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The primal principle of democracy is the worth and dignity of the individual. Edward Bellamy
No amount of charters, direct primaries, or short ballots will make a democracy out of an illiterate people. Walter Lippmann
Television is democracy at its ugliest. Paddy Chayefsky
Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates. Gore Vidal
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
The national will is the supreme law of the Republic, and on all subjects within the limits of his constitutional powers should be faithfully obeyed by the public servant. Martin Van Buren
There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law. Abraham Lincoln
The fact is we can only love what we know personally. And we cannot know much. In public affairs, in the rebuilding of civilization, something less dramatic and emotional is needed, namely tolerance. E. M. Forster
Citizenship is a tough occupation which obliges the citizen to make his own informed opinion and stand by it. Martha Gellhorn
Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people. Thomas Jefferson
There exists an unmistakable demand in the Middle East and in the wider Muslim world for democratization. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess. A. Philip Randolph
The fate of every democracy, of every government based on the sovereignty of the people, depends on the choices it makes between these opposite principles, absolute power on the one hand, and on the other the restraints of legality and the authority of tradition. John Acton
You don't spread democracy through the barrel of a gun. Helen Thomas
The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians. Benjamin Disraeli
I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master. Thomas Jefferson
It is not good to have a rule of many. Homer
I like the noise of democracy. James Buchanan
Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization. Winston Churchill
Democracy is only an experiment in government, and it has the obvious disadvantage of merely counting votes instead of weighing them. Dean Inge
Discussion in America means dissent. James Thurber
Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear. Alan Coren
A free society will abide unofficial, private discrimination, even when that means allowing hate-filled groups to exclude people based on the color of their skin. Rand Paul
All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it. Alexis de Tocqueville
Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments. Alexander Hamilton
In a democracy, a leader must be the head teacher, someone eager to respond to doubts and questions and explain the need for and the benefits of a new course. Oscar Arias
Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy. Jesse Jackson
It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf. Walter Lippmann
All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people. James A. Garfield
The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy. Charles de Montesquieu
To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy. Bertrand Russell
The debates of that great assembly are frequently vague and perplexed, seeming to be dragged rather than to march, to the intended goal. Something of this sort must, I think, always happen in public democratic assemblies. Alexis de Tocqueville
A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority. Eric Hoffer
Democracy means that people can say what they want to. All the people. It means that they can vote as they wish. All the people. It means that they can worship God in any way they feel right, and that includes Christians and Jews and voodoo doctors as well. Dalton Trumbo
The government is us; we are the government, you and I. Theodore Roosevelt
Democracy cannot survive without the guidance of a creative minority. Harlan Stone
The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity. James F. Cooper
The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion. Lewis Mumford
A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it. Alexis de Tocqueville
The only legitimate right to govern is an express grant of power from the governed. William Henry Harrison
Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy. Benito Mussolini
There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship. Ralph Nader
Let the people think they govern and they will be governed. William Penn
Asia is not going to be civilized after the methods of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old. Rudyard Kipling
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated. Gilbert K. Chesterton
Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens. William Beveridge
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. Abraham Lincoln
Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. James Bovard
Democracy is the wholesome and pure air without which a socialist public organization cannot live a full-blooded life. Mikhail Gorbachev
You had better have one King than five hundred. Charles II
The genius of democracies is seen not only in the great number of new words introduced but even more in the new ideas they express. Alexis de Tocqueville
It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship. Corazon Aquino
So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy. Roger Nash Baldwin
The soviet people want full-blooded and unconditional democracy. Mikhail Gorbachev
No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country. Alexis de Tocqueville
There is a limit to the application of democratic methods. You can inquire of all the passengers as to what type of car they like to ride in, but it is impossible to question them as to whether to apply the brakes when the train is at full speed and accident threatens. Leon Trotsky
The people's government, made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people. Daniel Webster
When we understand [that] American democracy and white supremacy are inextricably linked, we can see how tortuous our efforts have been to accommodate the value gap. Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
