By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.
The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
The art of government is the organisation of idolatry.
The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the goverment.
A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.
Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office.
Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.
Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.
We have the best government that money can buy.
The people are the government, administering it by their agents; they are the government, the sovereign power.
Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
That's the difference between governments and individuals. Governments don't care, individuals do.
Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government.
It is the duty of government to make it difficult for people to do wrong, easy to do right.
The whole duty of government is to prevent crime and to preserve contracts.
That is the best government which desires to make the people happy, and knows how to make them happy.
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