Federalism Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old federalism quotes, federalism sayings, and federalism proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Federalism isn’t about states’ rights. It’s about dividing power to better protect individual liberty.     

Elizabeth Price Foley

The federalism term is a good term, but it's just below the surface; it's just about to come up into wider public understanding that these practices are happening and are politically viable.     

Gar Alperovitz

Socialism and federalism are necessarily political opposites, because the former demands that centralized concentration of power which the latter by definition denies.     

Felix Morley

Federalism is no longer the fault line of Centre-State relations but the definition of a new partnership of Team India. Citizens now have the ease of trust, not the burden of proof and process. Businesses find an environment that is open and easy to work in.     

Narendra Modi

Federalism should be a meeting point of all groups.     

Khil Raj Regmi

Canadian federalism is more than a form of government. It's also a system of values that allows different people in diverse communities to live and work together in harmony for the good of all.     

Jean Chretien

The combination of Federalism and Republicanism which formed the substance of the system, did not constitute a progressive and formative political principle, but it pointed in the direction of a constructive formula.     

Herbert Croly

Federalism should be able to maintain unity among all. But this does not mean that we should boycott regional voices and the voices of ethnic groups.     

Khil Raj Regmi

Federalism', in the context of political and media usage in Britain, has come to mean the creation and imposition of a European superstate, one centralised in Brussels.     

Charles Kennedy

Federalism is the best curb on democracy. [It] assigns limited powers to the central government. Thereby all power is limited. It excludes absolute power of the majority.      

Lord Acton

American federalism was the embodiment of political tolerance and decentralization - the expression of the liberal conviction that society can manage itself and needs no central plan.      

Llewelyn Rockwell

The word "federalism" you might think that means federalism trumps everything; federalism means federal domination. It does not mean that. It means the exact opposite, in fact. It means the states are sovereign and the federal government cannot tell 'em what to do in so many different ways.      

Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood

I deeply resent the destruction of federalism represented by Hillary Clinton's willingness to go into a state she doesn't even live in and pretend to represent the people there. So I certainly wouldn't imitate it.      

Alan Keyes

You can't understand the Electoral College unless you know what federalism is, and federalism is one of these terms that, in many cases, means the exact opposite of the word as it's currently applied.     

Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood

The word 'federalism' you might think that means federalism trumps everything; federalism means federal domination. It does not mean that. It means the exact opposite, in fact. It means the states are sovereign and the federal government cannot tell 'em what to do in so many different ways.     

Rush Limbaugh

Our executive branch does not believe in interfering with what the legislative branch chooses to do. We believe in federalism.     

Kellyanne Conway

Federalism is an intrinsic part of our constitutional set-up.     

Naveen Patnaik

I think it is time for a radical federalism in this country, where people trust innovation coming from the local level and ramp that up.     

Eric Garcetti

Whenever a Republican gets in office, all of a sudden progressives realize that federalism and state's rights aren't necessarily only about defending slavery or Jim Crow. They're actually about maximizing freedom.     

Jonah Goldberg