Israel's open-ended control over millions of noncitizen Palestinians ... has strained the country's otherwise robust democracy. The festering conflict and the country's lack of defined, recognized borders have encouraged extreme nationalism and divided Israelis. Indeed, Israel's continued control over Palestinian affairs has strengthened chauvinistic, racist, and violent tendencies on the fringes of the Israeli right. Natan Sachs
No new state is ever fully ready for independence .. David L. Phillips
If you're a politician and all you care about is staying in office, you're worried about a small group of voters in your district who vote in the primary. If you're a corporation, you need to be much more in synch with public opinion, because you're appealing to people across the spectrum. Ironically, a lot of corporations have to be far more democratic than democratically elected officials. Bradley Tusk
Greece – the mother of all democracies Valery Giscard D'estang
... common people may not presume by their intellect to attain to the sublime height as of revelation nor preach it to others.... There remains for them but one thing to do, to obey. Innocent III
The democratic aspiration is no mere recent phase in human history . . . It was written in Magna Carta.. Franklin D. Roosevelt
International law is a fiction abused callously, or ignored ruthlessly by those nations that, unlike the Western Democracies, never took it seriously in the first place.. Benjamin E. Schwartz
The uninformed Muslim will be told that the question he is being called on to answer in the polls is, 'Are you a true believer or an infidel and a traitor'. Bertrand James Glancy
Historic opportunities are missed because we fixate on what folks say they want. And what folks say they want in business and politics is limited to what they believe is possible. Josh Tetrick
A nation with no equality, no solidarity, and no belief in its own cause is not a nation worth fighting for. It is not a nation that a young woman or a young man will kill and get killed for. Ari Shavit
America has spiritual energy in her in which no other nation can contribute to the liberation of mankind. Woodrow Wilson
You need just the right amount of protection for the rich under democracy: too little and the elite will not agree to democracy; too much and the poor will go ahead and have the revolution... William Easterly
Democracy in unequal agrarian societies tends not to last, as it alternates between populist demagogues attempting redistribution and the rich striking back with military coups. William Easterly
The United States should be devoting a larger percentage of its vast resources to making the world safe for capitalism and democracy ... the proper role of an imperial America is to establish these institutions where they are lacking, if necessary ... by military force. Imposing democracy on all the world's "rogue states" would not push the U. S. Defense budget much above 5 percent of GDP... establishing the rule of law in such countries would pay a long run dividend as their trade revised and expanded. Niall Ferguson
Unanimity of opinion is characteristic of savages and civilization only advances as more and more people have the right to call wrong what the majority calls right.. George Samuel Schuyler
Market systems all threaten the continued existence of those who are currently successful if they fail to adapt to changes they do not control. This tension is essential to markets serving human well-being better than other economic systems. But at the same time it means that organizations within them have interests at cross-purposes to the system itself. This is true for all spontaneous orders: markets, science, and democracies. Gus DiZerega
Mr. Gingrich's injunction represents the worst of American political discourse, which reached a low during the dispiriting presidential campaign of 1988. Then, more than ever before, negative argument displaced reasoned discussion about how a nation might best be governed. The sound bite reigned. Attack commercials flourished. The signs this year aren't any better. Evidence that negative campaigning can come back to sink the sender has had little impact. The races for governor in California and Texas have already seen the same slash and burn. No doubt the proceedings will grow more rabid still as November nears. Negative discourse serves democracy poorly. The temptation to avoid serious debate is already great. It increases as the stakes soar and slander becomes a rewarding, easy option. The issues of the day go untended. The whole affair takes on the character of the gladiator's art. The GOPAC glossary [{35756}] may herald a descent into even lower levels of discourse. It comes blessed by a politician of some influence—the Republican whip in the House—and it is intended for candidates on the state level, many of them presumably running for the first time. Even though Mr. Gingrich himself may not have seen the list before it was mailed, this is a disturbing document. The nakedness of the GOPAC offering also makes it useful. There must be limits to the negative politics that voters will bear; the bald appeal to invective will certainly probe those limits. For now, it should be said that some adjectives in the glossary aptly describe the glossary itself: shallow, sensationalist, and, yes, shame(ful). New York Times
... as an observer of the actual condition of Egyptian society, I cannot shut my eyes to the fact that popular government, as we understand it, is for a longer time than anyone can foresee at present out of the question. The people neither comprehend it nor desire it. They would come to singular grief if they had it. Alfred Milner
Imperialism and popular government have nothing in common: they differ in spirit, in policy, in method. John A. Hobson
The strategies and assumptions [of the propaganda model] are fundamentally contrary to a democratic model.... The goal of the propaganda model is simply to achieve efficient indoctrination, and it therefore tends to regard the assumptions of the democratic model as inconvenient obstacles to efficient communication. Sheldon Rampton
