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Wise Quotes about Government

May you find great value in these Government quotes and sayings.

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Political

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

Winners Dream Big Dreams.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe,
our class, and our nation;
and this means we must develop a world perspective.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
- John F. Kennedy

The minority is always stronger than the majority,
because the minority is generally formed by those
who really have an opinion.
- Soren Kierkegaard

 

A house divided against itself cannot stand.
- Abraham Lincoln

An instructed and intelligent people
are always more decent and orderly
than an ignorant and stupid one.
- Adam Smith

Am I not destroying my enemies
when I make friends of them?
- Abraham Lincoln

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
- John Morley

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.
The good leader is he who the people revere.
The great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

You can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

We win justice quickest by rendering
justice to the other party.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Go to the people
Live among them
Learn from them
Love them
Serve them
Plan with them
Start with what they know
Build on what they have.
- Jimmy Yen (Y. C. James Yen)

Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish.
Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past
have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.
- George S. Patton

War settles nothing.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We must learn to live together as brothers
or perish together as fools.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The choice is to work alone to be a little
more successful than the next person,
or to work together for the great betterment of humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What people often mean by getting rid of conflict
is getting rid of diversity,
and it is of the utmost importance
that these should not be considered the same.
- M. P. Follett

We will not learn how to live together in peace
by killing each other's children.
- Jimmy Carter

We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead,
nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

In matters of style, swim with the current;
in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
- Thomas Jefferson

The only way to deal with an unfree world
is to become so absolutely free
that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
- Albert Camus

If you plan for a year, plant a seed.
If for ten years, plant a tree.
If for a hundred years, teach the people.
When you sow a seed once, you will reap a single harvest.
When you teach the people, you will reap a hundred harvests.
- Kuan Chung

They who can give up essential liberty
to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety.
- Benjamin Franklin

I must dedicate my life to teaching my people,
for only education would make their lot less bitter,
their latent power more strong.
- Jimmy Yen

Unless both sides win,
no agreement can be permanent.
- Jimmy Carter

It is better to displease the people
by doing what you know is right.
- William J. H. Boetcker

If the misery of the poor be caused
not by the laws of nature,
but by our institutions,
great is our sin.
- Charles Darwin

The problems of the world cannot possibly
be solved by skeptics or cynics
whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy

If you want to be incrementally better: Be competitive.
If you want to be exponentially better: Be cooperative.
- Anonymous

This is no time for ease and comfort.
It is time to dare and endure.
- Winston Churchill

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

The best road to progress is freedom's road.
- John F. Kennedy

How do we measure a great leader?
By how he treats the least of these.
- Jesse Jackson

It isn't enough to talk about peace.
One must believe in it.
And it isn't enough to believe in it.
One must work at it.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
- Edward R. Murrow

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

Let's have faith that right makes might;
and in that faith let us, to the end,
dare to do our duty as we understand it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean.
- Ryunosuke Satoro

Our real problem, then, is not our strength today;
it is rather the vital necessity of action today
to ensure our strength tomorrow.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Be a yardstick of quality.
Some people aren't used to an environment
where excellence is expected.
- Steve Jobs

The wave of evil washes all our institutions alike.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The probability that we may fail
in the struggle ought not to deter us
from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
- Abraham Lincoln

The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We work with the people not out of pity
but out of respect for their potential for growth and development,
both as individuals and as communities.
- Jimmy Yen

I have a dream that my four little children will one day
live in a nation where they will
not be judged by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Only aim to do your duty,
and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
- Thomas Jefferson

In matters of conscience,
the law of the majority has no place.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Freedom is not worth having if it
does not connote freedom to err.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

A leader is best when people barely know he exists;
when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say: we did it ourselves.
- Lao Tzu

The hope of a secure and livable world
lies with disciplined nonconformists
who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To know how to free oneself is nothing;
the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom.
- Andre Gide

Power is not alluring to pure minds.
- Thomas Jefferson

It is not desirable to cultivate
a respect for the law,
so much as for the right.
- Henry David Thoreau

A leader is most effective when people barely know he exists.
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
his troops will feel they did it themselves.
- Lao Tzu

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The price of greatness is responsibility.
- Winston Churchill

Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind.
It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction
devised by the ingenuity of man.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

In matters of truth and justice,
there is no difference between large and small problems,
for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
- Albert Einstein

Truth is certainly a branch of morality
and a very important one to society.
- Thomas Jefferson

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith
in their mission
can alter the course of history.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression
and cruelty by the bad people
but the silence over that by the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only
by the man who is as well organized
in his individuality as the mass itself.
- Carl Jung


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