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Parliament Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Parliament.

Every government is a parliament of whores.
The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.
- P. J. O'Rourke

Related topics: Government

I am glad to learn that the Parliament Bill has been
passed for the Darlington Railway.
- George Stephenson

Only that Swiss in the heart want still a king or at
least a strong Upper House of Parliament.
Swiss long themselves for less democracy and more dictatorship.
- Peter Bichsel

It is conceivable that a party might gain the majority
in parliament and claims the government for itself.
- Franz von Papen

 

If you want to be a government in a minority Parliament,
you have to work with other people.
- Stephen Harper

The Massachusetts Land Bank, during Colonial times,
prospered, and brought prosperity to the community,
until it was forcibly suppressed by special act of Parliament.
- John Buchanan Robinson

I was thrown into the Parliament right away.
From 1976 to 1978 I was concerned with the abortion issue,
later on with that of divorce.
- Emma Bonino

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It wasn't long before people discovered the final horrors
of letting an urchin into Parliament.
- Bernadette Devlin

In 1765, Parliament passed the Stamp Act,
which, as any American high school student can tell you,
was an act that apparently had something to do with stamps.
- Dave Barry

I owed it to my father that I was elected to Parliament in the first place,
but I owed it to my mother that I stuck it out once I got there.
- Agnes Macphail

I was a Member of the European Parliament for a period
of time and I saw a lot of European laws and treaties.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

Improved turnout will give parliament and government
the appearance of being more legitimate.
- Peter Lynch

We all know what Parliament is, and we are all ashamed of it.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The responsibility of a minister is to step aside when
there is a criminal investigation of the department.
That protects the propriety of Parliament and of responsible government.
- Jack Layton

The real political life in Russia unfortunately is
not in the parliament but on the streets and in the media.
- Garry Kasparov

Well it's not a matter for me to say what Llew Smith can or cannot do,
he's an elected Member of Parliament.
- Ron Davies

After the war, prompted by the Cardinal Archbishop of Paris,
I entered Parliament so that a priest could speak out for the poor,
as canon law at that time still permitted.
- Abbe Pierre

A Parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of
more or less idle people.
- Walter Bagehot

My function in life is not to be a politician in Parliament:
it is to get something done.
- Bernadette Devlin

Canadians can get Parliament working again.
Here's how to do that: elect more New Democrats.
- Jack Layton

I don't mind being a symbol but I don't want to become a monument.
There are monuments all over the Parliament Buildings
and I've seen what the pigeons do to them.
- Tommy Douglas

We have in the last two years, we have passed 350 legislation in the parliament,
most of which deal with democratization,
human rights, and of course, economy.
- Bulent Ecevit

And think of how we challenged the idea of a male dominated
Parliament with All-Women shortlists and made the cause
of gender equality central to our government.
We were right to do so.
- Ed Miliband

Parliament must not be told a direct untruth,
but it's quite possible to allow them to mislead themselves.
- Norman Tebbit

The majority of the members of the Irish parliament
are professional politicians,
in the sense that otherwise they would not be given
jobs minding mice at crossroads.
- Flann O'Brien

Russian Parliament today is a bunch of puppets that
just fall in with the instructions from Kremlin.
- Garry Kasparov

Would it be possible to stand still on one spot more majestically -
while simulating a triumphant march forward -
than it is done by the two English Houses of Parliament?
- Alexander Herzen

People must not do things for fun.
We are not here for fun.
There is no reference to fun in any Act of Parliament.
- A. P. Herbert

We are demonstrating for services for all the people
and not just services for money.
It's very important that this message goes to the European Parliament today.
- John Monks

Israel is the only country in the Middle East where
Arabs can be elected to the parliament in a democratic election.
- Adam Michnik

We have to make it clear that one, two or even three
BNP MEPs elected to Brussels will have very little
effect on the workings of the Parliament and the Commission.
- Steve Blake

I happened to be one of those who thought all these expenses necessary,
and I had the good fortune to have the majority of
both houses of Parliament on my side.
- Robert Walpole

A Parliament is that to the Commonwealth which the soul is to the body.
It behoves us therefore to keep the facility of that soul from distemper.
- John Pym

I cannot think of any circumstances in which a government
can go to war without the support of parliament.
- Tony Blair

Pakistan has not recognized Israel...
any such decision would be taken in supreme national
interests after due consultation of the parliament.
- Shaukat Aziz

The English think they are free.
They are free only during the election of members of parliament.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

I felt that if we, as the Met, were not intervening
once one person starts digging up Parliament Square,
then someone else is going to join in and you have a spiral.
- Michael Todd

May the soul of the late President Milton Obote...
a long-time member of this parliament,
rest in peace.
- Yoweri Museveni

It is with deep regret that the determination to assemble
Parliament has been so long delayed.
- Henry Addington

No expense has been incurred but what has been approved
of and provided for by Parliament.
- Robert Walpole

The Leader of the Opposition's constitutional obligation -
the obligation to Parliament -
it's the reason we did the merger!
- is to make sure Canadians have an alternative for government.
- Stephen Harper

Well, we know that eighteen years after that solemn
declaration it was disregarded,
and the Irish Parliament, which lasted for five hundred years,
was destroyed by the Act of Union.
Gentlemen, the Act of Union was carried by force and fraud,
by treachery and falsehood.
- John Edward Redmond

It is not the Government, the members of Parliament
to whom the ultimate decision belongs,
it is up to you to go forward sure of your sacred right of free opinion,
sure of your patriotism.
- John Amery

