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Government Quotes

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.

Gavin Newsom

City government can and must help San Franciscans prepare for emergencies in order to avoid tragedy where possible and minimize loss of life and property when emergencies occur.

Election days come and go. But the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just the one percent - a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice - that struggle continues.

John Adams

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

Laura Ingraham

South Dakota is a great state because of its values, not because of dependence on government.

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.

Dan Bongino

That's why we don't give the government extra money as conservatives because government generally stinks at spending money. That's why!

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.

Armie Hammer

I don't think Obama is trying to take our guns, and I don't think we have to fight the government to keep them.

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Ted Cruz

I don't think it's government's job to find health care for people. I think it's the individual's job to find health care.

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 Cuomo

I believe we need to attract a new generation of the best and brightest to public service and I believe that government can be a source of inspiration, not degradation.

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.

John Roberts

By ensuring that no one in government has too much power, the Constitution helps protect ordinary Americans every day against abuse of power by those in authority.

This election presents a stark choice - we can continue down the road of the Obama Democrats, more and more spending, debt and government control of the economy, or we can return to the founding principles of our nation - free markets, fiscal responsibility and individual liberty.

Gavin Newsom

Government is the ultimate monopoly. And monopolies, as any economist will tell you, often breed complacency and a lack of innovation.

Vijay Mallya

Everybody keeps saying that India's a poor country. Yes, we have poverty. But I blame the government of India, the political establishment, for their failure to educate and therefore their failure to control the poverty.

Of course, running a coalition government in a country like India is a difficult task. More so when Congress leads the coalition, since most of the political parties were anti-Congress. To have a coalition, to run a coalition government, you require a lot of adjustments, a lot of flexibility.

Saif Ali Khan

Royal titles ceased to be recognised by the Indian government in 1971. The title of Nawab and Maharaja are not recognised by the Indian government anymore.

Tom Stoppard

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

Gerald R. Ford

There are no adequate substitutes for father, mother, and children bound together in a loving commitment to nurture and protect. No government, no matter how well-intentioned, can take the place of the family in the scheme of things.

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King George V

Today 23 years ago dear Grandmama died. I wonder what she would have thought of a Labour Government.

Tony Blair

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

Thurgood Marshall

Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds.

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New York State is upside down and backwards; high taxes and low performance. The New York State government was at one time a national model. Now, unfortunately, it's a national disgrace. Sometimes, the corruption in Albany could even make Boss Tweed blush.

Tulsi Gabbard

We cannot afford to walk down that dangerous path of government overstepping its boundaries into the most personal parts of our lives.

John Adams

A government of laws, and not of men.

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.

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.

Edward Snowden

All I can say right now is the U.S. government is not going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me. Truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped.

Andrew Cuomo

I am the government.

'Freedom' means a lot to conservatives, but they have such a narrow sense of what it means. They think a lot about freedom from - freedom from government, freedom from regulation - and precious little about freedom to. Freedom to is absolutely something that has to be safeguarded by good government, just as it could be impaired by bad government.

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.

I've always been really uninterested in politicians and the acts of the Houses of Parliament, or government as an idea. But I'm interested in politics in that I'm a member of the world, and I have strong feelings of right and wrong, but I can't get into the ins and outs of it.

Ted Cruz

One of the specific powers and responsibilities of the federal government is to secure the borders. Property can be taken with due process of law and just compensation.

Jenny McCarthy

Those outside of autism need to understand this is an epidemic and we need more government funding, insurance coverage and education reform.

Chris Rock

You don't pay taxes - they take taxes.

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Anthony Kennedy

The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is beside the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.

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.

Vladimir Putin

History proves that all dictatorships, all authoritarian forms of government are transient. Only democratic systems are not transient. Whatever the shortcomings, mankind has not devised anything superior.

Edward Snowden

When you are subverting the power of government, that's a fundamentally dangerous thing to democracy.

Ted Cruz

We need to protect the privacy rights of all Americans, and that means stopping the federal government from spying on the cellphones and emails of law-abiding citizens.

Winston Churchill

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

Narendra Modi

Good governance with good intentions is the hallmark of our government. Implementation with integrity is our core passion.

Being a patriot doesn't mean prioritizing service to government above all else. Being a patriot means knowing when to protect your country, knowing when to protect your Constitution, knowing when to protect your countrymen, from the violations of and encroachments of adversaries. And those adversaries don't have to be foreign countries.

Margaret Thatcher

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money.

Merrick Garland

Transparency in government, no less than transparency in choosing government, remains a vital national interest in a democracy.

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.

Edward Snowden

There can be no faith in government if our highest offices are excused from scrutiny - they should be setting the example of transparency.

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.

It is my hope that the number of stem cell lines available for federally-funded research will be expanded so that the government can continue to participate in this vital research and provide hope to the millions of Americans with diseases that might be cured.

John Adams

There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.

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.

There's a lot of the Midwest and the West in Justice Rehnquist's approach to constitutional law. And by that I mean a recognition that people know pretty well how to govern themselves, that government that is closest to the people is apt to be more responsive to their legitimate concerns and needs.

Gerald R. Ford

Truth is the glue that holds government together.

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Edward Snowden

I support a guaranteed basic income. I think we should take care of sick people. I believe women can make their own choices and that the government is at its best when it's building bridges instead of bombs.

Stephen Breyer

Every citizen has to figure out what kind of government he or she wants.

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.

Xi Jinping

The Chinese government supports Chinese companies in going global. But we believe that this process should be market-oriented, with companies being the main driver.

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.

Mitt Romney

Dependency is death to initiative, to risk-taking and opportunity. It's time to stop the spread of government dependency and fight it like the poison it is.

Bruce Willis

I hate government. I'm apolitical. Write that down. I'm not a Republican.

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.

John Roberts

If children do not understand the Constitution, they cannot understand how our government functions, or what their rights and responsibilities are as citizens of the United States.

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Ben Shapiro

Distrust of government isn't baseless cynicism. It's realism.

Tom Selleck

Stand up and pledge with me: A government of the United States is not on the auction block. And America is not for sale!

Thomas Jefferson

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

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Ted Cruz

We need to make clear the federal government does not have authority to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens without due process or, for that matter, to use lethal force on U.S. citizens on U.S. soil if they don't pose imminent threats.