That government is best which governs least
 Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience (1849). copy citation

Author Henry David Thoreau
Source Civil Disobedience
Topic power government
Date 1849
Language English


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ON THE DUTY OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE by Henry David Thoreau 1849, original title: Resistance to Civil Government I heartily accept the motto,—«That government is best which governs least;» and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe—«That government is best which governs not at all;» and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.” source

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