modern Western society with a traditional indigenous society. For the rest, certainly mistakes have been made by governments and their advisers. But error is part of the human condition - and has been ever since The Fall. The facts indicate that, when compared with other democracies, Australia has been relatively well governed. And, of course, all democracies deliver better outcomes than dictatorships - however benign. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Contemporary Australia illustrates the point. The economic reform process commenced in early 1983 under the social democratic Labor government, led by Bob Hawke and Paul Keating. There were a few reforms during Malcolm Fraser's prime ministership - but not many. The few that there were involved John Howard - either in his position as Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs or, later, as Treasurer. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Between March 1983 and March 1996 the Hawke/Keating government floated the currency, deregulated the financial system, commenced the privatisation process, substantially reduced protection, reformed the tax and welfare systems and commenced the process of deregulation of what had become perhaps the most centralised industrial relations system in the Western world. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 I was in general agreement with the economic and foreign policies of the Hawke/Keating Government. And I have generally agreed with the economic and foreign policies of the Howard Government. From time to time, I have had public disagreements with the Prime Minister. In my view, Australia should have an Australian head of state. So I voted 'Yes - along with Kim Beazley and Peter Costello - at the 1999 referendum on the republic. I have also criticised the unduly harsh administration of mandatory detention for asylum seekers and have generally supported multiculturalism. And I believe that John Howard could have demonstrated more empathy with respect to reconciliation and should have been more critical of the positions of Pauline Hanson and her One Nation party in the mid 1990s. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Such disagreements aside, I believe that the Howard Government has been very successful in doing what many administrations find difficult to do - actually implementing policy change. In my view, there is only one area where the Coalition has failed to have a significant impact - namely, in what some have termed 'the culture wars'. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 In its March 1993 report titled Our ABC, a Senate committee, actually found that 'the basic structure of the ABC is sound and that the organisation is considerably stronger and more relevant to the Australian community now than it was ten years ago' and made no recommendation to abolish the staff-elected direction position on the ABC board. How about that? In government, of course, Mr Alston became one of the ABC's most vocal critics. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 John Howard became a public critic of the ABC for the first time soon after he became prime minister. In July 1996 Donald McDonald was appointed chairman of the ABC. This evoked two responses - one initial, the other delayed. First up, supporters of the ABC - of the Friends of the ABC genre - alleged that the Howard Government had commenced stacking the ABC Board with conservative appointees and that this would adversely affect ABC programing. Later, critics of the ABC maintained that Mr McDonald had become a victim of the Stockholm Syndrome - that is, the tendency of hostages to empathise with their captors - since his appointment had made virtually no difference to the prevailing ABC culture. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Last year Sally Loane was dumped as the presenter of the 702 morning program in Sydney and replaced by Virginia Trioli. The word went out from the ABC that Ms Loane did not rate well enough in inner-suburban Leichhardt. Meaning, apparently, that she did not appeal to Green-voting-leftist-luvvies or to the Labor left and, horror-of-horrors, was just too middle class. The ABC even ran such criticism - if criticism is the correct word - on its web chat-room. The public broadcaster happens to be about the only media outlet which likes to publicise the views of critics who bag its own products and presenters. Usually, of course, the critics are leftists. So Ms Trioli was called in from 774 in Melbourne where, shortly after 9/11, she had appealed to the inner-city leftist-luvvies in Fitzroy by suggesting that the best way to handle al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was to invite him around for a chat to discuss (in the parlance of the modern cliché) his issues. Well, the good folk of Leichhardt may well be happy with Virginia Trioli - who has a tendency to preach at, rather than listen to, callers to the program. It is a matter of record, however, that her current ratings (at 7.4 per cent) are still lower than Sally Loane's final figure (at 9.0 per cent) - in spite of the fact that Ms Trioli's program commences and finishes earlier than that of her predecessor and, consequently, should rate higher since it benefits from the popular News and AM programs which precede it. Well, it might still do so - but it has not as yet. Ms Trioli has the talent to present an metropolitan radio program. But the manner of Sally Loane's axing, and Virginia Trioli's subsequent employment, was handled with a high degree of unprofessionalism. Soon after taking up her Sydney gig, Ms Trioli headed back to Melbourne where, on Sunday 5 February 2006, she took part in a performance of Sedition!. According to the pre-performance advertising: 'Sedition! will bring together a coalition of comedians, commentators and satirists to protest against the Howard Government's recently introduced sedition laws...'. For 'balance', Kim Beazley was mocked as well. But not, of course, Bob Brown or - indeed - Osama bin Laden. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Like the Menzies Government, the Howard Government has been very successful at elections. Yet the voice of the Howard-haters and Bush-haters and Blair-haters is still heard loudly in the humanities departments at the universities, within some professions, among many journalists and overwhelmingly at the various taxpayer subsidised literary festivals or so-called festivals of ideas (which are all too frequently festivals of one leftist idea). In other words, the left still prevails within many of Australia's key non-government institutions. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Certainly the Australia Liberal Students Federation is more politically attuned today than it was when I was a student at Melbourne University in the late 1960s. But there is much more work to be done. No doubt in a decade or so there will be many more natural-born political conservatives prominent in the public debate than there are today. Just as the political generation of Peter Costello, Alexander Downer, Michael Kroger and Tony Abbott has produced many more politically astute Liberal Party and National Party MPs and operatives than were present during the governments of Robert Menzies and Malcolm Fraser. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 We were not prepared intellectually. Those of us in the national security field still carried the baggage of the Cold War. We thought in concepts of coalition warfare and the Warsaw Pact. When we thought of terrorism, we thought only of state-sponsored terrorism, which is why the immediate reaction of many in our government agencies after 9/11 was: Which state did it? Saddam, it must have been Saddam. We had failed to grasp, for a variety of reasons, the new phenomenon that had emerged in the world. This was not state-sponsored terrorism. This was religious war. This was the emergence of a transnational enemy driven by religious fervor and fanaticism. Our enemy is not terrorism. Our enemy is violent, Islamic fundamentalism." 
Author: John Lehman
Nationality: American
b. 14 September 1942
  
