Governors have no Right to seek and take what they please; by this, instead of being content with the Station assigned them, that of honorable Servants of the Society, they would soon become Absolute Masters, Despots, and Tyrants. Hence, as a private Man has a Right to say what Wages he will give in his private Affairs, so has a Community to determine what they will give and grant of their Substance for the Administration of public Affairs.
Whenever government assumes to deliver us from the trouble of thinking for ourselves, the only consequences it produces are those of torpor and imbecility.
Politics doesn’t work. Look at the parts of America where government has had the most power, where government has spent the most money. Look at the housing projects we’ve got the poor people in.
Never blame a legislative body for not doing something. When they do nothing, that don’t hurt anybody. When they do something is when they become dangerous.
The trade of governing has always been monopolized by the most ignorant and the most rascally individuals of mankind.
Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
Government machinery has been described as a marvelous labor-saving device, which enables ten men to do the work of one.
If we have to slog through another shutdown debate, can we at least define our terms? I.E.: ‘Non-essential government employee’ … is redundant.
The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.
It has been said that all Government is an evil. It would be more proper to say that the necessity of any Government is a misfortune. This necessity however exists; and the problem to be solved is, not what form of Government is perfect, but which of the forms is least imperfect.