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  Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.  
 -  Adlai E. Stevenson
  

  My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.  
 -  Adlai E. Stevenson
  

  Democracy, n. Four wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.  
 -  Ambrose Bierce
  

  Conservative, n. A statesman enamored of existing evils, as opposed to a Liberal, who wants to replace them with others.  
 -  Ambrose Bierce
  

  In a free government the demand for moral qualities should be made superior to that of talents.  
 -  Andrew Jackson
  

  Law is order, and good law is good order.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  State governments generate less revenue in a recession. As state leaders struggle to make up for lost revenue, legislatures tend to cut funding for higher education. Colleges, in turn, answer these funding cuts with tuition hikes.  
 -  Arne Duncan
  

  The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.  
 -  Ayn Rand
  

  A Conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.  
 -  Benjamin Disraeli
  

  Government is not a substitute for people, but simply the instrument through which they act. And if the individual fails to do his duty as a citizen, government becomes a very deadly instrument indeed.  
 -  Bernard Mannes Baruch
  

  A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.  
 -  Bertrand de Jouvenel
  

  A government must govern, must prescribe and enforce laws within its sphere or cease to be a government. Moreover, the individual must be independent and free within his own sphere or cease to be an individual. The fundamental question is now, and always will be through what adjustments, by what actions, these principles may be applied.  
 -  Calvin Coolidge
  

  Working for a federal agency was like trying to dislodge a prune skin from the roof of the mouth. More enterprise went into the job than could be justified by the results.  
 -  Caskie Stinnett
  

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

  The welfare of the people is the ultimate law.  
 -  Cicero
  

  Freedom of expression - in particular, freedom of the press - guarantees popular participation in the decisions and actions of government, and popular participation is the essence of our democracy.  
 -  Corazon Aquino
  

  Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. Men have a right that these wants should be provided for by this wisdom.  
 -  Edmund Burke
  

  The five marks of the Roman decaying culture: Concern with displaying affluence instead of building wealth; Obsession with sex and perversions of sex; Art becomes freakish and sensationalistic instead of creative and original; Widening disparity between very rich and very poor; Increased demand to live off the state.  
 -  Edward Gibbon
  

  So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs.  
 -  Elbert Hubbard
  

  In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism. In this country, capitalism triumphed over democracy.  
 -  Fran Lebowitz
  

  Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex.  
 -  Frank Zappa
  

  Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.  
 -  Franklin D. Roosevelt
  

  Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.  
 -  Franklin D. Roosevelt
  

  Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.  
 -  Frederic Bastiat
  

  All government is an ugly necessity.  
 -  G. K. Chesterton
  

  If the government can round up someone and never be required to explain why, then it's no longer the United States of America as you and I always understood it. Our enemies have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.  
 -  Garrison Keillor
  

  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.  
 -  George Bancroft
  

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

  The difference between golf and government is that in golf you can't improve your lie.  
 -  George Deukmejian
  

  The difference between golf and government is that in golf you can't improve your lie.  
 -  George Deukmejian
  

  Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.  
 -  George Orwell
  

  When government accepts responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves.  
 -  George Pataki
  

  The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law.  
 -  George W. Bush
  

  A government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows us that as a government grows, liberty decreases.  
 -  Gerald R. Ford
  

  States organized for war will make war as surely as hens will lay eggs.  
 -  H. G. Wells
  

  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 inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

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

  How does it become a man to behave toward this American government today? I answer that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  The worst thing in the world next to anarchy, is government.  
 -  Henry Ward Beecher
  

  We just can't trust the American people to make those types of choices.... Government has to make those choices for people.  
 -  Hillary Clinton to Dennis Hastert on her health care plan
  

  If the government can round up someone and never be required to explain why, then it's no longer the United States of America as you and I always understood it. Our enemies have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.  
 -  Garrison Keillor
  

  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.  
 -  George Bancroft
  

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

  The difference between golf and government is that in golf you can't improve your lie.  
 -  George Deukmejian
  

  The difference between golf and government is that in golf you can't improve your lie.  
 -  George Deukmejian
  

  Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.  
 -  George Orwell
  

  When government accepts responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves.  
 -  George Pataki
  

  The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law.  
 -  George W. Bush
  

  A government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows us that as a government grows, liberty decreases.  
 -  Gerald R. Ford
  

  States organized for war will make war as surely as hens will lay eggs.  
 -  H. G. Wells
  

  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 inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

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

  How does it become a man to behave toward this American government today? I answer that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  The worst thing in the world next to anarchy, is government.  
 -  Henry Ward Beecher
  

  We just can't trust the American people to make those types of choices.... Government has to make those choices for people.  
 -  Hillary Clinton to Dennis Hastert on her health care plan
  

  Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity.  
 -  Irving Kristol
  

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

  Bureaucracy is the art of making the possible impossible.  
 -  Javier Pasual Salcedo
  

  The weather is like the government, always in the wrong.  
 -  Jerome K. Jerome
  

  If you listen to governments, then you are not going to make a lot of money. Governments lie, distort and make mistakes.  
 -  Jim Rogers
  

