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Jean BaudrillardGoverning today means giving acceptable signs of credibility. It is like advertising and it is the same effect that is achieved: commitment to a scenario.

—  Jean Baudrillard, 1929-2007, French intellectual

George CarlinIf it requires a uniform, it’s a worthless endeavor.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

Louis XIV of FranceL' etat c'est moi.

I myself am the state.

—  Louis XIV of France, 1638-1715, King of France (le Roi Soleil)

NapoleonA constitution should be framed so as not to impede the action of government, nor force the government to its violation.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

NapoleonI am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

George Bernard ShawA government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Friedrich NietzscheEverything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

H.L. MenckenEvery decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

H.L. MenckenI believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Vladimir LeninEvery cook must learn to rule the State.

—  Vladimir Lenin, 1870-1924, Soviet revolutionary & leader

TalleyrandThe art of putting the right men in the right places is first in the science of government; but that of finding places for the discontented is the most difficult.

—  Talleyrand, 1754-1838, French statesman & diplomat

Kurt VonnegutTrue terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.

—  Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007, American writer

Ayn RandEvery government interference in the economy consists of giving an unearned benefit, extorted by force, to some men at the expense of others.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Ronald ReaganThe most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

Ronald ReaganThe best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

Ronald ReaganIf more government is the answer, then it was a really stupid question.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

Ronald ReaganGovernment's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

Ronald ReaganGovernment is not a solution to our problem government is the problem.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

Ronald ReaganGovernment does not solve problems. It subsidizes them.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

Ronald ReaganGovernment always finds a need for whatever money it gets.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

Ronald ReaganAs government expands, liberty contracts.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

Francis BaconStates as great engines move slowly.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

Charles de GaulleTo govern is always to choose among disadvantages.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

VoltaireIn general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

G. K. ChestertonAll government is an ugly necessity.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

Paul ValeryIf the state is strong, it crushes us. If it is weak, we perish.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Will DurantIt may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Adolf HitlerHow fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think.

—  Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945, German dictator

George WashingtonGovernment is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

—  George Washington, 1732-1799, the first American President

Thomas JeffersonWhen governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.

—  Thomas Jefferson, 1749-1826, American President [1801-1809]

Thomas JeffersonThe whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.

—  Thomas Jefferson, 1749-1826, American President [1801-1809]

Lyndon JohnsonThe CIA is made up of boys whose families sent them to Princeton but wouldn't let them into the family brokerage business.

—  Lyndon Johnson, 1908-1973, American President [1963-1969]

Calvin CoolidgeIt is our theory that the people own the government, not that the government should own the people.

—  Calvin Coolidge, 1872-1933, American President [1923-1929]

Henry FordAny man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

Franklin RooseveltWe know now that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob.

—  Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]

ConfuciusWhen a country is well governed, poverty and a mean condition are things to be ashamed of. When a country is ill governed, riches and honor are things to be ashamed of.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

Wolfgang GoetheYou ask which form of government is the best? Whichever teaches us to govern ourselves.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

George Bernard ShawPlato long ago pointed out the importance of being governed by men with sufficient sense of responsibility and comprehension of public duties to be very reluctant to undertake the work of governing.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

H.L. MenckenThe government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Funny Quotes

Ronald ReaganGovernment is like a baby: an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

Charles de GaulleHow can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President


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