Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?
— Kurt Vonnegut

Where there are too many policemen, there is no liberty. Where there are too many soldiers, there is no peace. Where there are too many lawyers, there is no justice.
Lin Yutang policemen quote

The ordinary man is an anarchist. He wants to do as he likes. He may want his neighbor to be governed, but he himself doesn't want to be governed. He is mortally afraid of government officials and policemen.
— George Bernard Shaw

As repressed sadists are supposed to become policemen or butchers so those with an irrational fear of life become publishers.
— Cyril Connolly

Policemen so cherish their status as keepers of the peace and protectors of the public that they have occasionally been known to beat to death those citizens or groups who question that status.
— policemen quotation by David Mamet