Authority, Government

"Bureacracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism."

Mary McCarthy
Mary McCarthy "On the Contrary"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"I love my government not least for the extent to which it leaves me alone."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The secret of a leader lies in the tests he has faced over the whole course of his life and the habit of action he develops in meeting those tests."


Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading."

John Updike
John Updike "Buchanan Dying"

Rating: 3.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"In our country the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State."


Rating: 5.17 (Number of Voters: 6)

"Vulgarity in a king flatters the majority of the nation."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Man and Superman"

Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"France was long a despotism tempered by epigrams."

Thomas Carlyle
Thomas Carlyle "History of the French Revolution"

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"My rank is the highest known in Switzerland: I am a free citizen."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Arms and the Man"

Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Writers and politicians are natural rivals. Both groups try to make the world in their own images; they fight for the same territory."


Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"It doesn't matter who you vote for, the government always gets in."

 graffito, London, 70's
graffito, London, 70's

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Let the people think they govern and they will be governed."

William Penn
William Penn "Some Fruits of Solitude"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Let's not talk about Communism. Communism was just an idea, just pie in the sky."


Rating: 2.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"There is something behind the throne greater than the King himself."


Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Men are not governed by justice, but by law or persuasion. When they refuse to be governed by law or persuasion, they have to be governed by force or fraud, or both."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Misalliance"

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown."

William Penn
William Penn "No Cross, No Crown"

Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The people are the government, administering it by their agents; they are the government, the sovereign power."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Englishmen never will be slaves: they are free to do whatever the Government and public opinion allow them to do."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Man and Superman"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"An illiterate king is a crowned ass."


Rating: 2.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The French are nice people. I allow them to sing and to write, and they allow me to do whatever I like."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away."


Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad man."


Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government."


Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Whoever is new to power is always harsh."

Aeschylus
Aeschylus "Prometheus Bound"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past."

George Orwell
George Orwell "Nineteen Eighty-Four"

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship."

George Orwell
George Orwell "Nineteen Eighty-Four"

Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers."

Voltaire
Voltaire "Voltaire's Notebooks"

Rating: 4.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held."

Aldous Huxley
Aldous Huxley "Beyond the Mexique Bay"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The happiness of society is the end of government."

John Adams
John Adams "Thoughts on Government"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."

John Adams
John Adams "The Works of John Adams"

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Authority forgets a dying king."

Alfred Tennyson
Alfred Tennyson "Idylls of the King"

Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other."

Voltaire
Voltaire "Philosophical Dictionary"

Rating: 6.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Authority has always attracted the lowest elements in the human race. All through history mankind has been bullied by scum."

P.J. O`Rourke
P.J. O`Rourke "Parliament of Whores"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."

P.J. O`Rourke
P.J. O`Rourke "Parliament of Whores"

Rating: 1.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Whatever it is that the government does, sensible Americans would prefer that the government do it to somebody else. This is the idea behind foreign policy."

P.J. O`Rourke
P.J. O`Rourke "Parliament of Whores"

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy the whores are us."

P.J. O`Rourke
P.J. O`Rourke "Parliament of Whores"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Government proposes, bureaucracy disposes. And the bureaucracy must dispose of government proposals by dumping them on us."

P.J. O`Rourke
P.J. O`Rourke "Parliament of Whores"

Rating: 2.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A revolution is not a bed of roses. A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents had always been tragic."

Henry Brooks Adams
Henry Brooks Adams "The Education of Henry Adams"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man walking into the little booth with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper. No amount of rhetoric or voluminous discussion can possibly diminish the overwhelming importance of that point."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided."


Rating: 3.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"A poor man who takes a rich wife has a ruler, not a wife."


Rating: 9.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"We live under a government of men and morning newspapers."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The government is best which makes itself unnecessary."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own."


Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A leader must have the courage to act against an expert's advice."


Rating: 7.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal."


Rating: 6.67 (Number of Voters: 3)