The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.
Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.
Democracy is on trial in the world, on a more colossal scale than ever before.
Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions--it only guarantees equality of opportunity.
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!
Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.
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.
Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity.
Lower voter participation is a silent threat to our democracy...It under-represents young people, the poor, the disabled, those with little education, minorities and you and me.
Anything that keeps a politician humble is healthy for democracy
We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both
Our enemy sees us clearly. ... They will not start a war. They're worried about one thing: If democracy develops here, if we succeed, we will win
It is the common failing of totalitarian regimes that they cannot really understand the nature of our democracy. They mistake dissent for disloyalty. They mistake restlessness for a rejection of policy. They mistake a few committees for a country. They misjudge individual speeches for public policy
The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment
Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.
Adultery is the application of democracy to love
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not
The Greeks... labored under the delusion that their democracy was a guarantee of peace and plenty, not realizing that unrestrained majority rule always destroys freedom, puts the minority at the mercy of the mob, and works at cross-purposes to the effective use of human energy and individual initiative
The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of democracy.
To safeguard democracy the people must have a keen sense of independence, self-respect, and their oneness.