Democracy Quotes

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

You know, I wish the world well. I want Iraq to have democracy and the Haitians to have democracy. I want the people of Afghanistan to thrive. Lord knows, we spend enough money there to help them. What about people at home? Isn't that our first responsibility?

Barbara Levy Boxer

America has never seen itself as a national state like all others, but rather as an experiment in human freedom and democracy.

Brent Scowcroft

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

Bertrand Russell

Baseball serves as a good model for democracy in action: Every player is equally important and each has a chance to be a hero

Edward Abbey

Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.

H. L. Meneken

Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.

James Russell Lowell
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