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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 quotes from that same writer.

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    Barack Obama More
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    Nor is the people's judgment always true: the most may err as grossly as the few.

    John Dryden More
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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 More
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    Democracy give every man the right to be his own oppressor.

    James Russell Lowell More
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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 More
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    Eleanor Roosevelt More
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    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 More
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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 More
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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 More
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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 More
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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 More
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    new! "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 More
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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 More
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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

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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.”

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    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 More
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    new! "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."

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

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

    G. K. Chesterton More
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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."

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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 More
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    Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.

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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.

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    I talk democracy to these men and women. I tell them that they have the vote, and that theirs is the kingdom and the power and the glory. I say to them You are supreme: exercise your power. They say, That's right: tell us what to do; and I tell them. I say Exercise our vote intelligently by voting for me. And they do. That's democracy; and a splendid thing it is too for putting the right men in the right place.

    George Bernard Shaw More
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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 More
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    There is a limit to the application of democratic methods. You can inquire of all the passengers as to what type of car they like to ride in, but it is impossible to question them as to whether to apply the brakes when the train is at full speed and accident threatens.

    Leon Trotsky More
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    Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.

    William Penn More
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    Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.

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    The Silent majority is silent, and that is best for everybody.

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    The world must be made safe for democracy.

    Woodrow Wilson More
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    That a peasant may become king does not render the kingdom democratic.

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

    Woodrow Wilson More
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    Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles.

    Woodrow Wilson More
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    I believe in democracy, because it releases the energies of every human being.

    Woodrow Wilson More
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    Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.

    Oscar Wilde More
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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 More
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    Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.

    Reinhold Niebuhr More
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    It is the American vice, the democratic disease which expresses its tyranny by reducing everything unique to the level of the herd.

    Henry Miller More
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    I confess I enjoy democracy immensely. It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing.

    H. L. Mencken More
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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 More
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    Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave.

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

    Florence King More
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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 More
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    The freeman, casting with unpurchased hand the vote that shakes the turrets of the land.

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

    Allen Ginsberg More
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    Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.

    Harry Emerson Fosdick More
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    Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.

    E. M. Forster More
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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 More
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    The ship of Democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those aboard.

    Grover Cleveland More
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