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Democracy quotes and quotations

All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy.
Alfred Emanuel Smith

Democracy means not 'I am as good as you are,' but 'You are as good as I am.'
Reinhold Niebuhr

For poets (bear the word) Half-poets even, are still whole democrats.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Democ'acy gives every man A right to be his own oppressor.
James Russell Lowell

To one that advised him to set up a democracy in Sparta, "Pray," said Lycurgus, "do you first set a democracy in your own house."
Lycurgus

Thus our democracy was from an early period the most aristocratic, and our aristocracy the most democratic.
Thomas Babington Macaulay

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions--it only guarantees equality of opportunity.
John Dryden

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

The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.
Benjamin Disraeli

Democracy is essentially anti-authoritarian--that is, it not only demands the right but imposes the responsibility of thinking for ourselves.
John Dryden

A republic properly understood is a sovereignty of justice, in contradistinction to a sovereignty of will.
Reinhold Niebuhr

Drawn to the dregs of a democracy.
John Dryden

A perfect democracy is therefore the most shameless thing in the world.
Edmund Burke

And wrinkles, the d--d democrats, won't flatter.
George Gordon Noel Byron

You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Democracy is on trial in the world, on a more colossal scale than ever before.
Charles Fletcher Dole

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
George Bernard Shaw

Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
Alfred Emanuel Smith

Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
Reinhold Niebuhr

At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man, walking into the little booth, with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Of democracy, only the shoemaker can make the shoe. Only the wearer can tell if it fits.
David Spitz

Caesarism is democracy without liberty.
Taxile Delord

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.
Alfred Emanuel Smith

You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

In a democracy, the individual enjoys not only the ultimate power but carries the ultimate responsibility.
Norman Cousins

... government that "substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.".
George Bernard Shaw

Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
Reinhold Niebuhr

Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.
Abraham Lincoln

In free countries, every man is entitled to express his opinions and every other man is entitled not to listen.
G. Norman Collie

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

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

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

Democracy ... is a system of self-determination. It's the right to make the wrong choice.
John Patrick

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 the government to the utmost.
Aristotle

Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
James Russell Lowell

Thunder on! Stride on! Democracy. Strike with vengeful strokes.
Walt Whitman

Communism is not the opposite of democracy. Communism and capitalism are economic systems. Democracy and totalitarianism are political systems. There are democratic communists and totalitarian capitalists.
David Spitz

Democracy, I do not conceive that ever God did ordain as a fit government either for church or commonwealth. If the people be governors, who shall be governed?
John Cotton

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

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

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

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
George Bernard Shaw

The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.
Gustave Flaubert

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

The idea of an election is much more interesting to me than the election itself...The act of voting is in itself the defining moment.
Jeff Melvoin

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

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.
H. L. Mencken

Democracy is the name we give the people whenever we need them.
Marquis de Flers Robert and Arman de Caillavet

Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the same category as Arcadia, Santa Claus, and Heaven.
H. L. Mencken

As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
Abraham Lincoln

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

Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear.
Alan Corenk