 We have an autocracy which runs this university. It's managed. We were told the following: If President Kerr actually tried to get something more liberal out of the Regents in his telephone conversation, why didn't he make some public statement to that effect? And the answer we received, from a well-meaning liberal, was following: He said, 'Would you ever imagine the manager of a firm making a statement publicly in opposition to his board of directors?' That's the answer! Well I ask you to consider: if this is a firm, and if the board of regents are the board of directors, and if President Kerr in fact is the manager, then I tell you something - the faculty are a bunch of employees! And we're the raw material! But we're a bunch of raw materials that don't mean to have any process upon us, don't mean to be made into any product, don't mean to end up being bought by some clients of the university, be they the government, be they industry, be they organized labor, be they anyone! We're human beings! 
Author: Mario Savio
Nationality: American
b. 8 December 1942  - d. 6 November 1996
  
 You can not possibly have a broader basis for government than that which includes all the people, with all their rights in their hands, and with an equal power to maintain their rights. 
Author: William Garrison
Nationality: American
b. 12 December 1805  - d. 24 May 1879
  
 I hope he fails. I don't want absorption of as much of the private sector by the US government as possible, from the banking business, to the mortgage industry, the automobile business, to health care. I do not want the government in charge of all of these things. I don't want this to work. What is unfair about my saying I hope liberalism fails? Liberalism is our problem. Liberalism is what's gotten us dangerously close to the precipice here. 
Author: Rush Limbaugh
Nationality: American
b. 12 January 1951
  
 The strongest initiative that government can take to ensure Australia is prepared for population ageing, is to maintain a strong economy, and a secure nation. 
Author: Julie Isabel Bishop
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 July 1956
  
 It is a fact that governments tend to put in place policies and strategies in response to current scenarios. 
Author: Julie Isabel Bishop
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 July 1956
  
 When the Australian Government looked at how to meet the challenges, and the opportunities, presented by our ageing population, it saw that an all-encompassing approach was a prerequisite. 
Author: Julie Isabel Bishop
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 July 1956
  
