„But I'm very libertarian in the sense that I believe in small government and, as a general rule, I don't believe in imposing values upon people.“

—  Stephen Harper, National Post, March 6, 2004.
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—  Gerald Ford American politician, 38th President of the United States (in office from 1974 to 1977) 1913 - 2006
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„People who don't believe in government are likely to defile government.“

—  Bill Moyers American journalist 1934
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„By simple common sense I don't believe in God, in none.“

—  Charlie Chaplin British comic actor and filmmaker 1889 - 1977
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„I am a firm believer that any legitimate government has to be based on rule of law and a recognition that all people are equal under the law.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
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„I just believe, and that's the magic...That's the whole thing, you talk about magic that there's to believe in, and it is there. But most people don't really believe in it.“

—  Edie Sedgwick Socialite, actress, model 1943 - 1971
Context: But I really, since I exist, at all, I believe that it's possible for people... I've lived through impossible situations. So I believe in it. I just believe, and that's the magic... That's the whole thing, you talk about magic that there's to believe in, and it is there. But most people don't really believe in it. And I refuse, like, since I'm still alive and done the things I've done and seen things and understood things as far as I have, and I am alive, I mean physically intact. When I shouldn't be, according to medical reports and so forth. I mean I should be, not here. That's all there is to it. So the magic's working and it's a rare situation.

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„I believe that the best government that will yield to peace, is one decided by people.“

—  George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
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„The framers of our Constitution firmly believed that a republican government could not endure without intelligence and education generally diffused among the people.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant 18th President of the United States 1822 - 1885
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