497 Greatest Quotes About Government

If people in America would get their finances together and start taking care of each other, we could put the government out of business. Dave Ramsey
It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government. Alexander Hamilton
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. Thomas Paine
Corruption is government intrusion into market efficiencies in the form of regulations. Milton Friedman
Unless your government is respectable, foreigners will invade your rights; and to maintain tranquillity, it must be respectable - even to observe neutrality, you must have a strong government. Alexander Hamilton
There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. Andrew Jackson
The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination. Voltaire
Concern should drive us into action, not into a depression. Karen Horney
Government 'help' to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off. Ayn Rand
If the ANC does to you what the apartheid government did to you, then you must do to the ANC what you did to the apartheid government. Nelson Mandela
The government has no money of its own. It's all your money. Margaret Thatcher
How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think. Adolf Hitler
Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. George Washington
I think hip-hop could help rebuild America, once hip-hoppers own hip-hop... We are our own politicians, our own government, we have something to say. We're warriors. Soldiers. Nas
It's hard, when you're up to your armpits in alligators, to remember you came here to drain the swamp. Ronald Reagan
The inquiry constantly is what will please, not what will benefit the people. In such a government there can be nothing but temporary expedient, fickleness, and folly. Alexander Hamilton
The first role of government is to help people who are in crisis or need. That's why we have government. John McCain
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. Milton Friedman
Either you will control your government, or government will control you. Ronald Reagan
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. Abraham Lincoln
The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem. Milton Friedman
Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry. Unknown
It is not good to have a rule of many. Homer
The essence of a free government consists in an effectual control of rivalries. John Adams
Freedom requires that government keep the channels of competition and opportunity open, prevent monopolies, economic abuse and domination. Herbert Hoover
Nobody but a beggar chooses to depend chiefly upon the benevolence of his fellow-citizens. Adam Smith
Haitian rice farmers are quite efficient, but they can't compete with U.S. agribusiness that relies on a huge government subsidy, thanks to Ronald Reagan's free market enthusiasms. Noam Chomsky
The government doesn't have any money. The only power it has is to take from some and give to others. Milton Friedman
There are three species of government: republican, monarchical, and despotic. Montesquieu
There is nothing government can give you that it hasn't taken from you in the first place. Winston Churchill
All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter. Edmund Burke
Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. Samuel Adams
The trouble with government as it is, is that it doesn't represent the people. It controls them. John Lennon
There is nothing more fundamental than the idea that the government does not have a right to decide when and whether we have children. Gloria Steinem
A democracy is no more than an aristocracy of orators. The people are so readily moved by demagogues that control must be exercised by the government over speech and press. Thomas Hobbes
Government is necessary, not because man is naturally bad... but because man is by nature more individualistic than social. Thomas Hobbes
Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint. Alexander Hamilton
Government is not capable of caring. Government gets things done through coercion. They fine, they penalize, they tax, they confiscate, they jail, they bully to get what they want. Rush Limbaugh
The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations. Thomas Jefferson
The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. George Washington
I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. Thomas Jefferson
I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good. Adam Smith
Writing laws is easy, but governing is difficult. Leo Tolstoy
If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it. Mark Twain
The Ethiopian government's use of the railway from Djibouti to Addis Ababa was, in practice, a hazardous regards transport of arms intended for the Ethiopian forces. Haile Selassie
If more government is the answer, then it was a really stupid question. Ronald Reagan
There are severe limits to the good that the government can do for the economy, but there are almost no limits to the harm it can do. Milton Friedman
The deterioration of a government begins almost always by the decay of its principles. Montesquieu
I don't consider Americans bullies, but I do consider the American government bullying. George Michael
When there is no middle class, and the poor greatly exceed in number, troubles arise, and the state soon comes to an end. Aristotle
Government has no other end, but the preservation of property. John Locke
What luck, for governments, that the people are stupid! Adolf Hitler
Money is power, and in that government which pays all the public officers of the states will all political power be substantially concentrated. Andrew Jackson