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GOVERNMENT
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It may pass for a maxim in State, that the administration cannot be placed in too few hands, nor the legislature in too many.
      - Jonathan Swift

When any one person or body of men seize into their hands the power in the last resort, there is properly no longer a government, but what Aristotle and his followers call the abuse and corruption of one.
      - Jonathan Swift

In the opinion of all men he would have been regarded as capable of governing, if he had never governed.
  [Lat., Omnium consensu capax imperii, nisi imperasset.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (I, 49)

A government which takes in the consent of the greatest number of the people may justly be said to have the broadest bottom; and if it be terminated in the authority of one single person it may be said to have the narrowest top; and so makes the finest pyramid.
      - Sir William Temple

In the parliament of man, the Federation of the world.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Locksley Hall
         (l. 129)

It is a great error, in my opinion, to believe that a government is more firm or assured when it is supported by force, than when founded on affection.
  [Lat., Et errat longe mea quidem sententia
    Qui imperium credit gravius esse aut stabilius,
      Vi quod fit, quam illud quod amicitia adjungitur.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Adelphi
         (I, 1, 40)

Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
      - Margaret Thatcher

I've still got a lot to learn about Washington. Thursday, I accidentally spent some of my own money.
      - Fred Dalton Thompson

There's nothing hard about acting except the long hours.
      - Fred Dalton Thompson, in Time

We preach Democracy in vain while Tory and Conservative can point to the opposite side of the Atlantic and say: "There are Nineteen millions of the human race free absolutely, every man heir to the throne, governing themselves--the government of all, by all, for all; but instead of being a consistent republic it is one widespread confederacy of free men for the enslavement of a nation of another complexion."
      - George M.P. Thompson, in a speech

Government never furthered any enterprise but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way.
      - Henry David Thoreau

If it is true that vice can never be done away with, the science of government consists of making it contribute to the public good.
      - Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues,
        Reflections and Maxims

This shall be thy work: to improve conditions of peace, to spare the lowly, and to overthrow the proud.
  [Lat., Hae tibi erunt artes, pacisque imponere morem
    Parcere subjectis et debellare superbos.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (VI, 852)

The art of government is to make two-thirds of a nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Many people consider the things which government does for them to be social progress, but they consider the things government does for others as socialism.
      - Earl Warren

In the appointments to the great offices of the government, my aim has been to combine geographical situation, and sometimes other considerations, with abilities and fitness of known characters.
      - George Washington

Influence is not government.
      - George Washington

It is among the evils, and perhaps not the smallest, of democratical governments, that the people must feel before they will see. When this happens they are roused to action. Hence it is that those kinds of government are so slow.
      - George Washington

Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.
      - George Washington,
        in a speech to the Constitutional Convention

The aggregate happiness of society, which is best promoted by the practice of a virtuous policy, is, or ought to be, the end of all government.
      - George Washington

The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.
      - George Washington

When a people shall have become incapable of governing themselves, and fit for a master, it is of little consequence from what quarter he comes.
      - George Washington

A National debt is a National blessing.
      - attributed to Daniel Webster,
        but repudiated by him

But I say to you, and to our whole country, and to all the crowned heads and aristocratic powers and feudal systems that exist, that it is to self-government--the great principle of popular representation and administration--the system that lets in all to participate in the counsels that are to assign the good or evil to all--that we may owe what we are and what we hope to be.
      - Daniel Webster

Nothing is more deceptive or more dangerous than the pretence of a desire to simplify government. The simplest governments are despotisms; the next simplest, limited monarchies; but all republics, all governments of law, must impose numerous limitations and qualifications of authority, and give many positive and many qualified rights.
      - Daniel Webster


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