Democracy Quotes

Democracy is, by the nature of it, a self-canceling business; and it gives in the long run a net result of zero.

Thomas Carlyle

The case for trade is not just monetary, but moral. Economic freedom creates habits of liberty. And habits of liberty create expectations of democracy.

George Walker Bush

One does not export democracy in an armored vehicle.

Jacques Ren Chirac

Modern democracies have been around for long enough for neo-liberal capitalists to learn how to subvert them.

Arundhati Roy

Free elections, a free press, and and an independent judiciary mean little when the free market has reduced them to commodities available on sale to the highest bidder.

Arundhati Roy

The basis of a democratic state is liberty.

Aristotle

If democracy is destroyed in Britain it will be not the communists, Trotskyists or subversives but this House which threw it away. The rights that are entrusted to us are not for us to give away. Even if I agree with everything that is proposed, I cannot hand away powers lent to me for five years by the people of Chesterfield. I just could not do it. It would be theft of public rights.

Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn

Change from below, the formulation of demands from the populace to end unacceptable injustice, supported by direct action, has played a far larger part in shaping British democracy than most constitutional lawyers, political commentators, historians or statesmen have ever cared to admit. Direct action in a democratic society is fundamentally an educational exercise.

Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn

We\'re not perfect, but we do have democracy.

Hugo Chavez

Sycophancy toward those who hold power is a fact in every regime, and especially in a democracy, where, unlike tyranny, there is an accepted principle of legitimacy that breaks the inner will to resist.

Allan David Bloom

We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.

Louis Dembitz Brandeis

We want to take a chance on more democracy.

Willy Brandt

Attention Deficit Democracy produces the attitudes, ignorance and arrogance that pave the way to political collapse.

James Bovard

Democracy, as has been said of Christianity, has never really been tried.

Stuart Chase

True democracy makes no enquiry about the color of skin, or the place of nativity, whereever it sees man, it recognizes a being endowed by his Creator with original inalienable rights.

Salmon Portland Chase

We cannot rely exclusively on military power to assure our long-term security. Lasting peace is gained as justice and democracy advance.

George Walker Bush

A marvel that has nothing to offer, democracy is at once a nation's paradise and its tomb.

Emil Cioran

Democracy elects men totally lacking in scruples, without any morals; those who will pay better, thus those with a higher power of corruption; magicians, charlatans, demagogues, who will excel in their fields during the electoral campaign. Several good men would be able to slip through among them, even politicians of good faith. But they would be the slaves of the former.

Corneliu Zelea Codreanu

The trouble in modern democracy is that men do not approach to leadership 'til they have lost the desire to lead anyone.

William Henry Beveridge,1st Baron Beveridge of Tug

If the noble and the sacred cannot find serious expression in democracy, its choiceworthiness becomes questionable. These are the arguments, the special pleading of the reactionaries, the disinherited of the ancien rgime.

Allan David Bloom

Peaceful nations must stand for the advance of democracy. No other system of government has done more to protect minorities, to secure the rights of labor, to raise the status of women, or to channel human energy to the pursuits of peace.

George Walker Bush

Disco is the best floor show in town. It's very democratic, boys with boys, girls with girls, girls with boys, blacks and whites, capitalists and Marxists, Chinese and everything else, all in one big mix.

Truman Capote

The rule of law must apply equally to everyone, irrespective of status in society or class divisions it is this equal application that is the bulwark of modern democracies.

Mahendra Chaudhry

Democracy has no convictions for which people would be willing to stake their lives.

Ernst Franz Sedgwick Hanfstaengl

The Power Of Failure: We Get To Decide What It Means

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Updated On : March 02, 2014
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