A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservatism.

Edmund Burke 1790

Category: State, The

Tags: Edmund Burke, Government, State, The

My movements to the chain of Government will be accompanied by feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of execution.

George Washington 01/04/1789

Category: Art of Government

Tags: Art of Government, George Washington, Government

England does not love coalitions.

Benjamin Disraeli 1852

Category: Coalitions

Tags: Benjamin Disraeli, Coalitions, Government

An inconvenient house with three poor staircases.

Margot Asquith

Category: Number 10

Tags: Government, Margot Asquith, Number 10

The atmosphere inside usually is reminiscnet of a cloister. There is a feeling that you have been cut off from the outside world. Number 10 is more of a monastery than a power house.

Marcia Falkender

Category: Number 10

Tags: Government, Marcia Falkender, Number 10

It must be a conviction Government. As Prime Minister I could not waste time having internal arguments.

Margaret Thatcher 25/02/1979

Category: Art of Government, Conviction

Tags: Art of Government, Conviction, Government, Margaret Thatcher, Politics

I have climbed to the top of the greasy pole.

Benjamin Disraeli 1868

On becoming Prime Minister

Category: 100 Best Quotes Ever, Prime Minister (Office of)

Tags: 100 Best Quotes Ever, Benjamin Disraeli, Government, Pick of the bunch, Prime Minister (Office of)

I will not be able to carry the physical burden of leading the Party at the next general election. I hope it will soon be possible for the customary processes of consultation to be carried on within the Party about its future leadership.

Harold Macmillan 10/10/1963

Announcement to the Conservative Conference

Category: Resignations

Tags: Government, Harold Macmillan, Resignations

No more coals to Newcastle, no more Hoares to Paris.

King George V 1935

Upon Sir Samuel Hoare's resignation over the Hoare/Laval Pact.

Category: Diplomacy, Resignations

Tags: Diplomacy, Government, King George V, Policy, Resignations

Government of the people, by the people, for the people.

Abraham Lincoln 19/11/1863

Category: 100 Best Quotes Ever, What is Government

Tags: 100 Best Quotes Ever, Abraham Lincoln, Government, Pick of the bunch, What is Government

My God! They've shot our fox!

Nigel Birch 13/11/1947

A cry of anguish on hearing that Hugh Dalton, the Chancellor, had resigned over a budget leak.

Category: Resignations

Tags: Government, Nigel Birch, Resignations

Governments arise either out of the people or over the people.

Thomas Paine 1791

Category: What is Government

Tags: Government, Thomas Paine, What is Government

In free governments the rulers are the servants and the people their superiors and sovereigns. For the former therefore to return among the latter is not to degrade them but to promote them.

Benjamin Franklin

To Alexander Hamilton

Category: What is Government

Tags: Benjamin Franklin, Government, What is Government

The State, in choosing men to serve it, takes no notice of their opinions. If they be willing faithfully to serve it, that satisfies.

Oliver Cromwell

Remarks made to his Army of Parliamentarians before the battle of Marston Moor

Category: State, The

Tags: Government, Oliver Cromwell, State, The

A democracy when put to the strain grows weak, and is supplanted by Oligarchy.


Category: Democracy

Tags: Aristotle, Democracy, Government

In every government there are three sorts of power: the legislative; the executive in respect to things dependent on the law of nations; and the executive in regard to matters that depend on the civil law.

Baron de Montesquieu 1748

Category: What is Government, Rule of Law

Tags: Baron de Montesquieu, Government, Policy, Rule of Law, What is Government

If any man asks me what a free government is, I answer that for any practical purposes, it is what the people think it so.

Edmund Burke 1777

Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol

Category: What is Government

Tags: Edmund Burke, Government, What is Government

The essence of the modern state is that the universal be bound up with the complete freedom of its members and with private well-being.

G W F Hegel 1821

Category: State, The

Tags: G W F Hegel, Government, State, The

For the Fascist, everything is the State, and nothing human or spiritual exists, much less has value, outside the State. In this sense Fascism is totalitarian.

Benito Mussolini 1932

Category: Fascism, State, The

Tags: Benito Mussolini, Fascism, Government, Ideologies, State, The

I take it that our state, having been founded and built up on the right lines, is good in the complete sense of the word.


Category: State, The

Tags: Government, Plato, State, The

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The desire to win is born in most of us. The will to win is a matter of training. The manner of winning is a matter of honour.

Denis Thatcher

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