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The Best Quotes About Democracy

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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 give every man the right to be his own oppressor. James Russell Lowell

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

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    Let the people think they govern and they will be governed. William Penn

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    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 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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    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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    Nor is the people's judgment always true: the most may err as grossly as the few. John Dryden

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    America is the place where you cannot kill your government by killing the men who conduct it. Woodrow Wilson

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

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    No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent. Abraham Lincoln

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    Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated. G. K. Chesterton

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

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    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 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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    The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy. H. L. Mencken

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    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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    I confess I enjoy democracy immensely. It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing. H. L. Mencken

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    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, because it releases the energies of every human being. Woodrow Wilson

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    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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    Everything that is right or natural pleads for separation. The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, 'Tis time to part. Thomas Paine

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    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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    Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they're both just aspirin. Gore Vidal

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

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    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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    “You are neither Christ nor King nor Lincoln. But what you are is willing, capable, and sincere, there upon a bough of hope and audacity as branded by history as any have ever been.” --from poem There Upon a Bough of Hope & Audacity Aberjhani

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    “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 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 Emancipation Proclamation...can remind us in 2013 of all the mistakes we never want to commit again but it can also motivate us to fulfill to an ever greater degree the definitive freedom-sustaining and life-enhancing principles of democracy in living action." Aberjhani

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    Democracy is also a form of religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses. H. L. Mencken

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    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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    Chinks in America's egalitarian armor are not hard to find. Democracy is the fig leaf of elitism. Florence King

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    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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    Democracy! Bah! When I hear that word I reach for my feather Boa! Allen Ginsberg

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

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    Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism. E. M. Forster

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    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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    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

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    Democracy is the menopause of Western society, the Grand Climacteric of the body social. Fascism is its middle-aged lust. Jean Baudrillard

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    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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    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 freeman, casting with unpurchased hand the vote that shakes the turrets of the land.

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    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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    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 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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