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I look upon parliamentary government as the noblest government in the world, and certainly one most suited to England. But without the discipline of political connection, animated by the principle of private honor, I feel certain that a popular assembly would sink before the power or the corruption of a minister.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Individualities may form communities, but is institutions alone that can create a nation.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        in a speech at Manchester

Our domestic affections are the most salutary basis of all good government.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

The constitution of England is not a paper constitution. It is an aggregate of institutions, many of them founded merely upon prescription, some of them fortified by muniments, but all of them the fruit and experience of an ancient and illustrious people.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

The country has, I think, made up its mind to close this career of plundering and blundering.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        in a letter to Lord Grey de Welton

To govern men, you must either excel them in their accomplishments, or despise them.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

The divine right of kings may have been a plea for feeble tyrants, but the divine right of government is the keystone of human progress, and without it governments sink into police, and a nation is degraded into a mob.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Lothair--General Preface

A government, founded on impartial liberty, where all have a voice and a vote, irrespective of color or of sex--what is there to hinder such a government from standing firm.
      - Frederick Douglass

Resolv'd to ruin or to rule the state.
      - John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
         (pt. I, l. 174)

For where's the State beneath the Firmament,
  That doth excell the Bees for Government?
      - Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas,
        Divine Weekes and Workes
         (first week, fifth day, pt. I)

The best government is not that which renders men the happiest, but that which renders the greatest number happy.
      - Charles Pineau Duclos

Every form of government tends to perish by excess of its basic principle.
      - William James (Will) Durant

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.
      - Dwight David Eisenhower

Government has been a fossil: it should be a plant.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Governments have their origin in the moral identity of men.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Shall we judge a country by the majority, or by the minority? By the minority, surely.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Conduct of Life--Considerations by the Way

Beneath a free government there is nothing but the intelligence of the people to keep the people's peace. Order must be preserved, not by a military police or regiments of horse-guards, but by the spontaneous concert of a well-informed population, resolved that the rights which have been rescued from despotism shall not be subverted by anarchy.
      - Edward Everett

Government is the greatest combination for forces known to human society. It can command more men and raise more money than any and all other agencies combined.
      - David Dudley Field

If the Government is big enough to give you everything you want, it is big enough to take away everything you have.
      - Gerald Rudolph Ford

Our Constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men.
      - Gerald Rudolph Ford

In rivers and bad governments, the lightest things swim at the top.
      - Benjamin Franklin

We are more heavily taxed by our idleness, pride and folly than we are taxed by government.
      - Benjamin Franklin

If I wished to punish a province, I would have it governed by philosophers.
      - Frederick, the Great (Frederick II)

Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.
      - Milton Friedman

If it is dangerous to suppose that government is always right, it will sooner or later be awkward for public administration if most people suppose that it is always wrong.
      - John Kenneth Galbraith

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