Democracy Quotes

The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.

Winston Churchill

Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.

Clement Atlee

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

John Dryden

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

James Russell Lowell

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

H. L. Meneken

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.

Winston Churchill

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

H. L. Mencken

The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.

Benjamin Disraeli

Democracy is essentially anti-authoritarian--that is, it not only demands the right but imposes the responsibility of thinking for ourselves.

John Dryden

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

George Bernard Shaw

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.

Alfred Emanuel Smith

Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.

Abraham Lincoln

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!

Benjamin Franklin

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, are right

H. L. Mencken

Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.

John Quincy Adams

Democracy is a process by which people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.

Laurence J. Peter

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

James Bovard

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

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

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

Napoleon Bonaparte

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Updated On : March 02, 2014
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