A compassionate government keeps faith with the trust of the people and cherishes the future of their children.
As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds.
The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop.
The difference in golf and government is that in golf you can't improve your lie.
The law is [sic] a ass a idiot.
I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work. Of course it doesn't work. We are supposed to work it.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
If people behaved like governments, you'd call the cops.
It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.
Ohio claims they are due a president as they haven't had one since Taft. Look at the United States, they have not had one since Lincoln.
Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what's going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?
You don't pay taxes they take taxes.
The fact that political ideologies are tangible realities is not a proof of their vitally necessary character. The bubonic plague was an extraordinarily powerful social reality, but no one would have regarded it as vitally necessary.
Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.
Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it.
The mistakes made by Congress wouldn't be so bad if the next Congress didn't keep trying to correct them.
Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
To rule is easy, to govern difficult.
It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government.
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.
Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.