"Quotations About Government (2)
In a state-run society the government promises you security. But it's a false promise predicated on the idea that the opposite of security is risk. Nothing could be further from the truth. The opposite of security is insecurity, and the only way to overcome insecurity is to take risks. The gentle government that promises to hold your hand as you cross the street refuses to let go on the other side. ~Theodore Forstmann
Evolution trumps revolution. Great changes are achieved incrementally, each step building naturally on the last. It is the folly of government to believe in the efficacy of great leaps — and its hubris the attempt to implement them.
~Dr. Idel Dreimer www.lumpenbangenpiano.com
Treaties are like roses and young girls — they last while they last.
~Charles de Gaulle
The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush, but will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.
~Robert M. Hutchins, Great Books, 1954
It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government. ~John Gardner
Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down. ~Robert Orben
Everybody wants to eat at the government's table, but nobody wants to do the dishes. ~Werner Finck
When government accepts responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves. ~George Pataki
Morphine and state relief are the same. You go dopey, feel better and are worse off. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)
If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress? ~Author Unknown
Democracy is an abuse of statistics. ~Jorge Luis Borges
The mistakes made by Congress wouldn't be so bad if the next Congress didn't keep trying to correct them. ~Cullen Hightower
The plague of government is senile delinquency.
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
Our government has become too responsive to trivial or ephemeral concerns, often at the expense of more important concerns or an erosion of our liberty, and it has made policy priorities more dependent on where TV journalists happen to point their cameras.... As a nation we have lost our sense of tragedy, a recognition that bad things happen to good people. A nation that expects the government to prevent churches from burning, to control the price of bread or gasoline, to secure every job, and to find some villain for every dramatic accident, risks an even larger loss of life and liberty. ~William A. Niskanen, "For a Less Responsive Government," Cato Policy Report, 1996
No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation. ~Woodrow Wilson
It's every American's duty to support his government, but not necessarily in the style to which it has become accustomed. ~Quoted by Thomas Clifford
Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson
Democracy is like a raft: It won't sink, but you will always have your feet wet. ~Russell B. Long
It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. ~Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia
The government deficit is the difference between the amount of money the government spends and the amount it has the nerve to collect. ~Sam Ewing
Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.
~Franklin D. Roosevelt
No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is insession.
A Conservative government is an organised hypocrisy. ~Benjamin Disraeli, 1845
Let the people think they govern, and they will be governed.
~William Penn, Some Fruits of Solitude, 1693
Bureaus are extrusions from the body politic — they are pus.
~M artin H. Fischer (1879-1962)
In the infancy of societies, the chiefs of the state shape its institutions; later the institutions shape the chiefs of state. ~Baron de Montesquieu
The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. ~William E. Borah
The happiest thing that can be said about democracy... is that it is one of the few systems that has been willing to risk a long period of confusion and mixed purposes for the sake of giving man a chance to grow up in mind and responsibility. ~H.A. Overstreet