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

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labour and bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.
Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our flag is a thing of beauty and inspiration if you look at it with the right perspective. The flag is beautiful... it's not the fault of the flag some of the people making decisions for our country are not. The government makes very poor decisions... OFTEN... but don't blame the flag. Try to remember what raising it at Iwo Jima meant to the surviving 27 men who lived to see it raised on Mount Suribachi. How many flag burners would burn that flag?
John A Marshall

Ours is a government of checks and balances. The Mafia and crooked businessmen make out checks, and the politicians and other compromised officials improve their bank balances.
Steve Allen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The trouble with government regulation of the market is that it prohibits capitalistic acts between consenting adults.
Robert Nozick

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

If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
James Madison

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

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

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

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

My objective is to restore a sense of purpose and unity, particularly with the local government elections ahead
Sir Menzies Campbell

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

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

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

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

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

Reckless with our government;
reckless with his own future, position and place in history. [on Tony Blair]
Clare Short

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Truth is the glue that holds government together.
Gerald Ford

We will create a civilisation of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before.
John Barlow

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

He mocks the people who proposes that the government shall protect the rich and that they in turn will care for the laboring poor.
Grover Cleveland

Congress should recognise a government established under its auspices: there is no government in the rebel states, save the authority of Congress.
Henry Davis

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



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