Government Quotes and Sayings
To govern is always to choose among disadvantages.
- Charles De Gaulle
Beware the greedy hand of government, thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry.
- Thomas Paine
The mightiest of weapons is truth. And everyone knows you’re not permitted to enter a government building with a weapon.
A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.
- Edward R. Murrow
A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.
- Barry Goldwater
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.
– Abraham Lincoln
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
- P.J. O’Rourke
Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
– James Russell Lowell
The best argument against democracy is a five- minute conversation with the average voter.
– Winston Churchill
We are imperfect. We cannot expect perfect government.
- William Howard Taft
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
- RONALD REAGAN
The will of the people is the source and the happiness of the people the end of all legitimate government upon earth.
- JOHN QUINCY ADAMS
The federal government has never been known for its sense of humor.
- LAURELL K. HAMILTON
It is safe to assert that no government proper ever had a provision in its organic law for its own termination.
- ABRAHAM LINCOLN
A government of laws, and not of men.
- JOHN ADAMS
There is good government when those who are near are made happy, and when those who are afar are attracted.
That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.
- THOMAS JEFFERSON
Ceremonies are the first thing to be attended to in the practice of government.