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Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
      - William Penn

In a change of government the poor change nothing but the name of their masters.
  [Lat., In principatu commutando civium
    Nil praeter domini nomen mutant pauperes.]
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia), Fables
         (I, 15, 1)

Government arrogates to itself that it alone forms men. * * * Everybody knows that government never began anything. It is the whole world that thinks and governs.
      - Wendell Phillips

Government began in tyranny and force, began in the feudalism of the soldier and bigotry of the priest; and the ideas of justice and humanity have been fighting their way, like a thunderstorm, against the organized selfishness of human nature.
      - Wendell Phillips

Government is only a necessary evil, like other go-carts and crutches. Our need of it shows exactly how far we are still children. All governing overmuch kills the self-help and energy of the governed.
      - Wendell Phillips

Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no protection,--they have many friends and few enemies.
      - Wendell Phillips

Three millions of people, so dead to all the feelings of liberty as voluntarily to submit to be slaves, would have been fit instruments to make slaves of the rest.
      - William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham,
        Speech on America

As the government is, such will be the man.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

Themistocles said, "The Athenians govern the Greeks; I govern the Athenians; you, my wife, govern me; you son governs you."
      - Plutarch, Life of Cato the Censor

The government will take the fairest of names, but the worst of realities--mob rule.
      - Polybius VI, 57

For forms of government let fools contest;
  Whate'er is best administer'd is best.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. III, l. 303)

The right divine of kings to govern wrong.
      - Alexander Pope, The Dunciad
         (bk. IV, l. 188)

Of all the difficulties in a state, the temper of a true government most felicifies and perpetuates it; too sudden alterations distemper it. Had Nero tuned his kingdom as he did his harp, his harmony had been more honorable, and his reign more prosperous.
      - Francis Quarles

There be three sorts of government--monarchical, aristocratical, democratical; and they are apt to fall three several ways into ruin--the first, by tyranny; the second, by ambition; the last, by tumults. A commonwealth grounded upon any one of these is not of long continuance; but, wisely mingled, each guards the other and makes that government exact.
      - Francis Quarles

Government owes its birth to the necessity of preventing and repressing the injuries which the associated individuals had to fear from one another.
      - Abbe Guillaume Thomas Francois Raynal

Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
      - Ronald Reagan,
        during his 1965 campaign for Governor of California

Governments tend not to solve problems, only rearrange them.
      - Ronald Reagan

In the present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.
      - Ronald Reagan

This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.
      - Will Rogers

The labor unions shall have a square deal, and the corporations shall have a square deal, and in addition, all private citizens shall have a square deal.
      - Theodore Roosevelt, in an address

The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly as necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.
      - Theodore Roosevelt

The science of government is only a science of combinations, of applications, and of exceptions, according to times, places and circumstances.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Congress, the press, and the bureaucracy too often focus on how much money or effort is spent, rather than whether the money or effort actually achieves the announced goal.
      - Donald Rumsfeld

A government above the law is a menace to be defeated.
      - Lord Leslie George Scarman,
        Why Britain Needs a Written Constitution

Say to the seceded States: "Wayward sisters depart in peace."
      - Winfield Scott,
        in a letter addressed to W.H. Seward, Washington, Mar. 3, 1861

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