In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
Quotes, Sayings and Thoughts
That government is best which governs least.
- Henry David Thoreau
Governments, like individuals, should beware when all men speak well of them.
- R. H. Tawney
Every government is a device by which a few conrol the actions of the many.
- I. F. Stone
Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.
- I. F. Stone
A government is the only known vessel that leaks from the top.
- James Reston
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
- Ronald Reagan
To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-ridden, regulated, penned up, indoctrinated, preached at, checked, appraised, seized, censured, commanded by beings who have neither title, knowledge nor virtue.
- Pierre-Jospeh Proudhon
The punishment which the wise suffer, who refuse to take part in the government, is, to live under the government of worse men.
Every country has the government it deserves.
- Joseph De Maistre
It is a function of government to invent philosophies to explain the demands of its own convenience.
- Murray Kempton
One should be suspicious of love as a political slogan. A government which purports to love its citizens invariably desires all the prerogatives of a lover: to share the loved one's thoughts and keep him in bondage.
- Eric Julber
Governments never learn. Only people learn.
- Milton Friedman
The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare.
- Daniel Patrick Moynihan