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The government must always be a step ahead of the popular movement.

Author: Count Boytzwnburg


But their determination to banish fools foundered ultimately in the installation of absolute idiots.

Author: Basil Bunting (1900-1985)

Profession: British Poet

Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.

Author: Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Profession: British Political Writer, Statesman

Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.

Author: George Burns (1896-1996)

Profession: American Comedy Actor

The point to remember is what government gives it must first take away

Author: John S. Caldwell


By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

Men are to be guided only by their self-interests. Good government is a good balancing of these; and, except a keen eye and appetite for self-interest, requires no virtue in any quarter. To both parties it is emphatically a machine: to the discontented, a ''taxing-machine;'' to the contented, a ''machine for securing property.'' Its duties and its faults are not those of a father, but of an active parish-constable.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

Thou camest out of thy mother's belly without government, thou hast liv'd hitherto without government, and thou mayst be carried to thy long home without government, when it shall please the Lord. How many people in this world live without government, yet do well enough, and are well look'd upon?

Author: Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616)

Profession: Spanish Novelist, Dramatist, Poet

Good government is the outcome of private virtue.

Author: John Jay Chapman (1862-1933)

Profession: American Author

Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those others that have been tried from time to time.

Author: Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

Though the people support the government; the government should not support the people.

Author: Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)

Profession: Twenty-second & 24th President of the USA

The three great ends which a statesman ought to propose to himself in the government of a nation, are -- 1. Security to possessors; 2. Facility to acquirers; and, 3. Hope to all.

Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Profession: British Poet, Critic, Philosopher

Nations it may be have fashioned their Governments, but the Governments have paid them back in the same coin.

Author: Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Profession: Polish-born British Novelist

You can only govern men by serving them. The rule is without exception.

Author: Victor Cousin (1792-1867)

Profession: French Philosopher