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"...a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
"A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done."
"A government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth."
"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."
George Bernard Shaw
"A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them."
"A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt...If the game runs sometime against us at home, we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake."
"A man may be loyal to his government and yet oppose the particular principles and methods of administration."
"A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives."
"A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side."
"An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger."
"An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, the power to destroy."
"Anyone who is not an anarchist agrees with having a policeman at the corner of the street; but the danger at present is that of finding the policeman half-way down the chimney or even under the bed."
"Are you entitled to the fruits of your labor or does government have some presumptive right to spend and spend and spend?"
"As government expands, liberty contracts."
"Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for."
"Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms."
"Congress, after years of stalling, finally got around to clearing the way for informal discussions that might lead to possible formal talks that could potentially produce some kind of tentative agreements..."
"Egalitarians create the most dangerous inequality of all -- inequality of power. Allowing politicians to determine what all other human beings will be allowed to earn is one of the most reckless gambles imaginable. Like the income tax, it may start off being applied only to the rich but it will inevitably reach us all."
"Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under."
"Every government is a scoundrel."
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