Government Quotes

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Alan Moore
“People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.”
Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

Thomas Jefferson
“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
Thomas Jefferson

Laurence J. Peter
“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.”
Laurence J. Peter, The Peter Principle

Plato
“The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.”
Plato, The Republic

Carl Sagan
“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Ronald Reagan
“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

Thomas Jefferson
“I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”
Thomas Jefferson

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

James Bovard
“Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.”
James Bovard, Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty

Mark Twain
“If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it.”
Mark Twain

Ray Bradbury
“If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion without moving. And they'll be happy, because facts of that sort don't change.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Gerald R. Ford
“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

Margaret Thatcher
“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.”
Margaret Thatcher

Jon   Stewart
“You have to remember one thing about the will of the people: it wasn't that long ago that we were swept away by the Macarena.”
Jon Stewart

Benjamin Franklin
“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

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Thomas Jefferson
“History, in general, only informs us what bad government is.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

Ronald Reagan
“As government expands, liberty contracts.”
Ronald Reagan

Thomas Jefferson
“...legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

H.L. Mencken
“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable...”
H.L. Mencken, Prejudices: Third Series

Frank Herbert
“Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class - whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy.
- Politics as Repeat Phenomenon: Bene Gesserit Training Manual”
Frank Herbert, Children of Dune

Honoré de Balzac
“Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.”
Honore de Balzac

George Orwell
“Winston Smith: Does Big Brother exist?
O'Brien: Of course he exists.
Winston Smith: Does he exist like you or me?
O'Brien: You do not exist.”
George Orwell, 1984

Groucho Marx
“Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.”
Groucho Marx

Julian Barnes
“The greatest patriotism is to tell your country when it is behaving dishonorably, foolishly, viciously.”
Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot

Thomas Jefferson
“I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccesful rebellions indeed generally establish the incroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions, as not to discourage them too much. It is a medecine necessary for the sound health of government.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

Ayn Rand
“There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.”
Ayn Rand

Ansel Adams
“It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.”
Ansel Adams

“You never get it right, you people, do you? Either we've got Fudge, pretending everything's lovely while people get murdered right under his nose, or we've got you, chucking the wrong people into jail and trying to pretend you've got 'The Chosen One' working for you!”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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