 Immigration and multiculturalism are issues that this government is trying to address, but for far too long ordinary Australians have been kept out of any debate by the major parties. I and most Australians want our immigration policy radically reviewed and that of multiculturalism abolished. I believe we are in danger of being swamped by Asians. Between 1984 and 1995, 40 per cent of all migrants coming into this country were of Asian origin. They have their own culture and religion, form ghettos and do not assimilate. Of course, I will be called racist but, if I can invite whom I want into my home, then I should have the right to have a say in who comes into my country. A truly multicultural country can never be strong or united. The world is full of failed and tragic examples, ranging from Ireland to Bosnia to Africa and, closer to home, Papua New Guinea. America and Great Britain are currently paying the price. Arthur Calwell was a great Australian and Labor leader, and it is a pity that there are not men of his stature sitting on the opposition benches today. Arthur Calwell said: Japan, India, Burma, Ceylon and every new African nation are fiercely anti-white and anti one another. Do we want or need any of these people here? I am one red-blooded Australian who says no and who speaks for 90% of Australians. I have no hesitation in echoing the words of Arthur Calwell. 
Author: Pauline Lee Hanson
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 August 1954
  
 We assert the province of government to be to secure the people in the enjoyment of their unalienable rights. We throw to the winds the old dogma that governments can give rights. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 May it please your honor, I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty. All the stock in trade I possess is a $10,000 debt, incurred by publishing my paper - The Revolution - four years ago, the sole object of which was to educate all women to do precisely as I have done, rebel against your man-made, unjust, unconstitutional forms of law, that tax, fine, imprison and hang women, while they deny them the right of representation in the government; and I shall work on with might and main to pay every dollar of that honest debt, but not a penny shall go to this unjust claim. And I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old revolutionary maxim, that resistance to tyranny is obedience to God. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 Government is not show business. 
Author: Warren Beatty
Nationality: American
b. 30 March 1937
  
 As a minister, I experienced the power of industrialists and bankers to get their way by use of the crudest form of economic pressure, even blackmail, against a Labour Government. Compared to this, the pressure brought to bear in industrial disputes is minuscule. This power was revealed even more clearly in 1976 when the IMF secured cuts in our public expenditure. These lessons led me to the conclusion that the UK is only superficially governed by MPs and the voters who elect them. Parliamentary democracy is, in truth, little more than a means of securing a periodical change in the management team, which is then allowed to preside over a system that remains in essence intact. If the British people were ever to ask themselves what power they truly enjoyed under our political system they would be amazed to discover how little it is, and some new Chartist agitation might be born and might quickly gather momentum. 
Author: Tony Benn
Nationality: British
b. 3 April 1925
  
 That which has no existence cannot be destroyed - that which cannot be destroyed cannot require anything to preserve it from destruction. Natural rights is simple nonsense: natural and imprescriptible rights, rhetorical nonsense - nonsense upon stilts. But this rhetorical nonsense ends in the old strain of mischievous nonsense for immediately a list of these pretended natural rights is given, and those are so expressed as to present to view legal rights. And of these rights, whatever they are, there is not, it seems, any one of which any government can, upon any occasion whatever, abrogate the smallest particle. 
Author: Jeremy Bentham
Nationality: English
b. 15 February 1748  - d. 6 June 1832
  
 I have always been of the opinion that we have no right to impose our ideals upon other nations, no matter how strange it may seem to us that they enjoy the kind of life they lead, how slow they may be in utilizing the resources of their countries, or how much opposed their ideals may be to ours. Our intolerant attitude is most pronounced in regard to what we like to call "our free institutions." Modern democracy was no doubt the most wholesome and needed reaction against the abuses of absolutism and of a selfish, often corrupt, bureaucracy. That the wishes and thoughts of the people should find expression, and that the form of government should conform to these wishis is an axiom that has pervaded the whole Western world, and that is even taking root in the Far East. It is a quite different question, however, in how far the particular machinery of democratic government is identical with democratic institutions. To claim as we often do, that our solution is the only democratic and the ideal one is a one-sided expression of Americanism. I see no reason why we should not allow the Germans, Austrians, and Russians, or whoever else it may be, to solve their problems in their own ways, instead of demanding that they bestow upon themselves the benefactions of our régime. 
Author: Franz Boas
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1858  - d. 21 December 1942
  
