101+ Best Government Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational government quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

Famous Government Quotes

To say you have no choice is to relieve yourself of responsibility. Patrick Ness, Monsters of Men

To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them

When you make a choice, you change the future. Deepak Chopra

There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.

Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you. Jim Rohn

I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading did not relieve.

Choice, not chance, determines your destiny. Aristotle

Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.

Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. William Jennings Bryan

An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.

What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change. Madeleine K. Albright

Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.

Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice. Stephen R. Covey

The less men think, the more they talk

There are no safe choices. Only other choices. Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty

There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from principals of fear or reason, but from passion.

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

The recognition of individual rights entails the banishment of physical force from human relationships.

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny? Jim Butcher, White Night

No man or group may initiate the use of physical force against others.

Everything’s a choice. Nobody’s born good. Nobody’s born evil. It’s always a choice. Tom Hiddleston

When the framers of the American republic spoke of the people they meant a sum of individuals, each of whom retains his inviolate guarantee of individual rights.

We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. J.K. Rowling

The right to property does not mean that others must provide him with property.

One love, one heart. Let’s get together and feel all right Bob Marley

The right to property is not a guarantee that a man will earn any property, but only a guarantee that he will own it if he earns it.

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you. Winston S. Churchill

The collective cannot decide what is to be the purpose of a man’s existence nor prescribe his choice of happiness

Unity is vision; it must have been part of the process of learning to see. Henry Adams

Any alleged ‘right’ of one man, which necessitates the violation of the rights of another, is not and cannot be a right.

One race, Many cultures, One place. Geoffrey M. Gluckman, Deadly Exchange

America’s abundance was created not by public sacrifices to ‘the common good,’ but by the productive genius of free men.

Individuality or Unity? I say there’s room for both. Brian Celio

Since the only proper function of a government is to protect man’s rights, it cannot claim title to his life in exchange for that protection.

The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens

No one’s rights can be secured by the violation of the rights of others.

The world is round so that friendship may encircle it. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Freedom, in a political context, means freedom from government coercion. It does not mean freedom from the landlord, or freedom from the employer, or freedom from the laws of nature which do not provide men with automatic prosperity.

Build bridges, not walls. Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun

In a capitalist society, all human relationships are voluntary. Men are free to cooperate or not, to deal with one another or not, as their own individual judgments, convictions, and interests dictate.

Two things are needed to raise awareness: education and love. And these go hand in hand because we can be taught to love. Kamand Kojouri

It is the institution of private property that protects and implements the right to disagree.

Teach your children to think we not them and us. Marty Rubin

Individual rights are not subject to a public vote the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities.

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel.

One person is nothing. Two people are a nation. Terry Pratchett

We are fast approaching the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission

There are 2 kinds of fighters: those who fight because they hate, and those who fight because they love. Criss Jami

A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.

What a mighty nation, we will be, if we encourage one another? Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

It is not what we have that will make us a great nation; it is the way in which we use it. Teddy Roosevelt

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.

I venture to suggest that patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. Adlai E. Stevenson 

I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.

Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. George W. Bush

Many people in this country have paid the price before me and many will pay the price after me.

In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it. Barack Obama

Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.

Patriots always talk of dying for their country but never of killing for their country. Bertrand Russell

It is not our diversity which divides us; it is not our ethnicity, or religion or culture that divides us. Since we have achieved our freedom, there can only be one division amongst us: between those who cherish democracy and those who do not.

I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice. Albert Camus

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

We need to revitalize the American spirit. People are always asking ‘What would the founding fathers do,’ but I have yet to witness a single séance. Bauvard, Some Inspiration for the Overenthusiastic

A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from state interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be bold and inquiring without fear or favour. It must enjoy the protection of the constitution, so that it can protect our rights as citizens.

Loyalty to country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it. Mark Twain

Fleas can be taught nearly anything that a Congressman can.

Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. Mahatma Gandhi

Never argue with stupid people. They will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.

Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free. Jim Morrison

The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide. Napoléon Bonaparte

I would rather have my ignorance than another man’s knowledge because I have so much more of it.

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all. Noam Chomsky

Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them, the rest of us could not succeed.

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts. Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge.

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. Nelson Mandela

In the first place, God made idiots. This was for practice. Then He made school boards.

Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought. Pope John Paul II

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.

Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life. Bob Marley

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. William Faulkner, Essays, Speeches & Public Letters

If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis informed.

The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage. Carrie Jones, Need

In a good bookroom, you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.

Freedom is what we do with what is done to us. Jean Paul Sartre

The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.

If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system. Marie Lu, Legend

Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. Nelson Mandela

Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.

Those who do not move, do not notice their chains. Rosa Luxemburg

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.

Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind. John Milton, Comus

George Washington, as a boy, was ignorant of the commonest accomplishments of youth. He could not even lie.