Government Quotes


A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.
– Amos Bronson Alcott
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
– Edward Abbey
Machiavelli's teaching would hardly have stood the test of Parliamentary government, for public discussion demands at least the profession of good faith.
– Lord Acton
The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.
– Lord Acton
It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
– Ansel Adams
The essence of a free government consists in an effectual control of rivalries.
– John Adams
While all other sciences have advanced, that of government is at a standstill - little better understood, little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago.
– John Adams
While democracy in the long run is the most stable form of government, in the short run, it is among the most fragile.
– Madeleine Albright
Ours is a government of checks and balances. The Mafia and crooked businessmen make out checks, and the politicians and other compromised officials improve their bank balances.
– Steve Allen
I believe there is something out there watching us. Unfortunately, it's the government.
– Woody Allen
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
– Saint Augustine
The honest truth is that if this government were to propose the massacre of the first-born, it would still have no difficulty in getting it through the Commons.
– Diane Abbott
The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government.
– Henry Ward Beecher
A government must not waiver once it has chosen it's course. It must not look to the left or right but go forward.
– Otto von Bismarck
Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the 1st Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press.
– Hugo Black
It is not an arrogant government that chooses priorities, it's an irresponsible government that fails to choose.
– Tony Blair
I think if you look at people, whether in business or government, who haven't had any moral compass, who've just changed to say whatever they thought the popular thing was, in the end they're losers.
– Michael Bloomberg
I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other.
– Napoleon Bonaparte
Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
– Jorge Luis Borges
Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent.
– Louis D. Brandeis