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Democracy is not about making speeches.
by Alan Bullock

Democracy is not about making speeches.
It is about making committees work.
- Alan Bullock

Spending a weekend with Hitler would have been boring in the extreme,
although you would have had a greater certainty in coming back alive.
- Alan Bullock

Bullock by name, and Bullock by nature.
- Alan Bullock

The corruption of people is to behave in an inhuman way.
- Alan Bullock

 

Hitler's dictatorship rested on the constitutional
foundation of a single law,
the Enabling Law.
- Alan Bullock

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

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

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
- Paddy Chayefsky

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

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

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

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

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christianity, democracy, science, education,
wealth, and the cumulative inheritance of a thousand years,
have not preserved us from the vain repetition of history.
- Ralph A. Cram

Democracy is the road to socialism.
- Karl Marx

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

Remember, democracy never lasts long.
It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself.
There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
- John Adams

Small use it will be to save democracy for the race
if we cannot save the race for democracy.
- Jeanette Rankin

Everybody's for democracy in principle.
It's only in practice that the thing gives rise to stiff objections.
- Meg Greenfield

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

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

Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave.
- Karl Kraus

The true victory is the victory for democracy and pluralism.
- Hosni Mubarak

And it is essential that in fighting terrorism,
sacrifices should not be made on democracy.
- Bulent Ecevit

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

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

What we are doing in fact is recovering and progressing
and sustaining the recovery of our democracy.
- Alberto Fujimori

The history of our country is not the history of any
other country in the world which is either practicing
advanced democracy or struggling to lay the foundation for democracy.
- Ibrahim Babangida

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

There is so much that can be done, you see,
the assembly is about improving our democracy.
- Ron Davies

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

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

The return of democracy in our land has indeed thrown
the problems of development into bolder relief.
- Ibrahim Babangida

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

I don't run democracy.
I train troops to defend democracy and I happen to
be their surrogate father and mother as well as their commanding general.
- Alfred M. Gray

Democracy is stronger than terrorism,
and we will not cower to the terrorists' campaign of fear.
- John Doolittle

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

Saddam's ouster will not necessarily lead to the same result,
since Iraq lacks democratic traditions.
Democracy doesn't just consist of holding elections.
- Brent Scowcroft

Democracy belongs to those who exercise it.
- Bill Moyers

Robert Moses wasn't elected to anything.
We're taught that in a democracy power comes from being elected.
He had more power than anyone, and he held it for 48 years.
- Robert Caro

In brief, Western democracy, as other political models,
is not exportable to all regions of the world.
- Omar Bongo

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

Although we dealt decisively with all terrorist organizations,
we at the same time not only maintained,
preserved our democracy, but kept improving it.
- Bulent Ecevit

Being 'at the mercy of legislative majorities' is merely
another way of describing the basic American plan:
representative democracy.
- Robert Bork

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

We Americans have the great gifts of freedom and democracy,
but it has been our education system that has fulfilled
the promise of democracy.
- James E. Rogers

I believe in trade unionism, and I believe in democracy,
in democratic trade unionism.
- Richard Attenborough

The need to help spread democracy and the ability to
do that will be much greater if we break this addiction to oil,
which gives the oil princes and sultans the power in the Mideast.
- Jay Inslee

In order to build basic democracy here we'll need lives of two generations -
at least forty years.
- Aleksandr Lebed

So in Asia I want to make - I want to succeed to make a model of what success,
practicing democracy, and market economy.
Then that will give a good influence over Asian countries.
- Kim Dae Jung

Bureaucracy is not an obstacle to democracy but an
inevitable complement to it.
- Joseph A. Schumpeter

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

Free nations of the world cannot allow Taiwan,
a beacon of democracy, to be subdued by an authoritarian China.
- Nick Lampson

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

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

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

We women of America tell you that America is not a democracy.
Twenty million women are denied the right to vote.
- Alice Paul


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