Government 17 quotes

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A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. Edward Abbey
The man who prefers his country before any other duty shows the same spirit as the man who surrenders every right to the state. They both deny that right is superior to authority. Lord Acton
If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve? John Adams
Government is to the state what language is to thought; it not only communicates the purpose of the state; but in so doing gives them for the first time articulation and generality. John Dewey
The greatest of all evils is a weak government. Benjamin Disraeli
The law of unintended consequences teaches us that regulations ought to be minimal, restricted to things that are really important (and therefore rarely negotiable). Imagine if Moses' tablets for the Ten Commandments came with instructions that said, 'Conformance with seven out of ten will be considered compliance overall.' Too few would choose to follow commandment #7, I bet, if they could get by with fewer than all ten and got to decide to which they'll adhere. Put another way: which amendment in the Bill of Rights should presidents be allowed to deem optional, if their overall score is mostly OK? Victor Dover
[Democracies] have great difficulty solving the long-run problems created by policies that provide short-term benefits. Once people receive the benefits, they do not want to give them up. Anthony Downs
We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate. Thomas Jefferson
The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object. Thomas Jefferson
Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual. Thomas Jefferson
Please remember that many communities along coastal California have constructed Reality Distortion Fields, in which antique political theories are test-driven on the proving track of sheer ignorance. Steven Lawton
Insanity in individuals is something rare... but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. Friedrich Nietzsche
Assuming either the Left Wing or the Right Wing gained control of the country, it would probably fly around in circles. Pat Paulsen
It doesn't matter whether a cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice. T'eng Hsiao P'ing
Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power. John Steinbeck
Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship. Harry S. Truman
How soon we forget history... Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. And, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. George Washington