The extraordinary exertions of the colonies,
in cooperation with British measures,
against the French, in the late war,
were acknowledged by the British parliament to be more
than adequate to their ability.
- Mercy Otis Warren

The Western media tends to place a lot of emphasis
on official institutions in Ukraine such as its supreme court,
the central election commission, and the parliament.
In reality, the people of Ukraine now control their destiny.
- Bob Schaffer

While not widely reported, our victories in Iraq are plentiful.
National elections, a democratic parliament and the
drafting of a constitution are just some of the victories
throughout this embattled country.
- Paul Gillmor

There are many members of parliament present here who
know as well as I do that,
if a man has not already been converted,
it will require a great deal more than a letter of
appeal to achieve conversion.
- Fredrik Bajer

The government can access these funds but only following
approval by the parliament to support our budget requirements
and investments in infrastructure development,
education, public health, and so on.
- Jose Ramos-Horta

Naturally, the common people don't want war ...
but after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy,
and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along,
whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship,
or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.
Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought
to the bidding of the leaders.
That is easy. All you have to do is tell them
they are being attacked,
and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism
and exposing the country to danger.
It works the same in every country.
- Hermann Goering

The Government and the Parliament, even the House of Lords,
will consent to a large increase of electors;
and men who have not considered the subject fully will
imagine they have gained much by the concession.
- John Bright

Some members of both Houses have, it is true,
been removed from their employments under the Crown;
but were they ever told,
either by me or by any other of his majesty's servants,
that it was for opposing the measures of the administration in Parliament?
- Robert Walpole

A year ago I was in the city of Genoa,
and I found that it returned seven representatives
to the Sardinian Parliament at Turin,
seven being its fair share, calculated according to
the population of the various cities and districts
of the Sardinian kingdom.
- John Bright

Individuals have little opportunity to get elected
to Parliament under the label of the government party...
unless they are in good standing with the Prime Minister
and pledged to be cooperative.
- Stockwell Day

But let's be clear.
We're talking about a country where there's no opposition.
As leader he can ignore Parliament and -
sorry that's Tony Blair isn't it? Um,
so he doesn't even have to ask the country before he goes to war -
sorry that's still Tony Blair.
- Rory Bremner

As states subsist in part by keeping their weaknesses from being known,
so is it the quiet of families to have their chancery
and their parliament within doors,
and to compose and determine all emergent differences there.
- John Donne

Basically, I have no place in organized politics.
By coming to the British Parliament,
I've allowed the people to sacrifice me at the top
and let go the more effective job I should be doing at the bottom.
- Bernadette Devlin

When I am in the Scottish Parliament chamber,
I often feel the need to sit for the entire debate.
It's only courteous to listen to what everyone has to say,
although I often find myself desperate to say something
but too scared to stand up in case I regret it.
- Margo MacDonald

If politicians continue to promote separatism in Australia,
they should not continue to hold their seats in this parliament.
They are not truly representing all Australians,
and I call on the people to throw them out.
- Pauline Hanson

That is why if Lebanon concludes a peace agreement
with Israel and brings that accord to the Parliament
our deputies will reject it;
Hezbollah refuses any conciliation with Israel in principle.
- Hassan Nasrallah

The attractive idea that we can now have a parliament
of man with authority to control the conduct of nations
by legislation or an international police force with
power to enforce national conformity to rules of right
conduct is a counsel of perfection.
- Elihu Root

Now, I think that in acknowledging that every individual
Member of Parliament and indeed every individual member of the Labour Party,
has rights to express their view in a spirit of tolerance.
- Ron Davies

We'll support the government on issues if it's essential
to the country but our primary responsibility is not
to prop up the government,
our responsibility is to provide an opposition and
an alternative government for Parliament and for Canadians.
- Stephen Harper

I knew it to be very doubtful whether the Cabinet,
Parliament, and the country would take this view on the outbreak of war,
and through the whole of this week I had in view the
probable contingency that we should not decide at the
critical moment to support France.
- Edward Grey

I was the deputy Chairman of the Democratic Union of the Pacific,
and we started at 8 I think and I was called to the
telephone and to be told there's a coup,
the government has been overthrown -
it was round about 9,
10 when the Parliament sat they had done then.
- Kamisese Mara

Until the control of the issue of currency and credit
is restored to government and recognized as its most
conspicuous and sacred responsibility,
all talks of the sovereignty of Parliament and of democracy is idle and futile.
- William Lyon Mackenzie King

Just as radical heirs apparent are said to lay aside
all inconvenient revolutionary opinions when they come to the throne,
it was believed that Mr. Mill in Parliament would be
an entirely different person from Mr. Mill in his study.
- Millicent Fawcett

We have used the presence of UNMIK, as well as other
European and American agencies to establish a legal
framework compatible with the European Union and that is already an advantage.
We have seen the positive effects of this and our parliament
will continue to go this way.
- Ibrahim Rugova

We believed that growth through Local Government,
and perhaps through some special machinery for bringing
the wishes and influence of women of all classes to bear on Parliament,
other than the Parliamentary vote, was the real line of progress.
- Mary A. Ward

I had almost forgotten to tell you that I have already
been to the Parliament House;
and yet this is of most importance.
For, had I seen nothing else in England but this,
I should have thought my journey thither amply rewarded.
- Karl Philipp Moritz

The public treasure has been duly applied to the uses
to which it was appropriated by Parliament,
and regular accounts have been annually laid before Parliament,
of every article of expense.
- Robert Walpole

You may see the emergence of a new political party
from the body of the trade union movement which represents
a very clear-cut socialist alternative policy and which
gives expression to the views of the trade union movement in parliament.
- Arthur Scargill


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