Government quotes and sayings
I don't think that I am a Lefty in the sense that I grew up in countries that have a universal health-care system, but I also think that I'm a little Right in other directions. I also think that - in regards to the whole health-care thing - that yeah, they should repeal and replace Obamacare with universal health care.
I had been raised in the mountains of Idaho by a father who distrusted many of the institutions that people take for granted - public education, doctors and hospitals, and the government.
Fraud, robbery, and murder have characterized the English usurpation of the government of our country. Why, for the last fifty years we have been robbed in the matter of taxes of hundreds of millions.
John Edward Redmond
To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.
Surveillance legislation fit for the 21st century, which strikes the right balance between privacy, security and democracy is a prize worth fighting for, and Labour will work constructively with the government to achieve it.
Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.
Government has not been good about being good stewards of policy.
If an injustice requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the government machine.
Henry David Thoreau
But how odd that in this heathen nation of empty pews, where churches' bare, ruined choirs are converted into luxury loft living, a Labour government - yes, a Labour government - is deliberately creating a huge expansion of faith schools.
I believed Afghanistan was always going to be hard. It's the fifth poorest country in the world. And when you fly over it, you realize that there's not much there. And, of course, it has the problem, too, of being on that border with Pakistan in basically an ungoverned region that has given the terrorists a staging ground. So it's a very difficult place. But I do believe that the mission there can succeed if success is defined as helping the Afghans to prevent the Taliban from being an existential threat to the Afghan government.
Men must turn square corners when they deal with the Government.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Our country, if you read the 'Federalist Papers,' is about disagreement. It's about pitting faction against faction, divided government, checks and balances. The hero in American political tradition is the man who stands up to the mob - not the mob itself.
You don't have to be a political insider to know that Parliament, along with parts of the Government, has colluded in sabotaging Brexit.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
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.
Freedom of opinion is a valuable asset in a democracy.
Well, I thought the deal was, when you went to work for the government you weren't supposed to make money!
The Lebanese people voted this time for change. So they are not satisfied with the actual situation. They want to see a new government. They want to see a new vision.
We will never hear about people's Bitcoin accounts being frozen or seized by a government agency.
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.
The best way to keep your friends is not to give them away.
The 20th century shows that the form of government that we take for granted, a constitutional democratic republic with checks and balances and a rule of law - that form of government is usually temporary.
Timothy D. Snyder
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.
Voters quickly forget what a man says.
Richard M. Nixon
When you restore democracy, you cannot say that only those who worked for the restoration of democracy will be allowed to use the privileges of a democracy.
We've made great progress coordinating better as a government.
A healthy society rests on three pillars: business, government and civil society, or non-profits. Each has a distinct and important role to play, and all three need to work together synergistically to create the most value for society.
We were American citizens. We were incarcerated by our American government in American internment camps here in the United States. The term 'Japanese internment camp' is both grammatically and factually incorrect.
Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government.
This Bible is for the government of the people, by the people and for the people.
All the measures of the Government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer.
William Henry Harrison
We are expected to believe that anyone who objects to the Department of Homeland Security or the USA Patriot Act is a terrorist, and that the only way to preserve our freedom is to hand it over to the government for safekeeping.
L. Neil Smith
I am just absolutely convinced that the best formula for giving us peace and preserving the American way of life is freedom, limited government, and minding our own business overseas.
Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
Sydney J. Harris
To rule is easy, to govern difficult.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Government intervention only hurts; it doesn't help.
Jimmy John Liautaud
Government was intended to suppress injustice, but its effect has been to embody and perpetuate it.
The best government rests on the people, and not on the few, on persons and not on property, on the free development of public opinion and not on authority.
I have a long-standing interest in what I like to think of as 'forbidden knowledge:' methods of unarmed killing, lock picking, breaking and entry, spy stuff, and other things that the government wants only a few select individuals to know.
The distinction between reality and fiction in America seems like it is becoming really blurry. With its religious fanaticism, reality TV programs and fake news broadcasts being aired by the government, the States feel like they are entering the Dark Ages.
Secrecy, being an instrument of conspiracy, ought never to be the system of a regular government.
Look at our Lords disciples. One denied Him; one doubted Him; one betrayed Him. If our Lord couldn't have perfection, how are you going to have it in city government?
Richard J. Daley
In city hall and in local government, you have to get things done without drama.
I strongly believe that fundamental science cannot be driven by instructional, industrial, governmental or military pressures. This was the reason why I decided, as far as possible, not to accept money from the government.