Maybe, just maybe, something is wrong when the greatest part of new money earned in our country goes to the top 1 percent.... There is something profoundly wrong then the millionaires and billionaires are running the politics of our country.... When billionaires are buying elections, that is not democracy. Bernie Sanders
Nothing is so common as to imitate one's enemies, and to use their weapons. Voltaire
This [Washington DC] is the people's city, and the people of South Carolina have almost as much vested here as the people who live here. Mick Mulvaney
You cannot have viable economic development without democratization and vice versa. Berhanu Nega
We are Macedonians but we are Slav Macedonians. That's who we are! We have no connection to Alexander the Greek and his Macedonia. The ancient Macedonians no longer exist, they had disappeared from history long time ago. Our ancestors came here in the 5th and 6th century (AD). Kiro Gligorov
For undemocratic reasons and for motives not of State, They arrive at their conclusions — largely inarticulate. Being void of self-expression they confide their views to none: But sometimes in a smoking-room, one learns why things were done. Rudyard Kipling
We were asking for a clear mandate to normalize the political process; to negotiate a new constitutional dispensation; to remove racial discrimination; to promote economic effectiveness; to maintain law and order; and to remove mistrust by building bridges between our divided communities. F. W. de Klerk
The possibility of a liberal capitalist democracy in South Africa is exactly nil. The racialist propaganda amongst the whites and their desire to maintain what they imagine to be a profitable situation makes it utterly unthinkable that there can be a political alignment that favours a liberal white group. In any case the political immorality, cowardice and vacillation of the so—called progressives amongst the whites render them utterly useless as a force against fascism. Joe Matthews
The German voting system is the freest in the world, much freer than the French, English, or American system, because not only does it operate in accordance with the principle that every one shall have a direct and secret vote, but the powers of the State are exercised faithfully and conscientiously to carry out that principle in practice. The constitutional life of the German Nation is of a thoroughly democratic character. Karl Gottfried Lamprecht
All nations are not ready for this. George F. Kennan
My message is that Democracy is not an alien invention. It is a way of solving problems in our society. Garry Kasparov
It is urgently necessary that we recognize our own limitations as a moral and ideological force among the Asiatic peoples. Our political philosophy and our patterns for living have very little applicability to masses of people in Asia. They may be all right for us, with our highly developed political traditions running back into the centuries and with our peculiarly favorable geographic position; but they are simply not practical or helpful, today, for most of the people in Asia. George F. Kennan
Abide by the voice of the majority, which we are told by our Master to be the voice of truth, never to be challenged, and always to be whole-heartedly enforced. Shoghi Effendi
Duties of those whom the friends (term for Bahais) have freely and conscientiously elected as their representatives are no less vital and binding than the obligations of those who have chosen them. Their function is not to dictate, but to consult, and consult not only among themselves, but as much as possible with the friends whom they represent. They must regard themselves in no other light but that of chosen instruments for a more efficient and dignified presentation of the Cause of God. They should never be led to suppose that they are the central ornaments of the body of the Cause, intrinsically superior to others in capacity or merit, and sole promoters of its teachings and principles. Shoghi Effendi
The time has come when scientific truth must cease to be the property of the few, when it must be woven into the common life of the world. Louis Agassiz
Every cook or every laborer cannot govern the state. Vladimir Lenin
There are different ways to get responsive government leaders but one of the more effective ways is to have them democratically elected. Paul Wolfowitz
We have become a crusader state or a missionary democracy. I think the two are interchangeable. Robert W. Merry
The conservation of monarchy in any portion of South America will tend to break the shock of that inevitable divorce by which the New World is about to be divided by the Old... But as to putting it forward, as a project or proposition of ours, that is out of the question. Monarchy in Mexico, and monarchy in Brazil, would cure the evils of universal democracy, and prevent the drawing of the line which I almost dread – America versus Europe. The United States, naturally enough, aim at this division and cherish the democracy which leads to it. George Canning
Thou shalt never recognize as the legitimate government of the country any other than that which is elected by the free and spontaneous will of the peoples, and the republican system being the most adaptable to the government of the Americas, thou shalt try by all means within thy power to have the peoples adopt it. Lautoro Lodge of Argentina
Aristocracy is naturally abhorrent to me, and adored equality is my idol. Bernardo O'Higgins
My chief weapon is public opinion: The Spaniards, incapable of directing it, have prohibited its use; but now they are experiencing its force and importance. Jose de San Martin
I know nothing of these torturous arts by which a man may aspire to govern a state torn by envy, parties, and factions. This evil is almost always unavoidable in newly fledged governments, which must look to themselves for sustenance and growth Bernardo O'Higgins
