Quotes on Governemnt


"A government which uses force to maintain its rule teaches the oppressed to use force to oppose it."

Nelson Mandela

Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims. 

Ayn Rand

"Government is nothing more than the combined force of society, or the united power of the multitude, for the peace, order, safety, good and happiness of the people."

John Adams

"A government which uses force to maintain its rule teaches the oppressed to use force to oppose it."

Nelson Mandela

"Fear is the foundation of most governments."

John Adams

A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.

Edward R. Murrow

"Between the government which does evil and the people who accept it - there is a certain shameful solidarity."

Victor Hugo

"There is but one element of government, and that is THE PEOPLE. From this element spring all governments. "For a nation to be free, it is only necessary that she wills it." For a nation to be slave, it is only necessary that she wills it."

John Adams

"When a government betrays the people by amassing too much power and becoming tyrannical, the people have no choice but to exercise their original right of self-defence to fight the government."

Alexander Hamilton

"As the happiness of the people is the sole end of government, so the consent of the people is the only foundation of it."

Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.

Milton Friedman

"Our government conceived in freedom and purchased with blood can be preserved only by constant vigilance."

William Jennings Bryan

"A permissive government is a government that leaves control to other sources."

B. F. Skinner

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