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My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third president of the United States.

Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.

David Hume (1711-1776) Scottish philosopher, economist and historian.

The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.

Plato (BC 427-BC 347) Greek philosopher.

Government is not reason and it is not eloquence. It is force! Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.

George Washington (1732-1799) First President of the USA.

This American government -- what is it but a tradition, though a recent one, endeavoring to transmit itself unimpaired to posterity, but each instant losing some of its integrity? It has not the vitality and force of a single living man; for a single man can bend it to his will.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.


When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm beginning to believe it.

Clarence S. Darrow (1857-1938) American lawyer

In a healthy nation there is a kind of dramatic balance between the will of the people and the government, which prevents its degeneration into tyranny.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-Swiss-U.S. scientist.

Power is poison. It's effect on Presidents had always been tragic.

Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918) American historian, journalist and novelist.

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third president of the United States.

Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third president of the United States.