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Support a compatriot against a native, however the former may blunder or plunder.
      - Sir Richard Francis Burton,
        Explorations of the Highroads of Brazil
         (I, p. 11)

Nothing's more dull and negligent
  Than an old, lazy government,
    That knows no interest of state,
      But such as serves a present strait.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Miscellaneous Thoughts
         (l. 159)

A thousand years scarce serve to form a state;
  An hour may lay it in the dust.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto II, st. 84)

A power has arisen up in the Government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various and powerful interests, combined into one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in the banks.
      - John Caldwell Calhoun,
        in the United States Senate

It seems to me a great truth that human things cannot stand on selfishness, mechanical utilities, economies and law courts; that if there be not a religious element in the relations of men, such relations are miserable, and doomed to ruin.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Consider in fact, a body of six hundred and fifty-eight miscellaneous persons, set to consult about "business," with twenty-seven millions, mostly fools, assiduously listening to them, and checking and criticising them. Was there ever, since the world began, will there ever be till the world end, any "business" accomplished in these circumstances?
      - Thomas Carlyle,
        Latter Day Pamphlets--Parliaments,
        referring to the relationship of teh Parliament to the British people

There are but two ways of paying debt--increase of industry in raising income, increase of thrift in laying out.
      - Thomas Carlyle,
        Past and Present--Government (ch. X)

And the first thing I would do in my government, I would have nobody to control me, I would be absolute; and who but I: now, he that is absolute, can do what he likes; he that can do what he likes, can take his pleasure; he that can take his pleasure, can be content; and he that can be content, has no more to desire; so the matter's over.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. I, bk. IV, ch. XXIII)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

There was a State without kings or nobles; there was a church without a bishop; there was a people governed by grave magistrates which it had elected, and equal laws which it had framed.
      - Rufus Choate,
        in a speech before the New England Society

Who's in or out, who moves this grand machine,
  Nor stirs my curiosity nor spleen:
    Secrets of state no more I wish to know
      Than secret movements of a puppet show:
        Let but the puppets move, I've my desire,
          Unseen the hand which guides the master wire.
      - Charles Churchill, Night (l. 257)

It is necessary for a Senator to be thoroughly acquainted with the constitution; and this is a knowledge of the most extensive nature; a matter of science, of diligence, of reflection, without which no Senator can possibly be fit for his office.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

The administration of government, like a guardianship, ought to be directed to the good of those who confer and not of those who receive the trust.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

I have considered the pension list of the republic a roll of honor.
      - Steven Grover Cleveland,
        on the veto of Mary Ann Dougherty's Pension

They have proved themselves offensive partisans and unscrupulous manipulators of local party management.
      - Steven Grover Cleveland,
        in a letter to George William Curtis

Though the people support the government the government should not support the people.
      - Steven Grover Cleveland,
        on the veto of the Texas Seedbill

The communism of combined wealth and capital, the outgrown of overweening cupidity and selfishness which assiduously undermines the justice and integrity of free institutions, is not less dangerous than the communism of oppressed poverty and toil which, exasperated by injustice and discontent, attacks with wide disorder the citadel of misrule.
      - Steven Grover Cleveland, Annual Message

There is no slight danger from general ignorance; and the only choice which Providence has graciously left to a vicious government is either to fall by the people, if they are suffered to become enlightened, or with them, if they are kept enslaved and ignorant.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Government In all government there must of necessity be both the law and the sword; laws without arms would give us not liberty but licentiousness, and arms without laws would produce not subjection but slavery.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

A monarchy is like a man-of-war--bad shots between wind and water hurt it exceedingly; there is danger of capsizing. But democracy is a raft. You cannot easily overturn it. It is a wet place, but it is a pretty safe one.
      - Joseph Cook

I would have been glad to have lived under my woodside, and to have kept a flock of sheep, rather than to have undertaken this government.
      - Oliver Cromwell, to Parliament in 1658

Weeds and nettles, briars and thorns, have thriven under your shadow, dissettlement and division, discontentment and dissatisfaction, together with real dangers to the whole.
      - Oliver Cromwell

You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.
      - Mario Cuomo, in the "New Republic"

Oh, it were better to be a poor fisherman than to meddle with the government of men.
      - Georges Jacques Danton

Whatever was required to be done, the Circumlocution Office was beforehand with all the public departments in the art of perceiving--HOW NOT TO DO IT.
      - Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit
         (bk. I, ch. X)

A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        in a speech


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