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The chancellor's failure to give Britain's taxpayers value for money will be the terrible legacy of this government.
Oliver Letwin

Laws could be passed to keep the leader of a government from getting too much power.
Sir Thomas More

The federal government has a responsibility to protect all Americans from potential terrorist attack.
Bob Etheridge

A wise government knows how to enforce with temper, or to conciliate with dignity, but a weak one is odious in the former, and contemptible in the latter.
George Grenville

We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.
Thomas Jefferson

And it's absolutely hypocritical for the political party that talks about states rights, to suddenly ignore states rights, that say that the federal government or federalism has no business in this kind of business.
Gary Ackerman

Parts of the Voting Rights Act are due to expire next year if Congress doesn't extend them, including the section that guarantees that voting rights will be protected by the federal government.
Marty Meehan

We are bound to lose Ireland in consequence of years of cruelty, stupidity and misgovernment and I would rather lose her as a friend than as a foe.
William E Gladstone

There is nothing anyone can do anyway. The public has no power. The government knows I'm not a criminal. The parole board knows I'm not a criminal.
Jack Kevorkian

A free America... means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.
Alexander Hamilton

Let's tell young people the best books are yet to written: the best painting, the best government the best of everything is yet to be done by them [a nice and positive quote!]
John Erskine

The Germans, if this Government is returned, are going to pay every penny; they are going to be squeezed as a lemon is squeezed - until the pips squeak. (Speech at Cambridge, 10 Dec 1918)
Sir Eric Geddes

As long as I don't write about the government, religion, politics, and other institutions, I am free to print anything.
Pierre De Beaumarchais

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

Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. People have the right to expect that these wants will be provided for by this wisdom.
Jimmy Carter

It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract.
Alan Shepherd

This is a great honour for Germany.

I think he will be a worthy successor to Pope John Paul II. I congratulate him on behalf of the government and all Germans. [on the election of Pope Benedict XVI]
Gerhard Schroeder

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

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

Every country has the government it deserves.
Joseph De Maistre

Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.
Tom Robbins

The lessons of paternalism ought to be unlearned and the better lesson taught that while people should patriotically and cheerfully support their Government its functions do not include the support of the people
Grover Cleveland

No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will. Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
Anatole France

Government loses its claim to legitimacy when it fails to fulfil its obligations.
Martin Gross

I am not going to oppose every cut the government comes up with
Ed Miliband

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

I have spent the better part of my adult life insisting that government be open... that government be accessible... and that government be held accountable to people who voted us into office.
Roy Barnes

If the government spends money in the regions of the UK it is called subsidy. But if it pours it down the gullet of the cities and counties in south-east England it is called essential support of the infrastructure.
John Forsyth

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
Thomas Paine

Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deducted from it.
Georg W Hegel

Times are tough but they are tough because the government is trying to do the right thing, whether on public service reform, education, health, anti-social behaviour and welfare, or in counter-terrorism
Tony Blair

The business of government is justice.
Woodrow Wilson

The happiness of society is the end of government.
John Adams

We intend to lead a government of purpose and direction so that we can offer the people of this nation the opportunity to move forward to independence, democracy and equality.
Alex Salmond

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

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

I've got the greatest job in the world. There's no other job in government where cause and effect is so tightly coupled where you can make a difference every day in so many different ways and in so many different people's lives. It's a great challenge.
Michael Bloomberg

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

John Prescott has made the government look greedy and ridiculous. Labour is seen as the corrupt party. The government has been fulfilling the old rule that oppositions do not win elections, governments lose them.
Lord Rees-Mogg

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

Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.
Aristotle

On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does.
Will Rogers

One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don't go into government.
Donald Trump

I think we should do better next week, better the week after, and better right throughout the course of our government. Sometimes in parties these things happen, but it is not acceptable and I do believe that what people now want to do is to debate the future - about policy - and I think the issues about what Tony Blair will or will not do are going to be left to Tony Blair
Gordon Brown

It is human nature that rules the world, not governments and regimes.
Svetlana Alliluyeva

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

The Govenment has tried everything to solve the problem of the coal industry - semi-starvation, imprisonment, extortion, threats, the supplication of the miner's leaders, and what is the almost omnipotence of Churchill's oratory. All have failed. There is one thing they have not tried. They haven't tried getting rid of the coal owners. For the one truth the Government has not yet learned is .... you can get coal without the coal owners, but you can't get coal without miners.
Aneurin Bevan

I work for a Government I despise for ends I think criminal. (Letter to Duncan Grant)
John Maynard Keynes



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