 A soldier whose business is murder as a fine art, a diplomat whose calling is based on deception and secretiveness, a politician whose very life consists in compromises with his conscience, a business man whose aim is personal profit within the limits allowed by a lenient law - such may be excused if they set patriotic deception above common everyday decency and perform services as spies. They merely accept the code of morality to which modern society still conforms. Not so the scientist. The very essence of his life is the service of truth. We all know scientists who in private life do not come up to the standard of truthfulness, but who, nevertheless, would not consciously falsify the results of their researches. It is bad enough if we have to put up with these, because they reveal a lack of strength of character that is liable to distort the results of their work. A person, however, who uses science as a cover for political spying, who demeans himself to pose before a foreign government as an investigator and asks for assistance in his alleged researches in order to carry on, under this cloak, his political machinations, prostitutes science in an unpardonable way and forfeits the right to be classed as a scientist. 
Author: Franz Boas
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1858  - d. 21 December 1942
  
 Many Americans, we know, are horrified by the posture of their government but seem to be helpless. 
Author: Harold Pinter
Nationality: English
b. 10 October 1930  - d. 24 December 2008
  
 Many thousands, if not millions, of people in the United States itself are demonstrably sickened, shamed and angered by their government's actions, but as things stand they are not a coherent political force - yet. But the anxiety, uncertainty and fear which we can see growing daily in the United States is unlikely to diminish. 
Author: Harold Pinter
Nationality: English
b. 10 October 1930  - d. 24 December 2008
  
 I believe Wilfred Owen would share our contempt, our revulsion, our nausea and our shame at both the language and the actions of the American and British governments 
Author: Harold Pinter
Nationality: English
b. 10 October 1930  - d. 24 December 2008
  
 Sandinistas are a democratically elected government which originally led a popular revolution to overthrow a dictatorship based on slavery. US foreign policy could be best defined as follows: kiss my arse or I'll kick your head in. It is as simple and as crude as that. It can hardly be said to be a complicated foreign policy. What is interesting about it is that it is so incredibly successful. It possesses the structures of disinformation, use of rhetoric, distortion of language, which are very persuasive, but are actually a pack of lies. It is very successful propaganda. They have the money, they have the technology, they have all the means to get away with it, and they do. I find the ignorance in this country, Britain, and certainly the US, really quite deep. It is not only the Republican Party and government in the US which are responsible for this state of affairs, but I see the Democrats as only differing by degrees. While they say "no more military aid to the Contras"... they are still referring to an innate and deeply embedded assumption that they are talking about a Marxist-Leninist totalitarian dictatorship; gangsters, thugs, instructed from Moscow. 
Author: Harold Pinter
Nationality: English
b. 10 October 1930  - d. 24 December 2008
  
 The government of the US has no moral authority to elect itself as the judge over human rights in Cuba, where there has not been a single case of disappearance, torture or extra-judicial execution since 1959, and where despite the economic blockade, there are levels of health, education and culture that are internationally recognised. 
Author: Harold Pinter
Nationality: English
b. 10 October 1930  - d. 24 December 2008
  
 If any foreign minister begins to defend to the death a "peace conference," you can be sure his government has already placed its orders for new battleships and airplanes. 
Author: Joseph Stalin
Nationality: Russian
b. 21 December 1879  - d. 5 March 1953
  
 If any foreign minister begins to defend to the death a "peace conference," you can be sure his government has already placed its orders for new battleships and aeroplanes. 
Author: Joseph Stalin
Nationality: Russian
b. 21 December 1879  - d. 5 March 1953
  
 This war is not as in the past; whoever occupies a territory also imposes on it his own social system. Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach. It cannot be otherwise. If now there is no a communist government in Paris, cause of this is Russia has no an army which can reach to Paris in 1945. 
Author: Joseph Stalin
Nationality: Russian
b. 21 December 1879  - d. 5 March 1953
  
 My father has always held out Scientology and auditing to be based purely on science and not on religious "belief" or faith. We regularly promised and distributed publications with "scientific guarantees". This was and has always been common practice. My father and I created a "religious front" only for tax purposes and legal protection 'from fraud Claims'. We almost always told nearly everyone that Scientology was really science, not a religion, but that the religious front was created to deal with the government. 
Author: Ronald DeWolf
Nationality: American
b. 7 May 1934
  
 The Soviet government is the most realistic regime in the world - no ideals. 
Author: Golda Meir
Nationality: Israeli
b. 3 May 1898  - d. 8 December 1978
  
