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By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.
Albert Camus
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By theme : State  

States are great engines moving slowly.
Francis Bacon
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In rivers and bad governments, the lightest things swim at the top.
Benjamin Franklin
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By theme : Politics     State  

The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.
John Acton
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By theme : Democracy     Liberty     State  

The science of government is only a science of combinations, of applications, and of exceptions, according to times, places and circumstances.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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By theme : Science     Society     State  

Only a government that is rich and safe can afford to be a democracy, for democracy is the most expensive and nefarious kind of government ever heard of on earth.
Henry Louis Mencken
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By theme : Democracy     State   Wit    

An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.
Plato
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By theme : Wisdom     State   Philosophy    

The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.
Aristotle
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The power and prestige of the country depend primarily on the talent and ability of its people.
Margaret Thatcher
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Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies.
Charles de Montesquieu
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By theme : Democracy     State   Wealth    

A man`s wife has more power over him than the state has.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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By theme : Men     State   Wife    

A republic properly understood is a sovereignty of justice, in contradistinction to a sovereignty of will.
Thomas Paine
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Bad administration, to be sure, can destroy good policy; but good administration can never save bad policy.
Adlai E. Stevenson
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The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.
Charles de Montesquieu
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By theme : Democracy     Politics     State  

Fear is the foundation of most governments.
John Quincy Adams
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The state is the association of men, and not men themselves; the citizen may perish, and the man remain.
Charles de Montesquieu
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A thousand years scarce serve to form a state. An hour may lay it in the dust.
George Gordon Byron
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The essence of a free government consists in an effectual control of rivalries.
John Quincy Adams
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Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
Thomas Jefferson
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In every well-governed state, wealth is a sacred thing; in democracies it is the only sacred thing.
Anatole France
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