Government Quotes

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

It is not by consolidation, or concentration of powers, but by their distribution, that good government is effected.
Thomas Jefferson

Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
Ronald Reagan

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

My objective is to restore a sense of purpose and unity, particularly with the local government elections ahead
Sir Menzies Campbell

The thought that... I would say anything on the euro other than what's the government's position is absolutely barmy.
Denis MacShane

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

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.
George Washington

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

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

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

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

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

'Make America what we want it to be — a literate country and a hopefuller country.' —Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2001

'Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods.'
Austin, Texas, Dec. 20, 2000

'I knew it might put him in an awkward position that we had a discussion before finality has finally happened in this presidential race.'
Describing a phone call to Sen. John Breaux. Crawford, Texas, Dec. 2, 2000

'The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law.'
Austin, Texas, Nov. 22, 2000

'They misunderestimated me.'
Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000

'They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program.'
St. Charles, Mo., Nov. 2, 2000

'The only things that I can tell you is that every case I have reviewed I have been comfortable with the innocence or guilt of the person that I've looked at. I do not believe we've put a guilty... I mean innocent person to death in the state of Texas.'
-All Things Considered, NPR, June 16, 2000

BUSH: 'First of all, Cinco de Mayo is not the independence day. That's dieciseis de Septiembre, and ...'
MATTHEWS: 'What's that in English?' BUSH: 'Fifteenth of September.' (Dieciseis de Septiembre = Sept. 16) -Hardball, MSNBC, May 31, 2000

'It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it.'
-Reuters, May 5, 2000

'Will the highways on the Internet become more few?'
-Concord, N.H., Jan. 29, 2000

'This is Preservation Month. I appreciate preservation. It's what you do when you run for president. You gotta preserve.'

-Speaking during 'PERSEVERENCE Month' at Fairgrounds Elementary School in Nashua, N.H. As quoted in the Los Angeles Times, Jan. 28, 2000

'What I am against is quotas. I am against hard quotas, quotas they basically delineate based upon whatever. However they delineate, quotas, I think vulcanize society. So I don't know how that fits into what everybody else is saying, their relative positions, but that's my position.'
-The San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 21, 2000

'Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?' -Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000

'Gov. Bush will not stand for the subsidation of failure.' -ibid

'I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is underestimating.'
-U.S. News & World Report, April 3, 2000
George W Bush

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

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

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

By our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed upon the same equal footing, and are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty.
Samuel Chase

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

Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse.
Ronald Reagan

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

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

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

The media is absolutely essential to the functioning of a democracy. It's not our job to cosy up to power: We're supposed to be the check and balance on government [God help us all then!]
Amy Goodman

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

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

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

I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows.
Katherine Graham

The government in Saigon is a travesty.
George W Ball

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

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

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

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

A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it.
Harry S Truman

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

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

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

Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no protection: they have many friends and few enemies.
Wendell Phillips

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

All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
Edmund Burke

Government is essentially immoral.
Herbert Spencer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams
Jesse Jackson

Government 'help' to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.
Ayn Rand



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