 America is a great country. It has many shortcomings, many social inequalities, and it's tragic that the problem of the blacks wasn't solved fifty or even a hundred years ago, but it's still a great country, a country full of opportunities, of freedom! Does it seem nothing to you to be able to say what you like, even against the government, the Establishment? 
Author: Golda Meir
Nationality: Israeli
b. 3 May 1898  - d. 8 December 1978
  
 Beliefs about how you live your life, matters of private decision, views best kept for private enjoyment, prejudice or entertainment, can't be imposed by the operation of criminal law. Attempts to enforce such views can only make the government the subject of ridicule. 
Author: John Mortimer
Nationality: British
b. 21 April 1923  - d. 16 January 2009
  
 The anxiety has been greatly increased by this government's multiplication of exams and emphasis on starting training as a middle manager in a computer company from the age of six. 
Author: John Mortimer
Nationality: British
b. 21 April 1923  - d. 16 January 2009
  
 Television is one of the few things that works well in this country. This must be why the government has decided to destroy it. 
Author: John Mortimer
Nationality: British
b. 21 April 1923  - d. 16 January 2009
  
 The whole Constitution has been erected upon the assumption that the King not only is capable of doing wrong but is more likely to do wrong than other men if he is given the chance. 
Author: Sir Alan Patrick Herbert
Nationality: English
b. 24 September 1890  - d. 11 November 1971
  
 I will die. The person who succeeds me will also have to die. But elections, you won't have. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 If senator Kennedy is elected President of the United States, the government of Chile will take appropriate measures. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 Not a single leaf moves in this country if I'm not the one moving it. I want that to be clear!  
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 This is not a 'dictadura,' but a 'dictablanda. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 My face is sour. Maybe that's why they say I'm a dictator. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 My library is full with UN condemnations. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 Nation is to make Chile a country or proprietors, not proletarians. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 I'm looking at them from above, because God put me there. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 We practically wiped this nation clean of Marxists. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 The rich people are the ones making money and you have to treat them well so they continue making more money. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 Don't forget that in the history of the world, there was a plebiscite, in which Christ and Barabbas were being judged, and the people chose Barabbas. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 I'm not someone who usually sends out threats. I warn only once. The day they touch one of my men, the rule of law is over. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 What a wonderful space-saving measure! 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 Who are we going to forgive? The ones who tried to killed us? The ones who tried to destroy the Fatherland? 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 The only solution to the issue of human rights is oblivion. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 Rome cut the heads of Christians but they continued to reappear. Something similar occurs with Marxists. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 I was only an aspiring dictator. I was never a real dictator. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 Power must be vested in the armed forces, since only they have th organization and the means to fight Marxism. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 Two-thousand is nothing. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 Tell my friends to get me out of here. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 One of the "strangest and most frightening times a government and people have ever faced. 
Author: John Steinbeck
Nationality: American
b. 27 February 1902  - d. 20 December 1968
  
 The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 A government should be set up so no man need be afraid of another. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 I have told you, mister, that I would not discuss anything with the people who have murdered sixty million of my people, and I will not discuss Stalin with you." And "I will discuss Stalin when I may be among the Russian people some day, singing for them, I will discuss it there. It is their problem." Asked if he had praised Stalin during his previous trip to the Soviet Union, Robeson replied, "I do not know. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 I was deeply fascinating to watch how strikingly American audiences from coast to coast found Shakespeare's Othello painfully immediate in it's unfolding of evil, innocence, passion, dignity and nobility and contemporary in it's overtones of a clash of cultures, of the partial acceptance of and a consequent effect upon, one of a minority group. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 I found it very offensive to my people. It makes the Negro childlike and innocent and is in the old plantation hallelujah shouter tradition, the same old story, the negro singing his way to glory. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 Could I say that the reason that I am here today, you know, from the mouth of the State Department itself, is: I should not be allowed to travel because I have struggled for years for the independence of the colonial peoples of Africa. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 If the United States and the United Nations truly want peace and security let them fulfill the hopes of the common people everywhere – let them work together to accomplish on a worldwide scale, precisely the kind of democratic association of free people which characterizes the Soviet Union today. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 I am truly happy that I am able to travel from time to time to the USSR - the country I love above all. I always have been, I am now and will always be a loyal friend of the Soviet Union. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 From what I have already seen of the workings of the Soviet Government, I can only say that anybody who lifts his hand against it ought to be shot! It is the government's duty to put down any opposition to this really free society with a firm hand, and I hope they will always do it, for I already regard myself at home here. This is home to me. I feel more kinship to the Russian people under their new society than I ever felt anywhere else. It is obvious that there is no terror here, that all the masses of every race are contented and support their government. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 But the deep desire for peace remained with the American people. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 Four hundred million in India, and millions everywhere, have told you, precisely, that the colored people are not going to die for anybody: they are going to die for their independence.  
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 The men who still have the largest share of the power in society don't do any domestic work. The very people who are making our most important decisions should know how to cook, know how to grow a garden, diaper a baby, and raise young people. They should not only know these things but practice them. 
Author: Susan Griffin
Nationality: American
b. December 1943
  
