Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
When the government violates the people’s rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensible of duties.
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
Government does not solve problems it subsidizes them.