• The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
    ~ James Madison
  • There is good government when those who are near are made happy, and when those who are afar are attracted.
    ~ Confucius
  • Frankly, I'm fed up with politicians in Washington lecturing the rest of us about family values. Our families have values. But our government doesn't.
    ~ Bill Clinton
  • Government is not reason, it is not eloquence - it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master.
    ~ George Washington
  • As government expands, liberty contracts.
    ~ Ronald Reagan
  • The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.
    ~ Margaret Thatcher
  • My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
    ~ Thomas Jefferson
  • A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.
    ~ Edward R. Murrow
  • The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.
    ~ Plato
  • A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.
    ~ Gerald R. Ford