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"If I announce the armistice and the Americans don't send sufficient reinforcements and don't land near Rome, the Germans will seize the city and put in a puppet fascist government." - Pietro Badoglio

"Oklahoma City bombing was done on purpose. Did you know the Federal Government blew up their own building to blame it on the militias and to get rid of some people that weren't cooperating with the system?" - Kent Hovind

"... Washington was not only an important capital. It was a city of fear. Below that glittering and delightful surface there is another story, that of underpaid Government clerks, men and women holding desperately to work that some political pull may at any moment take from them. A city of men in office and clutching that office, and a city of struggle which the country never suspects." - Mary Roberts Rinehart

"The sophists were as a rule men who had traveled widely and seen different forms of government. Both conventions and local laws in the city-states could vary widely. This led the Sophists to raise the question of what was natural and what was socially induced. By doing this, they paved the way for social criticism in the city-state of Athens." - Jostein Gaarder

"As Mayor, I have a responsibility to ensure city government is making life better for all Angelenos, especially those whose past hard work laid the foundation for the city we enjoy today. Whether someone is born here, or comes here for college, career, or retirement, I want L.A. to be a place that welcomes all generations." - Eric Garcetti

"The government of freemen is nobler and implies more virtue than despotic government. Neither is a city to be deemed happy or a legislator to be praised because he trains his citizens to conquer and obtain dominion over their neighbors, for there is great evil in this." - Aristotle

"City wits, country humorists." - Mason Cooley

"You have to almost apologize for saying, please enforce the laws. The laws, that they're [government] receiving good federal dollars to be able to ensure for public safety, which is incumbent upon them to secure on the streets in every city and state across this country. And instead government allows individuals who are a risk, who are a threat, to come back in the country, routinely, regularly without any kind of checks and balances." - Kimberly Guilfoyle

"To dislocate the functioning of a city without destroying it can be more effective than a riot because it can be longer-lasting, costly to the society but not wantonly destructive, moreover, it is more difficult for Government to quell it by superior force." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"If obedience is not rendered in the homes, we shall never have a whole city, country, principality, or kingdom well governed. For this order in the homes is the first rule; it is the source of all other rule and government." - Martin Luther

"There is something deeply hypocritical in a society that holds an inner-city child only eight years old "accountable" for her performance on a high-stakes standardized exam but does not hold the high officials of our government accountable for robbing her of what they gave their own kids six or seven years before." - Jonathan Kozol

"The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city. This unprecedented move should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself." - Ron Paul

"As our boys and men are all expecting to be Presidents, so our girls and women must all hold themselves in readiness to preside inthe White House; and in no city in the world can honest industry be more at a discount than in this capital of the government of the people." - Jane Swisshelm

"Since the building of Constantinople, and the removal of the seat of government to that city, no political quarrel separated Rome from Egypt. Pagan Rome, ever since the union of the two countries under Augustus, except when interrupted by the rebellions, had been eagerly copying the superstitions of Egypt, and Christian Rome still followed the same course." - Samuel Sharpe

"I cannot watch the city of Chicago be destroyed by petty politics and bad government." - Harold Washington

"I am joining the government not from the academic position but from St. Petersburg city council." - Anatoly Chubais

"Government governed least is government governed best." - Thomas Jefferson

"The federal government is doing less than it is lawfully entitled to do to protect New York City, and the City is less safe as a result." - Raymond Kelly

"If all of us would require the same level of performance from ourselves as we expect from government, this city will forever be the city that works." - Jane Byrne

"Some things the legislator must find ready to his hand in a state, others he must provide. And therefore we can only say: May our state be constituted in such a manner as to be blessed with the goods of which fortune disposes (for we acknowledge her power): whereas virtue and goodness in the state are not a matter of chance but the result of knowledge and purpose. A city can be virtuous only when the citizens who have a share in the government are virtuous, and in our state all the citizens share in the government;" - Aristotle

"Rich Indians typically tried to work around a dysfunctional government. Private security was hired, city water was filtered, private school tuitions were paid. Such choices had evolved over the years into a principle: The best government is the one that gets out of the way. The attacks on the Taj and the Oberoi, in which executives and socialites died, had served as a blunt correction. The wealthy now saw that their security could not be requisitioned privately. They were dependent on the same public safety system that ill served the poor." - Katherine Boo

"Why should a city be mandated to do something by the federal government or state government without the money to do it?" - Richard M Daley

"You have all these people in the city and everything has become centralized. If you live outside the city and you need a birth certificate or some official paper from the government, you have to travel to the city." - Edwidge Danticat

"I've been telling you for years that if they don't get their way, if all of this stuff that's happened does not enable them to bring about their world totalitarian socialist government, disarm the American people and create their New World Order, they'll blow up an American city with an atomic bomb. They will do it. I have said it probably a couple of hundred times." - William Bill

