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Every country has the government it deserves.
Joseph De Maistre

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

We must guard against the overreaching hand of big government trying to take away our freedom
Steve Forbes

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is in prison.
Henry David Thoreau

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

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it. (31 August 1959)
Dwight Eisenhower

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

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

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

This [Labour] government will never turn talk into action, it is time for a government that will.
Michael Howard

Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power
Benito Mussolini

So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done.
Thomas Jefferson

Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
Clement Attlee

We live under a government of men and morning newspapers.
Wendell Phillips

Government of the busy by the bossy for the bully (Capitalism)
Arthur Seldon

That some Forms of Government are preferable to others, cannot be doubted; yet neither our Saviour, nor his Apostles have decided where that Preference is due
Charles Inglis

History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.
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

Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.
Will Rogers

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

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

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

A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.
Barry Goldwater

The process of renewal and reinvigoration that your premiership has inspired is without precedent. In each of our constituencies remarkable achievements have resulted directly from the policies of Labour governments since 1997
Mark Tami

Though the people support the government; the government should not support the people.
Grover Cleveland

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

University printing presses exist, and are subsidised by the Government for the purpose of producing books which no one can read; and they are true to their high calling.
Francis Cornford

All share in the government of the world was denied for centuries to perhaps the ablest, certainly the most tenacious race that had ever lived in it
James Russell Lowell

A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person.
James Madison

The most terrifying words in the English langauge are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.
Ronald Reagan

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

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

Have you ever noticed how we only win the World Cup under a Labour government?
Harold Wilson

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

Reckless with our government;
reckless with his own future, position and place in history. [on Tony Blair]
Clare Short

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
Henry L Mencken

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

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

Frankly, I'd like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private industry.
Joseph Heller

I know I'm not in government anymore. In fact I'm out of work.
Ronald Reagan

I share the view of the overwhelming majority of the party and the country that the only way the party and the government can renew itself in office is urgently to renew its leadership. [resignation letter to Tony Blair]
Tom Watson

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!
Ronald Reagan

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

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

The fact that John Prescott is being paid large sums of money to do little or nothing adds to the general malaise surrounding this government and the feeling that ministers are incapable of tackling serious issues.
Vince Cable

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

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

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

A group of Cuban Americans denounced the Castro government as a fascist regime that monitors and scrutinized its citizens' everyday existence. And then they excused themselves to go watch 'Big Brother'.
Bill Maher

Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government; they are not African or Asian or European: they are good or bad.
Denis Diderot



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