"But Government even in its best state is but a necessary evil, in its worst state it is an intolerable one." Thomas Paine - Common Sense 1776
"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence - it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." George Washington
"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Thomas Jefferson Inaugural Address 1801
And lastly, my personal favorite!!!
Until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness, did I understand the secret of her genious and power. America is great because she is good. But if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." Alexis de Tocqueville