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Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy. ...
by Benito Mussolini

Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy.
- Benito Mussolini

Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism,
as it is the merger of corporate and government power.
- Benito Mussolini

The best blood will at some time get into a fool or a mosquito.
- Benito Mussolini

The Liberal State is a mask behind which there is no face;
it is a scaffolding behind which there is no building.
- Benito Mussolini

 

All within the state, nothing outside the state,
nothing against the state.
- Benito Mussolini

Every anarchist is a baffled dictator.
- Benito Mussolini

Fascism is not an article for export.
- Benito Mussolini

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Fascism is a religious concept.
- Benito Mussolini

War is to man what maternity is to a woman.
From a philosophical and doctrinal viewpoint,
I do not believe in perpetual peace.
- Benito Mussolini

The League is very well when sparrows shout,
but no good at all when eagles fall out.
- Benito Mussolini

The fate of nations is intimately bound up with their powers of reproduction.
All nations and all empires first felt decadence gnawing
at them when their birth rate fell off.
- Benito Mussolini

Fascism is a religion.
The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism.
- Benito Mussolini

It is the State which educates its citizens in civic virtue,
gives them a consciousness of their mission and welds them into unity.
- Benito Mussolini

Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism
because it is a merger of state and corporate power.
- Benito Mussolini

The function of a citizen and a soldier are inseparable.
- Benito Mussolini

The truth is that men are tired of liberty.
- Benito Mussolini

Inactivity is death.
- Benito Mussolini

The mass, whether it be a crowd or an army,
is vile.
- Benito Mussolini

It's good to trust others but, not to do so is much better.
- Benito Mussolini

The history of saints is mainly the history of insane people.
- Benito Mussolini

We become strong, I feel, when we have no friends upon whom to lean,
or to look to for moral guidance.
- Benito Mussolini

War alone brings up to their highest tension all human
energies and imposes the stamp of nobility upon the
peoples who have the courage to make it.
- Benito Mussolini

Socialism is a fraud, a comedy, a phantom,
a blackmail.
- Benito Mussolini

Let us have a dagger between our teeth,
a bomb in our hands, and an infinite scorn in our hearts.
- Benito Mussolini

Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future
and the development of humanity,
quite apart from political considerations of the moment,
believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace.
- Benito Mussolini

The keystone of the Fascist doctrine is its conception of the State,
of its essence, its functions, and its aims.
For Fascism the State is absolute, individuals and groups relative.
- Benito Mussolini

It is humiliating to remain with our hands folded while others write history.
It matters little who wins.
To make a people great it is necessary to send them
to battle even if you have to kick them in the pants.
That is what I shall do.
- Benito Mussolini

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

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

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

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

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

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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

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

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
- Paddy Chayefsky

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I regard freedom of expression as the primary right
without which one can not have a proper functioning democracy.
- Lord Hailsham

I pray that this council, which will probably be too late to save Iraq,
will do what it can, which will be immeasurably strong
in what it does in trying to save our democracy.
- Ed Asner

The essence of a democracy is a free electorate.
- Arlen Specter

Our country's founders cherished liberty,
not democracy.
- Ron Paul

Don't ever dare to take your college as a matter of course -
because,
like democracy and freedom, many people you'll never
know have broken their hearts to get it for you.
- Alice Duer Miller

Capitalism and the market are presented as synonymous,
but they are not.
Capitalism is both the enemy of the market and democracy.
- David Korten

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

The better the information it has, the better democracy works.
Silence and secrecy are never good for it.
- Kate Adie

Democracy is fatal for the arts; it leads only to chaos
or the achievement of new and lower common denominators of quality.
- Walter Legge

It's politely assumed that democracy is a means of
containing and restraining violence.
But violence comes not from genes but from ideas.
- Edward Bond

I will protect democracy with my life.
- Thaksin Shinawatra

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

Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles.
- Woodrow Wilson

Democracy may mean something more than a theoretically
absolute popular government,
but it assuredly cannot mean anything less.
- Herbert Croly

We learned in World War II that no single nation holds a monopoly on wisdom,
morality or right to power, but that we must fight
for the weak and promote democracy.
- Joe Baca

There can only be democracy when money is not allowed to be spent in Politics.
- Imran Khan

Texas has a lot of challenges, but if I choose to run
I will talk about opening democracy to mainstream Texans
and not just to a closed circle of entrenched ideologues.
- Chris Bell

The government, which was designed for the people,
has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers,
the special interests.
An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.
- Woodrow Wilson

If information and knowledge are central to democracy,
they are the conditions for development.
- Kofi Annan

To make democracy work, we must be a notion of participants,
not simply observers.
One who does not vote has no right to complain.
- Louis L'Amour

Democracy derailed is democracy denied.
- Chaka Fattah

Ultimately, freedom and democracy are stronger than fear and tyranny.
- Gijs de Vries


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