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30 Democracy Quotes

30 Democracy Quotes

1. Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. -Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

2. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote! -Benjamin Franklin


3. Democracy works when people claim it as their own. -BILL MOYERS


4. Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they’ve told you what you think it is you want to hear. -ALAN COREN


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

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6. Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. -Henry Louis Mencken


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


8. Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike. -Plato


9. Democracy, like liberty, justice and other social and political rights are not given. They are earned through courage, resolution and sacrifice. -Aung San Suu Kyi


10. Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. -Henry Louis Mencken

Henry Louis Mencken

11. Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame. -Bertrand Russell


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


13. Democracy is the art of thinking independently together. -Alexander Meiklejohn


14. A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption and carry desolation in their way. -Fisher Ames


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

Clement Atlee

16. Democracy means not ‘I am as good as you are’ but ‘You are as good as I am. -Theodore Parker


17. Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions – it only guarantees equality of opportunity. -Irving Kristol


18. Democracy is 51% of the people taking away the rights of the other 49%. -Thomas Jefferson


19. Democracy is like a hobby horse: It will carry you nowhere unless you use your own legs. -Herbert Samuel


20. Democracy is not a fragile flower; still it needs cultivating. -Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan

21. Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn’t grow up can be vice president. -Johnny Carson


22. The ship of democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those on board. -Grover Cleveland


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


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


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

George Bernard Shaw

26. Democracy: The state of affairs in which you consent to having your pocket picked, and elect the best man to do it. -Benjamin Lichtenberg


27. Democracy is like a raft: It won’t sink, but you will always have your feet wet. -Russell B. Long


28. Democracy cannot flourish half rich and half poor, any more than it can flourish half free and half slave. -Felix G. Rohatyn


29. Democracy is an experiment, and the right of the majority to rule is no more inherent than the right of the minority to rule; and unless the majority represents sane, righteous, unselfish public sentiment, it has no inherent right. -William Allen White


30. The primal principle of democracy is the worth and dignity of the individual. -Edward Bellamy

Edward Bellamy

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