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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

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

Good ideas are the backbone of good government.
Brian Schweitzer

Sir, I wish to understand the true principles of the Government. I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more.
William Henry Harrison

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

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

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

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

Fellow-citizens: God reigns, and the Government at Washington lives!
James A Garfield

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

The business of government is justice.
Woodrow Wilson

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

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

It is the duty of Her Majesty's government neither to flap nor to falter.
Harold McMillan

The government in Saigon is a travesty.
George W Ball

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it.
Ronald Reagan

What's so frustrating about this is that we are on the verge of seeing the beginnings of a democratic and permanent government [on Iraq]
Jack Straw

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

The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government.
Barry Goldwater

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force... Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
George Washington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As a member of Congress, I believe it is the responsibility of those elected to represent the people at every level of government to ensure that our government works to ensure that every person who wants gainful employment has it.
Leonard Boswell

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

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

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

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

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

The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.
George Washington

There was one species of despotism under which he had long groaned, and that was petticoat government
Washington Irving

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

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

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

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

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

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

If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
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

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

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

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

A Republic without parties is a complete anomaly. The histories of all popular governments show absurd is the idea of their attempting to exist without parties.
Franklin Pierce

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

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

I was determined that no British government should be brought down by the action of two tarts.
Harold McMillan



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