Quotes about government
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„It is with obedience to your call that I take up the burden of government leadership for the final time.“
— Kamisese Mara President of Fiji 1920 - 2004
(Letter to President Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau, 5 December 1987).
— Ernesto Che Guevara Argentine Marxist revolutionary 1928 - 1967
Address to the United Nations (1964)
Context: Those who kill their own children and discriminate daily against them because of the color of their skin; those who let the murderers of blacks remain free, protecting them, and furthermore punishing the black population because they demand their legitimate rights as free men — how can those who do this consider themselves guardians of freedom? The government of the United States is not the champion of freedom, but rather the perpetrator of exploitation and oppression against the peoples of the world and against a large part of its own population.
„People who are emotionally adapt — who know and manage their feelings well, and who read and deal effectively with other people's feelings — are at an advantage in any domain in life, whether in romance and intimate relationships or picking up the unspoken rules that govern success in organizational politics.“
— Daniel Goleman American psychologist & journalist 1946
Source: Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ (1995), p. 36
„Canada has an experience of governance of which much of the world stands in dire need. It is a world of increasing dissension and conflict in which a significant contribution is the failure of different ethnic, tribal, religious, or social groups to search for, and agree upon, a common space for harmonious co-existence.“
— Aga Khan IV 49th and current Imam of Nizari Ismailism 1936
Address by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Leadership and Diversity Conference, Gatineau, Canada (19 May 2004)
— Omar Mukhtar Libyan resistance leader 1858 - 1931
Trial proceedings (15 September 1931)
„Socialists believe otherwise - a man is not competent enough to make decision should he use seatbelt, should he buy insurance, and the same man is competent enough to elect president and government.“
— Janusz Korwin-Mikke polish politician 1942
Source: interview in Tok FM radio
„There is not upon the face of the earth today a government so utterly and shamelessly corrupt as that of the United States of America. There are others more cruel, more tyrannical, more devastating; there is none so utterly venal.“
— Voltairine de Cleyre American anarchist writer and feminist 1866 - 1912
Anarchism & American Traditions (1908)
„Since I know that about a million people have been killed by the government of Iraq, I do not need much those weapons of mass destruction.“
— Martti Ahtisaari Finnish politician and former President of Finland 1937
Defending the US government decision to invade Iraq, as quoted in "Nobel Finn" in Wall Street Journal (11 October 2008) http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122367870922824537.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
„I was ecstatic when they re-named "French fries" as "freedom fries." Grown men and women in positions of power in the U. S. government showing themselves as idiots.“
— Johnny Depp American actor, film producer, and musician 1963
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„Every instigator or madman, who will dare to raise his hand against the government, let him be sure that the government will chop it off.“
— Recep Tayyip Erdoğan 12th President of Turkey from 2014 1954
Speech delivered after the military coup, 2016
„It is essential that the government provide educational services that respond to the people’s needs“
— Sukavich Rangsitpol Thai politician 1935
Education for All People and Education for Life
„Since virtue and equality are the soul of the republic, and that your aim is to found, to consolidate the republic, it follows, that the first rule of your political conduct should be, to let all your measures tend to maintain equality and encourage virtue, for the first care of the legislator should be to strengthen the principles on which the government rests. Hence all that tends to excite a love of country, to purify manners, to exalt the mind, to direct the passions of the human heart towards the public good, you should adopt and establish.“
— Maximilien Robespierre French revolutionary lawyer and politician 1758 - 1794
Principles to Form the Basis of the Administration of the Republic (February 1794)
„It has always seemed to me that the social order was implicit in the very nature of things, and required nothing more from the human spirit than care in arranging the various elements; that a people could be governed without being made thralls or libertines or victims thereby; that man was born for peace and liberty, and became miserable and cruel only through the action of insidious and oppressive laws. And I believe therefore that if man be given laws which harmonize with the dictates of nature and of his heart he will cease to be unhappy and corrupt.“
— Louis Antoine de Saint-Just military and political leader 1767 - 1794
J’ai pensé que l’ordre social était dans la nature même des choses, et n’empruntait de l’esprit humain que le soin d’en mettre à leur place les éléments divers; qu’un peuple pouvait être gouverné sans être assujetti, sans être licencieux, et sans être opprimé; que l’homme naissait pour la paix et pour la liberté, et n’était malheureux et corrompu que par les lois insidieuses de la domination. Alors j’imaginai que si l’on donnait à l’homme des lois selon la nature et son cœur, il cesserait d’être malheureux et corrompu.
Discours sur la Constitution à donner à la France http://www.royet.org/nea1789-1794/archives/discours/stjust_constitution_24_04_93.htm, speech to the National Convention (April 24, 1793).
„In the circumstances in which the Republic finds itself, the constitution cannot be inaugurated; it would destroy itself … The provisional government of France is revolutionary until there is peace.“
— Louis Antoine de Saint-Just military and political leader 1767 - 1794
(October 10, 1793) [Source: Oeuvres Complètes de Saint-Just, vol. 2 (2 vols., Paris, 1908), pp. 83-88]
„Serial killers do, on a small scale, what governments do on a large one. They are a product of the times and these are bloodthirsty times. Even psychopaths have emotions if you dig deep enough. Then again, maybe they don't.“
— Richard Ramirez American serial killer 1960 - 2013
Interview with Mike Watkiss. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA6MkH9BHMg
„If the government is covering up knowledge of aliens, they are doing a better job of it than they do at anything else.“
— Stephen Hawking British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author 1942 - 2018
„Be united, persevere, and achieve self-Government, so that the millions now perishing by poverty, famine, and plague may be saved, and India may once more occupy her proud position of yore among the greatest and civilized nations of the world.“
— Dadabhai Naoroji Indian politician 1825 - 1917
In 1906 at the age of 80 when he became president of the Indian National Congress in Calcutta.
Dr. Dadabhai Naoroji: "The Grand Old Man of India"
„Progress of human civilization in the area of defining human freedom is not made from the top down. No king, no parliament, no government ever extended to the people more rights than the people insisted upon.“
— Terence McKenna American ethnobotanist 1946 - 2000
"True Hallucinations" (1993)
Variant: Progress of human civilization in the area of defining human freedom is not made from the top down. No king, no parliament, no government ever extended to the people more rights than the people insisted upon.
Context: Progress of human civilization in the area of defining human freedom is not made from the top down. No king, no parliament, no government ever extended to the people more rights than the people insisted upon. And I think we've come to a place with this psychedelic issue. And we have the gay community as a model, and all the other communities, the ethnic communities. We simply have to say, Look: LSD has been around for fifty years now, we just celebrated the birthday. It ain't going away. WE are not going away. We are not slack-jawed, dazed, glazed, unemployable psychotic creeps. We are pillars of society. You can't run your computers, your fashion houses, your publishing houses, your damn magazines, you can't do anything in culture without psychedelic people in key positions. And this is the great unspoken truth of American Creativity. So I think it's basically time to just come out of the closet and go, "You know what, I'm stoned, and I'm proud."
„I have discovered, in fact, that a man, whatever may have been his origin, his education, and his habits, is governed, under certain circumstances, much more by his stomach than by his intelligence and his heart.“
— François Arago French mathematician, physicist, astronomer and politician 1786 - 1853
"The History of My Youth", p. 55.
Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men (1859)
Context: I was often humiliated to see men disputing for a piece of bread, just as animals might have done. My feelings on this subject have very much altered since I have been personally exposed to the tortures of hunger. I have discovered, in fact, that a man, whatever may have been his origin, his education, and his habits, is governed, under certain circumstances, much more by his stomach than by his intelligence and his heart.