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Ruling a big country is like cooking a small fish.
      - Lao-Tzu (Lao-Tsze or Laosi)("The Venerable Philosopher")

Fortune and caprice govern the world.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The poor taxpaying people.
  [Lat., Misera contribuens plebs.]
      - Rt. Hon. Andrew Bonar Law,
        law of the Hungarian Diet of 1751, article 37

To govern is to choose.
      - Duc de Levis, Gaston Pierre Marc

The Congress of Vienna does not walk, but it dances.
      - Prince de Ligne, Karl Joseph

A house divided against itself cannot stand--I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free.
      - Abraham Lincoln, in a speech

I go for all sharing the privileges of the government who assist in bearing its burdens. Consequently I go for admitting all whites to the right of suffrage who pay taxes or bear arms, by no means excluding females.
      - Abraham Lincoln, written in 1836

It has long been a grave question whether any government, not too strong for the liberties of its people, can be strong enough to maintain its existence in great emergencies.
      - Abraham Lincoln

If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might in a moral point of view, justify revolution--certainly would if such a right were a vital one.
      - Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address

When Tarquin the Proud was asked what was the best mode of governing a conquered city, he replied only by beating down with his staff all the tallest poppies in his garden.
      - Titus Livy

Freedom of men under government is to have a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society, and made by the legislative power vested in it; a liberty to follow my own will in all things, when the rule prescribes not, and not to be subject to the inconstant, uncertain, unknown, arbitrary will of another man.
      - John Locke (1)

All your strength is in your union,
  All your danger is in discord.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        The Song of Hiawatha (I, l. 112)

The state!--it is I!
  [Fr., L'etat!--c'est moi!]
      - attributed to Louis XIV ("Le Grand")

All free governments, whatever their name, are in reality governments by public opinion; and it is on the quality, of this public opinion that their prosperity depends.
      - James Russell Lowell

The end of government is the happiness of the people.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

We must judge of a form of government by it's general tendency, not by happy accidents.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

That is the best government which desires to make the people happy, and knows how to make them happy.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay,
        On Mitford's History of Greece

The principal foundation of all states are good laws and good arms.
      - Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli)

The Commons, faithful to their system, remained in a wise and masterly inactivity.
      - Sir James Mackintosh, Vindicioe Gallicoe
         (sec. I)

Government destitute of energy, will ever produce anarchy.
      - James Madison

No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable.
      - James Madison

The safety and happiness of society are the objects at which all political institutions aim, and to which all such institutions must be sacrificed.
      - James Madison

In all great changes of established governments, forms ought to give way to substance.
      - James Madison, The Federalist (no. 40)

Every country has the government it deserves.
  [Fr., Toute nation a le gouvernement qu'elle merite.]
      - Joseph Marie De Maistre,
        Lettres et Opuscules Inedits
         (vol. I, letter 53)

The government of the Union, then, is emphatically and truly a government of the people. In form and in substance it emanates from them. Its powers are granted by them, and are to be exercised directly on them and for their benefit.
      - John C. Marshall,
        McCulloch v. Maryland, 4 Wheaton 316

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