Democracies Have Quotes

Democracies Have Quotes by Mahatma Gandhi, Fiona Shaw, Paul Wellstone, Amartya Sen, James Madison, Jean Baudrillard and many others.

I understand democracy as something that gives the weak

I understand democracy as something that gives the weak the same chance as the strong.
Mahatma Gandhi
The word democracy has no meaning. Duty has gone. Only rights remain.
Fiona Shaw
The idea of democracy has been stripped of it moral imperatives and come to denote hollowness and hypocrisy.
Paul Wellstone
I donВ’t think that India is much celebrated for its democracy. Democracy has been a very neglected commodity at home and abroad.
Amartya Sen
It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.
James Madison
Democracy is the menopause of Western society, the Grand Climacteric of the body social. Fascism is its middle-aged lust.
Jean Baudrillard
Taiwan’s democracy has grown very fast and we enjoy a certain degree of freedom, as other developed democracies like the United States.
Annette Lu
When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong.
Eugene V. Debs
Democracy has many definitions, but what’s in it for me is not an element of any of them.
Jeff Cooper
That’s what American democracy has come down to at these town hall meetings: old people and gun nuts, which is a terrible combination. I heard somebody yell ‘AK-47!’ and a lady yelled, ‘Bingo!’
Bill Maher
In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued – they may be essential to survival.
Noam Chomsky
I have long been convinced that institutions purely democratic must, sooner or later, destroy liberty or civilization, or both.
Thomas B. Macaulay
Democracy needs support and the best support for democracy comes from other democracies. Democratic nations should come together in an association designed to help each other and promote what is a universal value – democracy.
Benazir Bhutto
Everybody’s for democracy in principle. It’s only in practice that the thing gives rise to stiff objections.
Meg Greenfield
Everyone living under the social contract we call democracy has a duty to act responsibly, to obey the laws, and to abandon certain types of self-interested behaviors that conflict with the general good.
Simon Mainwaring
The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy.
H. L. Mencken
The spirit of democracy cannot be established in the midst of terrorism, whether governmental or popular.
Mahatma Gandhi
There’s no doubt that in the last two to three decades, American democracy has been hacked. It was based on the regular harvesting of the wisdom of crowds, but now big sources of special interest money are able to prevent the passage of almost any meaningful reform that’s aimed at the public interest.
Al Gore
Nor is the people’s judgment always true: the most may err as grossly as the few.
John Dryden
Advocating democracy has, by other people, often been taken as a form of imperialism, and not without some justification. So the important thing in a democracy is that it doesn’t necessarily have to agree with what America’s interests are, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be serving American interests.
George Soros
The dream of democracy has long been enshrined in the hearts of the Egyptian people. It only needed awakening.
Mohamed ElBaradei
And I don’t see that popular measures, self-abnegation and democracy have done anything for Man but push him further into the mud. Currently, popularity endorses degraded novels, self-abnegation has filled the Southeast Asian jungles with stone idols and corpses, and democracy has given us inflation and income tax.
L. Ron Hubbard
Education is a human right with immense power to transform
Kofi Annan
One faith, one law and one standard of justice did not mean democracy. The heresy of democracy has since then worked havoc in church and state . . . Christianity and democracy are inevitably enemies.
R.J. Rushdoony
The job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open.
Gunter Grass
That kind of skeptical, questioning, “don’t accept what authority tells you” attitude of science – is also nearly identical to the attitude of mind necessary for a functioning democracy. Science and democracy have very consonant values and approaches, and I don’t think you can have one without the other.
Carl Sagan
The struggle for democracy has to be maintained on as many fronts as culture has aspects: political, economic, international, educational, scientific and artistic, religious.
John Dewey
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.
Aristotle
It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny.
James F. Cooper
The paradox of American democracy has been that its slogan of equal opportunity has meant, often, equal opportunity to get power over your fellows.
Mary Parker Follett
Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.
Lord Acton
Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
Plato
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin
Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote.
George Jean Nathan
Democracy needs support, and the best support for democracy comes from other democracies.
Benazir Bhutto
The boundaries of democracy have to be widened so as to include economic equality also. This is the great revolution through which we are all passing.
Jawaharlal Nehru
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.
Louis D. Brandeis
On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
H. L. Mencken
Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
Reinhold Niebuhr
It would perhaps be as well if things were to remain quiet for a few years yet, so that all this 1848 democracy has time to rot away.
Karl Marx
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?
Mahatma Gandhi
No democracy has ever long survived the failure of its adherents to be ready to die for it. My own conviction is this, the people must either go on or go under.
David Lloyd George
The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority.
Lord Acton
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.
Frederick Douglass
Democracy has no convictions for which people would be willing to stake their lives.
Ernst Hanfstaengl
Our democracy has been around far longer than European democracy.
Hillary Clinton
Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame.
Bertrand Russell
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
Winston Churchill
I do not say that democracy has been more pernicious on the whole, and in the long run, than monarchy or aristocracy. Democracy has never been and never can be so durable as aristocracy or monarchy; but while it lasts, it is more bloody than either.
