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Democracy quotes (36)

We love your adherence to democratic principles.
William F. Buckley Jr.   Category: Democracy

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

I know of no safe repository for the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion the remedy is not to take it from them but to increase their discretion by education.
Thomas Jefferson   Category: Democracy

Our constitution is named a democracy because it is in the hands not of the few but of the many. But our laws secure equal justice for all in their private disputes and our public opinion welcomes and honors talent in every branch of achievement not for any sectional reason but on grounds of excellence alone. And as we give free play to all in our public life so we carry the same spirit into our daily relations with one another.... Open and friendly in our private intercourse in our public acts we keep strictly within the control of law. We acknowledge the restraint of reverence; we are obedient to whomsoever is set in authority and to the laws more sepecially to those which offer protection to the oppressed and those unwritten ordinances whose transgression brings admitted shame. lb. II Funeral Oration of Pericles 37
Thucydides   Category: Democracy

Democracy is a process not a static condition. It is Becoming rather than being. It can easily be lost but never is fully won. Its essence is eternal struggle.
William H. Hastie   Category: Democracy

Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.
Charles Alexis Henri Clerel de Tocqueville   Category: Democracy

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

Sometimes democracy must be bathed in blood.
Augusto Pinochet   Category: Democracy

Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.
Henry Louis Mencken   Category: Democracy

Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
John Adams   Category: Democracy

Democracy is a form of government in which it is permitted to wonder aloud what the country could do under first-class management.
Senator Soaper   Category: Democracy

Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Democracy

All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it.
Alexis de Tocqueville   Category: Democracy

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

Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing. What is necessary now is one thing and one thing only ... that democracy become again democracy in action not democracy accomplished and piled up in goods and gold.
Archibald MacLeish   Category: Democracy

Democracy means government by discussion but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
Clement Atlee   Category: Democracy

I know that all things considered the United States of America with all of its abuses of democracy and of liberty itself is still the garden spot of the world where peace cooperation and constructive effort can and should prevail always and the cause of a higher Christian civilization advanced.
George M. Verity   Category: Democracy

Some of us have turned our freedom into exploitation our land into a dust bowl. We cant make a nation strong when it is held together by the rotten rope of self-interest. Too often we think of democracy only in terms of getting our rights.
Joseph R. Sizoo D.D.   Category: Democracy

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Democracy

Mans capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but mans inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
Reinhold Niebuhr   Category: Democracy

Too many people expect wonders from democracy when the most wonderful thing of all is just having it.
Walter Winchell   Category: Democracy

The creed of our democracy is that liberty is acquired and kept by men and women who are strong and self-reliant and possessed of such wisdom as God gives mankind – men and women who are just and understanding and generous to others – men and women who are capable of disciplining themselves. For they are the rulers and they must rule themselves.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Democracy

That this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people by the people for the people shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln   Category: Democracy

Democracy is based on the conviction that man has the moral and intellectual capacity as well as the inalienable right to govern himself with reason and justice.
Harry S. Truman   Category: Democracy

So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights well be called a democracy.
Roger Nash Baldwin   Category: Democracy

Puritanism believing itself quick with the seed of religious liberty laid without knowing it the egg of democracy.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Democracy

A democracy is a government in the hands of men of low birth no property and vulgar employments.
Aristotle   Category: Democracy

The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Democracy

Every man is wanted and no man is wanted much.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Democracy

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are fight more than half of the time.
E. B. White   Category: Democracy

In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine the test of its value is not in its taste but in its effects.
James William Fulbright   Category: Democracy

The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy indifference and undernourishment.
Robert Maynard Hutchins   Category: Democracy

The world must be made safe for democracy.
Woodrow Wilson   Category: Democracy

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse form the public treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.
Alexander Tyler   Category: Democracy

It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny.
James Fenimore Cooper   Category: Democracy

The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.
Art Spander   Category: Democracy