Government Quotes and Sayings

The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.
Plato

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
Martin Luther King Jr.

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
Thomas Jefferson

If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you’re going to have selfish, ignorant leaders.
George Carlin

I want to tell governments and courts, ‘Give orders that can be implemented.’ They should not give orders that work to break the faith of people.
Amit Shah

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always rely on the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw

The problem is not that the people are taxed too little. The problem is that government spends too much.
Ronald Reagan

The power of taxing people and their property is essential to the very existence of government.
– James Madison

We want a system that will improve consistency and steadiness in the quality of government.
– Ferdinand Mount

… the keynote of government is injustice.

If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.
Henry David Thoreau

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

The police force cannot be completely independent of the executive government.
– P. Chidambaram

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

In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government.
Thomas Carlyle

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

I find out of long experience that I admire all nations and hate all governments.
John Steinbeck

I have nothing but contempt for the kind of governor who is afraid, for whatever reason, to follow the course that he knows is best for the State.
Sophocles

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

There are two parts to any public post or position an individual holds. Firstly the prestige, title, pay and perks but the second most important aspect is duty, responsibility and accountability. You will always fail if you only embrace one of them !!

When water fountains start charging to drink, then you know we have a problem.
Anthony Liccione

Government works best under the glare of public scrutiny. Absent such scrutiny, abuses occur.
Stephen Hawking

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,

Democracy is a form of government in which it is permitted to wonder aloud what the country could do under first-class management.
Doug Larson

If men be good, government cannot be bad.
William Penn

Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.
Harry S. Truman

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.
Ronald Reagan

Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
Ronald Reagan

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

In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.
Ambrose Bierce

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