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It is very easy to accuse a government of imperfection, for all mortal things are full of it.

Author: Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592)

Profession: French Philosopher, Essayist

Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought.

Author: Dwight Whitney Morrow (1873-1931)

Profession: American Lawyer, Banker, diplomat

The government can destroy wealth but it cannot create wealth, which is the product of labor and management working with creation.

Author: Bill Murray (1950)

Profession: American Comedian, Actor, Writer

No government is safe unless fortified by goodwill.

Author: Cornelius Nepos

Profession: 1st Century BC

For its part, Government will listen. We will strive to listen in new ways -- to the voices of quiet anguish, to voices that speak without words, the voices of the heart, to the injured voices, and the anxious voices, and the voices that have despaired of being heard.

Author: Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994)

Profession: Thirty-seventh President of the USA

If you join government, calmly make your contribution and move on. Don't go along to get along; do your best and when you have to -- and you will -- leave, and be something else.

Author: Peggy Noonan (1950)

Profession: American Author, Presidential Speechwriter

Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.

Author: Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

Profession: Anglo-American Political Theorist, Writer

That state is best ordered when the wicked have no command, and the good have.

Author: Pittacus (650-570 BC)

Profession: Statesman from Ancient Greece

The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.

Author: Plato

Profession: Greek Philosopher

It is easy to rule over the good.

Author: Titus Maccius Plautus

Profession: Roman Comic Poet

For Forms of Government let fools contest; whatever is best administered is best.

Author: Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

Profession: British Poet, Critic, Translator

In the councils of a state, the question is not so much, what ought to be done? As, what can be done?

Author: French Proverb

Profession: Sayings of French Origin

Office without pay makes thieves.

Author: German Proverb

Profession: Sayings of German Origin

Who so taketh in hand to frame any state or government ought to presuppose that all men are evil, and at occasions will show themselves so to be.

Author: Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618)

Profession: British Courtier, Navigator, Writer

Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.

Author: Ronald Reagan (1911)

Profession: Fortieth President of the USA, Actor