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Alexander Meiklejohn Quotes and Sayings

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Democracy is the art of thinking independently together.
- Alexander Meiklejohn

Whatever the immediate gains and losses,
the dangers to our safety arising from political suppression
are always greater than the dangers to the safety resulting from political freedom.
Suppression is always foolish.
Freedom is always wise.
- Alexander Meiklejohn

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

 

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
- Paddy Chayefsky

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

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

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

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

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 an abuse of statistics.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our constitutional liberties shall not be sacrificed
in our search for greater security,
for that is what our enemies and all enemies of freedom
and democracy hope to achieve.
- Tammy Baldwin

People in so many countries look up to the United States as a model of democracy,
but I doubt if that can continue.
It leaves me with a great sense of loss.
- Bianca Jagger

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

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

My own ideals for the university are those of a genuine
democracy and serious scholarship.
These two, indeed, seem to go together.
- Woodrow Wilson

We Chileans have to be able to understand that in a
democracy institutions must function freely and with sovereignty.
- Ricardo Lagos

Iraq can emerge as a beacon of hope and democracy in the Middle East,
and the world, with our help.
- Chris Chocola

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

Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy
than to imprison a person
or keep him in prison because he is unpopular.
This is really the test of civilization.
- Winston Churchill

Democracy was being saved from Communism by getting rid of democracy.
- Juan Bosch

Democracy, good governance and modernity cannot be
imported or imposed from outside a country.
- Emile Lahud

People who want to understand democracy should spend
less time in the library with Aristotle and more time
on the buses and in the subway.
- Simeon Strunsky

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

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

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 not only requires equality but also an unshakable
conviction in the value of each person,
who is then equal.
- Jeane Kirkpatrick

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

Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the
same category as Arcadia,
Santa Claus, and Heaven.
- H. L. Mencken

The government, which was designed for the people,
has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers,
the special interests.
An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.
- Woodrow Wilson

Democracy is fatal for the arts; it leads only to chaos
or the achievement of new and lower common denominators of quality.
- Walter Legge

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

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

But democracy isn't a state of perfection.
It has to be improved, and that means constant vigilance.
- Antonio Tabucchi

The American people need to know the truth.
The American people need to see the truth.
In a democracy, letting the people know the truth is
the essence of what it means to be free.
- Barbara Boxer

Our political institutions work remarkably well.
They are designed to clang against each other.
The noise is democracy at work.
- Michael Novak

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

The greatest blessing of our democracy is freedom.
But in the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves.
- Bernard Baruch

Television has made dictatorship impossible but democracy unbearable.
- Shimon Peres

The democracy process provides for political and social change without violence.
- Aung San Suu Kyi

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

Even though the Bush campaign ad tells you that Afghanistan
is a new democracy at the Olympics because of Bush's efforts,
Afghanistan hasn't actually had an election.
- Peter Schuyler

Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible,
but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

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

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

You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents,
not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.
- Abbie Hoffman

It is a paradox that far too few Americans participate
in the wonderful ritual of democracy that we call Election Day.
- Brad Henry

It's a democracy and if I am outvoted,
I have to accept the majority decisions.
- Moshe Dayan

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

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

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

And in a democracy, when we say we're mad at what's going on,
what we need to be saying is we're mad at ourselves.
- Mike Lowry

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

To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance
to the citizens of a democracy.
- Bertrand Russell

Democracy is also a form of worship.
It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.
- H. L. Mencken

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

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

If a man went simply by what he saw,
he might be tempted to affirm that the essence of democracy is melodrama.
- Irving Babbitt


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