Government Quotes and Sayings

Every nation has the government it deserves.

Submitted by: Dave L

In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.

People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.
– Alan Moore

The mightiest of weapons is truth. And everyone knows you’re not permitted to enter a government building with a weapon.

Submitted by: John Alejandro King

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
James Russell Lowell

Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.
Henry David Thoreau

We have no control over government funds. How should all this government money be spent? Where should it be used? What are our needs? Nobody asks us. When we approach the government with a problem, it tells us that there are no funds.
Arvind Kejriwal

Never depend upon institutions or government to solve any problem. All social movements are founded by, guided by, motivated and seen through by the passion of individuals.
Margaret Mead

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.
Percy Bysshe Shelley


Too many people expect wonders from democracy, when the most wonderful thing of all is just having it.
Walter Winchell

We in Government have begun to recognize the critical work which must be done at all levels–local, State and Federal–in ending the pollution of our waters.
Robert F. Kennedy,

A good government had to guide its people, sometimes gently, sometimes strictly, just as parents did. It could allow certain freedoms, but in a style that suited the country.
Amy Tan

Capitalism is not an ideal solution because it would, in theory, legally allow a single person or organization to eventually buy out everybody else living on earth. The whole globe having thus become private property, the telltale sign of capitalism, ‘no trespassing’ would arise on every spot on earth.

Submitted by: Boghos L. Artinian

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

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
– P.J. O’Rourke

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.

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