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We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
P. J. O'Rourke
Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it.
Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
H. L. Mencken
If you like small government you need to work hard at having a strong national defense that is not so militant. Personal liberty is the purpose of government, to protect liberty - not to run your personal life, not to run the economy, and not to pretend that we can tell the world how they ought to live.
Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.
Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
George Bernard Shaw
I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other.
If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress'?
I believe there is something out there watching us. Unfortunately, it's the government.
Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.
The fact that political ideologies are tangible realities is not a proof of their vitally necessary character. The bubonic plague was an extraordinarily powerful social reality, but no one would have regarded it as vitally necessary.
An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.
The people are the government, administering it by their agents; they are the government, the sovereign power.
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
In a free society, government reflects the soul of its people. If people want change at the top, they will have to live in different ways. Our major social problems are not the cause of our decadence. They are a reflection of it.
I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.
William F. Buckley, Jr.
The government is us; we are the government, you and I.
The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government.
Henry Ward Beecher
Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.
Otto von Bismarck
If there's anything a public servant hates to do it's something for the public.
Socialism means slavery.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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