C. V. Raman
Democracy, pure democracy, has at least its foundation in a generous theory of human rights. It is founded on the natural equality of mankind. It is the cornerstone of the Christian religion. It is the first element of all lawful government upon earth.
John Quincy Adams
And conservatives know that if you reject these principles of limited government and urge others to reject them you can be my ally, you can be my friend but you cannot call yourself a conservative.
As a governor, I am naturally inclined to focus on the domestic side of protecting the United States.
I will run an open government that speaks with honesty, seeks opinion, listens to its citizens.
Enrique Pena Nieto
The American Revolution was carried out in the name of the people, and it was supposedly 'We, the people,' who created the government that Americans still live under.
We need a government, alas, because of the nature of humans.
P. J. O'Rourke
When the federal government spends more each year than it collects in tax revenues, it has three choices: It can raise taxes, print money, or borrow money. While these actions may benefit politicians, all three options are bad for average Americans.
Government is, by its very nature, a destroyer of liberties; the Obama administration, specifically, is promising to interfere with the economy and the health care system so profoundly that Washington will soon have us all in chains.
The problem with Russia is not corruption per se, or even Putin per se. Russian government is not corrupt because Vladimir Putin has absolute power. Russian government has been corrupt and will always be as long as anyone has absolute power.
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.
To take over a government through military force would create instability, and it would not last for long. I do not want to leave a legacy of having taken over the government through military means. It has never occurred to me to have a coup d'etat.
I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work. Of course it doesn't work. We are supposed to work it.
I think I am an artist. I think I am Juan Gabriel, who has given so much with my songs.
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.
The solution to voters potentially being misled by a judicial candidate's political speech is more speech - not government censorship.
The Government of the absolute majority instead of the Government of the people is but the Government of the strongest interests; and when not efficiently checked, it is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised.
John C. Calhoun
In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government.
Foreign powers do not seem to appreciate the true character of our government.
James K. Polk
You know why there's a Second Amendment? In case the government fails to follow the first one.
Safety has been my top legislative priority. I'm driven by the idea that safety is really a core function of government.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
I cannot think of any circumstances in which a government can go to war without the support of parliament.
Truth is the glue that holds government together.
Gerald R. Ford
We must not allow the practices of an anti-democratic State that abuses the powers of government to violate the human rights of Venezuelans.
In government institutions and in teaching, you need to inspire confidence. To achieve credibility, you have to very clearly explain what you are doing and why. The same principles apply to businesses.
A perfect storm is in the making: financial uncertainty, economic downturn, government cuts, rising unemployment and a future that looks less clear the more we try to fathom it.
The very essence of civil liberty certainly consists in the right of every individual to claim the protection of the laws, whenever he receives an injury. One of the first duties of government is to afford that protection.
The Declaration of Independence says when government fails, the people have the right to replace it. Well, New York State government has failed and the people have the right, indeed the people have the the people have the obligation, to act.
Martin Van Buren
I think it is just stupid economics for a government to approach economic management from a strand of thinking regarding unions as enemies.
sometimes when you are asked a question that is difficult, the mind doesn't stay silent if it doesn't have the answer. The mind produces something, and what it produces very characteristically is the answer to an easier but related question.
The lack of trust between the federal government and the American citizens of this country is such a wide gap, we have to renew that trust for the people of this country going forward.
Michael T. Flynn
Mr Corbyn, I accuse you of failing to do your duty by not opposing in any real sense our government on the most important issue of our times - Brexit.
Kay Bailey Hutchison
To me, it was shocking that a government of men could look with such extreme contempt on a movement that was asking nothing except such a simple little thing as the right to vote.
If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress'?
What you and I understand as a government doesn't exist in many African countries. In fact, what we call our governments are vampire states. Vampires because they suck the economic vitality out of their people. Government is the problem in Africa.
No Government can be long secure without a formidable Opposition.
I stand today on this floor to appeal for protection from the strong arm of the government for her loyal children, irrespective of color and race, who are citizens of the southern states, and particularly of the State of Georgia.
Hiram Rhodes Revels
An efficient government is dangerous in the hands of the wrong man. Sadly, the right sort of man never seems interested in the job.
The government must give men and women without power a real say over what happens to them, and the means of engaging in a participative, invigorated and living democracy.
They wish for a general government of unity, as they see that the local legislatures must naturally and necessarily tend to retard the general government.
If an election is simply a one-day snapshot of transient mass delusions, then this is not a very noble form of government.
The inherent purpose of American government is let people seek their own goals and to encourage them to be responsible on the various adventures they have on their way to those goals, good, bad, and otherwise.
P. J. O'Rourke
Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.
Talk is cheap - except when Congress does it.
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