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Democracy consists of choosing your dictators,
by Alan Coren

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

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

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

 

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

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
- Paddy Chayefsky

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.
- Ronald Reagan

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

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 capacity to combine commitment with skepticism
is essential to democracy.
- Mary Catherine Bateson

The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush.
It will be a slow extinction from apathy,
indifference, and undernourishment.
- Robert M. Hutchins

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

Slowly but surely, we are acquiring that famous culture of democracy,
which is our objective.
- Paul Biya

I never wanted to do biography just to tell the life of a famous man.
I always wanted to use the life of a man to examine political power,
because democracy shapes our lives.
- Robert Caro

In a democracy everybody has a right to be represented,
including the jerks.
- Chris Patten

My door will always be open to those who genuinely
renounce violence and seek peaceful accommodation into our nascent democracy.
- Jalal Talabani

All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy.
- Alfred E. Smith

I take the debate on the method of promoting democracy seriously.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

However, democracy cannot be defined as the existence
of parliaments and elections alone.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

After each war there is a little less democracy to save.
- Brooks Atkinson

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

Journalism is what maintains democracy.
It's the force for progressive social change.
- Andrew Vachss

Propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship.
- William Blum

Thru the auspices of the viewers who become -
I think this is an import -
in a democracy,
become a working unit with law enforcement against the criminals.
- Robert Stack

The US and the European Union needs to help in the
translation of the demand for democracy into a political will.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America's
most cherished patriotic observances.
The spirit of this day has not changed -
it remains a day to honor those who died defending
our freedom and democracy.
- Doc Hastings

I believe in the greatness of our democracy.
- Chen Shui-bian

I take a grave view of the press.
It is the weak slat under the bed of democracy.
- A. J. Liebling

Let me reassure that the Kingdom of Cambodia a country with independence,
neutrality, peace, freedom, democracy and human rights as you all have seen,
shall be existing with no end.
- Hun Sen

American democracy must be a failure because it places
the supreme authority in the hands of the poorest and
most ignorant part of the society.
- Thomas Babington

Nobody and nothing will stop Russia on the road to
strengthening democracy and ensuring human rights and freedoms.
- Vladimir Putin

Britain, which in the years immediately before this
war was rapidly losing such democratic virtues as it possessed,
is now being bombed and burned into democracy.
- J. B. Priestley

Only that Swiss in the heart want still a king or at
least a strong Upper House of Parliament.
Swiss long themselves for less democracy and more dictatorship.
- Peter Bichsel

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

Social democracy...
is only the advance guard of the proletariat,
a small piece of the total working masses;
blood from their blood,
and flesh from their flesh.
- Rosa Luxemburg

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

If we have a chance of succeeding and bringing stability and democracy to Iraq,
it will mean learning from our mistakes,
not denying them and not ignoring them.
- Carl Levin

Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.
- Plato

America must be the teacher of democracy,
not the advertiser of the consumer society.
It is unrealistic for the rest of the world to reach
the American living standard.
- Mikhail Gorbachev

Our constancy, same might call it our madness,
was necessary to wear down the oppressive forces of the old democracy which,
in Spain, was a hundred years behind the times.
- Frederica Montseny

I think we're at risk with our democracy.
I think we're dealing with the most closed,
imperialistic, nastiest administration in living memory.
They even put Richard Nixon to shame.
- Wesley Clark

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

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

Without the power of the Industrial Union behind it,
Democracy can only enter the State as the victim enters
the gullet of the Serpent.
- James Connolly

In Egypt today most people are concerned with getting bread to eat.
Only some of the educated understand how democracy works.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Japan is not a Western democracy.
The Japanese have kept their traditions,
culture and heritage, but they have joined the community of free nations.
- Natan Sharansky

The Paris Commune was first and foremost a democracy.
The government was a body elected by universal suffrage.
- C. L. R. James

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

You can't be a full participant in our democracy if
you don't know our history.
- David McCullough

Democracy opens new vistas and opportunities.
We should use the opportunities it offers to correct
past mistakes not to blunder anew.
- Ibrahim Babangida


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