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Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
Clement Attlee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parts of the Voting Rights Act are due to expire next year if Congress doesn't extend them, including the section that guarantees that voting rights will be protected by the federal government.
Marty Meehan

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

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

The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
James Madison

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

Good government could never be a substitute for government by the people themselves.
Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does.
Will Rogers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Government is essentially immoral.
Herbert Spencer

The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.
William O Douglas

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

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

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

I am concerned about a society that has demonstrably lost confidence in its institutions, in the government, in the press, in the church, in the military - as well as in business.
George Cabot

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

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

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

I work for a Government I despise for ends I think criminal. (Letter to Duncan Grant)
John Maynard Keynes

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

Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
Ronald Reagan

Truth is the glue that holds government together.
Gerald Ford

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

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

I should not have made those comments on the case following your statement outlining the position of the government. [on judges being soft]
Vera Baird



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