 Elected leaders who forget how they got there won't the next time. 
Author: Malcom Stevenson Forbes
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1919  - d. 24 February 1990
  
 It is not the business of the botanist to eradicate the weeds. Enough for him if he can tell us just how fast they grow. 
Author: C. Northcote Parkinson
Nationality: English
b. 30 July 1909  - d. 09 March 1993
  
 I am exasperated with the way that medical matters were run in my country. I take my life in my hands. Most of all I take my bank account in my hands because if I take a wrong turn on my bike and get run over by a taxi, I could lose everything I have. 
Author: Lionel Shriver
Nationality: American
b. 18 May 1957
  
 Tomorrow, the entire ANC leadership and I will be back at our desks. We are rolling up our sleeves to begin tackling the problems our country faces. We ask you all to join us - go back to your jobs in the morning. Let's get South Africa working. For we must, together and without delay, begin to build a better life for all South Africans. This means creating jobs building houses, providing education and bringing peace and security for all. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 When privacy is outlawed, only outlaws will have privacy. 
Author: Philip Zimmermann
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1954
  
 Advances in technology will not permit the maintenance of the status quo, as far as privacy is concerned. 
Author: Philip Zimmermann
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1954
  
 Some Americans don't understand why I should be this concerned about the power of government. But talking to people in Eastern Europe, you don't have to explain it to them. They already get it - and they don't understand why we don't. 
Author: Philip Zimmermann
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1954
  
 At no time in the past century has public distrust of the government been so broadly distributed across the political spectrum, as it is today. 
Author: Philip Zimmermann
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1954
  
 Trying to stop this is like trying to legislate the tides and the weather. 
Author: Philip Zimmermann
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1954
  
 Today, we live in a new world that has had two major breakthroughs that have an impact on this state of affairs. The first is the coming of the personal computer and the information age. The second breakthrough is public-key cryptography. 
Author: Philip Zimmermann
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1954
  
 You don't have to distrust the government to want to use cryptography. 
Author: Philip Zimmermann
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1954
  
 A man who uses power to do evil is in theory judged to have been conscious of his acts and to be as fit for punishment as a perpetrator of premeditated murder. But the technocrat is not trained on that level. He understands events within the logic of the system. The greatest good is the greatest logic or the greatest appearance of efficiency or responsibility for the greatest possible part of the structure. 
Author: John Ralston Saul
Nationality: Canadian
b. 19 June 1947
  
 "The recession is over." This phrase has been used twice a year since 1973 by government leaders throughout the West. Its meaning is unclear. See: Depression. 
Author: John Ralston Saul
Nationality: Canadian
b. 19 June 1947
  
 A referendum is little more than a "rumour of choice." The idea behind the mechanism, ever since its first modern manifestations two centuries ago under Napoleon, has been to replace democracy with the sensation of democracy. That is: to replace the slow, complex, eternally unclear continuity of democracy, and all the awkwardness of citizen participation, with something clear and fast which allows those in power to impose their agenda. Through an apparently simple question with a one-syllable answer, those who ask can get a blank cheque from the citizenry; that is, if they choose their moment well and come up with a winning question. 
Author: John Ralston Saul
Nationality: Canadian
b. 19 June 1947
  
 Every time the government grows we lose more of who we are. 
Author: Glenn Beck
Nationality: Canadian
b. 10 February 1964
  
 The only thing Oriental about me is my face. 
Author: Madame Chiang
Nationality: Canadian
b. 05 May 1898  - d. 23 October 2003
  
