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Quotations on Democracy
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In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like J. W. Fulbright medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects. Democracy, finally, rests on a higher power than Parliament. It rests on an informed and cultivated and alert public opinion. The Members of Parliament are only representatives of the citizens. They cannot represent apathy and indifference. They can play Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those others that have been Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those others that have been tried from time to time. Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government

Dr. Eric Eustace Williams

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

Reinhold Niebuhr Sir Winston Churchill

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except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. Democracy and socialism have nothing in Alexis Charles common but one word, equality. But notice Henri Clrel de the difference while democracy seeks equality Tocqueville in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude. Personally, I'm in favor of democracy, which means that the central institutions of society have to be under popular control. Now, under capitalism, we can't have democracy by definition. Capitalism is a system in which the central institutions of society are in principle under autocratic control. Thus, a corporation or an industry is, if we were to think of it in political terms, fascist that is, it has tight control at the top and strict obedience has to be establishedat every level--there's little bargaining, a little give and take,but the line of authority is perfectly straightforward. Just as I'm opposed to political fascism, I'm opposed to economic fascism. I think that until the major institutions of society are under the popular control of participants and communities, it's pointless to talk about democracy. It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting. It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting. Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers. Information is the currency of democracy. Anything that keeps a politician humble is healthy for democracy.

Noam Chomsky

Tom Stoppard Tom Stoppard Aristotle Thomas Jefferson Blessing Irish

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Ronald Reagan Sir Winston Churchill

Democracy is not a fragile flower still it needs cultivating. It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.

James William In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith. Fulbright Jorge Luis Borges Jawaharlal Nehru Abraham Lincoln A. J. Liebling H. L. Mencken Mogens Jallberg Democracy is an abuse of statistics. Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse. As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. I take a grave view of the press. It is the weak slat under the bed of democracy. Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. In democracy its your vote that counts. In feudalism its your count that votes.

In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like J. W. Fulbright medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects. Henry Commager Louis D. Brandeis Winston Churchill Laurence J. Peter If our democracy is to flourish, it must have criticism if our government is to function it must have dissent. We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the

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blame. Alan Coren Theodore White Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what it is you want to hear. The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of democracy.

So long as we have enough people in this Roger Baldwin country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy. Adlai Ewing Stevenson As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.

While democracy must have its organizations Charles Evans and controls, its vital breath is individual Hughes liberty. Langston Hughes, uThe I swear to the LordI still can't seeWhy Black Man Democracy meansEverybody but me. Speaksu Alice Duer Miller John James Ingalls Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev Don't ever dare to take your college as a matter of course - because, like democracy and freedom, many people you'll never know have broken their hearts to get it for you. In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave. Our enemy sees us clearly. ... They will not start a war. They're worried about one thing If democracy develops here, if we succeed, we will win.

(Recalling the atmosphere at what he called George the ceremonial birth of South African Bernard Shaw democracy.) Mary Catherine The saddest life is that of a political aspirant

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Bateson Robert Orben Woodrow Wilson

under democracy. His failure is ignominious and his success is disgraceful. Inflation is bringing us true democracy. For the first time in history, luxuries and necessities are selling at the same price. The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost. What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy Congress is functioning the way the Founding Fathers intended-not very well. They understood that if you move too quickly, our democracy will be less responsible to the majority. Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates. 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. Ed, we just witnessed a peaceful transition in government. Do you realize how miraculous that is...Today, tiny Cicely, Alaska, stood up and put another W in the win category for

Aristotle

Mahatma Gandhi

Barber B. Conable, Jr

Gore Vidal

Woodrow Wilson Jeff Melvoin

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democracy. Irving Kristol John Simon E. B. White Simeon Strunsky Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity. Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is ignorant. Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time. If you want to understand democracy, spend less time in the library with Plato and more time in the buses with people. El Salvador is a democracy so it's not surprising that there are many voices to be heard here. Yet in my conversations with Salvadorans... I have heard a single voice.

Dan Quayle

Our democracy must be not only the envy of the world but the engine of our own renewal. Albert Einstein There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide. A country which proposes to make use of modern war as an instrument of policy must possess a highly centralized, allpowerful executive, hence the absurdity of talking about the defense of democracy by force of arms. A democracy which makes or effectively Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have You can never have a revolution in order to establish a

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democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution Democracy works. Against us. Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor. Television is democracy at its ugliest. The love of democracy is that of equality. Democracy is the name we give the people whenever we need them. Democracy is 51% of the people taking away the rights of the other 49%. Adultery is the application of democracy to love. The world must be made safe for democracy. Democracy: The worship of jackals by jackasses. Keeping freedom safe from democracy. The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve. I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy - but that could change. Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least. Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage. Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve. Democracy: 3 wolves & a sheep voting on what's for lunch. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.

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The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all. Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors. "We are on an irreversable trend towards more feedom and democracy - but The best argument against democracy is a five minute talk with the average voter. The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter. Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. Democracy: The substitution of election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid. If our democracy is to flourish, it must have criticism; if our government is to function it must have dissent. Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard. Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects. An honest election, under democracy, is an act of innocence which does not take place more than once in the history of a given nation. Of all tyrannies democracy is the most agonizing, the most inane, the absolute fall of everything great and elevated. Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking. Democracy is a form of government in which it is permitted to

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wonder aloud what the country could do under first-class management. The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois. On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does. On account of us being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does. The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment. The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy? If liberty and equality, as is thought by some are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost. What you have when everyone wears the same playclothes for all occasions, is addressad by nickname, expected to participate in Show And Tell, and bullied out of any desire form privacy, is not democracy; it is kindergarten. It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one "We are on an irreversable trend towards more feedom and democracy - but that could change" -D. Quayle Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about

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which the majority is blissfully ignorant. "Democracy admits variety and permits criticism." -- Forster
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