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A government is a body that has the authority to make and the power to enforce laws within a civil, corporate, religious, academic, or other organization or group.


  • [Administration] covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, guided; men are seldom restrained from acting, such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which government is the shepherd.
  • A state, is called the coldest of all cold monsters. Coldly lieth it also; and this lie creepeth from its mouth: “I, the state, am the people. It is a lie! Creators were they who created peoples, and hung a faith and a love over them: thus they served life.Destroyers, are they who lay snares for many, and call it the state: they hang a sword and a hundred cravings over them.
  • Government, in the last analysis, is organized opinion. Where there is little or no public opinion, there is likely to be bad government, which sooner or later becomes autocratic government.
  • What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification with Hitler, their trust in him, made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it.
    • Mayer, Milton [1955] (1966). They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45, 2nd edition, p. 166, University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-51192-8.
  • Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.
    • Barnhill, John Basil (1914). "Indictment of Socialism No. 3", Barnhill-Tichenor Debate on Socialism (PDF), p. 34, Saint Louis, Missouri: National Rip-Saw Publishing. URL accessed 2008-10-16.
  • People should not be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.
  • What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.


  • A properly functioning free market system does not spring spontaneously from society's soil as crabgrass springs from suburban lawns. Rather, it is a complex creation of laws and mores... Capitalism is a government program.
  • Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all.
  • Do not ask what the Government can do for you. Ask why it doesn't.
  • Giving money and power to Government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
  • Bureacracy and social harmony are inversely proportional to each other.
  • Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure.
  • I heartily accept the motto, "That government is best which governs least"; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe, "That government is best which governs not at all"; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.
  • It is just as difficult and dangerous to try to free a people that wants to remain servile as it is to enslave a people that wants to remain free.
  • It's hard to argue with the government. Remember, they run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, so they must know a thing or two about satisfying women.
  • I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government: "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat."
  • No government, of its own motion, will increase its own weakness, for that would mean to acquiesce in its own destruction ... governments, whatever their pretensions otherwise, try to preserve themselves by holding the individual down ... Government itself, indeed, may be reasonably defined as a conspiracy against him. Its one permanent aim, whatever its form, is to hobble him sufficiently to maintain itself.
  • Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.
  • Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.
  • Secrecy, being an instrument of conspiracy, ought never to be the system of a regular government.
  • 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.
  • The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.
  • The essence of government is force, and most often that force is used to accomplish evil ends.
  • The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government.
  • The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man.
  • The one who votes decides nothing. The one who counts the vote decides everything.
  • The problem to be solved is, not what form of government is perfect, but which of the forms is least imperfect.
  • The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual, crime.
  • The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.
  • Today marks a significant move towards reforming our correctional system. For too long, our system of corrections has operated in the shadows of government, with very little oversight and accountability. It’s time to shine a light on how we can better improve the management of our prisons.
  • Wherever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been found that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.
  • You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence.
  • Yes, government is far too big. But that's not to say that it has much control. It makes a million laws and can't enforce most of them. So many laws, so little order.
  • Governments vary. A monarchy protects the interests of the people through the interest of the state while a democracy protects the interest of the state through the interests of the people.
    • Anonymous
  • Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what to eat for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed sheep contesting the vote. - Unknown
  • The administration of government, like a guardianship, ought to be directed to the good of those who confer and not of those who receive the trust.
  • Power exercised with violence has seldom been of long duration, but temper and moderation generally produce permanence in all things.
  • No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable.
  • The best government is not that which renders men the happiest, but that which renders the greatest number happy.
  • No man undertakes a trade he has not learned, even the meanest; yet every one thinks himself sufficiently qualified for the hardest of all trades,—that of government.
  • In the early ages men ruled by strength; now they rule by brain, and so long as there is only one man in the world who can think and plan, he will stand head and shoulders above him who cannot.
  • The proper function of a government is to make it easy for people to do good, and difficult for them to do evil.
  • All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.
  • Those who think must govern those who toil.

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