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Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.

Author: Davy Crockett (1786-1836)

Profession: American Backwoodsman

I say to myself that I mustn't let myself be cut off in there, and yet the moment I enter my bag is taken out of my hand, I'm pushed in, shepherded, nursed and above all cut off, alone. Whitehall envelops me.

Author: Richard Crossman (1907-1974)

Profession: British Writer, Editor, Socialist

The constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.

Author: William O. Douglas (1898-1980)

Profession: American Supreme Court Justice

Of all tasks of government the most basic is to protect its citizens against violence.

Author: John Foster Dulles (1888-1959)

Profession: American Republican Secretary of State

Every form of government tends to perish by excess of its basic principles.

Author: William J. Durant (1885-1981)

Profession: American Historian, Essayist

In a healthy nation there is a kind of dramatic balance between the will of the people and the government, which prevents its degeneration into tyranny.

Author: Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Profession: German-born American Physicist

Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.

Author: Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Profession: German-born American Physicist

The less government we have the better.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Truth is the glue that holds government together.

Author: Gerald R. Ford (1913)

Profession: Thirty-eighth President of the USA

Those who govern, having much business on their hands, do not generally like to take the trouble of considering and carrying into execution new projects. The best public measures are therefore seldom adopted from previous wisdom, but forced by the occasion.

Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat

Governments never learn. Only people learn.

Author: Milton Friedman (1912)

Profession: American Economist

Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government.

Author: Milton Friedman (1912)

Profession: American Economist

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.

Author: Milton Friedman (1912)

Profession: American Economist

It would be foolish to suggest that government is a good custodian of aesthetic goals. But, there is no alternative to the state.

Author: John Kenneth Galbraith (1908)

Profession: American Economist

The contented and economically comfortable have a very discriminating view of government. Nobody is ever indignant about bailing out failed banks and failed savings and loans associations. But when taxes must be paid for the lower middle class and poor, the government assumes an aspect of wickedness.

Author: John Kenneth Galbraith (1908)

Profession: American Economist