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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Government
 
  A government tumbling and drifting on the whirlpool and mud-deluges, floating atop in a conspicuous manner, no whither, like the carcass of a drowned ass.
            —Thomas Carlyle
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But when a government is grown in strength,
Like some old oak, rough with its armed bark,
It yields not to the tug, but only nods,
And turns to sullen state.
            —John Dryden
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  Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence.
            —Thomas Paine
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