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Democracy is constructed like an edifice,
by Abdoulaye Wade

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

We wish to ensure that young Africans do not feel disorientated
in the century in which they live.
- Abdoulaye Wade

Education for all seems to be the product of a type
of distributive justice that is in no way related to the individual.
- Abdoulaye Wade

We will win the battle for Africa, which is in effect a battle for Humanity.
- Abdoulaye Wade

 

A small child from a developing country has the advantage,
from a very early age, of having access to toys which structure his mind,
which constitute a sure advantage over the little African
child who has never even held a modern toy.
- Abdoulaye Wade

The teacher that I was for decades, and that I still am in a certain way,
wondered what was meant by the word education.
I was truly dumbfounded at the very thought of dealing
with such an essential and extensive subject.
- Abdoulaye Wade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
- Paddy Chayefsky

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 comes from the Greek and means,
literally, government by the people.
- Robert Welch

It's all a sham: I have seen, and I know firsthand,
indeed from my own pen, how the organized Right has
sabotaged not only journalism but also democracy and truth.
- David Brock

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want,
and deserve to get it good and hard.
- H. L. Mencken

Sometimes democracy must be bathed in blood.
- Augusto Pinochet

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

Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy.
Deceit is a poison in its veins.
- Edward Kennedy

Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East.
- Jack Schwartz

So I think one can say on empirical grounds -
not because of some philosophical principle -
that you can't have democracy unless you have a market economy.
- Peter L. Berger

Our democracy poses problems and these problems must
and shall be solved by courageous leadership.
- Charles Edison

For us democracy is a question of human dignity.
And human dignity is political freedom.
- Olof Palme

Since President Bush took office in 2001,
this Congress has supported an agenda of democracy,
freedom and expansion of rights for all peoples throughout the world.
- Ginny B. Waite

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

Taiwan is a budding democracy, and the people have
participated in multi-party democratic elections since 1996.
- Todd Akin

In order every one in our homeland learns principles
of democracy and the peaceful transition of power,
and in order to stabilize and develop multiple choices in democratic practice.
- Ali A. Saleh

I was never convinced that war was the best system
to bring democracy to the country.
- Silvio Berlusconi

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

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

If a jerk burns the flag, America is not threatened,
democracy is not under siege, freedom is not at risk.
- Gary Ackerman

There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship.
- Ralph Nader

The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has
degraded into politicians.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Jeans represent democracy in fashion.
- Giorgio Armani

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy,
and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery
out of the most extreme liberty.
- Plato

You don't spread democracy through the barrel of a gun.
- Helen Thomas

The road to democracy may be winding and is like a
river taking many curves,
but eventually the river will reach the ocean.
- Chen Shui-bian

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

Democracy is good.
I say this because other systems are worse.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes,
our ancestors.
It is the democracy of the dead.
Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy
who merely happen to be walking around.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

It is not enough to merely defend democracy.
To defend it may be to lose it; to extend it is to strengthen it.
Democracy is not property; it is an idea.
- Hubert H. Humphrey

No amount of charters, direct primaries,
or short ballots will make a democracy out of an illiterate people.
- Walter Lippmann

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

America's support for human rights and democracy is
our noblest export to the world.
- William Bennett

As long as we're in a democracy, I have to give what
I think the majority of people will enjoy.
- Norman Granz

Judicial review has been a part of our democracy in
this constitutional government for over 200 years.
- Ron Kind

No matter how many troops we have in place or how long they stay,
we cannot impose a parliamentary democracy there any
more than the insurgents can impose a theocracy.
- Nick Clooney

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

Despite what the pundits want us to think,
contested primaries aren't civil war,
they are democracy at work, and that's beautiful.
- Sarah Palin

And one of the frustrating parts, but it's an inherent part of our democracy,
is we have separation of powers.
- George Pataki

The grandeur and strength or our people and democracy are as big as a forest.
- Chen Shui-bian

The United States is not for democracy in Iraq,
it's for setting up a puppet government.
- Peter Camejo

Corruption is nature's way of restoring our faith in democracy.
- Peter Ustinov

Information is the currency of democracy.
- Thomas Jefferson

Only a knowledgeable, empowered and vocal citizenry
can perform well in democracy.
- David Brin

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


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