Authority, Government

"In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence."

Laurence J. Peter
Laurence J. Peter "The Peter Principle"

Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"An educated, healthy and confident nation is harder to govern."

Rating: 8.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case."

Rating: 8.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home."

Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Government is a health hazard. Governments have killed many more people than cigarettes or unbuckled seat belts ever have."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"I cannot consent to place in the control of others one who cannot control himself."

Rating: 6.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"If government were a product, selling it would be illegal."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"A leader is one who does not care about his rank and role but remains always responsive to lead, shoulder responsibility, and achieve the goal in such a way that everyone, in and outside the team, respects him for touching their revered souls."

Rating: 9.11 (Number of Voters: 9)

"Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors."

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting."

Rating: 4.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants."

Rating: 9.13 (Number of Voters: 8)

"The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor."

Rating: 3.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves."

Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse."

Rating: 7.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Government is too big and too important to be left to the politicians."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions -- it only guarantees equality of opportunity."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have ... The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases."

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 6)

"Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear."

Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done."

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 6)

"There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you."

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Taxpayer: A government worker with no vacation, no sick leave and no holidays."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"... the great mistake of the reformers is to believe that life begins and ends with health, and that happiness begins and ends with a full stomach and the power to enjoy physical pleasures, even of the finer kind."

Rating: 7.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty."

Edward Gibbon
Edward Gibbon "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire"

Rating: 4.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "A Mencken Chrestomathy"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Democracy is a government where you can say what you think even if you don't think."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"It is not power that corrupts but fear. The fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it, and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Republics come to an end by luxurious habits; monarchies by poverty."

Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "Minority Report: H.L. Mencken`s Notebooks"

Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Government: a dangerous servant and a fearful master."

Rating: 4.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Being prime minister is a lonely job.... you cannot lead from the crowd."

Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher "The Downing Street Years"

Rating: 6.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"You can make a throne of bayonets, but you can't sit on it for long."

Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 6)

"If you attack the establishment long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it."

Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people."

Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin "The Great Dictator"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one."

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their jobs done."

Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A true king is neither husband nor father; he considers his throne and nothing else."

Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them."

Rating: 8.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks."

Rating: 7.83 (Number of Voters: 6)

"The first duty of government is to see that people have food, fuel, and clothes. The second, that they have means of moral and intellectual education."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"There has been a comparatively greater proportion of good queens, than of good kings."

Sarah M. Grimke
Sarah M. Grimke "Letters on the Equality of the Sexes"

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Every country has the government it deserves."

Joseph de Maistre
Joseph de Maistre "Lettres et Opuscules Inedits"

Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The Athenians govern the Greeks; I govern the Athenians; you, my wife, govern me; your son governs you."

Rating: 5.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"In democracy it's your vote that counts; In feudalism it's your count that votes."

Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 6)