Quotes, Sayings and Thoughts

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.

- Voltaire

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.

- Plato


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