Quotes tagged with 'government'
I think perhaps of all the things a police state can do to its citizens, distorting history is possibly the most pernicious.
—Robert A. Heinlein
It seems like the less a statesman amounts to, the more he loves the flag.
The surest way to work up a crusade in favor of some good cause is to promise people they will have a chance of maltreating someone. To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly and call your bad behavior ‘righteous indignation’ — this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats.
Hypocrisy in anything may deceive the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of children recognizes it, and is revolted by it, however ingeniously it may be disguised.
There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.
—Martin Luther King
Never forget that the lesser of two evils is still evil.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised ‘for the good of its victims’ may be the most oppressive.
—C. S. Lewis
Democracy: The state of affairs in which you consent to having your pocket picked, and elect the best man to do it.
It is easier for governments to control the spending of people in debt than those with savings. A person with financial resources is free, while debtors are hostage to their creditors.
—H.S.H Prince Michael Of Liechtenstein / European Center of Austrian Economics Foundation
When the government’s boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or a right boot is of no consequence.