 I believe the government that governs best is the government that governs least. And by these standards, we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 We could call it Romnesia: the ability of the very rich to forget the context in which they made their money. To forget their education, inheritance, family networks, contacts and introductions. To forget the workers whose labour enriched them. To forget the infrastructure and security, the educated workforce, the contracts, subsidies and bailouts the government provided. Every political system requires a justifying myth. The Soviet Union had Alexey Stakhanov, the miner reputed to have extracted 100 tonnes of coal in six hours. The US had Richard Hunter, the hero of Horatio Alger's rags-to-riches tales. Both stories contained a germ of truth. Stakhanov worked hard for a cause in which he believed, but his output was probably faked. When Alger wrote his novels, some poor people had become very rich in the US. But the further from its ideals (productivity in the Soviet Union, opportunity in the US) a system strays, the more fervently its justifying myths are propounded. As the developed nations succumb to extreme inequality and social immobility, the myth of the self-made man becomes ever more potent. It is used to justify its polar opposite: an unassailable rent-seeking class, deploying its inherited money to finance the seizure of other people's wealth. Advertisement The crudest exponent of Romnesia is the Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart. ''There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire,'' she insists. ''If you're jealous of those with more money, don't just sit there and complain; do something to make more money yourselves - spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising and more time working … Remember our roots, and create your own success.'' Remembering her roots is what Rinehart fails to do. She forgot to add that if you want to become a millionaire - in her case a billionaire - it helps to inherit an iron ore mine and a fortune from your father and to ride a commodities boom. Had she spent her life lying in bed and throwing darts at the wall, she would still be stupendously rich. Rich lists are stuffed with people who either inherited their money or who made it through rent-seeking activities: by means other than innovation and productive effort. They're a catalogue of speculators, property barons, dukes, IT monopolists, loan sharks, bank chiefs, oil sheikhs, mining magnates, oligarchs and chief executives paid out of all proportion to any value they generate. Looters, in short. The richest mining barons are those to whom governments sold natural resources for a song. Russian, Mexican and British oligarchs acquired underpriced public assets through privatisation, and now run a toll-booth economy. Bankers use incomprehensible instruments to fleece their clients and the taxpayer. But as rentiers capture the economy, the opposite story must be told. Scarcely a Republican speech fails to reprise the Richard Hunter narrative, and almost all these rags-to-riches tales turn out to be bunkum. ''Everything that Ann and I have,'' Mitt Romney claims, ''we earned the old-fashioned way.'' Old-fashioned like Blackbeard, perhaps. Two searing exposures in Rolling Stone magazine document the leveraged buyouts which destroyed viable companies, value and jobs, and the costly federal bailout which saved Romney's political skin. Romney personifies economic parasitism. The financial sector has become a job-destroying, life-crushing machine, which impoverishes others to enrich itself. The tighter its grip on politics, the more its representatives must tell the opposite story: of life-affirming enterprise, innovation and investment, of brave entrepreneurs making their fortunes out of nothing but grit and wit. There is an obvious flip side to this story. ''Anyone can make it - I did without help'' translates as ''I refuse to pay taxes to help other people, as they can help themselves'' - whether or not they inherited an iron ore mine from daddy. In the article in which she urged the poor to emulate her, Rinehart also proposed that the minimum wage should be reduced. Who needs fair pay if anyone can become a millionaire? In 2010, the richest 1 per cent in the US captured an astonishing 93 per cent of that year's gain in incomes. In the same year, corporate chief executives made, on average, 243 times as much as the median worker (in 1965 the ratio was 10 times lower). Between 1970 and 2010, the Gini coefficient, which measures inequality, rose in the US from 0.35 to 0.44: an astounding leap. As for social mobility, of the rich countries listed by the OECD, the three in which men's earnings are most likely to resemble their father's are, in this order, Britain, Italy and the US. If you are born poor or born rich in these nations, you are likely to stay that way. It is no coincidence that these three countries all promote themselves as lands of unparalleled opportunity. Equal opportunity, self-creation, heroic individualism: these are the myths that predatory capitalism requires for its political survival. Romnesia permits the ultra-rich both to deny the role of other people in the creation of their own wealth and to deny help to those less fortunate than themselves. 
Author: George Monbiot
Nationality: English
b. 27 January 1963
  




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