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Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions -
by Irving Kristol

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

Related topics: Equality

People need religion.
It's a vehicle for a moral tradition.
A crucial role.
Nothing can take its place.
- Irving Kristol

You have to know one big thing and stick with it.
The leaders who had one very big idea and one very big commitment.
This permitted them to create something.
Those are the ones who leave a legacy.
- Irving Kristol

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

 

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

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

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

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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 an abuse of statistics.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
- Paddy Chayefsky

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

The media is absolutely essential to the functioning of a democracy.
It's not our job to cozy up to power.
We're supposed to be the check and balance on government.
- Amy Goodman

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

Democracy derailed is democracy denied.
- Chaka Fattah

A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction.
These will produce an eruption and carry desolation in their way.
- Fisher Ames

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

We have accepted the principle of democracy and we
are committed to respect the popular verdict and the
result of that national consultation.
- Mahmoud Abbas

The Communists automatically violated the daily practices
of democracy to which I was accustomed.
- Elia Kazan

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

The defense of our democracy against the forces that
threaten it from without has made some of its failures
to function at home glaringly apparent.
- Wendell Willkie

I think Russians today have a distorted picture of capitalism,
liberal democracy and market economy.
- Garry Kasparov

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 is now going forth on a crusade against imperialism.
- Irving Babbitt

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

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

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

So, two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits
variety and two because it permits criticism.
- E. M. Forster

I chose America as my home because I value freedom and democracy,
civil liberties and an open society.
- George Soros

Democracy passes into despotism.
- Plato

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

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

It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power
machinery with democracy.
But then neither can political prisoners turn on the
light in the cells of a dictatorship.
- Corazon Aquino

Democracy, it appears, is a bit chancy.
But its chances also depend on what we do ourselves.
- Robert A. Dahl

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

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

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

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

Monopolists who fear competition and who distrust democracy
because it stands for equal opportunity would like
to secure their position against small and energetic enterprise.
- Henry A. Wallace

Liberals are concerned about the concentration of wealth
because it almost inevitably leads to a concentration
of power that undermines democracy.
- Robert Reich

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

We're not a democracy.
- Gore Vidal

The primal principle of democracy is the worth and
dignity of the individual.
- Edward Bellamy

My argument has always been that this is not an anti-Bush film,
it's a pro-democracy film.
And if Bush comes out on the wrong side of democracy,
that's his problem.
- John Sayles

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

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

It would be hard to ignore the absence of democracy in any Arab nation.
- Jack Schwartz

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

If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment:
"Thou shalt not ration justice."
- Sophocles

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

As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled,
the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

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

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

Celebrity distorts democracy by giving the rich,
beautiful, and famous more authority than they deserve.
- Maureen Dowd

The U.S.
Constitution is the basic framework for the greatest democracy on Earth.
Some of my colleagues find it easy to amend it.
I don't.
- Byron Dorgan

The Greens have every right to run, that's what democracy is,
and they should argue their point by saying how they
think people should vote,
not by telling us to be silent.
- Peter Camejo

Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice,
like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they're both just aspirin.
- Gore Vidal

Sometimes democracy must be bathed in blood.
- Augusto Pinochet

A marvel that has nothing to offer, democracy is at
once a nation's paradise and its tomb.
- Emile M. Cioran


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