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Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.

Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.

Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.

Every nation has the government that it deserves.

Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficient.

Fear is the foundation of most governments; but it is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it. See quote detail

Few consider how much we are indebted to government, because few can represent how wretched mankind would be without it.

For Forms of Government let fools contest; whatever is best administered is best.

For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. (Don't overdo it.)

Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants.

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.

Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness.

Government is not mere advice; it is authority, with power to enforce its laws.

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.

Government is only a necessary evil, like other go-carts, and crutches. The need of it shows exactly how far we are still children. - All overmuch governing kills the self-help and energy of the governed.

Government owes its birth to the necessity of preventing and repressing the injuries which associated individuals have to fear from one another. - It is the sentinel who watches, in order that the common laborer be not disturbed.

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.

Government, in its very essence, is opposed to all increase in knowledge. Its tendency is always towards permanence and against change... The progress of humanity, far from being the result of government, has been made entirely without its aid and in the face if its constant and bitter opposition.


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