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Every country has the government it deserves.
~ Joseph De Maistre

 

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Every form of government tends to perish by excess of its basic principles.
~ William J. Durant

 

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Fear is the foundation of most government.
~ John Adams

 

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For Forms of Government let fools contest; whatever is best administered is best.
~ Alexander Pope

 

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For its part, Government will listen. We will strive to listen in new ways -- to the voices of quiet anguish, to voices that speak without words, the voices of the heart, to the injured voices, and the anxious voices, and the voices that have despaired of being heard.
~ Richard M. Nixon

 

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Freedom of men under government is to have a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society, and made by the legislative power vested in it; a liberty to follow my own will in all things, when the rule prescribes not, and not to be subject to the inconstant, unknown, arbitrary will of another man.
~ John Locke

 

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Generosity is a part of my character, and I therefore hasten to assure this Government that I will never make an allegation of dishonesty against it wherever a simple explanation of stupidity will suffice.
~ Leslie Baron Lever

 

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Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
~ P. J. O'Rourke

 

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Good government is the outcome of private virtue.
~ John Jay Chapman

 

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Governing today means giving acceptable signs of credibility. It is like advertising and it is the same effect that is achieved -- commitment to a scenario.
~ Jean Baudrillard

 

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Government can be bigger than any of the players on the field as a referee, but it has no right to become one of the players.
~ Austin Igleheart

 

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

 

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Government has no other end, but the preservation of property.
~ John Locke

 

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Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent.
~ H. L. Mencken

 

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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

 

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Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient. The objections which have been brought against a standing army, and they are many and weighty, and deserve to prevail, may also at last be brought against a standing government.
~ Henry David Thoreau

 

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Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.
~ John Updike

 

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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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Government is not reason and it is not eloquence. It is force! Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
~ George Washington

 

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Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
~ Frederic Bastiat

 

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