My experience and what scant understanding of politics I possess have convinced me that our peoples will only find well-being under compulsion; but my repugnance for compulsion is so great that I am loath to employ it even to achieve their well-being. Bernardo O'Higgins
Unity was the real key to the success of the United States. The constitution of 1787 was in many respects the imposition of a central national government upon the quarrelsome states... In a country so constituted, the weaknesses of one state were compensated for by the strengths of another. Robert Lambart Harvey
Neither the rich nor the poor have great interest in government. The rich can afford their own security … in their gated communities and their own information networks. The poor are usually so pushed against the wall that they do not have time for the mechanics of the government. If you lose the middle class, you lose democratic government. Lewis H. Lapham
It should be remembered, as an axiom of eternal truth in politics, that whatever power in any government is independent, is absolute also; in theory only, at first, while the spirit of the people is up, but in practice, as fast as that relaxes. Independence can be trusted nowhere but with the people in mass. Thomas Jefferson
Democracy is a means of achieving a higher level of individual and collective gratification, welfare, peace, stability and prosperity. It is not an end in itself! Practitioners of democracy in the Pacific should therefore be pragmatic in their approach. An idealistic and a purist approach is, I believe, misplaced. Kaliopate Tavola
The Turkish army will have done its duty when it defends the country from foreign aggression and frees the nation from fanaticism and intellectual slavery. The Turkish nation has fallen far behind the West. The main aim should be to lead it to modern civilization. Kemal Ataturk
Religious thinkers have done their best to twist science and philosophy to back up their law. Kemal Ataturk
A nation must be strong in spirit, knowledge, science and morals. Military strength comes last…Today it is not enough to have arms in hand in order to take one’s place in the world. Kemal Ataturk
Today the Turkish nation is called on to defend its capacity for civilization, its right to life and independence – its entire future. Kemal Ataturk
The Turkish state has neither a crowned head nor a dictator. Kemal Ataturk
We believe that the remedy to any harm resulting from press freedom lies in press freedom itself. Kemal Ataturk
Members of the rising new generation! The future is yours. The republic has been founded by us. It is up to you to guard and exalt it. Kemal Ataturk
I have no religion, and at times I wish all religions at the bottom of the sea. He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government. My people are going to learn the principles of democracy, the dictates of truth and the teachings of science. Superstition must go. Let them worship as they will; every man can follow his own conscience, provided it does not interfere with sane reason or bid him act against the liberty of his fellow-men. Kemal Ataturk
Every adult is free to choose his own religion, but fanaticism has to be fought lest freedom perish. Kemal Ataturk
In many emerging democracies, democracy and stability are mutually incompatible. Stanley Hoffman
We´re opening a process against 15% of Congress members. I wonder if in any other part of the world such a massive inquiry in democracy has taken place. This means we´re beginning an in depth cleaning operation to recover the prestige of the Brazilian Legislative which has never had its image so tarnished. Raul Jungmann
There can be no democratic society where the interests of any minority … are not protected. Boris Yeltsin
Authoritarian leadership and therefore a lack of democracy have led to a certain apathy among the people, to a sort of civil nihilism, a skepticism. Boris Yeltsin
Being a reporter is at the very core of a democracy, being a free person in a free society. David Halberstam
Freeing oppressed nationalities is perhaps the most dangerous of all philanthropic enterprises. William Bolitho
If you throw a welfare state into the middle of a democracy, it’s very hard to get rid of the beast. James Buchanan
…knowing that democracy is something we pursue rather than something we embody, we advance it not merely by exhorting others but by battling the evil in ourselves. The irony of American exceptionalism is that by acknowledging our common fallibility, we inspire the world. Peter Beinart
No man is good enough to govern another man, without that other’s consent. I say this is the leading principal—the sheet anchor of American republicanism. Abraham Lincoln
A democracy soon becomes a victim of its own propaganda ... Its enemy become the embodiment of all evil. Its own side, on the other hand, is the center of all virtue. George F. Kennan
Democracy is not relevant here, it is not important. Faith is more important to us. Huda Issa
We cannot avoid facing the fact that we occupied a new place among the people of the world… Our flag is a proud flag, and it stands for liberty and civilization. Where it has once floated, there must be no return to tyranny. Theodore Roosevelt
The quality of our people is too low …. chaos will ensue. Jiang Zemin
It is culturally condescension to say that some countries are not ready for democracy. George W. Bush
What a jolly awakening there will be some few years hence, when the inevitable argument of experience will show us a nation contradicting itself through the voices of its chosen representatives! Leonard Henry Courtney
If you believe in democracy, you must believe in it unconditionally. If you believe that men should be free, then, they should have the right of free association, of free speech, of free publication. Then, no law should permit those democratic processes to be set at nought. Lee Kuan Yew
Even if we accept, as the basic tenet of true democracy, that one moron is equal to one genius, is it necessary to go a further step and hold that two morons are better than one genius? Leo Szilard
