It is very easy to accuse a government of imperfection, for all mortal things are full of it.
Author: Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592)
Profession: French Philosopher, Essayist
Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought.
Author: Dwight Whitney Morrow (1873-1931)
Profession: American Lawyer, Banker, diplomat
The government can destroy wealth but it cannot create wealth, which is the product of labor and management working with creation.
Author: Bill Murray (1950)
Profession: American Comedian, Actor, Writer
No government is safe unless fortified by goodwill.
Author: Cornelius Nepos
Profession: 1st Century BC
For its part, Government will listen. We will strive to listen in new ways -- to the voices of quiet anguish, to voices that speak without words, the voices of the heart, to the injured voices, and the anxious voices, and the voices that have despaired of being heard.
Author: Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994)
Profession: Thirty-seventh President of the USA
If you join government, calmly make your contribution and move on. Don't go along to get along; do your best and when you have to -- and you will -- leave, and be something else.
Author: Peggy Noonan (1950)
Profession: American Author, Presidential Speechwriter
Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
Author: Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
Profession: Anglo-American Political Theorist, Writer
That state is best ordered when the wicked have no command, and the good have.
Author: Pittacus (650-570 BC)
Profession: Statesman from Ancient Greece
The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.
Profession: Greek Philosopher
It is easy to rule over the good.
Author: Titus Maccius Plautus
Profession: Roman Comic Poet
For Forms of Government let fools contest; whatever is best administered is best.
Author: Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
Profession: British Poet, Critic, Translator
In the councils of a state, the question is not so much, what ought to be done? As, what can be done?
Author: French Proverb
Profession: Sayings of French Origin
Office without pay makes thieves.
Author: German Proverb
Profession: Sayings of German Origin
Who so taketh in hand to frame any state or government ought to presuppose that all men are evil, and at occasions will show themselves so to be.
Author: Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618)
Profession: British Courtier, Navigator, Writer
Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
Author: Ronald Reagan (1911)
Profession: Fortieth President of the USA, Actor