Robert E. Lee Page

“Madam, don't bring up your sons to detest the United States Government. Recollect that we form one country now. Abandon all these local animosities, and make your sons Americans.”

- Robert E. Lee

Source/Notes: Advice to a woman who expressed her hatred of the North, as quoted in The Life and Campaigns of General Lee (1875) by Edward Lee Childe, p. 331
Thomas Jefferson Page

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

- Thomas Jefferson

Source/Notes: As quoted in: "Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States", National Archives and Records Service, 1984, p. 672
Louis D. Brandeis Page

“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.”

- Louis D. Brandeis

Source/Notes: Olmstead v. United States (1928)
Ronald Reagan Page

“Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”

- Ronald Reagan

Source/Notes: Remarks at the National Conference of the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, (30 March 1981)) (Source: [1]) - First term of office
Thomas Jefferson Page

“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

- Thomas Jefferson


Ronald Reagan Page

“Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”

- Ronald Reagan

Source/Notes: Remarks to the White House Conference on Small Business (15 August 1986) - Second term of office
Ferdinand Marcos Page

“I have committed many sins in my life. But stealing money from the government, from the people, is not one of them.”

- Ferdinand Marcos

Source/Notes: in an interview on ABC
Edward Abbey Page

“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”

- Edward Abbey

Source/Notes: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto) (1990)
Robert A. Heinlein Page

“When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.”

- Robert A. Heinlein

Source/Notes: Glory Road (2007 edition), Macmillan - ISBN: 9781429912525
James Madison Page

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”

- James Madison

Source/Notes: The Federalist Papers, 1788


Robert LeFevre Page

“Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure.”

- Robert LeFevre

Source/Notes: Financial Sense
Leo Tolstoy Page

“The truth is that the State is a conspiracy designed not only to exploit, but above all to corrupt its citizens... Henceforth, I shall never serve any government anywhere.”

- Leo Tolstoy

Source/Notes: As quoted in Tolstoy (1988) by A. N. Wilson, p. 146.
Robert A. Heinlein Page

“The universe never did make sense; I suspect that it was built on government contract.”

- Robert A. Heinlein

Source/Notes: The Number of the Beast (1980 edition), Chapter II
Charles Barkley Page

“Poor people cannot rely on the government to come to help you in times of need. You have to get your education. Then nobody can control your destiny.”

- Charles Barkley

Abraham Lincoln Page

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”

- Abraham Lincoln

Source/Notes: The Gettysburg Address (1863)


Dwight D. Eisenhower Page

“I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.”

- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Source/Notes: Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1959: Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President, January 1 to December 31, 1959 (1999 edition), Government Printing Office - ISBN: 9780160588532
Ronald Reagan Page

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.”

- Ronald Reagan

Source/Notes: (12 August 1986)