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Alan Coren Quotes

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Democracy consists of choosing your dictators,
after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear.
- Alan Coren

I wonder sometimes if manufacturers of foolproof items
keep a fool or two on their payroll to test things.
- Alan Coren

Television is more interesting than people.
If it were not we should have people standing in the corner of our room.
- Alan Coren

Since both its national products, snow and chocolate,
melt, the cuckoo clock was invented solely in order
to give tourists something solid to remember it by.
- Alan Coren

 

The Act of God designation on all insurance policies;
which means,
roughly, that you cannot be insured for the accidents
that are most likely to happen to you.
- Alan Coren

So long as we have enough people in this country willing
to fight for their rights,
we'll be called a democracy.
- Roger Nash Baldwin

Information is the currency of democracy.
- Thomas Jefferson

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Democracy is the only system that persists in asking
the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
- Sydney J. Harris

Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections
are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
- Gore Vidal

Reading builds the educated and informed electorate
so vital to our democracy.
- Brad Henry

As I would not be a slave,
so I would not be a master.
This expresses my idea of democracy.
- Abraham Lincoln

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government,
except all the others that have been tried.
- Winston Churchill

When we talk about democracy, if the people's
stomach is empty, democracy is also empty.
Democracy can not be installed by fiat;
it must be achieved by the people themselves.
- Jimmy Yen

A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens,
who assemble and administer the government in person.
- James Madison

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than
half of the people are right more than half of the time.
- E. B. White

Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy
than to imprison a person
or keep him in prison because he is unpopular.
This is really the test of civilization.
- Winston Churchill

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
- James Russell Lowell

The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing
to be adjusted by abolition of forms.
It requires change of heart.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

When the body of the people is possessed of the supreme power,
it is called a democracy.
- Charles de Secondat

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
- H. L. Mencken

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
- John F. Kennedy

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions -
it only guarantees equality of opportunity.
- Irving Kristol

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule,
where fifty-one percent of the people
may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.
- attributed to Thomas Jefferson

The flood of money that gushes into politics today
is a pollution of democracy.
- Theodore White

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
- Robert Byrne

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property,
are the rulers.
- Aristotle

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people
by the people for the people.
- Oscar Wilde

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
- Paddy Chayefsky

A healthy democracy requires a decent society;
it requires that we are honorable,
generous, tolerant and respectful.
- Charles W. Pickering

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

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
- Jorge Luis Borges

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some,
are chiefly to be found in democracy,
they will be best attained when all persons alike share
in government to the utmost.
- Aristotle

The best argument against democracy is
a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
- Winston Churchill

In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.
- J. William Fulbright

I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work.
Of course it doesn't work.
We are supposed to work it.
- Alexander Woollcott

The word democracy has no meaning.
Duty has gone.
Only rights remain.
- Fiona Shaw

Few businessmen are capable of being in politics,
they don't understand the democratic process,
they have neither the tolerance or the depth it takes.
Democracy isn't a business.
- Malcolm Forbes

The motive power of democracy is love.
- Henri Bergson

Democracy means government by the uneducated,
while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

We cannot cut and run.
If we are to ensure freedom and democracy,
it is essential that we follow through on our obligation
to bring about stability in Iraq.
- Richard Shelby

Democracy is a process by which people are free to
choose the man who will get the blame.
- Laurence J. Peter

Democracy is hypocrisy without limitation.
- Iskander Mirza

Although we dealt decisively with all terrorist organizations,
we at the same time not only maintained,
preserved our democracy, but kept improving it.
- Bulent Ecevit

In remembering those who lost their lives in the London
attacks and the September 11th attacks we continue
our commitment to fighting for freedom,
democracy and justice.
- Doc Hastings

In real danger sometimes even a democracy can really keep a secret.
- Stuart Symington

Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are
extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

Our political institutions work remarkably well.
They are designed to clang against each other.
The noise is democracy at work.
- Michael Novak

It has been well over half a century and I'm glad to
say we have taken the right path from authoritarianism
to democracy and this is a road of no return.
- Chen Shui-bian

In Switzerland they had brotherly love,
five hundred years of democracy and peace,
and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock!
- Graham Greene

I will protect democracy with my life.
- Thaksin Shinawatra

Is America truly a democracy? Has America ever been
a democracy with the institution of slavery?
- Tatyana Ali

As the tension eases, we must look in the direction of agriculture,
industry and education as our final goals,
and toward democracy under Mr Mubarak.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Our constitutional liberties shall not be sacrificed
in our search for greater security,
for that is what our enemies and all enemies of freedom
and democracy hope to achieve.
- Tammy Baldwin

Those religions that are oppressive to women are also against democracy,
human rights, and freedom of expression.
- Taslima Nasrin

Mr. Speaker, democracy works best when the American
electorate is engaged and informed.
- Melissa Bean

My argument has always been that this is not an anti-Bush film,
it's a pro-democracy film.
And if Bush comes out on the wrong side of democracy,
that's his problem.
- John Sayles

Even in a society as tightly controlled as Singapore's,
the market creates certain forces which perhaps in
the long run may lead to democracy.
- Peter L. Berger

The history of our country is not the history of any
other country in the world which is either practicing
advanced democracy or struggling to lay the foundation for democracy.
- Ibrahim Babangida

I have - I have more than an interesting task in piloting
Wales into our new democracy,
without wanting to exercise draconian powers on behalf of anybody else -
I can assure of that.
- Ron Davies

We've got to understand that the whole nature of the
way American democracy guards its freedom has been changed.
- John Ashcroft

Now that we have a democracy and you can go back and
the airport air is not laden with evil any more,
you can actually breathe oxygen when you land in Johannesburg.
- Janet Suzman

Here's to democracy.
May we get the government we deserve.
- Rick Mercer

I chose America as my home because I value freedom and democracy,
civil liberties and an open society.
- George Soros

The nature of a democracy consists to an important
degree in the right of the people to criticize problems and mistakes.
- Walter Ulbricht

The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy,
but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.
- Niels Bohr

There is no dignity in wickedness, whether in purple or rags;
and hell is a democracy of devils,
where all are equals.
- Herman Melville

The risk of a terrorist victory is greater when in fighting terror,
democracy betrays its own essence.
- Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

It's important to address young people in the reopening of New Orleans.
In rebuilding, let's revisit the potential of American
democracy and American glory.
- Wynton Marsalis

Now, al Qaeda's on the run.
Afghanistan is no longer a base of operations.
The Afghan government is a friendly government that
is trying to bring democracy to its people.
- Condoleezza Rice

Maintain democracy or go to dictatorship:
that is what is at stake in these elections.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

Democracy for us tends to be has to do with who shouts the loudest!
- Peter Hook


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