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I don't judge a regime by the damning criticism of the opposition, but by the ingenuous praise of the partisan.

The government is us; we are the government, you and I.
There is something to be said for government by a great aristocracy which has furnished leaders to the nation in peace and war for generations; even a democrat like myself must admit this. But there is absolutely nothing to be said for government by a plutocracy, for government by men very powerful in certain lines and gifted with the money touch, but with ideals which in their essence are merely those of so many glorified pawnbrokers.
A government is the only vessel that leaks from the top.
Office without pay makes thieves.
In the councils of a state, the question is not so much, what ought to be done? As, what can be done?
For Forms of Government let fools contest; whatever is best administered is best.
That state is best ordered when the wicked have no command, and the good have.
The government is huge, stupid, greedy and makes nosy, officious and dangerous intrusions into the smallest corners of life -- this much we can stand. But the real problem is that government is boring. We could cure or mitigate the other ills Washington visits on us if we could only bring ourselves to pay attention to Washington itself. But we cannot.
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.
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.
No government is safe unless fortified by goodwill.
The government can destroy wealth but it cannot create wealth, which is the product of labor and management working with creation.
Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought.
To administer is to govern: to govern is to reign. That is the essence of the problem.
Not wishing to be disturbed over moral issues of the political economy, Americans cling to the notion that the government is a sort of automatic machine, regulated by the balancing of competing interests.
The whole duty of government is to prevent crime and to preserve contracts.
Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens, then everybody disagrees.
We must judge a government by its general tendencies and not by its happy accidents.
Nothing is so galling to a people not broken in from the birth as a paternal, or in other words a meddling government, a government which tells them what to read and say and eat and drink and wear.
Government has no other end, but the preservation of property.
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, unknown, arbitrary will of another man.
Generosity is a part of my character, and I therefore hasten to assure this Government that I will never make an allegation of dishonesty against it wherever a simple explanation of stupidity will suffice.
You could afford your house without the government if it weren't for the government.
To govern is to choose. To appear to be unable to choose is to appear to be unable to govern.
Any cook should be able to run the country.
The supply of government exceeds demand.
Of the best rulers, The people only know that they exist; the next best they love and praise the next they fear; and the next they revile. When they do not command the people's faith, some will lose faith in them, and then they resort to oaths! But of the best when their task is accomplished, their work done, the people all remark, We have done it ourselves.
Safety of the state is the highest law.
It is function of government to invent philosophies to explain the demands of its own convenience.
I would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government rather than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an individual.
As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending.
Government can be bigger than any of the players on the field as a referee, but it has no right to become one of the players.
Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.
The government is best which makes itself unnecessary.
The greater the hold of government upon the life of the individual citizen, the greater the risk of war.
Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. [The Motto Of The U.S. Postal Service]
Well, fancy giving money to the Government! Might as well have put it down the drain.
Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.
All good government must begin at home.

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