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Positive Quotes about Democracy

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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.
- Aristotle

Related topics: Equality

In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.
- J. William Fulbright

The flood of money that gushes into politics today
is a pollution of democracy.
- Theodore White

The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing
to be adjusted by abolition of forms.
It requires change of heart.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

Democracy is the only system that persists in asking
the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
- Sydney J. Harris

Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections
are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
- Gore Vidal

 

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

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

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
- Robert Byrne

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

A healthy democracy requires a decent society;
it requires that we are honorable,
generous, tolerant and respectful.
- Charles W. Pickering

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

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
- John F. Kennedy

Reading builds the educated and informed electorate
so vital to our democracy.
- Brad Henry

I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work.
Of course it doesn't work.
We are supposed to work it.
- Alexander Woollcott

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

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule,
where fifty-one percent of the people
may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.
- attributed to Thomas Jefferson

When we talk about democracy, if the people's
stomach is empty, democracy is also empty.
Democracy can not be installed by fiat;
it must be achieved by the people themselves.
- Jimmy Yen

Every government is a parliament of whores.
The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.
- P. J. O'Rourke

Information is the currency of democracy.
- Thomas Jefferson

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people
by the people for the people.
- Oscar Wilde

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
- Paddy Chayefsky

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
- James Russell Lowell

When the body of the people is possessed of the supreme power,
it is called a democracy.
- Charles de Secondat

So long as we have enough people in this country willing
to fight for their rights,
we'll be called a democracy.
- Roger Nash Baldwin

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

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
- H. L. Mencken

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.
- Dick Cheney

Propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship.
- William Blum

Standards of conduct appropriate to civil society or
the workings of a democracy cannot be purely and simply applied to the Church.
- Joseph Ratzinger

Democracy forever teases us with the contrast between
its ideals and its realities,
between its heroic possibilities and its sorry achievements.
- Agnes Repplier

The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy,
but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.
- Niels Bohr

Social democracy...
is only the advance guard of the proletariat,
a small piece of the total working masses;
blood from their blood,
and flesh from their flesh.
- Rosa Luxemburg

Small use it will be to save democracy for the race
if we cannot save the race for democracy.
- Jeanette Rankin

Thru the auspices of the viewers who become -
I think this is an import -
in a democracy,
become a working unit with law enforcement against the criminals.
- Robert Stack

There is something inherent in our democracy that tends to want to level.
America is a little uncomfortable in the presence of
someone who is distinctly superior in whatever way.
- Carlisle Floyd

Journalism is what maintains democracy.
It's the force for progressive social change.
- Andrew Vachss

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

Even though the Bush campaign ad tells you that Afghanistan
is a new democracy at the Olympics because of Bush's efforts,
Afghanistan hasn't actually had an election.
- Peter Schuyler

The last two elections were stolen.
They were stolen and so we will not rest until we reclaim
our democracy and this is what today is all about.
- Barbara Lee

Democracy and socialism are means to an end,
not the end itself.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

So I think one can say on empirical grounds -
not because of some philosophical principle -
that you can't have democracy unless you have a market economy.
- Peter L. Berger

And one of the frustrating parts, but it's an inherent part of our democracy,
is we have separation of powers.
- George Pataki

While democracy must have its organization and controls,
its vital breath is individual liberty.
- Charles Evans Hughes

We in universities are not in the democracy business.
What we do, when we're doing it, is teach and learn.
- Stanley Fish

In order to build basic democracy here we'll need lives of two generations -
at least forty years.
- Aleksandr Lebed

In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal.
There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in
the republic of the grave.
- John James Ingalls

After all, we didn't bring democracy to Germany in 1945;
Hitler destroyed democracy there first.
- Brent Scowcroft

It will take years to bring Iraq the democracy it deserves.
- Bill Owens

The struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma
is a struggle for life and dignity.
It is a struggle that encompasses our political,
social and economic aspirations.
- Aung San Suu Kyi

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

What we are doing in fact is recovering and progressing
and sustaining the recovery of our democracy.
- Alberto Fujimori

In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable
of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.
- Edmund Burke

Iraq can emerge as a beacon of hope and democracy in the Middle East,
and the world, with our help.
- Chris Chocola

Democracy is the common pursuit of mankind,
and all countries must earnestly protect the democratic rights of the people.
- Jinato Hu

It's a democracy and if I am outvoted,
I have to accept the majority decisions.
- Moshe Dayan

Well, one of the first things is to restore the rule of law,
to place the government back under the cage of law.
Another thing is to stop falling for the myth of democracy.
- James Bovard

We have, essentially, a worthless democracy.
- Aaron McGruder

From a monarchy followed by suffering under Communism,
Ethiopians must be given the opportunity to flourish
under the greatest of systems -
democracy.
- Jack Kingston

The deadliest foe of democracy is not autocracy but liberty frenzied.
- Otto Hermann Kahn

Liberal democracy must finally become the vital element of our society.
- Gustav Heinemann

The nature of a democracy consists to an important
degree in the right of the people to criticize problems and mistakes.
- Walter Ulbricht

So in Asia I want to make - I want to succeed to make a model of what success,
practicing democracy, and market economy.
Then that will give a good influence over Asian countries.
- Kim Dae Jung

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

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

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

When Bush says democracy, I often wonder what he's referring to.
- Angela Davis

Democracy is the wholesome and pure air without which
a socialist public organization cannot live a full-blooded life.
- Mikhail Gorbachev


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