"Man is the end of nature; nothing so easily organizes itself in every part of the universe as he; no moss, no lichen is so easilyborn; and he takes along with him and puts out from himself the whole apparatus of society and condition extempore, as an army encamps in a desert, and where all was just now blowing sand, creates a white city in an hour, a government, a market, a place for feasting, for conversation, and for love." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Once one concedes that a single world government is not necessary, then where does one logically stop at the permissibility of separate states? If Canada and the United States can be separate nations without being denounced as in a state of impermissible 'anarchy', why may not the South secede from the United States? New York State from the Union? New York City from the state? Why may not Manhattan secede? Each neighbourhood? Each block? Each house? Each person?" - Murray Rothbard

"Commerce is the life blood of the City. If we are not careful, government will become the cancer." - Andrew Ryan

"The bombs the government drops in Iraq are the bombs that blew up in New York City." - Van Jones

"It's not, 'We have a city to bid, now let's go check in with the federal government'." - Peter Ueberroth

"Small government is beautiful" - Carla Howell

"To my city I'm the 2-3" - Drake

"The city is recruited from the country." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Florence - the city of tranquillity made manifest ..." - Katherine Cecil Thurston

"Ev'rythin's up to date in Kansas City." - Oscar Hammerstein Ii

"... the great white city of brotherhood, Washington ..." - Christina Stead

"Everything is real, except Beika City" - Gosho Aoyama

"Every city is a living body." - Saint Augustine

"New York City is my playground." - Bethenny Frankel

"Manchester City are defending like beavers" - Chris Kamara

"A lamb in a city of wolves." - Karen Marie Moning

"Not I, but the city teaches." - Socrates

"A city without books, a city without a library is like a graveyard." - Malala Yousafzai

"It makes me crazy to think that somebody might attack my city or any other city." - Billy Corgan

"True citizens of the heavenly city are the best residents of the earthly city." - Timothy Keller

"What is a city, but the people; true the people are the city." - Coriolanus III

"Government does not create jobs. Government does not create jobs." - Mitt Romney

"All forms of government are pernicious, including good government." - Edward Abbey

"There is no right government except good government." - George Santayana

"Good government is good politics and politics is good government." - Richard J Daley

"It's time to start bringing the congregations down to City Hall and to ask the mayors, the city councils and the school boards, "What's the plan? What's the local government going to do for us?"" - Van Jones

"There is a dysfunctional strangeness to Los Angeles that doesn't exist in any other western city. The roads are crumbling, no-one knows what they're doing, the city government barely works." - Moby

"I am the Federal Government" - Tom Delay

"Our government has no integrity!" - Jack Bauer

"What a benefit would the American government, not yet relieved of its extreme need, render to itself, and to every city, village and hamlet in the States, if it would tax whiskey and rum almost to the point of prohibition! Was it Bonaparte who said that he found vices very good patriots? "He got five millions from the love of brandy, and he should be glad to know which of the virtues would pay him as much." Tobacco and opium have broad backs, and will cheerfully carry the load of armies, if you choose to make them pay high for such joy as they give and such harm as they do." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"And yes,Percy,of course they are now in our United States. Look at your symbol,the eagle of Zeus. Look at the statue of Prometheus in Rockefeller Center,the Greek facades of our government builidings in Washington. I defy you to find any American city where the Olympians are not proeminently displayed, in multiple places. Like it or not-and believe me,plenty of people weren't very found of Rome,either-America is now the heart of the flame. It is the great power of the West.And so Olympus is here.And we are here." - Rick Riordan

"Government barriers on Business For example, the Endangered Species Act prevents 'disturbing the habitat' of the spotted owl. That has restricted 4.2 million acres of forest from development, leading to the loss of 30,000 lumber-related jobs and the annual loss of 1.1 billion board feet of lumber. This has driven up the cost of houses by at least $4,000 each. In addition, regulators ordered a Kansas City bank to install a Braille keypad on its drive-through automatic teller machine, presumably to aid any blind drivers. The list goes on and on." - Rush Limbaugh

"City government can and must help San Franciscans prepare for emergencies in order to avoid tragedy where possible and minimize loss of life and property when emergencies occur" - Gavin Newsom

"As Mayor, I will lead city government, businesses, and community groups to support innovative projects that will make San Francisco streets and public places vibrant and healthy" - Gavin Newsom

"There seems to be less obvious corruption in city government and New York politicians, they aren't Republican or Democrat, they're New Yorkers." - Malachy Mccourt

"City government can and must help San Franciscans prepare for emergencies in order to avoid tragedy where possible and minimize loss of life and property when emergencies occur." - Gavin Newsom