  An ancient script asks, 'Would you let a man rule the city who cannot even rule his own spirit?' Sometimes we do.  
 -  Jim Rohn
  

  The happiness of society is the end of government.  
 -  John Adams
  

  The Government of the absolute majority instead of the Government of the people is but the Government of the strongest interests; and when not efficiently checked, it is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised.  
 -  John C. Calhoun
  

  The very essence of a free government consists in considering offices as public trusts, bestowed for the good of the country, and not for the benefit of an individual or a party.  
 -  John C. Calhoun
  

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

  People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

  The less government interferes with private pursuits, the better for general prosperity.  
 -  Martin Van Buren
  

  When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes... Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Government is to life what pantyhose are to sex.  
 -  P. J. O'Rourke
  

  If a government commission had worked on the horse, you would have had the first horse that could operate its knee joint in both directions. The only trouble is it couldn't have stood up.  
 -  Peter F. Drucker
  

  The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.  
 -  Plato
  

  Democracy, which is a charming from of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.  
 -  Plato
  

  When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.  
 -  Plato
  

  Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.  
 -  Reinhold Niebuhr
  

  Everything government touches turns to crap.  
 -  Ringo Starr
  

  Government! Three fourths parasitic and the other fourth stupid fumbling.  
 -  Robert A. Heinlein
  

  We should know everything we can about government - and the first thing we should know is what we're paying for it.  
 -  Robert Fulford
  

  The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.  
 -  Robert Hutchins
  

  Big government taking over our banks and solving our financial problems through government programs such as Social Security and Medicare is a form of socialism.  
 -  Robert Kiyosaki
  

  One thing is clear: The Founding Fathers never intended a nation where citizens would pay nearly half of everything they earn to the government.  
 -  Ron Paul
  

  When one gets in bed with government, one must expect the diseases it spreads.  
 -  Ron Paul
  

  We need to take away the government's money power. The banking industry needs its welfare check ended. The dollar's soundness depends on its being untied from the machine that can make an infinite number of copies of dollars and reduce their value to zero.  
 -  Ron Paul, End the Fed
  

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

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

  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.  
 -  Ronald Reagan
  

  The Government cannot afford to have a country made up entirely of rich people, because rich people pay so little tax that the Government would quickly go bankrupt. This is why Government men always tell us that labor is man's noblest calling. Government needs labor to pay its upkeep.  
 -  Russell Baker
  

  In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?  
 -  Saint Augustine
  

  The government deficit is the difference between the amount of money the government spends and the amount it has the nerve to collect.  
 -  Sam Ewing
  

  If you attack stupidity you attack and entrenched interest with friends in government and every walk of public life, and you will make small progress against it.  
 -  Samuel Marchbanks
  

  Sovereignty over any foreign land is insecure.  
 -  Seneca
  

  No man undertakes a trade he has not learned, even the meanest; yet everyone thinks himself sufficiently qualified for the hardest of all trades, that of government.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Anarchy! Anarchy! Show me a greater evil! This is why cities tumble and the great houses rain down, this is what scatters armies!  
 -  Sophocles
  

  Either the Government must have the capacity to educate and reform the people or the people must have the capacity to educate the Government.  
 -  Sri Sathya Sai Baba
  

  Government works best under the glare of public scrutiny. Absent such scrutiny, abuses occur.  
 -  Stephen Hawking
  

  Look at our Western democracies. In theory, they are free; but in reality, what freedoms do we have? There are millions of rules that empower the authorities, while milking the citizens and controlling every aspect of our lives. I often say that you are free as long as you don't want to do anything. The minute you get a creative moneymaking idea, the political system jumps in with you. In true Mafia style, they become your silent partners. You get the work and the risk, ad they effortlessly get a large chunk of the reward, while placing a hundred hurdles in your way.  
 -  Stuart Wilde
  

  No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we require him to obey it. Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Experience has shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51 percent of the people may take away the rights of the other 49.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  That government is best which governs least.  
 -  Thomas Paine
  

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

  Don't steal, don't lie and don't cheat. The government hates competition  
 -  Unknown
  

  As government grows beyond its constitutional boundaries, it really does devour freedom.  
 -  Unknown
  

  War is when the government tells you who the bad guy is. Revolution is when you decide that for yourself.  
 -  Unknown
  

  No matter who is president, God is still the king. Whatever human governments may do, as we live under God's rule, careful to follow his lead, we will see that it is His influence that is most dominant in our lives and in life in general. Human governments will come and go, but God's government will stand forever.  
 -  Unknown
  

  War is when the government tells you who the bad guy is. Revolution is when you decide that for yourself.  
 -  Unknown
  

  In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to the other.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  The best use of laws is to teach men to trample bad laws under their feet.  
 -  Wendell Phillips
  

  Everybody wants to eat at the government's table, but nobody wants to do the dishes.  
 -  Werner Finck
  

  It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.  
 -  Will Durant
  

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

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

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

  Government investigations have always contributed more to our amusement than they have to our knowledge.  
 -  Will Rogers
  

  If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.  
 -  William Somerset Maugham
  

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