Our problem in money-making or government affairs is how to remain properly venturesome and experimental without making fools of ourselves.
All government is a trust. Every branch of government is a trust, and immemorially acknowledged to be so.
Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law.
If you are to stand up for your government you must be able to stand up to your government.
Of representative assemblies may not this good be said: that contending parties fight there, since fight they must, by petition [and] parliamentary eloquence, not by sword, bayonet and bursts of military cannon.
Many forms of Government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
The administration of government, like a guardianship, ought to be directed to the good of those who confer, not of those who receive the trust.
Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees; and both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.
There is good government when those who are near are happy, and when those who are far away desire to come.
The state has but one face for me: that of the police. To my eyes, all of the state’s ministries have this single face, and I cannot imagine the ministry of culture other than as the police of culture, with its prefect and commissioners.
There is far more danger in a public monopoly than there is in a private monopoly, for when government goes into business it can always shift its losses to the taxpayer. The Government never really goes into business, for it never makes ends meet, and that is the first requisite of business. It just mixes a little business with a lot of politics, and no one ever gets a chance to find out what is actually going on.
There is far more danger in public than in private monopoly, for when Government goes into business it can always shift its losses to the taxpayers. Government never makes ends meet-and that is the first requisite of business.
I firmly believe that the army of persons who urge greater and greater centralization of authority and greater and greater dependence upon the federal treasury are really more dangerous to our form of government than any external threat that can possibly be arrayed against us.
In a letter to Rep. Gwinn declaring opposition to a bill on federal aid for education (June 13, 1949)
The less government we have the better-the fewer laws and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formal government is the influence of private character, the growth of the individual.
Local government is the foundation of democracy, if it fails, democracy will fail.
If private business should be supervised in the public interest, government, when it assumes a business role, is in equal need of supervision.
All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.
It is the duty of government to make it difficult for people to do wrong, easy to do right.
Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint.
All good government must begin in the home. It is useless to make good laws for bad people. Public sentiment is more than law.
There are very few so foolish that they had not rather govern themselves than be governed by others.
Along this road of spending, the government either takes over, which is Socialism, or dictates institutional and economic life, which is Fascism.
The first lesson in civics is that efficient government should begin at home.
I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.
Letter to William Ludlow (1824)
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it.
A reform is a correction of abuses, a revolution is a transfer of power.
A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
Look at the Justice Department, it's full of Jews...The lawyers in government are damn Jews.
They've found a way to have their cake — and vote against it, too.
At a New Hampshire town meeting, Obama faulted Republicans for slamming the government stimulus package and then praising the hometown projects that it financed.
There is one thing better than good government, and that is government in which all the people have a part.
The punishment suffered by the wise who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of bad men.
Men well governed should seek after no other liberty, for there can be no greater liberty than a good government.
Millions of individuals making their own decisions in the marketplace will always allocate resources better than any centralized government planning process.
Things in our country run in spite of government, not by aid of it.
The major problem confronting the world today is: Shall the people govern or be governed?
Government originated in the attempt to find a form of association that defends and protects the person and property of each with the common force of all.
As soon as government management begins it upsets the natural equilibrium of industrial relations, and each interference only requires further bureaucratic control until the end is the tyranny of the totalitarian state.
It is not the function of the State to make men happy. They must make themselves happy in their own way, and at their own risk. The functions of the State lie entirely in the conditions or chances under which the pursuit of happiness is carried on.
I don't believe a committee can write a book. It can, oh, govern a country, perhaps, but I don't believe it can write a book.
Wherever you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.
The laws of Nature, that is to say the laws of God, plainly made every human being a law unto himself, we must steadfastly refuse to obey those laws, and we must as steadfastly stand by the conventions which ignore them, since the statutes furnish us peace, fairly good government, and stability, and therefore are better for us than the laws of God, which would soon plunge us into confusion and disorder and anarchy if we should adopt them.
Mark Twain in Eruption
In general, the art of government consists of making as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to the other.
There is no such thing as government money, only taxpayer money.
The history of liberty is the history of the limitations on the power of the government.