"As Mayor, I will lead city government, businesses, and community groups to support innovative projects that will make San Francisco streets and public places vibrant and healthy." - Gavin Newsom

"If for no other reason than the energy crisis now facing this country, the federal government should be eager to become partners with us in rebuilding our city." - Jane Byrne

"The Democratic Party is made up of trial lawyers, labor unions, government employees, big city political machines, the coercive utopians, the radical environmentalists, feminists, and others who want to restructure society with tax dollars and government fiat." - Grover Norquist

"The city of cats and the city of men exist one inside the other, but they are not the same city." - Italo Calvino

"There's no Democratic way to run a city and there's no Republican way to run a city - just the right way to run a city." - Buddy Cianci

"I have no doubt that aggressively going after wrongdoing can result in real improvement. Fewer wrongdoers in city government means more honest employees; it means better city services; it means more efficient government. And punishing wrongdoing can have a strong ripple effect that deters others from going down the wrong path." - David Hoffman

"Took over my city and I never asked permission to." - Drake

"I've always treated my city like some shoulder pads." - Drake

"City life is millions of people being lonesome together." - Henry David Thoreau

"Would your city weep if your church did not exist?" - Darrin Patrick

"Everywhere outside New York City is Bridgeport, Connecticut." - Fred Allen

"I sell mirrors in the city of the blind." - Kabir

"In my dreams of this city I am always lost." - Margaret Atwood

"I play to lift a city, and raise a banner." - Prince Fielder

"Certainly Manchester is the most wonderful city of modem times." - Benjamin Disraeli

"There are so many cities in every single city." - David Mitchell

"In a strange city, I connect through food and fantasy." - Mason Cooley

"Montreal's not a city. It's a Disney World for alcoholics." - Mike Wilmot

"I had a good friend in New York City." - Hank Williams, Jr.

"We blocked them inside the city. Their rear is blocked." - Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

"Cheese steaks are the gastronomic icons of this ethnic city." - Bryan Miller

"This city has two great teams - Liverpool and Liverpool reserves." - Bill Shankly

"Jerusalem is a port city on the shore of eternity." - Yehuda Amichai

"Searching for a lost city is a particularly European obsession." - Tahir Shah

"Don't let the wicked city get you down." - Sylvia Plath

"The chicken is the country's, but the city eats it." - George Herbert

"Accursed be the city where the laws would stifle nature's!" - Lord Byron

"Every city began as a campsite - pg. 25" - Chris Ware

"I love nyc. It's the city of my birth and probably the most amazing city on the planet." - Moby

"Venice is not only a city of fantasy and freedom. It is also a city of joy and pleasure." - Peggy Guggenheim

"in the big city nobody has time to make friends. The big city is a big solitude." - Vicki Baum

"How can you have the mess we have in New Orleans, and not have had deep investigations of the federal government, the state government, the city government, and the failure of citizenship in the Ninth Ward, where 22,000 people were so uneducated and so unprepared, they literally couldn't get out of the way of a hurricane." - Newt Gingrich

"Yes, and you should question your government." - Jessica Lange

"All government is an ugly necessity." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"The less government we have the better." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"There's never been a good government." - Emma Goldman

"The era of big government is over." - William J Clinton

"Morality is the object of government." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Why should the government subsidize intellectual curiosity?" - Ronald Reagan

"Italy hasn't had a government since Mussolini." - Richard M. Nixon

"... the keynote of government is injustice." - Emma Goldman

"1995 government shutdown from GOP underestimating Clinton." - Newt Gingrich

"The government that governs best, governs best!" - Jon Stewart

"Corporations have more power than the government." - Adam Jensen

"The worst government is the most moral." - H L Mencken

"A hated government does not long survive." - Seneca the Younger

"Taxation is the legitimate support of government." - Adolphe Thiers

"Life isn't fair, but government must be," - Ann Richards

"The business of government is justice." - Millicent Fenwick

"Big government squashes the human spirit" - Dennis Prager

"Aristocracy: government by the badly educated." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Transparency in government leads to reduced corruption." - Julian Assange

"Limited government must come politically, not judicially." - Mike Lee

"The U.S government hates rap music" - Chris Rock

"What is government but theft by consent?" - Scott Lynch

"Delhi is a very maligned city, and deservedly so. Yet there's something about it. It's a secret city, it doesn't hang out its wares. It's like a very deep river. Floating right up on top are the institutions of contemporary power: government, politics, media, and then there's the bureaucracy, the diplomatic missions. But it's also the city of intellectual debate, of protest, it's the city where people from all over the country converge to express their anger. And then, underneath all that, there's this crumbling, ancient city, a confluence of so much history." - Arundhati Roy

