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Generosity is a part of my character, and I therefore hasten to assure this Government that I will never make an allegation of dishonesty against it wherever a simple explanation of stupidity will suffice.

Author: Leslie Baron Lever


You could afford your house without the government if it weren't for the government.

Author: Rush Limbaugh (1951)

Profession: American TV Personality

A Government of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Author: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Profession: Sixteenth President of the USA

It is perfectly true that that government is best which governs least. It is equally true that that government is best which provides most.

Author: Walter Lippmann (1889-1974)

Profession: American Journalist

Freedom of men under government is to have a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society, and made by the legislative power vested in it; a liberty to follow my own will in all things, when the rule prescribes not, and not to be subject to the inconstant, unknown, arbitrary will of another man.

Author: John Locke (1632-1704)

Profession: British Philosopher

Government has no other end, but the preservation of property.

Author: John Locke (1632-1704)

Profession: British Philosopher

Nothing is so galling to a people not broken in from the birth as a paternal, or in other words a meddling government, a government which tells them what to read and say and eat and drink and wear.

Author: Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859)

Profession: American Essayist and Historian

We must judge a government by its general tendencies and not by its happy accidents.

Author: Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859)

Profession: American Essayist and Historian

What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.

Author: James Madison (1751-1836)

Profession: American Statesman, President

Every country has the government it deserves.

Author: Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821)

Profession: French Diplomat, Philosopher

Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens, then everybody disagrees.

Author: Boris Marshalov


The whole duty of government is to prevent crime and to preserve contracts.

Author: Lord Melbourne (1779-1848)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent.

Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist

Not wishing to be disturbed over moral issues of the political economy, Americans cling to the notion that the government is a sort of automatic machine, regulated by the balancing of competing interests.

Author: C. Wright Mills (1916-1962)

Profession: American Sociologist

To administer is to govern: to govern is to reign. That is the essence of the problem.

Author: Comte De Mirabeau (1749-1791)

Profession: French Revolutionary Politician and Orator