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It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
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 others that have been tried from time to time.
The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.
We have the best government that money can buy.
Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
A Government of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.
The less government we have the better.
Government is not reason and it is not eloquence. It is force! Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.
Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.
The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.
Fear is the foundation of most government.
The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
I love my government not least for the extent to which it leaves me alone.
That government is best which governs least.
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.
Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
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.
A man without a vote is man without protection.
I have no ambition to govern men. It is a painful and thankless office
Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.
The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.
It is the duty of government to make it difficult for people to do wrong, easy to do right.
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.
By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.
A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.
Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.
The whole country is one vast insane asylum and they're letting the worst patients run the place.
Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers.
Whenever you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.
Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness and vices of men that make it a necessary evil. When all men are good and wise, government will of itself decay.
It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose.
Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse.