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Irving Kristol Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
- Paddy Chayefsky

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

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

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

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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

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

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

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

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 constitutional democracy is in serious trouble if
its citizenry does not have a certain degree of education and civic virtue.
- Phillip E. Johnson

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

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

More socialism means more democracy,
openness and collectivism in everyday life.
- Mikhail Gorbachev

Democracy functions best when we have an active citizenry.
- Rick Perry

In real danger sometimes even a democracy can really keep a secret.
- Stuart Symington

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

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

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

I have always been of the mind that in a democracy
manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.
- James Russell Lowell

Throughout American history many of our social gains
and much of our progress toward democracy were made
possible by the active intervention of the federal government.
- Harold Washington

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

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

Few businessmen are capable of being in politics,
they don't understand the democratic process,
they have neither the tolerance or the depth it takes.
Democracy isn't a business.
- Malcolm Forbes

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

Speaking as a Democrat, all my life battling for what
I conceived to be Democracy,
and what I conceived to be right, I am yet an American above Democracy.
- Richard Parks Bland

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

Voting is fundamental in our democracy.
It has yielded enormous returns.
- Arlen Specter

America has never seen itself as a national state like all others,
but rather as an experiment in human freedom and democracy.
- Brent Scowcroft

Democracy is not about one party dominating.
- Ed Townsend

I think the Iraqi people have shown extraordinary patience
and courage in the last few months.
They have really put a political system on the way to success,
to a real democracy here.
- Paul Bremer

There can only be democracy when money is not allowed to be spent in Politics.
- Imran Khan

Democracy don't rule the world, You'd better get that in your head;
This world is ruled by violence,
But I guess that's better left unsaid.
- Bob Dylan

A democracy, the realistic observer is forced to conclude,
is likely to be idealistic in its feelings about itself,
but imperialistic about its practice.
- Irving Babbitt

137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America's
most cherished patriotic observances.
The spirit of this day has not changed -
it remains a day to honor those who died defending
our freedom and democracy.
- Doc Hastings

I have - I have more than an interesting task in piloting
Wales into our new democracy,
without wanting to exercise draconian powers on behalf of anybody else -
I can assure of that.
- Ron Davies

American democracy must be a failure because it places
the supreme authority in the hands of the poorest and
most ignorant part of the society.
- Thomas Babington

We must take proactive steps to promote democracy and human rights abroad.
- Sam Brownback

The word democracy has no meaning.
Duty has gone.
Only rights remain.
- Fiona Shaw

Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.
- Plato

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

Democracy is the road to socialism.
- Karl Marx

I think it is absolutely essential in a democracy to
have competition in the media,
a lot of competition, and we seem to be moving away from that.
- Walter Cronkite

The essence of a democracy is a free electorate.
- Arlen Specter

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

However, I must say that I am very happy to see that
we have such a positive result for our first referendum
in our history and that gives me more confidence in Taiwan's democracy.
- Chen Shui-bian

Democracy belongs to those who exercise it.
- Bill Moyers

For about ten years now, the struggle for democracy
and the respect of human rights has been in the focus point -
if not a commodity -
of political groups aiming to rise to power.
- Omar Bongo

When Jefferson and the Republicans rallied to the Union
and to the existing Federalist organization,
the fabric of traditional American democracy was almost completely woven.
- Herbert Croly

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
- John F. Kennedy

Democracy is only an experiment in government,
and it has the obvious disadvantage of merely counting
votes instead of weighing them.
- Dean Inge

The soviet people want full-blooded and unconditional democracy.
- Mikhail Gorbachev

We have, essentially, a worthless democracy.
- Aaron McGruder

Democracy is hypocrisy without limitation.
- Iskander Mirza

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

In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich,
because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.
- Aristotle


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