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The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.
The basis of effective government is public confidence.
That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.
When any government, or church for that matter, undertakes to say to it's subjects, this you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motive.
Governments never learn. Only people learn.
Those who govern, having much business on their hands, do not generally like to take the trouble of considering and carrying into execution new projects. The best public measures are therefore seldom adopted from previous wisdom, but forced by the occasion.
The constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.
Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.
The worst thing in the world next to anarchy, is government.
Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
Our Congress is the finest body of men money can buy.
Men are not governed by justice, but by law or persuasion. When they refuse to be governed by law or persuasion, they have to be governed by force or fraud, or both.
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
The ship of state is the only known vessel that leaks from the top.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
It is very easy to accuse a government of imperfection, for all mortal things are full of it.
Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent.
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.
It is perfectly true that that government is best which governs least. It is equally true that that government is best which provides most.
There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses.
A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.
Though the people support the government; the government should not support the people.
Believe me - the Government will help you anytime it needs you.
The monarchy is a labor intensive industry.
An ambassador is an honest person sent to lie abroad for their country.
It is doubtful that the government knows much more than the public does about how government [Economic] policies will work.
Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.
No more distressing moment can ever face a British government than that which requires it to come to a hard, fast and specific decision.
The auditor is a watchdog and not a bloodhound.
In quiet and untroubled times it seems to every administrator that it is only by his efforts that the whole population under his rule is kept going, and in this consciousness of being indispensable every administrator finds the chief reward of his labor and efforts. While the sea of history remains calm the ruler-administrator in his frail bark, holding on with a boat hook to the ship of the people and himself moving, naturally imagines that his efforts move the ship he is holding on to. But as soon as a storm arises and the sea begins to heave and the ship to move, such a delusion is no longer possible. The ship moves independently with its own enormous motion, the boat hook no longer reaches the moving vessel, and suddenly the administrator, instead of appearing a ruler and a source of power, becomes an insignificant, useless, feeble man.
This American government -- what is it but a tradition, though a recent one, endeavoring to transmit itself unimpaired to posterity, but each instant losing some of its integrity? It has not the vitality and force of a single living man; for a single man can bend it to his will.
Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient. The objections which have been brought against a standing army, and they are many and weighty, and deserve to prevail, may also at last be brought against a standing government.
The Athenians govern the Greeks; I govern the Athenians; you, my wife, govern me; your son governs you.
Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law.
The art of government is the organization of idolatry. The bureaucracy consists of functionaries; the aristocracy, of idols; the democracy, of idolaters. The populace cannot understand the bureaucracy: it can only worship the national idols.
In our consumer confidence surveys, we ask people whether they think government economic policy is good, fair, or poor. Increasingly, the answer we get is just plain laughter.
The mechanism that directs government cannot be virtuous, because it is impossible to thwart every crime, to protect oneself from every criminal without being criminal too; that which directs corrupt mankind must be corrupt itself; and it will never be by means of virtue, virtue being inert and passive, that you will maintain control over vice, which is ever active: the governor must be more energetic than the governed.
There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate government action.
The body politic, as well as the human body, begins to die as soon as it is born, and carries itself the causes of its destruction.