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Democracy Quotes

Democracy is perhaps the only form of government that offers maximum say to the people. In fact, democracy is the only political system that allows active participation of the citizens in its political and civic life. Democracy not only is the best way to check the autocratic instincts of the government but is also one of the most effective ways to generate public opinion, diffuse power, achieve general consensus and more. These famous majority quotations and sayings bring out the true spirit of democracy. Read on for more on this.

Corruption is a cancer: a cancer that eats away at a citizen's faith in democracy, diminishes the instinct for innovation and creativity; already-tight national budgets, crowding out important national investments. It wastes the talent of entire generations. It scares away investments and jobs.

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.

B. R. Ambedkar

Political democracy cannot last unless there lies at the base of it social democracy. What does social democracy mean? It means a way of life which recognizes liberty, equality and fraternity as the principles of life.

Thomas Mann

Democracy is timelessly human, and timelessness always implies a certain amount of potential youthfulness.

Robert Kennedy, Jr.

Democracy is messy, and it's hard. It's never easy.

Tony Blair

Anywhere, anytime ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is the same: freedom, not tyranny; democracy, not dictatorship; the rule of law, not the rule of the secret police.

Charles Bukowski

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.

Our Founding Fathers crafted a constitutional Republic for the first time in the history of the world because they were shaping a form of government that would not have the failures of a democracy in it, but had the representation of democracy in it.

Thurgood Marshall

Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.

Tom Stoppard

It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.

Laurence J. Peter

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

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.

Narendra Modi

I always say the strength of democracy lies in criticism. If there is no criticism, that means there is no democracy. And if you want to grow, you must invite criticism. And I want to grow; I want to invite criticism.

Jacinda Ardern

I really rebel against this idea that politics has to be a place full of ego and where you're constantly focused on scoring hits against each one another. Yes, we need a robust democracy, but you can be strong, and you can be kind.

Public corruption is the FBI's top criminal priority. The threat - which involves the corruption of local, state, and federally elected, appointed, or contracted officials - strikes at the heart of government, eroding public confidence and undermining the strength of our democracy.

Benito Mussolini

Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy.

Abbie Hoffman

You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.

As all of our lives become digital, the logic of encryption is all of our lives will be covered by strong encryption, and therefore all of our lives - including the lives of criminals and terrorists and spies - will be in a place that is utterly unavailable to court-ordered process. And that, I think, to a democracy should be very, very concerning.

H. L. Mencken

Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.

George Soros

I chose America as my home because I value freedom and democracy, civil liberties and an open society.

H. L. Mencken

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

We know that when people are civically engaged, when they understand what their rights are, when they understand that in a democracy you can challenge governments, you can challenge policymakers, and you can... actually shape and form future policy, I think it changes the perception that a lot of young people have about where power is.

Jorge Luis Borges

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.

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Narendra Modi

India is a democracy; it is in our DNA.

Edward Snowden

When you are subverting the power of government, that's a fundamentally dangerous thing to democracy.

Alexis de Tocqueville

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.

Winston Churchill

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

Merrick Garland

Transparency in government, no less than transparency in choosing government, remains a vital national interest in a democracy.

Woodrow Wilson

The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.

James Russell Lowell

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.

Ronald Reagan

Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.

Sandra Day O'Connor

The freedom to criticize judges and other public officials is necessary to a vibrant democracy. The problem comes when healthy criticism is replaced with more destructive intimidation and sanctions.

Robert Kennedy

Elections remind us not only of the rights but the responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy.

Alexis de Tocqueville

What is most important for democracy is not that great fortunes should not exist, but that great fortunes should not remain in the same hands. In that way there are rich men, but they do not form a class.

Patrick Jake O'Rourke

The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it.

Vladimir Putin

Nobody and nothing will stop Russia on the road to strengthening democracy and ensuring human rights and freedoms.

Thomas More

The Bible is the rock on which this Republic rests.

George Soros

A full and fair discussion is essential to democracy.

Democracy is about institutions: it's about having things like schools and judiciary and the Ford Foundation, or 'The Nation' magazine - you need progressive institutions, you know what I mean? Those are important institutions to make sure that the government functions.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Our democracy is designed to speak truth to power.

Bernie Sanders

Citizens in a democracy need diverse sources of news and information.

Anthony Kennedy

Democracy is something that you must learn each generation. It has to be taught.

Plato

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.

George Bernard Shaw

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

John F. Kennedy

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.

Jimmy Carter

We've become, now, an oligarchy instead of a democracy. I think that's been the worst damage to the basic moral and ethical standards to the American political system that I've ever seen in my life.

Karl Marx

Democracy is the road to socialism.

H. L. Mencken

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

Hugh Grant

A free press is the cornerstone of democracy; there is no question about that.

Jimmy Carter

The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.

