I wish I had my own cow. It is the finest animal. It provides milk, and you can talk to it.

Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer when asked about his lifelong dream in a TV talk show

The donkey is a dozy brute, the elephant can but follow suit.

Wilhelm Busch (1823–1908), German poet and illustrator

I believe it is important that we reflect upon our actions to ensure we remain proud of this country.

Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard in a speech on 1 August

The good I am convinced, for one, is but the bad one leaves undone.

Also Wilhelm Busch

Society is responsible for everyone, not just the young, healthy, childless and highly qualified 
senior executives.

Federal Councillor Alain Berset at the Conference of Swiss Publishers

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

George Orwell (1903–1950), British author

Fortunate events have put me at the head of the French government, but I would consider myself incapable of governing the Swiss.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821), Emperor of France

In the event of an apocalypse, I would prefer to be in Switzerland as everything happens a bit later there.

Albert Einstein (1879–1955), Swiss and US citizen

Everything turns out well for the person who can wait.

Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910), Russian author 

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