"The urgent need today is to develop and support leaders on every level of government who are independent of the bossism of every political machine - the big-city machine, the liberal Democrat machine, and the Republican kingmaker machine." - Phyllis Schlafly

"We are at a crossroads over how the federal government in Washington and state legislatures and city councils across the land allocate their financial resources. Which fork we take will say a lot about Americans and our values." - George Mcgovern

"We need to consider that only a small amount of the public vote for the mayor of a city. It's because they are disgusted and don't trust the government." - Angela Alioto

"Inside the modern city, in spite of its nominal political unity, there are probably more communities, more differing customs, traditions, aspirations, and forms of government or control, than existed in an entire continent at an earlier epoch." - John Dewey

"Otherwise, I think the building can be bigger, larger, and the city can be much more crazy. The problem is the government structure is so deadly stupid, not really solving problems but creating a lot of problems itself every day." - Ai Weiwei

"The nightmare of every government on earth is a million people assembled in the town square of your capital city, demanding that you pack up to Switzerland. no body can say No to a million people on the streets." - Terence Mckenna

"This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence-economic, political, even spiritual-is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government." - Dwight D Eisenhower

"An avant-garde man is like an enemy inside a city he is bent on destroying, against which he rebels; for like any system of government, an established form of expression is also a form of oppression." - Eugene Ionesco

"Look at our Lords disciples. One denied Him; one doubted Him; one betrayed Him. If our Lord couldn't have perfection, how are you going to have it in city government?" - Richard J Daley

"I'm one who demands a lot from people. I'm not afraid to look at alternative ways in city government. That's what I've done in my two years and will continue to do in the next four." - Richard M Daley

"They have seized upon the government by bribery and corruption. They have made speculation and public robbery a science. They have loaded the nation, the state, the county, and the city with debt." - Denis Kearney

"But it is neither cannon nor bayonet that will do the worst damage to this city. No, this place will remember the war against our government just as long as there are inhabitants here." - Knute Nelson

"We have an expression in New York City government - "In God we trust, but for everyone else, bring data." It's so easy to pick up a sound byte and say, "Oh, yeah, yeah, I believe that," without really thinking." - Michael Bloomberg

"In conformity with these designs on the city of Washington, and notwithstanding the disastrous results of the invasion of 1862, it was determined by the Rebel government last summer to resume the offensive in that direction." - Edward Everett

"In 1964, I tried to convince my grandfather, who was active in the New York City firefighters union, to vote for Barry Goldwater over Lyndon Johnson because at the time I thought his approach to limited government was right on." - Joe Lhota

"The mayor of New York is the chief executive of the city. It is a complex organization and it requires the requisite skills to understand how to be the leader of the people and manage the government of N.Y." - Joseph J Lhota

"The mayor of New York is the chief executive of the city. It is a complex organization and it requires the requisite skills to understand how to be the leader of the people and manage the government of N.Y." - Joe Lhota

"The mayor of New York is the chief executive of the city. It is a complex organization, and it requires the requisite skills to understand how to be the leader of the people and manage the government of N.Y." - Joe Lhota

"Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture. Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world." - Frank Lloyd Wright

"The spirit of rebellion is present in every great city, and the great task of wise government is to keep it dormant, for if it wakes it is a torrent which no dam can hold back." - Giacomo Casanova

"While just government protects all in their religious rites, true religion affords government its surest support." - George Washington

"Good government could never be a substitute for government by the people themselves." - Henry Campbell-Bannerman

"The Federal Government was never, in its essence, anything but an anti-slavery government." - Frederick Douglass

"The only legitimate government in the world, is the Iranian government." - Ali Meshkini

"What we need is not more Federal government, but better local government." - Calvin Coolidge

"Bad government is the natural product of rule by those who believe government is bad." - Thomas Frank

"I make no apologies that the PAP is the Government and the Government is the PAP." - Lee Kuan Yew

"Look, good government doesn't look for excuses, good government gets on with the job." - Tony Abbott

"The only just government is the government that serves its citizens, not itself." - Timothy M. Dolan

"The beautiful disease and The government falls along the weed rooms flesh along the weed government ..." - William S Burroughs

"We"re against the state, not government. The state just happens to monopolize the government." - Stephan Kinsella

"MONARCHICAL GOVERNMENT, n. Government." - Ambrose Bierce

"The world's greatest city - New York City - deserves a government that works for all New Yorkers. That starts with a mayor who is independent from party bosses and special interests, who isn't afraid to be honest with the people, and who is focused on the issues New Yorkers care about most." - Sal Albanese

"A good two years after Hurricane Katrina I remember feeling so devastated and so ignorant that there was so much damage still left. I felt like here I was an American and this is an American city and the government hasn't done enough and people haven't given back enough. Everyone forgot and the city was lying in waste." - Annalynne Mccord



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