Democracy Quotes

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


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
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