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A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.
P J O'Rourke

If the federal government had been around when the Creator was putting His hand to this state, Indiana wouldn't be here. It'd still be waiting for an environmental impact statement.
Ronald Reagan

The whole history of Israel, its ritual and its government, is explicable only as it is typical of the spiritual Israel, of the sacrifice on Cavalry, of the precious blood which alone can wash away sin.
Abbott E Kittredge

I wonder when, if ever, the British government will have the sense to propose peace?
Millican Dalton

The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
James Madison

From such beginnings of governments, what could be expected, but a continual system of war and extortion?
Thomas Paine

The very essence of a free government consists in considering offices as public trusts, bestowed for the good of the country, and not for the benefit of an individual or a party.
John Calhoun

Time and again these governments have rejected proposals today, and longed for them tomorrow
Abba Eban

I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.
Henry L Mencken

Hope nothing from foreign governments. They will never be really willing to aid you until you have shown that you are strong enough to conquer without them.
Giuseppe Mazzini

The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Truth is the glue that holds government together.
Gerald Ford

Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.
I F Stone

The less government interferes with private pursuits, the better for general prosperity
Martin Van Buren

I condemn this completely irresponsible act by the government of the DPRK [on nuclear testing]
Tony Blair

The first duty of a government is to give education to the people.
Simon Bolivar

Ours is a government of checks and balances. The Mafia and crooked businessmen make out checks, and the politicians and other compromised officials improve their bank balances.
Steve Allen

Our flag is a thing of beauty and inspiration if you look at it with the right perspective. The flag is beautiful... it's not the fault of the flag some of the people making decisions for our country are not. The government makes very poor decisions... OFTEN... but don't blame the flag. Try to remember what raising it at Iwo Jima meant to the surviving 27 men who lived to see it raised on Mount Suribachi. How many flag burners would burn that flag?
John A Marshall

Today it is not big business that we have to fear. It is big government.
Wendell Phillips

No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles
Patrick Henry

Democracy is the most vile form of government... democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention: have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property: and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.
James Madison

Alex Salmond has to show he is capable of and has the character to be the leader of a new government, if he is to form one
Jack McConnell

We must have a citizenship less concerned about what the government can do for it and more anxious about what it can do for the nation.
Warren Harding

The Government's enthusiasm for 24 hour drinking puzzles me... We want people to be responsible, yet we urge them to drink.
Frank Dobson

I want to lead a government humble enough to know its place - where I will always strive to be - and that is on people's side
Gordon Brown

Protecting national security is the Government's top priority.
Tony McNulty

While all other sciences have advanced, that of government is at a standstill - little better understood, little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago
John Adams

The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
James Madison

A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.
Amos Bronson Alcott

It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government.
John Gardner

The internet deserves the highest protection from governmental intrusion.
Stewart Dalzell

There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses.
Andrew Jackson

A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.
Tocqueville

Government is merely an attempt to express the conscience of everybody, the average conscience of the nation, in the rules that everybody is commanded to obey. That is all it is.
Woodrow Wilson

The motivation for war is simple. The U.S. government started the war with Iraq in order to make it easy for U.S. corporations to do business in other countries. They intend to use cheap labor in those countries, which will make Americans rich.
Michael Moore

History proves that all dictatorships, all authoritarian forms of government are transient. Only democratic systems are not transient. Whatever the shortcomings, mankind has not devised anything superior.
Vladimir Putin

An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.
Confucius

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.
C Wright Mills

China's idea of fair trade is government subsidies of its textile and apparel exports to the United States, currency manipulation, and forgiveness of loans by its government banks.
Virginia Foxx

During the past 30 years, European governments have provided more than $15 billion in the form of low and no-cost loans to Airbus for the specific purpose of developing new aircraft lines
Norm Dicks

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.
Ayn Rand

History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.
Thomas Jefferson

There is a higher law than the law of government. That's the law of conscience.
Stokely Carmichael

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
Ayn Rand

That's almost enough to buy a government peerage
Peter Alliss

We have 500000 reservists in America who would rise in arms against your government
Arthur Zimmermann

For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.
Jonathan Swift

Men must turn square corners when they deal with the Government.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior

For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.
Bob Wells

Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it... The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.
Woodrow Wilson



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