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All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.
      - James Abram Garfield

Fellow-citizens: Clouds and darkness are around Him; His pavilion is dark waters and thick clouds; justice and judgment are the establishment of His throne; mercy and truth shall go before His face! Fellow citizens! God reigns and the Government at Washington lives.
      - James Abram Garfield,
        in an address from the New York Customs House concerning President Lincoln's assassination

When constabulary duty's to be done
  A policeman's lot is not a happy one.
      - Sir William Schwenk Gilbert,
        Pirates of Penzance

The duties of government are paternal.
      - Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone

The proper function of a government is to make it easy for people to do good, and difficult for them to do evil.
      - Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone

All men would be masters of others, and no man is lord of himself.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In the government of men, a great deal may be done by severity, more by love, but most of all by clear discernment and impartial justice, which pays no respect to persons.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Which is the best government? That which teaches self-government.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What government is the best? That which teaches us to govern ourselves.
  [Ger., Welche Regierung die beste sei? Diejenige die uns lehrt uns selbst zu regieren.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Spruche in Prosa (III)

For just experience tells, in every soil,
  That those who think must govern those that toil.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 372)

I did not come to Washington to be loved, and I have not been disappointed.
      - Phil Gramm

Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their immediate representatives.
      - Alexander Hamilton

Perish commerce. Let the constitution live!
      - George Hardinge,
        Debate on the Traitorous Correspondence Bill

A statesman, we are told, should follow public opinion. Doubtless, as a coachman follows his horses; having firm hold on the reins and guiding them.
      - Augustus William Hare

A decent and manly examination of the acts of government should not only tolerated, but encouraged.
      - William Henry Harrison,
        in his inaugural address

All good government must begin at home. It is useless to make good laws for bad people; what is wanted is this, to subdue the tyranny of the human heart.
      - Hugh Reginald Haweis

All government is an evil, but, of the two form's of that evil, democracy or monarchy, the sounder is monarchy; the more able to do its will, democracy.
      - Benjamin Robert Haydon

Unnecessary taxation is unjust taxation.
      - Abram Stevens Hewitt,
        Democratic Platform of 1884

How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think.
      - Adolph Hitler

The surest way of governing, both in a private family and a kingdom, is for a husband and a prince sometimes to drop their prerogative.
      - Thomas Hughes

An established government has an infinite advantage, by that very circumstance of its being established--the bulk of mankind being governed by authority, not reason, and never attributing authority to anything that has not the recommendation of antiquity.
      - David Hume

Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the ease with which the many are governed by the few.
      - David Hume

There was one species of despotism under which he had long groaned, and that was petticoat government.
      - Washington Irving, Rip Van Winkle,
        (from The Sketch Book)

No sooner does he hear any of this brothers mention reform or retrenchment, than up he jumps.
      - Washington Irving,
        The Sketch Book--John Bull

All governments are, to a certain extent, a treaty with the Devil.
      - Hermann Jacobi


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