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A list of the best democracy quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous democracy quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic democracy quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational democracy quotes from that same writer.

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Democracy is based upon the co... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people. Harry Emerson Fosdick

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No man is good enough to gover... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent. Abraham Lincoln

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Democracy give every man the r... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
Democracy give every man the right to be his own oppressor. James Russell Lowell

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Let the people think they gove... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
Let the people think they govern and they will be governed. William Penn

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Democracy demands that the rel... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values. Barack Obama

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Anyone who knows history, part... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people. Eleanor Roosevelt

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The majority is never right. N... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
The majority is never right. Never, I tell you! That's one of these lies in society that no free and intelligent man can help rebelling against. Who are the people that make up the biggest proportion of the population -- the intelligent ones or the fools? I think we can agree it's the fools, no matter where you go in this world, it's the fools that form the overwhelming majority. Henrik Ibsen

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When people put their ballots ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
When people put their ballots in the boxes, they are, by that act, inoculated against the feeling that the government is not theirs. They then accept, in some measure, that its errors are their errors, its aberrations their aberrations, that any revolt will be against them. It's a remarkably shrewd and rather conservative arrangement when one thinks of it. John Kenneth Galbraith

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Democracy is a charming form o... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike. Plato

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Democracy means the opportunit... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave. Karl Kraus

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Nor is the people's judgment a... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
Nor is the people's judgment always true: the most may err as grossly as the few. John Dryden

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Democracy is a process by whic... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame. Laurence J. Peter

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As I would not be a slave, so ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Abraham Lincoln

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America is the place where you... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
America is the place where you cannot kill your government by killing the men who conduct it. Woodrow Wilson

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Democracy means government by ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated. G. K. Chesterton

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Remember, democracy never last... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Quotes About 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

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"Nation-building is never a 'done deal' confined to history already established." Aberjhani

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The cure for the evils of demo... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy. H. L. Mencken

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I confess I enjoy democracy im... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
I confess I enjoy democracy immensely. It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing. H. L. Mencken

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These, then, will be some of t... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
These, then, will be some of the features of democracy... it will be, in all likelihood, an agreeable, lawless, parti-colored commonwealth, dealing with all alike on a footing of equality, whether they be really equal or not. Plato

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"The job facing American voters… in the days and years to come, is to determine which hearts, minds, and souls command those qualities best suited to unify a country rather than further divide it, to heal the wounds of a nation as opposed to aggravate its injuries, and to secure for the next generation a legacy of choices based on informed awareness rather than one of reactions based on unknowing fear." Aberjhani

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The ship of Democracy, which h... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
The ship of Democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those aboard. Grover Cleveland

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Democracy is never a thing don... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Quotes About 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

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Democracy with its semi-civili... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
Democracy with its semi-civilization sincerely cherishes junk. The artist's power should be spiritual. But the power of the majority is material. When these worlds meet occasionally, it is pure coincidence. Paul Klee

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Democracy substitutes election... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. George Bernard Shaw

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I am a democrat only on princi... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
I am a democrat only on principle, not by instinct -- nobody is that. Doubtless some people say they are, but this world is grievously given to lying. Mark Twain

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Nothing can be more abhorrent ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
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

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You must drop all your democra... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
You must drop all your democracy. You must not believe in the people. One class is no better than another. It must be a case of Wisdom, or Truth. Let the working classes be working classes. That is the truth. There must be an aristocracy of people who have wisdom, and there must be a Ruler: a Kaiser: no Presidents and democracies. D. H. Lawrence

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I believe in democracy, becaus... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
I believe in democracy, because it releases the energies of every human being. Woodrow Wilson

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The more I see of democracy th... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
The more I see of democracy the more I dislike it. It just brings everything down to the mere vulgar level of wages and prices, electric light and water closets, and nothing else. D. H. Lawrence

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The Silent majority is silent,... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
The Silent majority is silent, and that is best for everybody. Gerhard Kocher

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Democracy is a political metho... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
Democracy is a political method, that is to say, a certain type of institutional arrangement for arriving at political -- legislative and administrative -- decisions and hence incapable of being an end in itself. Joseph Schumpeter

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Two cheers for Democracy: one ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism. E. M. Forster

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Democracy is the theory that t... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what They want, and deserve to get it good and hard. H. L. Mencken

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A modern democracy is a tyrann... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
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

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Democracy means simply the blu... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. Oscar Wilde

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keep in checking a government ... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
keep in checking a government can be regard as democracy

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It has been said that Democrac... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
It has been said that Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. Winston Churchill

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This is one of the paradoxes o... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
This is one of the paradoxes of the democratic movement -- that it loves a crowd and fears the individuals who compose it -- that the religion of humanity should have no faith in human beings. Walter Lippmann

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The freeman, casting with unpu... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
The freeman, casting with unpurchased hand the vote that shakes the turrets of the land.

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"It is fully possible that the Affordable Care Act and the movement toward humane applications of immigration laws are the beginnings of a potentially golden age for democracy." Aberjhani

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The world must be made safe fo... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
The world must be made safe for democracy. Woodrow Wilson

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Man's capacity for justice mak... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. Reinhold Niebuhr

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Unless democracy is to commit ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
Unless democracy is to commit suicide by consenting to its own destruction, it will have to find some formidable answer to those who come to it saying: I demand from you in the name of your principles the rights which I shall deny to you later in the name of my principles. Walter Lippmann

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It is not enough to merely def... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
It is not enough to merely defend democracy. To defend it may be to lose it; to extend it is to strengthen it. Democracy is not property; it is an idea. Hubert Humphrey

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It is a strange fact that free... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
It is a strange fact that freedom and equality, the two basic ideas of democracy, are to some extent contradictory. Logically considered, freedom and equality are mutually exclusive, just as society and the individual are mutually exclusive. Thomas Mann

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Apparently, a democracy is a p... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates. Gore Vidal

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Democracy don't rule the world... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
Democracy don't rule the world, you better get that in your head; this world is ruled by violence, but I guess that's better left unsaid. Bob Dylan

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“With intent to neither idoliz... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
“With intent to neither idolize nor demonize the man [Barack Obama], it seems fair and evident enough to say that the current president of America is not a leader whose way is that of violent public outbursts. It appears to be more that of a warrior-philosopher who practices the art of political persuasion by authoring acclaimed books, delivering well-crafted speeches, assembling unified coalitions, passing historic legislation, signing well-aimed executive orders, and cultivating a poised but accessible demeanor.” Aberjhani

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The worst thing I can say abou... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Quotes About Democracy
The worst thing I can say about democracy is that it has tolerated the Right Honorable Gentleman for four and a half years. Aneurin Bevan