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Democracy Quotes

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

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

Related topics: Education

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

Information is the currency of democracy.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

 

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

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

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
- Paddy Chayefsky

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

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

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I told the students that we can exert pressure without resorting to violence,
and that we can move towards democracy without violence;
that way,
God will allow it.
- Abdurrahman Wahid

Democracy derailed is democracy denied.
- Chaka Fattah

Democracy cannot survive without the guidance of a creative minority.
- Harlan Stone

We have had a long wait for democracy.
- Chen Shui-bian

The American system of democracy is founded on the
concept that every citizen has the right to vote,
to know that their vote is counted, and that the vote is counted accurately.
- Barbara Mikulski

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

I think Russian people are learning that democracy is not an alien thing;
it's not a western invention.
- Garry Kasparov

It will take years to bring Iraq the democracy it deserves.
- Bill Owens

Passive fatalism can never be the role of a revolutionary party,
like the Social Democracy.
- Karl Liebknecht

Dishonesty in government is the business of every citizen.
It is not enough to do your own job.
There's no particular virtue in that.
Democracy isn't a gift.
It's a responsibility.
- Dalton Trumbo

Informed by our sad experience of history,
we require nothing short of a foundation for lasting democracy.
- Ibrahim Babangida

This is supposed to be a participatory democracy and
if we're not in there participating then the people
that will manipulate and exploit the system will step in there.
- George Takei

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
- H. L. Mencken

More socialism means more democracy,
openness and collectivism in everyday life.
- Mikhail Gorbachev

But despite this breathtaking pace, I believe in the
capacity of our democracy to meet these challenges.
- Lee H. Hamilton

Democracy is necessary to peace and to undermining the forces of terrorism.
- Benazir Bhutto

Those who abhors democracy would rarely immigrate to
an authoritarian state if they have to.
- Joe Chung

Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

In other words, the bar should be maintained at the
level of a pluralistic and participatory democracy.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Christianity is the root of all democracy,
the highest fact in the rights of men.
- Novalis

America is a country ready to be taken,
in fact, longing to be taken by political leaders ready
to restore democracy and trust to the political process.
- Arianna Huffington

Democracy must learn to defend itself.
- Mikhail Gorbachev

Democracy is constructed like an edifice,
freedom by freedom, right by right, until it reaches its snapping point.
- Abdoulaye Wade

Standards of conduct appropriate to civil society or
the workings of a democracy cannot be purely and simply applied to the Church.
- Joseph Ratzinger

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

And for well over a hundred years our politicians,
statesmen, and people remembered that this was a republic,
not a democracy, and knew what they meant when they made that distinction.
- Robert Welch

In a democracy there is a centralization of governmental
power in a simple majority.
- Robert Welch

Just the concept of personal freedom within a democracy,
for instance, is a relatively young idea -
only about 300 years old in this country.
- Daniel Greenberg

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

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

What we have is two important values in conflict:
freedom of speech and our desire for healthy campaigns in a healthy democracy.
You can't have both.
- Dick Gephardt

But foremost, I do not subscribe to the view that Islamic
culture and democracy cannot be reconciled.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

A modern democracy is a tyranny whose borders are undefined;
one discovers how far one can go only by traveling
in a straight line until one is stopped.
- Norman Mailer

Once you don't vote your ideals...
that has serious undermining affects.
It erodes the moral basis of our democracy.
- Ralph Nader

The US has not imposed democracy in Yemen,
its people have.
- Ali A. Saleh

Nobody should be allowed to tinker with democracy.
We will not discontinue the good works of the past government.
- Manmohan Singh

In Jefferson's mind democracy was tantamount to extreme individualism.
- Herbert Croly

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

An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.
- Voltaire

The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous
to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.
- Charles de Montesquieu

Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.
- Plato


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