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Democracy Quotes
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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

Related topics: Government

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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

In a few decades, the relationship between the environment,
resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as
the connection we see today between human rights,
democracy and peace.
- Wangari Maathai

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

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

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

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 motive power of democracy is love.
- Henri Bergson

Democracy derailed is democracy denied.
- Chaka Fattah

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was indeed a vital instrument of democracy,
ensuring the integrity and reliability of a democratic
process that we as a Country hold so dear.
- Charles Rangel

We always hear about the rights of democracy,
but the major responsibility of it is participation.
- Wynton Marsalis

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

Running a school where the students all succeed,
even if some students have to help others to make the grade,
is good preparation for democracy.
- William Glasser

The Paris Commune was first and foremost a democracy.
The government was a body elected by universal suffrage.
- C. L. R. James

It's politely assumed that democracy is a means of
containing and restraining violence.
But violence comes not from genes but from ideas.
- Edward Bond

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

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

The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing
to be adjusted by abolition of forms.
It requires change of heart.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

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

This is supposed to be a participatory democracy and
if we're not in there participating then the people
that will manipulate and exploit the system will step in there.
- George Takei

Democracy belongs to those who exercise it.
- Bill Moyers

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

Democracy no longer works for the poor if politicians
treat them as a separate race.
- Frank Field

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

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

Sometimes democracy must be bathed in blood.
- Augusto Pinochet

Everything has to be done to build some sort of international democracy.
We've seen only the tiniest beginnings of that.
- Susan George

It's all a sham: I have seen, and I know firsthand,
indeed from my own pen, how the organized Right has
sabotaged not only journalism but also democracy and truth.
- David Brock

We have had a long wait for democracy.
- Chen Shui-bian

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

Let me say again that the relationship is asymmetrical:
there's no democracy without a market economy,
but you can have a market economy without democracy.
- Peter L. Berger

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

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

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

Without democracy there is no freedom.
Violence, no matter who is using it,
is always reactionary.
- Friedrich Ebert

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

But the Western countries that link their partnership
with the poorest countries with respect for democracy
also have to consider that they have obligations towards these countries.
- Omar Bongo

Global markets must be balanced by global values such
as respect for human rights and international law,
democracy, security and sustainable economic and environmental development.
- Anna Lindh

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

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

Democracy may not prove in the long run to be as efficient
as other forms of government,
but it has one saving grace: it allows us to know and say that it isn't.
- Bill Moyers

There is something inherent in our democracy that tends to want to level.
America is a little uncomfortable in the presence of
someone who is distinctly superior in whatever way.
- Carlisle Floyd

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

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

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

Democracy consists of choosing your dictators,
after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear.
- Alan Coren

Once you don't vote your ideals...
that has serious undermining affects.
It erodes the moral basis of our democracy.
- Ralph Nader

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

Democracy is good.
I say this because other systems are worse.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

In democracy everyone has the right to be represented,
even the jerks.
- Chris Patten

If you say simply that pressures toward democracy are created by the market,
I would say yes.
- Peter L. Berger


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