Monday, 5 November 2012


A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have. - Gerald R. Ford

A government is a living organism. Like every living thing its prime characteristic is a blind, unreasoned instinct to survive. You hit it, it will fight back. - Robert A. Heinlein

A government is the complexion of the people – healthy as they are healthy, diseased as they are diseased. - Austin O’Malley

A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. - Edward R Murrow

A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labour the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

All government is an ugly necessity. - G. K. Chesterton

All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible. - Frank Herbert

Contempt for government undermines its ability to protect all citizens. Good government should be based on facts. It should invest in maintenance of basic services, whether infrastructure repairs or public health, and be prepared for crises. Above all, it should attract the best and most professional people to public service. Unless we believe that public service is an honourable calling, we will never motivate talented people to join or achieve high performances. But none of this is possible unless those in positions of public trust carry out their jobs honourably, with respect for the institutions and the public they serve. - Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Corruption is the enemy of development, and of good governance. It must be got rid of. Both the government and the people at large must come together to achieve this national objective. - Pratibha Patil

Despotic governments do not recognize the precious human component of the state, seeing its citizens only as a faceless, mindless – and helpless – mass to be manipulated at will. It is as though people were incidental to a nation rather than its very life-blood. - Aung San Suu Kyi

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny. - Thomas Jefferson

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. - P.J. O’Rourke

Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves. - Ronald Reagan

Government has almost always been a barrier against which intellect has had to struggle; and society has made its chief progress by the minds of private individuals, who have outstripped their rulers, and gradually shamed them into truth and wisdom. - William E. Channing

Government has no rights; it is a delegation from several individuals for the purpose of securing their own. It is therefore just, only so far as it exists by their consent, useful only so far as it operates to their well-being. - Percy Bysshe Shelley

Government is merely a servant – merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn’t. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them. - Mark Twain

Government is not reason and it is not eloquence. It is force! Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action. - George Washington

Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem. - Ronald Reagan

Government! Three fourths parasitic and the other fourth stupid fumbling. - Robert A. Heinlein

Governments have a tendency not to solve problems, only to rearrange them. - Ronald Reagan

I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed… that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. - Benjamin Franklin

If men were angels, no government would be necessary. - James Madison

If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost. - Barack Obama

In a change of government, the poor change nothing but the name of their master. - Aesop

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. - Albert Einstein

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