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Government Quotes


These are some of the best 'Government' quotations and sayings.

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A government for the people must depend for its success on the intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest of the people themselves.

A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.

A house divided against itself cannot stand - I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free.

A king may be a tool, a thing of straw; but if he serves to frighten our enemies, and secure our property, it is well enough; a scarecrow is a thing of straw, but it protects the corn.

A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.

A man must first govern himself, ere he be fit to govern a family; and his family, ere he be fit to bear the government in the commonwealth.

A mercantile democracy may govern long and widely; a mercantile aristocracy cannot stand.

A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various and powerful interests, combined into one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in the banks.

A republican government is in a hundred points weaker than one that is autocratic; but in this one point it is the strangest that ever existed - it has educated a race of men that are men.

A state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed.

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.

All free governments, whatever their name, are in reality governments by public opinion; and it is on the quality of this public opinion that their prosperity depends.

All good government must begin in the home. - It is useless to make good laws for bad people. - Public sentiment is more than law.

All government and exercise of power, no matter in what form, which is not based on love, and directed by knowledge, is tyranny.

Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate; now what's going to happen to us with both a Senate and a House?

Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it.

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.

Democracy is direct self-government, over all the people, for all the people, by all the people.

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.


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