Democracy Quotes

Sometimes democracy must be bathed in blood.

Augusto Pinochet

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

Tom Stoppard

Our political institutions work remarkably well. They are designed to clang against each other. The noise is democracy at work.

Michael Novak

Democracy is a government where you can say what you think even if you don't think

Unknown

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

Woodrow Wilson

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

George Bernard Shaw

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor

James Russell Lowell

Bureaucracy is not an obstacle to democracy but an inevitable complement to it.

Joseph A. Schumpeter

Aristocracy is the spirit of the Old Testament, democracy of the New.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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

Irving Kristol

Democracy is a constant tension between truth and half-truth and, in the arsenal of truth, there is no greater weapon than fact

Lyndon Baines Johnson

Information is the currency of democracy

Thomas Jefferson

The substance of socialist democracy lies in efficient socialist organisation of all society for the sake of every individual, and in the socialist discipline of every individual for the sake of all society.

Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev

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

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

James Earl

Tradition may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.

G. K. Chesterton

At the moment of a revolution there is no question of setting up a democracy like that in America. If they accuse me of dictatorship, I accept. I am creating a nation. Liberty must be suppressed until the end of the war in Algeriauntil the nation becomes homogeneous.

Habib Bourguiba

While the broad principles of democracy are universal, the fact remains that their application varies considerably ... We are at the beginning of the road, at the very beginning. We still have a long way to go.

Boutros Boutros-Ghali

As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron

H. L. Mencken

Democracy unleashes the State in the name of the people.

James Bovard

The more that democracy is assumed to be inevitable, the more likely it will self-destruct.

James Bovard

Our democracy is the centerpiece of who we are as a nation. And it is the fondest hope of all Americans that we can help bring democracy to every corner of the world.

Barbara Levy Boxer

The American people need to know the truth. The American people need to see the truth. In a democracy, letting the people know the truth is the essence of what it means to be free.

Barbara Levy Boxer

We need to give the Iraqis a chance to build their own future. It should be in their hands. It must be in their hands. That is what democracy is all about. We can teach it, we can explain it, but they must want it enough to make it work for them.

Barbara Levy Boxer
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