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

It's a contradiction in terms, you can be open or you can have government.
John Nettleton

When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.
Harry S Truman

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

A government of, for and by the people, requires much from the people.
Ernie Fletcher

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

When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential and Congressional campaigns, the U.S. government is virtually up for sale.
John Gardner

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

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

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

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

The difference between having a Labour government for business to having a Tory government has been fairly negligible.
Richard Branson

Please receive in the name of the Spanish government and the people of Spain our warmest congratulations for your election as Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church and my best wishes for the Papacy which you begin today. [to Pope Benedict XVI]
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

A good professor is a bastard perverse enough to think what he thinks is important, not what government thinks is important.
Edward C Banfield

I have been more constructively critical of this Government than my predecessors.
Digby Jones

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

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

Never trust a government that doesn't trust its own citizens with guns.
Benjamin Franklin

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

Bosses are no more inevitable in state and local governments than dictators are in national governments.
Charles Edison

I have not yet decided on the offer [whether Shirley Williams would work with Gordon Brown's Labour government]
Baroness Williams

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

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

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

Government is essentially immoral.
Herbert Spencer

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

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

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

If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.
Frank Herbert

Herein indeed consists the excellence of the English government, that all parts of it form a mutual check upon each other.
William Blackstone

The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.
William O Douglas

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
Milton Friedman

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

We will create a civilisation of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before.
John Barlow

I believe this is responsible government, not as some have called it 'Big Brother government' [on ID Cards]
Tony Blair

While democracy in the long run is the most stable form of government, in the short run, it is among the most fragile.
Madeleine Albright

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

A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.
Ayn Rand

All of us rightly regard ourselves as loyal to the Labour Party and yourself over many years. We believe however that you have not ended the uncertainty over when you intend to leave office, which is damaging the government and the party.
Wayne Davis

We are all assumed, these days, to reside at one extreme of the opinion spectrum, or another. We are pro-abortion or anti-abortion. We are free traders or protectionist. We are pro-private sector or pro-big government. We are feminists or chauvinists. But in the real world, few of us holds these extreme views. There is instead a spectrum of opinion.
Michael Crichton

Yes is the answer to that question. I've enjoyed being in government... if it would be useful for me to serve I would like to do that. [saying he would like to work for Gordon Brown despite his previous opinions of him!]
Charles Clarke

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labour and bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.
Thomas Jefferson

If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
James Madison

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

A union of government and religion tends to destroy government and degrade religion.
Hugo Black

He mocks the people who proposes that the government shall protect the rich and that they in turn will care for the laboring poor.
Grover Cleveland

Good government is good politics.
Richard J Daley

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 pendulum swings, it may swing to a combination of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats and, thus, to a period of minority government or coalition, in some form.
Vince Cable

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



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