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Democracy forever teases us with the contrast between
by Agnes Repplier

Democracy forever teases us with the contrast between
its ideals and its realities,
between its heroic possibilities and its sorry achievements.
- Agnes Repplier

A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing about like mad at nothing whatever,
and generally stopping before it gets there.
- Agnes Repplier

It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert,
gentle, and discriminating friends, who give us just
enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more.
- Agnes Repplier

Humor brings insight and tolerance.
Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.
- Agnes Repplier

 

Humor distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed
off their earthly pedestals.
- Agnes Repplier

It is not what we learn in conversation that enriches us.
It is the elation that comes of swift contact with
tingling currents of thought.
- Agnes Repplier

It has been well said that tea is suggestive of a thousand wants,
from which spring the decencies and luxuries of civilization.
- Agnes Repplier

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Laughter springs from the lawless part of our nature.
- Agnes Repplier

The diseases of the present have little in common with
the diseases of the past save that we die of them.
- Agnes Repplier

It is in his pleasure that a man really lives;
it is from his leisure that he constructs the true fabric of self.
- Agnes Repplier

The tourist may complain of other tourists,
but he would be lost without them.
- Agnes Repplier

The clear-sighted do not rule the world,
but they sustain and console it.
- Agnes Repplier

The thinkers of the world should by rights be guardians of the world's mirth.
- Agnes Repplier

It is as impossible to withhold education from the receptive mind,
as it is impossible to force it upon the unreasoning.
- Agnes Repplier

It has been wisely said that we cannot really love
anybody at whom we never laugh.
- Agnes Repplier

Edged tools are dangerous things to handle,
and not infrequently do much hurt.
- Agnes Repplier

There is always a secret irritation about a laugh into which we cannot join.
- Agnes Repplier

People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are
very much in the way of civilization.
- Agnes Repplier

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves,
and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
- Agnes Repplier

There are few nudities so objectionable as the naked truth.
- Agnes Repplier

Conversation between Adam and Eve must have been difficult
at times because they had nobody to talk about.
- Agnes Repplier

We cannot really love anyone with with whom we never laugh.
- Agnes Repplier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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

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

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
- Paddy Chayefsky

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

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

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

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

Democracy is the only system capable of reflecting
the humanist premise of equilibrium or balance.
The key to its secret is the involvement of the citizen.
- John Ralston Saul

Democracy is the process by which people choose the
man who'll get the blame.
- Bertrand Russell

Democracy in China is like Viagra; no such thing as free elections.
- George Montgomery

Democracy and socialism are means to an end,
not the end itself.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

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

We're not perfect, but we do have democracy.
- Hugo Chavez

Liberty, freedom and democracy are very fuzzy words,
but human rights is very specific.
- Joichi Ito

The EU will face problems similar to the US:
an increasing gap between the citizens and decision
makers in Brussels and a perceived or even real lack of democracy.
- David Korten

Information is the currency of democracy.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

Remember one thing about democracy.
We can have anything we want and at the same time,
we always end up with exactly what we deserve.
- Edward Albee

Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes,
but which no democracy can afford among its citizens.
- William Beveridge

Nevertheless, I resist cynicism and continue to believe
in the possibilities for genuine democracy.
- William Greider

Democracy means government by discussion,
but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
- Clement Attlee

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

The closer Iraq approaches freedom and democracy,
the more impediments and barriers the terrorists will erect.
- Howard Coble

It's not a democracy here, it's the Middle East.
- Silvan Shalom

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

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

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

As free citizens in a political democracy,
we have a responsibility to be interested and involved
in the affairs of the human community,
be it at the local or the global level.
- Paul Wellstone

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

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

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


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