There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses.
Author: Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)
Profession: Seventh President of the USA
I have no ambition to govern men. It is a painful and thankless office
Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.
That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
A man without a vote is man without protection.
Author: Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973)
Profession: Thirty-sixth President of the USA
I would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government rather than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an individual.
Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
Profession: British Author
Safety of the state is the highest law.
Profession: Roman Emperor
It is function of government to invent philosophies to explain the demands of its own convenience.
Author: Murray Kempton (1917-1997)
Profession: American Author and Columnist
The basis of effective government if public confidence.
Author: John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
Profession: Thirty-fifth President of the USA
Of the best rulers, The people only know that they exist; the next best they love and praise the next they fear; and the next they revile. When they do not command the people's faith, some will lose faith in them, and then they resort to oaths! But of the best when their task is accomplished, their work done, the people all remark, ''We have done it ourselves.''
Profession: Chinese Philosopher, Founder of Taoism, Author of the ''Tao Te Ching''
The supply of government exceeds demand.
Author: Lewis H. Lapham (1935)
Profession: American Essayist, Editor
To govern is to choose. To appear to be unable to choose is to appear to be unable to govern.
Author: Nigel Lawson
Any cook should be able to run the country.
Author: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924)
Profession: Russian Revolutionary Leader