The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.
As quickly as you start spending federal money in large amounts, it looks like free money.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
It is easy to rule over the good.
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul, can always count on the support of Paul.
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.
Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
Fortune and humor govern the world.
The highest form of development is to govern one's self.
Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their immediate representatives.
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
The worst thing in the world next to anarchy, is government.
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.
A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.
Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.
Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse.
The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.
A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them. Which would include their own government.
I don't judge a regime by the damning criticism of the opposition, but by the ingenuous praise of the partisan.
The whole country is one vast insane asylum and they're letting the worst patients run the place.
The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself... Almost inevitably, he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable.