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A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for 15 years.
Harry S Truman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There's no trick to being a humourist when you have the whole government working for you.
Will Rogers

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

He's given a lifetime of service to the party. Without his contribution - among others - we wouldn't have had three terms of government.

I know he has been damaged by events in his personal life - those are, in my view, private matters and should remain so.

He should be judged by his contribution. [on John 'Two Jags' Prescott]
Des Browne

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

Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness and vices of men that make it a necessary evil. When all men are good and wise, government will of itself decay.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

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

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

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.
Ronald Reagan

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

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
Voltaire

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

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

China's idea of fair trade is government subsidies of its textile and apparel exports to the United States, currency manipulation, and forgiveness of loans by its government banks.
Virginia Foxx

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

I wish the government would put a tax on pianos for the incompetent.
Dame Edith Sitwell

Truth is the glue that holds government together.
Gerald Ford

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

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

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

If the federal government had been around when the Creator was putting His hand to this state, Indiana wouldn't be here. It'd still be waiting for an environmental impact statement.
Ronald Reagan

A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.
Thomas Jefferson

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

During this campaign the chancellor and the prime minister will stand up and say it [the government] hasn't increased taxes, and that's just not true for business.
Digby Jones

The most important ways in which I think the Internet will affect the big issue is that it will make it more difficult for government to collect taxes.
Milton Friedman

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

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

The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
James Madison

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

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

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.
Thomas Jefferson

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all.
Thomas Jefferson

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

But without a caring society, without each citizen voluntarily accepting the weight of responsibility, government is destined to grow even larger, taking more of your money, burrowing deeper into your lives.
Jeb Bush

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

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

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

Democracy is the most vile form of government... democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention: have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property: and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.
James Madison



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