H. L. Mencken

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

Rupert Murdoch

You can't have a free democracy if you don't have a free media that can provide vital and independent information to the people.

Walter Winchell

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

H. L. Mencken

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

B. R. Ambedkar

Democracy is not merely a form of government. It is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience. It is essentially an attitude of respect and reverence towards fellow men.

Alexander Hamilton

Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.

Woodrow Wilson

The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty.

Anthony Kennedy

Political speech is indispensable to decision-making in a democracy, and this is no less true because the speech comes from a corporation rather than an individual.

Until the courts put a stop to it, public debate over same-sex marriage displayed American democracy at its best. Individuals on both sides of the issue passionately, but respectfully, attempted to persuade their fellow citizens to accept their views.

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Kevin Spacey

Whether it's 'Veep' or 'Homeland' or 'The West Wing' - which is a more idealised version of democracy - people are fascinated by politics.

Andrew Jackson

Democracy shows not only its power in reforming governments, but in regenerating a race of men and this is the greatest blessing of free governments.

Anton Chekhov

Advertising is the very essence of democracy.

George W. Bush

You can't put democracy and freedom back into a box.

James Russell Lowell

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

Plato

Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.

James Madison

A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person.

Keir Starmer

We must stand up for the principle of parliamentary democracy and not allow the government's failure in the Brexit process to be a licence for the U.K. to crash out of the E.U. without an agreement.

Woodrow Wilson

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

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

If there was one decision I would overrule, it would be 'Citizens United.' I think the notion that we have all the democracy that money can buy strays so far from what our democracy is supposed to be.

Sandra Day O'Connor

The freedom to criticize judges and other public officials is necessary to a vibrant democracy.

Vladimir Putin

Russian democracy is the power of the Russian people with their own traditions of national self-government, and not the realisation of standards foisted on us from outside.

Bob Dylan

Democracy don't rule the world, You'd better get that in your head; This world is ruled by violence, But I guess that's better left unsaid.

Narendra Modi

From my intimate discussions with President Obama, it is evident that India figures significantly in American geo-political, economic and strategic thinking. India is the largest democracy in the world.

Richard Attenborough

I believe in trade unionism, and I believe in democracy, in democratic trade unionism.

If we want to preserve the foundation of our democracy, it's vital that we find common ground that allows us to work for the greater good of this nation. This does not mean giving up our values. This does not mean swallowing a bitter compromise.

Bertrand Russell

Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame.

Abraham Lincoln

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

To my mind, there is a solution which has to do with democracy, because democratic governments are subject to the will of the people. So, if the people will it, you can actually create international institutions through the democratic states.

Dick Cheney

We urge all democratic nations and the United Nations to answer the Iraqi Governing Council's call for support for the people of Iraq in making the transition to democracy.

Dan Bongino

While no famine has ever taken place in a democracy, they're the rule rather than the exception in socialist countries.

Hillary Clinton

The worst thing that can happen in a democracy - as well as in an individual's life - is to become cynical about the future and lose hope.

I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences.

Keir Starmer

Surveillance legislation fit for the 21st century, which strikes the right balance between privacy, security and democracy is a prize worth fighting for, and Labour will work constructively with the government to achieve it.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I think the notion that we have all the democracy that money can buy strays so far from what our democracy is supposed to be.

If you want to preserve - I'm very serious now - if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That's how dictators get started.

Bruce Springsteen

Most bands don't work out. A small unit democracy is very, very difficult.

Aristotle

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.

At Standing Rock, we experienced, first-hand, people coming together in their communities and trying to use the levers of representative democracy to try and say, 'We don't want this in our community; we don't want this in our backyard,' and corporations using their monetary influence to completely erode that process.

People Community Togetherness

If we vote to Leave and take back control, all sorts of opportunities open up. Including doing new free trade deals around the world, restoring Britain's seat on all sorts of international bodies, restoring health to our democracy and belief to our democracy.

Dianne Feinstein

Torture goes against the very soul of our country. We are a democracy, established on the rule of law.

Woodrow Wilson

My own ideals for the university are those of a genuine democracy and serious scholarship. These two, indeed, seem to go together.

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Aristotle

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 government to the utmost.

Mike Pence

Let's win the peace and democracy the good people of Iraq so richly deserve after decades of tyranny.

Bill Clinton

Our democracy must be not only the envy of the world but the engine of our own renewal. There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.

Brad Pitt

The Internet has done a wonderful thing for us. But democracy doesn't work unless people are well informed, and I don't know that we are. People just don't have the time.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

For any young democracy, the most difficult but important step is burying the legacy of tyranny and establishing an economy and a government and institutions that abide by the rule of law. Every country faces challenges to the rule of law, including my own.

Plato

Democracy passes into despotism.