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Every governmental institution has been a standing testimony to the harmonic destiny of society, a standing proof that the life of man is destined for peace and amity, instead of disorder and contention.
      - Henry James, Jr.

All government, all exercise of power, no matter in what form, which is not based in love and directed by knowledge, is a tyranny.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

A republican government is slow to move, yet when once in motion, its momentum becomes irresistible.
      - Thomas Jefferson

A single good government is a blessing to the whole earth.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough is big enough to take everything you have. . . . The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
      - Thomas Jefferson

If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.
      - Thomas Jefferson

No government can continue good but under the control of the people.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Of the various executive abilities, no one excited more anxious concerns than that of placing the interests of our fellow-citizens in the hands of honest men, with understanding sufficient for their stations. No duty is at the same time more difficult to fulfill. The knowledge of character possessed by a single individual is of necessity limited. To seek out the best through the whole Union, we must resort to the information which from the best of men, acting disinterestedly and with the purest motives, is sometimes incorrect.
      - Thomas Jefferson,
        in a letter to Elias Shipman and others of New Haven

That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.
      - Thomas Jefferson

That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.
      - Thomas Jefferson

The ordinary affairs of a nation offer little difficulty to a person of any experience, but the gift of office is the dreadful burthen which oppresses him.
      - Thomas Jefferson

To prevent evil is the great end of government, the end for which vigilance and severity are properly employed.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Excise, a hateful tax levied upon commodities.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Definition of Excise in his Dictionary

The trappings of a monarchy would set up an ordinary commonwealth.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Life of Milton

What constitutes a state?
  . . . .
    Men who their duties know,
      But know their rights, and knowing, date maintain.
        . . . .
          And sovereign law, that state's collected will,
            O'er thrones and globes elate,
              Sits empress, crowning good, repressing ill.
      - Sir William Jones,
        Ode in Imitation of Alcoeus

Each petty hand
  Can steer a ship becalm'd; but he that will
    Govern and carry her to her ends, must know
      His tides, his currents, how to shift his sails;
        What she will bear in foul, what in fair weathers;
          Where her springs are, her leaks, and how to stop 'em;
            What strands, what shelves, what rocks do threaten her.
      - Ben Jonson

Forms of government become established of themselves. They shape themselves, they are not created. We may give them strength and consistency, but we cannot call them into being. Let us rest assured that the form of government can never be a matter of choice: it is almost always a matter of necessity.
      - Joseph Joubert

The Americans equally detest the pageantry of a king and the supercilious hypocrisy of a bishop.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis),
        Letter XXXV

The safety of the State is the highest law.
  [Lat., Salus populi suprema lex.]
      - Justinian I, the Great ("Emperor of the East"),
        Twelve Tables

My experience in government is that when things are non-controversial and beautifully coordinated, there is not much going on.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

The basis of effective government is public confidence, and that confidence is endangered when ethical standards falter or appear to falter.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

A wise man neither suffers himself to be governed nor attempts to govern others.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

When we have run through all forms of government, without partiality to that we were born under, we are at a loss with which to side; they are all a compound of good and evil. It is therefore most reasonable and safe to value that of our own country above all others, and to submit to it.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

This end (Robespierre's theories) was the representative sovereignty of all the citizens concentrated in an election as extensive as the people themselves, and acting by the people, and for the people in an elective council, which should be all the government.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine,
        History of the Girondists
         (vol. III, p. 104), (Bohn's ed. 1850)

A mercantile democracy may govern long and widely; a mercantile aristocracy cannot stand.
      - Walter Savage Landor

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