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Education and training are decisive, and the single greatest long-term leverage point available to all levels of government.

The Competitive Advantage of Nanons (1990)
One of the things the government can't do is run anything. The only things our government runs are the post office and the railroads, and both of them are bankrupt.

Remark (1973)
If the government, usually the largest 'business' in any country, is a leader in the use of technology, it will automatically lift the country's technical skills and drive the move to an information market.

Business@the Speed of Thought (cowritten with Collins Hemingway; 1999)
It takes very little to govern good people. Very little. And bad people cant be governed at all. Or if they could I never heard of it.

No Country for Old Men
All government is an ugly necessity
Men still have to be governed by deception
We say that someone occupies an official position, whereas it is the official position that occupies him
The sublimity of administration consists in knowing the proper degree of power that should be exerted on different occasions
The deterioration of a government begins almost always by the decay of its principles
Republics end through luxury; monarchies through poverty
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."