"The National Debt is a very Good Thing and it would be dangerous to pay it off, for fear of Political Economy", 1066 and All That (1930)
"We take pride in observing that there is not a single film showing in London today that deals with any of the burning issues of the hour."
"Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination."
"The art of government is the organisation of idolatry", Man and Superman (1903)
"Feeling good about government is like looking on the bright side of any catastrophe. When you quit looking on the bright side, the catastrophe is still there", Parliament of Whores (1991)
"Whatever it is that the government does, sensible Americans would prefer that the government does it to somebody else. This is the idea behind foreign policy", Parliament of Whores (1991)
"Office tends to confer a dreadful plausibility on even the most negligible of those who hold it."
"We are a government of laws. Any laws some government hack can find to louse up a man who's down."
"What an augmentation of the field for jobbing, speculating, plundering, office-building and office-hunting would be produced by an assumption of all the state powers into the hands of the general government", letter, 13 August 1800
"People must not do things for fun. We are not here for fun. There is no reference to fun in any Act of Parliament", Uncommon Law (1935)