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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

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

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

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

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

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

Bush is going in the wrong way. And I dare say, that is what the strategy of his administration is, is just to wipe out government's purpose for any social and economic justice at all.
Dennis Kucinich

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

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw

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

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

Let's tell young people the best books are yet to written: the best painting, the best government the best of everything is yet to be done by them [a nice and positive quote!]
John Erskine

Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. People have the right to expect that these wants will be provided for by this wisdom.
Jimmy Carter

A monarchy is the most expensive of all forms of government.
James F Cooper

It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government.
John Gardner

I really do inhabit a system in which words are capable of shaking the entire structure of government, where words can prove mightier than ten military divisions.
Vaclav Havel

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

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

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

It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract.
Alan Shepherd

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

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

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

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

The lessons of paternalism ought to be unlearned and the better lesson taught that while people should patriotically and cheerfully support their Government its functions do not include the support of the people
Grover Cleveland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have spent the better part of my adult life insisting that government be open... that government be accessible... and that government be held accountable to people who voted us into office.
Roy Barnes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manufacturing and commercial monopolies owe their origin not to a tendency imminent in a capitalist economy but to governmental interventionist policy directed against free trade and laissez faire.
Ludwig Mises

During the past 30 years, European governments have provided more than $15 billion in the form of low and no-cost loans to Airbus for the specific purpose of developing new aircraft lines
Norm Dicks

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

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

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

The happiness of society is the end of government.
John Adams



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