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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

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

I wonder when, if ever, the British government will have the sense to propose peace?
Millican Dalton

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

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

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

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

No Government can be long secure without a formidable Opposition.
Benjamin Disraeli

The federal government has a responsibility to protect all Americans from potential terrorist attack.
Bob Etheridge

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

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

If you're looking for ways to cut waste in government, you can start with John Prescott.
George Osborne

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

Whatever the true cause of the government's baffling support for Sir Ian Blair, the public can have no confidence while he is in charge that the Met can be replied upon to keep them safe. That is why, once again, he must go.
Melanie Phillips

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

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

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

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

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

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

He made an enormous contribution to British politics in opposition and in government [on Robin Cook]
John Prescott

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free
Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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

This is a great honour for Germany.

I think he will be a worthy successor to Pope John Paul II. I congratulate him on behalf of the government and all Germans. [on the election of Pope Benedict XVI]
Gerhard Schroeder

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

The business of government is justice.
Woodrow Wilson

A corporation's primary goal is to make money. Government's primary role is to take a big chunk of that money and give it to others.
Larry Ellison

No more distressing moment can ever face a British government than that which requires it to come to a hard, fast and specific decision.
Barbara Tuchman

There is nothing anyone can do anyway. The public has no power. The government knows I'm not a criminal. The parole board knows I'm not a criminal.
Jack Kevorkian

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

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

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

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

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

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
Thomas Paine

Dullness in matters of government is a good sign, and not a bad one - in particular, dullness in parliamentary government is a test of its excellence, an indication of its success.
Walter Bagehot

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

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

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

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