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It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government.

Author: John W. Gardner (1912)

Profession: American Educator, Social Activist

To rule is not so much a question of the heavy hand as the firm seat.

Author: Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955)

Profession: Spanish Essayist, Philosopher

It is the duty of government to make it difficult for people to do wrong, easy to do right.

Author: William E. Gladstone (1809-1888)

Profession: British Liberal Prime Minister, Statesman

The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

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

Author: Barry Goldwater (1909)

Profession: American Politician and Writer

Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.

Author: Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804)

Profession: American Statesman

All good government must begin at home.

Author: H. R. Haweis


When any government, or church for that matter, undertakes to say to it's subjects, this you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motive.

Author: Robert Heinlein (1907-1988)

Profession: American Science Fiction Writer

Well, fancy giving money to the Government! Might as well have put it down the drain.

Author: A. P. Herbert (1890-1971)

Profession: British Author, Politician

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. [The Motto Of The U.S. Postal Service]

Author: Herodotus

Profession: Greek Historian

The greater the hold of government upon the life of the individual citizen, the greater the risk of war.

Author: John Hospers


The government is best which makes itself unnecessary.

Author: Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt (1767-1835)

Profession: German Statesman, Philologist

Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.

Author: David Hume (1711-1776)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Historian

Government can be bigger than any of the players on the field as a referee, but it has no right to become one of the players.

Author: Austin Igleheart


As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending.

Author: Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)

Profession: Seventh President of the USA