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In the infancy of societies, the chiefs of the state shape its institutions; later the institutions shape the chiefs of state. (Quote by - Baron de Montesquieu)

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. (Quote by - Thomas Jefferson)

They want and their kids pay for it. (Quote by - Richard Lamm)

Not stones, nor wood, nor the art of artisans make a state; but where men are who know how to take care of themselves, these are cities and walls. (Quote by - John Quincy Adams)

Talk is cheap - except when Congress does it. (Quote by - Cullen Hightower)

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. (Quote by - Steve Allen)

Far more important to me is, that I should be loyal to what I regard as the law of my political life, which is this: a belief that that country is best governed, which is least governed (Quote by - George Hoadly)

The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves. (Quote by - W. E. Channing)

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. (Quote by - Thomas Jefferson)

Every nation has the government that it deserves. (Quote by - Joseph De Maistre)

There are no magic answers, no miraculous methods to overcome the problems we face, just the familiar ones) honest search for understanding, education, organization, action that raises the cost of state violence for its perpetrators or that lays the basis for institutional change -- and the kind of commitment that will persist despite the temptations of disillusionment, despite many failures and only limited successes, inspired by the hope of a brighter future. (Quote by - Noam Chomsky)

Government loses its claim to legitimacy when it fails to fulfil its obligations. (Quote by - Martin Gross)

Because of our Congressional committee system, our government is closer to a gerontocracy than a democracy. (Quote by - Charles Frankel)

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner. Liberty is a well-armed lamb. (Quote by - Benjamin Franklin)

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

The art of governing consists in not letting men grow old in their jobs. (Quote by - Napoleon Bonaparte)

Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. (Quote by - Edmund Burke)

A house divided against itself cannot stand - I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free. (Quote by - Abraham Lincoln)

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem. (Quote by - Milton Friedman)

Themistocles said, "The Athenians govern the Greeks; I govern the Athenians; you, my wife, govern me; your son governs you." (Quote by - Plutarch)

Ohio claims they are due a president as they haven't had one since Taft. Look at the United States, they have not had one since Lincoln. (Quote by - Will Rogers)

Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it... The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it. (Quote by - Woodrow Wilson)

It [Calvinism] established a religion without a prelate, a government without a king. (Quote by - George Bancroft)

Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. (Quote by - Lao-Tsze)

Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other. (Quote by - Ronald Reagan)


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