"Not wishing to be disturbed over moral issues of the political economy, Americans cling to the notion that the government is a sort of automatic machine, regulated by the balancing of competing interests."
"We pay taxes to the government and what do we get--not even protection from the army. I don't know what the government has come to. Instead of protecting businessmen, it pokes its nose into business. Hm. Well they're even talking now about having bank examiners. As if we bankers don't know how to run our own banks. Why I actually have a letter from a popinjay official saying they're going to inspect my books. I have a slogan that should be placed on every newspaper in the country. America for Americans. The government must not interfere with business. Reduce taxes. Our national debt is something shocking--over $1 billion a year. What this country needs is a businessman for president."
"For its part, Government will listen. We will strive to listen in new ways--to the voices of quiet anguish, to voices that speak without words, the voices of the heart, to the injured voices, and the anxious voices, and the voices that have despaired of being heard."
"The government is huge, stupid, greedy and makes nosy, officious and dangerous intrusions into the smallest corners of life--this much we can stand. But the real problem is that government is boring. We could cure or mitigate the other ills Washington visits on us if we could only bring ourselves to pay attention to Washington itself. But we cannot."
"...if I were to be murdered I would not want my murderer executed. I would not want my death avenged. Especially by government--which can't be trusted to control its own bureaucrats or collect taxes equitably or fill a pothole, much less decide which of its citizens to kill."
"[Panurge] spent everything in a thousand little banquets and joyous feasts open to all comers, particularly jolly companions, young lasses, and delightful wenches, and in clearing his lands, burning the big logs to sell the ashes, taking money in advance, buying dear, selling cheap, and eating his wheat in the blade."