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And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

Bible Quotes , Source: Revelations (ch. II, v. 26-27)

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England is the mother of parliaments.

John Bright Quotes , Source: in a speech at Birmingham, England

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I am for Peace, for Retrenchment, and for Reform,--thirty years ago the great watchwords of the great Liberal Party.

John Bright Quotes , Source: in a speech at Birmingham, England

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Well, will anybody deny now that the Government at Washington, as regards its own people, is the strongest government in the world at this hour? And for this simple reason, that it is based on the will, and the good will, of an instructed people.

John Bright Quotes , Source: in a speech at Rochdale, England

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So then because some towns in England are not represented, America is to have no representative at all. They are "our children"; but when children ask for bread we are not to give a stone.

John Bright Quotes , Source: in a speech at Rochdale, England

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All government--indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act--is founded on compromise and barter.

Edmund Burke Quotes , Source: Second Speech on Conciliation with America

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And having looked to Government for bread, on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them.

Edmund Burke Quotes , Source: Thoughts and Details on Scarcity (vol. V, p. 156)

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Support a compatriot against a native, however the former may blunder or plunder.

Sir Richard Francis Burton Quotes , Source: Explorations of the Highroads of Brazil (I, p. 11)

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Nothing's more dull and negligent Than an old, lazy government, That knows no interest of state, But such as serves a present strait.

Samuel Butler (1) Quotes , Source: Miscellaneous Thoughts (l. 159)

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We Americans live in a nation where the medical-care system is second to none in the world, unless you count maybe 25 or 30 little scuzzball countries like Scotland that we could vaporize in seconds if we felt like it.

Dave Barry Quotes

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A good history covers not only what was done, but the thought that went into the action. You can read the history of a country through its actions.

Benjamin L. Hooks Quotes

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The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.

William E. Borah Quotes

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Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. Men have a right that these wants should be provided for by this wisdom.

Edmund Burke Quotes

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A government is not an old pair of socks that you throw away.

Boris Yeltsin Quotes

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A government must not waiver once it has chosen it's course. It must not look to the left or right but go forward.

Otto von Bismarck Quotes

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The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves.

W. E. Channing Quotes

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Truth is the glue that holds government together. Compromise is the oil that makes governments go.

Gerald R. Ford Quotes

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A great writer is, so to speak, a second government in his country. And for that reason no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn Quotes

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Which government is best? That which teaches us to govern ourselves.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labour of the industrious.

Thomas Jefferson Quotes

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Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

Henry Louis Mencken Quotes

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The worst government is the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.

Henry Louis Mencken Quotes

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A wise government knows how to enforce with temper, or to conciliate with dignity, but a weak one is odious in the former, and contemptible in the latter.

George Greenville Quotes

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Far more important to me is, that I should be loyal to what I regard as the law of my political life, which is this: a belief that that country is best governed, which is least governed ...

George Hoadly Quotes

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Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.

William Penn Quotes

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