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Democracy Quotes

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

Related topics: Equality

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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

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

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

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

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

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
- Paddy Chayefsky

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

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

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

Our form of democracy is bribery, on the highest scale.
- Gore Vidal

We can have democracy in this country,
or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few,
but we can't have both.
- Louis D. Brandeis

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

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

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes,
our ancestors.
It is the democracy of the dead.
Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy
who merely happen to be walking around.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Television is the most perfect democracy.
You sit there with your remote control and vote.
- Aaron Brown

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship
is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later;
in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.
- Charles Bukowski

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

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

It will take years to bring Iraq the democracy it deserves.
- Bill Owens

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

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

A central claim of the Bush administration's foreign
policy is that the spread of democracy in the Middle
East is the cure for terrorism.
- Timothy Garton Ash

In Europe, it appears that in the name of democracy,
elites are pursuing an autocratic, centralized power,
seeking economic control and social regimentation.
- Maggie Gallagher

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

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government,
except all the others that have been tried.
- Winston Churchill

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

From a monarchy followed by suffering under Communism,
Ethiopians must be given the opportunity to flourish
under the greatest of systems -
democracy.
- Jack Kingston

Democracy is the road to socialism.
- Karl Marx

On account of being a democracy and run by the people,
we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years,
no matter what it does.
- Will Rogers

Dishonesty in government is the business of every citizen.
It is not enough to do your own job.
There's no particular virtue in that.
Democracy isn't a gift.
It's a responsibility.
- Dalton Trumbo

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and
a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
- James Bovard

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

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

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

Passive fatalism can never be the role of a revolutionary party,
like the Social Democracy.
- Karl Liebknecht

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

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

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

I swear to the Lord, I still can't see,
why Democracy means, everybody but me.
- Langston Hughes

Taiwan is a budding democracy, and the people have
participated in multi-party democratic elections since 1996.
- Todd Akin

Democracy shows not only its power in reforming governments,
but in regenerating a race of men and this is the greatest
blessing of free governments.
- Andrew Jackson

Democracy is the wholesome and pure air without which
a socialist public organization cannot live a full-blooded life.
- Mikhail Gorbachev

Our democracy is the centerpiece of who we are as a nation.
And it is the fondest hope of all Americans that we
can help bring democracy to every corner of the world.
- Barbara Boxer

And they understand that to be an effective member of a democracy,
you have to accept responsibility.
- Daniel Greenberg

I believe in the greatness of our democracy.
- Chen Shui-bian

Democracy: An institution in which the whole is equal
to the scum of the parts.
- Keith Preston

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

In nation after nation, democracy has taken the place of autocracy.
- John Charles Polanyi

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

We in universities are not in the democracy business.
What we do, when we're doing it, is teach and learn.
- Stanley Fish

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

The American flag is the most recognized symbol of
freedom and democracy in the world.
- Virginia Foxx

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

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

We are losing the democracy that we're trying to sell
in the Mideast and everywhere else right here in our own nation.
- Rosie O'Donnell

The struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma
is a struggle for life and dignity.
It is a struggle that encompasses our political,
social and economic aspirations.
- Aung San Suu Kyi

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

The American polity is infected with a serious imbalance
of power between elites and masses,
a power which is the principal threat to our democracy.
- Paul Wellstone


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