A government afraid of its citizens is a Democracy. Citizens afraid of government is tyranny!
A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.
A tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government.
As government expands, liberty contracts.
Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
Fear is the foundation of most governments.
Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows us that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
Government can easily exist without laws, but law cannot exist without government.
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master.
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other.
Hence 'the overthrow of government' as a coercive power, thereby denying God in another form.
I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.
It has been said that Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of the government. The history of government is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is the history of the limitation of government, not the increase of it.
Loyalty to country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.
My government will be open. Anyone found guilty of corruption will be dealt with in accordance with the law. If you are corrupt you will have to hang your boots.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
No government can be long secure without a formidable opposition.
Political tyranny is nothing compared to the social tyranny and a reformer who defies society is a more courageous man than a politician who defies Government.
The happiness of society is the end of government.
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.
The purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.
When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.