The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down.
He has to conceal what he would most wish to make public, and make public what he would most wish to conceal.
Give government the weapons to fight your enemy and it will use them against you.
The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.
Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.
The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.
For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.
When government accepts responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves.
Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants.
The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man.
Truth is the glue that holds government together.
There is an important sense in which government is distinctive from administration. One is perpetual, the other is temporary and changeable. A man may be loyal to his government and yet oppose the particular principles and methods of administration.
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.
We are all imperfect. We can not expect perfect government.
Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent.
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.
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.
The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.
Talk is cheap - except when Congress does it.
In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.
The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
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