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To rule is not so much a question of the heavy hand as the firm seat.

It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government.
The contented and economically comfortable have a very discriminating view of government. Nobody is ever indignant about bailing out failed banks and failed savings and loans associations. But when taxes must be paid for the lower middle class and poor, the government assumes an aspect of wickedness.
It would be foolish to suggest that government is a good custodian of aesthetic goals. But, there is no alternative to the state.
Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government.
Truth is the glue that holds government together.
Every form of government tends to perish by excess of its basic principles.
Of all tasks of government the most basic is to protect its citizens against violence.
I say to myself that I mustn't let myself be cut off in there, and yet the moment I enter my bag is taken out of my hand, I'm pushed in, shepherded, nursed and above all cut off, alone. Whitehall envelops me.
You can only govern men by serving them. The rule is without exception.
Nations it may be have fashioned their Governments, but the Governments have paid them back in the same coin.
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.
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?
Good government is the outcome of private virtue.
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.
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.
The point to remember is what government gives it must first take away
But their determination to banish fools foundered ultimately in the installation of absolute idiots.
The government must always be a step ahead of the popular movement.
Public instruction should be the first object of government.
Large legislative bodies resolve themselves into coteries, and coteries into jealousies.
The art of government is not to let me grow stale.
A government must not waiver once it has chosen its course. It must not look to the left or right but go forward.
The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man.
Governing today means giving acceptable signs of credibility. It is like advertising and it is the same effect that is achieved -- commitment to a scenario.
Beaverbrook is so pleased to be in the government that he is like the town tart who finally married the Mayor.
Being nice to governments doesn't work, they are such lying bastards.
Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
It is often said that men are ruled by their imaginations; but it would be truer to say they are governed by the weakness of their imaginations.
The government of the world I live in was not framed, like that of Britain, in after-dinner conversations over the wine.
Do not ask what the Government can do for you. Ask why it doesn't.
Rex 84 is a martial law plan that allows the federal government to destroy the separation of powers.