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The government of a country cannot really be called a success if the situation at its borders is beyond its control. In fact, it would be safe to say that a government of a country is only as successful as the amount of power it exerts over its borders. It may make no sense, if a government exercises a great degree of internal power, but fails to transport the same power to its borders. Go ahead and read on to uncover quotations and sayings on governments and borders.

Alexander Hamilton

Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint.

Andrew Jackson

It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.

Thomas Hobbes

It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.

Tony Blair

Power without principle is barren, but principle without power is futile. This is a party of government, and I will lead it as a party of government.

John Maynard Keynes

By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.

Thomas Hobbes

In the state of nature profit is the measure of right.

Adolf Hitler

How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think.

Woodrow Wilson

Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.

Andrew Jackson

There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses.

Ronald Reagan

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

Abraham Lincoln

Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.

Mitch McConnell

The money that goes into Social Security is not the government's money. it's your money. You paid for it.

Sandra Day O'Connor

You have citizens who don't understand how government works and they're kind of soured on it. All they do is criticize. They have no idea that they can make things happen.

Tom Stoppard

It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.

Tony Blair

It is not an arrogant government that chooses priorities, it's an irresponsible government that fails to choose.

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.

Patrick Jake O'Rourke

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.

Clarence Thomas

And I don't think that government has a role in telling people how to live their lives. Maybe a minister does, maybe your belief in God does, maybe there's another set of moral codes, but I don't think government has a role.

John McCain

Thank God for our form of government. The media won't let there be any cover-up.

Jorge Luis Borges

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.

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Ronald Reagan

Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.

George W. Bush

I know it's going to be the private sector that leads this country out of the current economic times we're in. You can spend your money better than the government can spend your money.

Winston Churchill

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

Woodrow Wilson

The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.

Willie Nelson

I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?

James Madison

If men were angels, no government would be necessary.

Ayn Rand

Government 'help' to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.

Will Rogers

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

James Russell Lowell

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.

Ronald Reagan

Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.

Osama bin Laden

We did not find it difficult to deal with Bush and his administration, because it is similar to regimes in our countries - both types include many who are full of arrogance and greed.

Thomas Jefferson

There is not a truth existing which I fear... or would wish unknown to the whole world.

Patrick Jake O'Rourke

The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it.

Mike Pence

As a conservative who believes in limited government, I believe that the only check on government power in real time is a free and independent press.

Ronald Reagan

Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the goverment.

Well, first of all, I think that a lot of the voters who are voting for the tea party candidates have really good impulses. That is, they believe that for years and years and years, the people with wealth and power or government power have done well and ordinary people have not. That's true.

Thomas Jefferson

I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.

James Madison

The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.

Thomas More

The Bible is the rock on which this Republic rests.

Joe Biden

No fundamental social change occurs merely because government acts. It's because civil society, the conscience of a country, begins to rise up and demand - demand - demand change.

Mike Pence

The presidency is the most visible thread that runs through the tapestry of the American government. More often than not, for good or for ill, it sets the tone for the other branches and spurs the expectations of the people.

Abraham Lincoln

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.

Mitch McConnell

Are we still a country that takes risks, that innovates, that believes anything is possible? Or are we a country that is resigned to whatever liberty the government decides to dish out?

Antonin Scalia

Wringing your hands about states' rights, forget it. They're gone. Basically, the federal government can do whatever it wants. Who's going to protect the states? My court? Ha - we're feds!

Democracy is about institutions: it's about having things like schools and judiciary and the Ford Foundation, or 'The Nation' magazine - you need progressive institutions, you know what I mean? Those are important institutions to make sure that the government functions.

James Madison

In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.

Susan B. Anthony

It is downright mockery to talk to women of their enjoyment of the blessings of liberty while they are denied the use of the only means of securing them provided by this democratic-republican government: the ballot.

Thomas Jefferson

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.

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Andrew Jackson

Money is power, and in that government which pays all the public officers of the states will all political power be substantially concentrated.

James Madison

The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to an uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government.

Alexis de Tocqueville

A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.

Ronald Reagan

Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.

Alexander Hamilton

Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.

The fact is, if our primary legislative goals are to repeal and replace the health spending bill; to end the bailouts; cut spending; and shrink the size and scope of government, the only way to do all these things it is to put someone in the White House who won't veto any of these things.

Sandra Day O'Connor

It matters enormously to a successful democratic society like ours that we have three branches of government, each with some independence and some control over the other two. That's set out in the Constitution.

George Soros

Increasingly, the Chinese will own a lot more of the world because they will be converting their dollar reserves and U.S. government bonds into real assets.

Thomas Jefferson

I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.

Malcolm X

You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.

Thomas More

I would uphold the law if for no other reason but to protect myself.

Patrick Jake O'Rourke

Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.

Alexander Hamilton

Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.

Alexander Hamilton

In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.

Facebook, Google, YouTube, even Snapchat are clamping down on conservatives. It's the DNC and Big Tech colluding. That is the government colluding with big business. That is not America, that's not the West - that is Communism, and it's morally wrong.

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George Bernard Shaw

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

John Maynard Keynes

I work for a Government I despise for ends I think criminal.

Ronald Reagan

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!

Kin Hubbard

If there's anything a public servant hates to do it's something for the public.

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.

Mitch McConnell

America is about to turn the page on Barack Obama's four-year experiment in big government.

Woodrow Wilson

A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great government of the United States helpless and contemptible.

Andrew Jackson

As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending.

James Madison

The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.

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.

Mark Twain

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.

H. L. Mencken

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

Donald Trump

The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its own citizens. Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead.

Barack Obama

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.

Ronald Reagan

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

Alexander Hamilton

It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government.

Tony Blair

I learnt a lot in government, and I've learnt a lot since leaving government. The kind of journey of being in government is that you start at your most popular and least capable, and you end at your most capable and least popular.

Conan O'Brien

The Canadian government continues to say they will not help us if we go to war with Iraq. However, the prime minister of Canada said he'd like to help, but he's pretty sure that last time he checked, Canada had no army.

Ronald Reagan

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.

Calvin Coolidge

The government of the United States is a device for maintaining in perpetuity the rights of the people, with the ultimate extinction of all privileged classes.

Alexis de Tocqueville

In other words, a democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.

Henry David Thoreau

If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.

There'd never been a more advantageous time to be a criminal in America than during the 13 years of Prohibition. At a stroke, the American government closed down the fifth largest industry in the United States - alcohol production - and just handed it to criminals - a pretty remarkable thing to do.

Ronald Reagan

The taxpayer - that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.

Alexander Hamilton

The inquiry constantly is what will please, not what will benefit the people. In such a government there can be nothing but temporary expedient, fickleness, and folly.

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.

Andrew Jackson

The people are the government, administering it by their agents; they are the government, the sovereign power.

Douglas MacArthur

Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear - kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor - with the cry of grave national emergency.

Will Rogers

Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.

James Russell Lowell

Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.

Andrew Jackson

We are beginning a new era in our government. I cannot too strongly urge the necessity of a rigid economy and an inflexible determination not to enlarge the income beyond the real necessities of the government.

Plato

Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.

James Madison

A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person.

Saint Augustine

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Government's first duty and highest obligation is public safety.