John Adams
That government is best which governs least.
Henry David Thoreau
Talk of democracy has little content when big business rules the life of the country through its control of the means of production, exchange, the press and other means of publicity, propaganda and communication.
John Dewey
The greatest task of democracy, its ritual and feast – is choice.
H. G. Wells
If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
James Madison
Democracy has now become corrupted by the nature of the funders.
George Hamilton
A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
John F. Kennedy
Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
James Russell Lowell
Individuals have conquered themselves. Nations and large bodies of men, never.
John Adams
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
P. J. O’Rourke
So, two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.
E. M. Forster
The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.
James Madison
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
C. S. Lewis
The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.
Gustave Flaubert
The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.
Benjamin Disraeli
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
Isaac Asimov
The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
Edmund Burke
As long as the differences and diversities of mankind exist, democracy must allow for compromise, for accommodation, and for the recognition of differences.
Eugene McCarthy
Democracy has always been in crisis: democracy is all about practicing the art of bearable dissatisfaction. In democratic societies, people often complain about their leaders and their institutions. The gap between the ideal democracy and the existing one cannot be bridged.
Ivan Krastev
The ultimate authority, wherever the derivative may be found, resides in the people alone, and that it will not depend merely on the comparative ambition or address of the different governments, whether either, or which of them, will be able to enlarge its sphere of jurisdiction at the expense of the other.
James Madison
What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.
James Madison
Naturally the common people don’t want war. . . but after all it is the leaders of a country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along. . .
Hermann Goring
Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and Senators and Congressmen and Government officials but the voters of this country.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
In a democracy, the individual enjoys not only the ultimate power but carries the ultimate responsibility.
Norman Cousins
Before we get too depressed about the state of our politics, let’s remember our history ….. Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. What is amazing, is that despite all the conflict, our experiment in democracy has worked better than any form of government on earth
Barack Obama
Democracy has at least one merit, namely that a Member of Parliament cannot be stupider than his constituents, for the more stupid he is, the more stupid they were to elect him.
Bertrand Russell
The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
Isaac Asimov
Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
C. S. Lewis
Democracy is necessary to peace and to undermining the forces of terrorism.
Benazir Bhutto
On the whole, with scandalous exceptions, Democracy has given the ordinary worker more dignity than he ever had.
Sinclair Lewis
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, and are right.
H. L. Mencken
With the end of the cold war, all the ‘isms’ of the 20th century – Fascism, Nazism, Communism and the evil of apartheid-ism – have failed. Except one. Only democracy has shown itself true the help of all mankind.
Jack Kemp
Democracy has many enemies, and the terrorist is only one of them.
Paul Johnson
Laws provide against injury from others; but not from ourselves.
Thomas Jefferson
Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife.
John Dewey
Democracy has turned out to be not majority rule but rule by well-organized and well-connected minority groups who steal from the majority.
Llewellyn Rockwell
You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
James Bovard
Government is best which governs least
Thomas Paine
Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.
P. J. O’Rourke
Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
Sydney J. Harris
Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.
Abraham Lincoln
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Winston Churchill
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Abraham Lincoln
Fascism and communism have not entirely disappeared but have been sidelined certainly, and liberal democracy has come to be accepted, in theory at least, around the world, if not always in practice.
Samuel P. Huntington
The 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance. The growth of democracy; the growth of corporate power; and the growth of corporate propaganda against democracy.
Alex Carey
Democracy has nothing to do with freedom. Democracy is a soft variant of communism, and rarely in the history of ideas has it been taken for anything else.
Hans-Hermann Hoppe
Democracy, by its very nature, can’t be imposed on people. Democracy has to be the people deciding for themselves.
George Soros
Democracy has proved only that the best way to gain power over people is to assure the people that they are ruling themselves. Once they believe that, they make wonderfully submissive slaves.
Joseph Sobran
No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent.
Abraham Lincoln
One could always do more, faster and cleverer, but democracy has its own rhythm.
Lech Walesa
Democracy and religion stand or fall together. Where democracy has been destroyed, religion has been doomed. Where religion has been trampled down, democracy has ceased to exist…. Tyrants have come and have had their day and then have passed while religion has survived them all.
Herbert H. Lehman
We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values.
John F. Kennedy
No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.
Mark Twain
Democratic institutions form a system of quarantine for tyrannical desires.
Friedrich Nietzsche
There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship.
Ralph Nader
The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders…tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.
Hermann Goring
Democracy has both expanded and declined over the years.
Noam Chomsky