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Democracy Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Democracy

Please enjoy these Democracy Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

Related topics: Politics

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

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

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

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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 is an abuse of statistics.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
- Paddy Chayefsky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The last two elections were stolen.
They were stolen and so we will not rest until we reclaim
our democracy and this is what today is all about.
- Barbara Lee

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

Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy.
- Benito Mussolini

Democracy is now going forth on a crusade against imperialism.
- Irving Babbitt

Christianity is the root of all democracy,
the highest fact in the rights of men.
- Novalis

I think Russian people are learning that democracy is not an alien thing;
it's not a western invention.
- Garry Kasparov

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want,
and deserve to get it good and hard.
- H. L. Mencken

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

I sow; my successor reaps.
This is the majesty of democracy.
- Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Those who abhors democracy would rarely immigrate to
an authoritarian state if they have to.
- Joe Chung

Therefore, until the day I die, I am going to do what I can,
regardless of the cost to me, to try to stop this awful
corruption that is destroying our beloved democracy.
- John Jay Hooker

I believe democracy flourishes when the government
can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when
the press can decide whether to print what it knows.
- Katherine Graham

Only a knowledgeable, empowered and vocal citizenry
can perform well in democracy.
- David Brin

Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy.
- Jesse Jackson

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

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

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

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

Democracy derailed is democracy denied.
- Chaka Fattah

Now that our media companies and it appears are policies are traded for cash,
what is there to check the continuing consolidation
of power and diminishing of democracy?
- Joichi Ito

I believe our country has to do whatever we can do
to protect ourselves-we're king of the hill.
We need to protect democracy and the lives of those
who live in the free world.
- Rick Yune

Newspapers write ringing editorials declaring that
this is and always was a democracy.
- Robert Welch

If allowed to run free of the social system,
capitalism will attempt to corrupt and undermine democracy,
which is after all not a natural state.
- John Ralston Saul

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

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

In Switzerland they had brotherly love,
five hundred years of democracy and peace,
and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock!
- Graham Greene

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

Maintain democracy or go to dictatorship:
that is what is at stake in these elections.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

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

The worldwide, agelong struggle between fascism and
democracy will not stop when the fighting ends in Germany and Japan.
- Henry A. Wallace

Democracy, it appears, is a bit chancy.
But its chances also depend on what we do ourselves.
- Robert A. Dahl

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

Journalism is what maintains democracy.
It's the force for progressive social change.
- Andrew Vachss

Democracy in China is like Viagra; no such thing as free elections.
- George Montgomery

Japan is not a Western democracy.
The Japanese have kept their traditions,
culture and heritage, but they have joined the community of free nations.
- Natan Sharansky

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

I will protect democracy with my life.
- Thaksin Shinawatra

Communism destroys democracy.
Democracy can also destroy Communism.
- Andre Malraux

As long as we're in a democracy, I have to give what
I think the majority of people will enjoy.
- Norman Granz

The great thing about our system of democracy is when
they call you for jury duty,
you have to come...
It's an honor and a privilege.
I was called and I've got to be here.
- Antonio Villaraigosa

Democracy is an extraordinary adventure.
It's difficult, full of daring and risk and danger.
But it's the greatest gift we have.
- Jon Voight

Democracy may mean something more than a theoretically
absolute popular government,
but it assuredly cannot mean anything less.
- Herbert Croly

In an effort to eliminate the possibility of any rival growing up,
some monopolists would sacrifice democracy itself.
- Henry A. Wallace

And one of the frustrating parts, but it's an inherent part of our democracy,
is we have separation of powers.
- George Pataki

While democracy in the long run is the most stable form of government,
in the short run, it is among the most fragile.
- Madeleine Albright

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

A modern democracy is a tyranny whose borders are undefined;
one discovers how far one can go only by traveling
in a straight line until one is stopped.
- Norman Mailer

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

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

We've got to understand that the whole nature of the
way American democracy guards its freedom has been changed.
- John Ashcroft


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