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Quotations on Government

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It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.

~ Voltaire

Must a government of necessity be too strong for the liberties of its people or too weak to maintain its own existence?

~ Abraham Lincoln

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.

~ Abraham Lincoln

Government is a kind of legalized pillage.

~ Elbert Hubbard

Good government is no substitute for self-government.

~ Mahatma Gandhi

The government is us; we are the government, you and I.

~ Theodore Roosevelt

That government is best which governs least, because its people discipline themselves.

~ Thomas Jefferson

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence - it is force.

~ George Washington

My experience in government is that when things are non-controversial and beautifully coordinated, there is not much going on.

~ John F. Kennedy

The punishment which the wise suffer, who refuse to take part in government, is to live under the government of worse men.

~ Plato

Which is the best government? That which teaches us to govern ourselves.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.

~ Adlai E. Stevenson

Wherever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.

~ Harry S. Truman

The American wage earner and the American housewife are a lot better economists than most economists care to admit. They know that a government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.

~ Gerald Ford

Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.

~ Will Rogers

Governments last as long as the undertaxed can defend themselves against the overtaxed.

~ Bernard Berenson

The art of governing consists in not letting men grow old in their jobs.

~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants.

~ William Penn

All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.

~ James A. Garfield

Doing what's right isn't the problem. It's knowing what's right.

~ Lyndon Baines Johnson

He mocks the people who proposes that the government shall protect the rich that they in turn may care for the laboring poor.

~ Grover Cleveland

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

~ Barry M. Goldwater

Every country has the government it deserves.

~ Joseph de Maistre

Where governments lie, God does not lie. Where governments
change, God does not change. But let me leave you with one
more thing. Governments fail. The government in this text
comprised of Caesar, Cornelius, Pontius Pilate - the Roman
government failed. The British government used to rule
from East to West. The British government had a Union
Jack. She colonized Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Jamaica,
Barbados, Trinidad and Hong Kong.

Her navies ruled the seven seas all the way down to the
tip of Argentina in the Falklands, but the British
government failed. The Russian government failed. The
Japanese government failed. The German government failed.
And the United States of America government, when it came
to treating her citizens of Indian descent fairly, she
failed. She put them on reservations. When it came to
treating her citizens of Japanese descent fairly, she
failed. She put them in internment prison camps. When
it came to treating citizens of African descent fairly,
America failed. She put them in chains.

~ Reverend Jeremiah Wright

When you start confusing God and government, your
allegiances to government - a particular government
and not to God, that you're in serious trouble because
governments fail people.

~ Reverend Jeremiah Wright

In Genesis:2 it says God breathes into the nostrils of
what God had formed from the dust. God donated some
divinity to some dirt and we became living souls. That's
God breath you have in you, that's God's breath that
you just breathed. God is the giver of life. Let me
tell you what that means. That means we have no right
to take a life whether as a gang banger living the thug
life, or as a President lying about leading a nation
into war. We have no right to take a life!

~ Reverend Jeremiah Wright

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