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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.

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.

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.

Abbie Hoffman

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

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.

Jorge Luis Borges

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aristotle

In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.

Dan Quayle

El Salvador is a democracy so it's not surprising that there are many voices to be heard here. Yet in my conversations with Salvadorans... I have heard a single voice.

Ronald Reagan

Optimism comes less easily today, not because democracy is less vigorous, but because democracy's enemies have refined their instruments of repression.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

In a democracy, the well-being, individuality and happiness of every citizen is important for the overall prosperity, peace and happiness of the nation.

A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.

We can't equate democracy with Christianity because the largest democracy on earth is India, which is primarily Hindu. The third largest democracy is Indonesia, which is Islamic. Democracy and freedom are not dependent on Christian beliefs.

Bill Clinton

American and Israel share a special bond. Our relationship is unique among all nations. Like America, Israel is a strong democracy, a symbol of freedom, and an oasis of liberty, a home to the oppressed and persecuted.

George Bernard Shaw

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

Dan Quayle

I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy - but that could change.

James Russell Lowell

I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.

D. H. Lawrence

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.

Ronald Reagan

Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.

A historic investment in jobs, debt-free college, profit sharing, making those at the top pay their fair share, putting families first in a modern economy and a democracy where working people's voices are actually heard. That is what we are fighting for in this election.

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Robert Kennedy

The fact that free men persist in the search for the truth is the essential difference between Communism and Democracy.

Aristotle

Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.

I've used the prestige and influence of having been a president of the United States as effectively as possible. And secondly, I've still been able to carry out my commitments to peace and human rights and environmental quality and freedom and democracy and so forth.

Peace Freedom Environment

When the Soviet Union fell, optimistic scholars believed the world had shifted inexorably in the direction of free markets and liberal democracy. Instead, the West gradually embraced bigger government and weaker social bonds, creating a fragmented society in which the only thing we all belong to, as President Barack Obama puts it, is the state.

Vladimir Putin

For Russia, there is not and there may not be another political option but democracy. However, Russian democracy is... not at all the realization of standards imposed on us from outside.

Winston Churchill

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.

Our public life withers when only the most extreme voices get attention. Most of all, democracy breaks down when the average person feels their voice doesn't matter; that the system is rigged in favor of the rich or the powerful or some narrow interest.

The objective I propose is quite simple to state: to foster the infrastructure of democracy - the system of a free press, unions, political parties, universities - which allows a people to choose their own way to develop their own culture, to reconcile their own differences through peaceful means.

Our brand of democracy is hard. But I can promise that a year from now, when I no longer hold this office, I'll be right there with you as a citizen - inspired by those voices of fairness and vision, of grit and good humor and kindness that have helped America travel so far.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Israel was not created in order to disappear - Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.

Will Rogers

On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does.

Vladimir Putin

Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan, 'You're either with us or against us.'

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Oscar Wilde

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

Benjamin Disraeli

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