Demography, not democracy, will be the most critical factor for security and growth in the 21st century. Booming populations are a drag on developing countries, and low fertility rates are sapping growth in developed societies. Lee Kuan Yew
Democracy will not come Today, this year Nor ever Through compromise and fear. Langston Hughes
We have also heard that thou hast entrusted the reins of counsel into the hands of the representatives of the people. Thou, indeed, hast done well, for thereby the foundations of the edifice of thine affairs will be strengthened, and the hearts of all that are beneath thy shadow, whether high or low, will be tranquillized Baha u'llah
The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism –-- ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. Franklin D. Roosevelt
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
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
India has political freedom but it does not have economic freedom. Milton Friedman
A liberal society cannot be defended by herbivores. We need carnivores to save us, but we had better make sure the meat-eaters hunt only on our orders. Michael Ignatieff
We must reflect more on what democracy in the exercise of authority would mean. Is truth determined by a majority vote, only for a new 'truth' to be 'discovered' by a new majority tomorrow? Benedict XVI
An imbalance between the rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. Plutarch
We have come from the divine right of kings to the divine right of the governed. Jon Meacham
Democracy--with all of its inefficiency--is still the best system we have so far for enhancing the prospects of our mutual survival Neil Postman
Those who have the immense dishonesty to fight with a ballot box in one hand and a rifle in the other have no place in democratic politics. Neil Kinnock
Freedom's skeptics must understand that the democracy that hates you is less dangerous than the dictator who loves you. Natan Sharansky
Nondemocratic regimes imperil the security of the world. They stay in power by controlling their populations. This control invariably requires an increasing amount of repression. To justify this repression and maintain internal stability, external enemies must be manufactured. Natan Sharansky
A lack of moral clarity is also the tragedy that has befallen efforts to advance peace and security in the world. Promoting peace and security is fundamentally connected to promoting freedom and democracy. Natan Sharansky
We're not going to spread democracy at the business end of a M16 held by a 23 year old Marine. Paul Hackett
The political battle is between big money combines who spend a thousand pounds or more on every constituency they fight… when they speak democracy, they don't mean government by the people...they mean financial democracy, in which money counts and nothing but money. Oswald Mosley
If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected swineherd every time, no matter how much slaughtering he did on the side. Orson Scott Card
I used to think that capitalism was human nature, but it isn’t at all. It’s culture. The same is true of democracy/ Alan Greenspan
Some cultures and some religions do better than others in promoting democracy and prosperity…. Where culture is adverse, a blind belief in the power of freedom is a frail foundation for U. S. policy. Lawrence E. Harrison
For politics to change … culture must change too --- and that takes much more than dispatching troops, holding elections, and writing constitutions. Lawrence E. Harrison
Efforts to fight and win the Global War on Terror, while simultaneously promoting democracy throughout the world, also require an improved and creative campaign of public diplomacy …. We can use medicine as a currency for peace. William Frist
The idea that democracies never make war on each other rests on very thin historical ice. Coral Bell
We did not have a revolution in order to have a democracy. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The Arab individual does not elect from among people of different opinions who represent different currents. The Arab is accustomed to voting according to pre-determined concepts. Whoever represents this pre-determined concept... The nationalist will vote for a nationalist, and the communist will vote for a communist. These are all types of religious sects. The tribal and sectarian structure has not disintegrated, and has not melted down into the new structure of democracy and the democratic option. Ali Ahmed Said; Adonis
The Arabs have managed to turn democracy or their revolution into a dynastic or monarchic regime, which is handed down. Most Arab regimes are monarchic regimes, one way or another---especially the republics. Ali Ahmed Said; Adonis
Democracy is a form of government --- it's not a ticket to some fantasy land where all evil is vanquished and everyone agrees with us Madeleine Albright
Our supreme governors, the mob. Horace Walpole; 4th Earl of Oxford
The first step toward liberation of any group is to use the power in hand. . . . And the power in hand is the vote. Helen Gahagan
Democracy must live as it thinks and think as it lives Agnes E. Meyer
It is obvious that the most despotic forms of social organization would be suitable for inert men who are satisfied with the situation fate has placed them in, and that the most abstract form of democratic theory would be practicable among sages guided only by their reason. The only problem is to what degree it is possible to excite or to contain the passions without endangering public happiness. Anne Louise Germaine Necker; Madame de Stael-Holstein
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
Our real battlefield today is Asia and our real battle is the one between democracy and communism. . . . We have to prove to the world and particularly to downtrodden areas of the world which are the natural prey to the principles of communist economics that democracy really brings about happier and better conditions for the people as a whole. Eleanor Roosevelt
Democracy must first be safe for America before it can be safe for the world Emma Goldman
When women are pessimistic about their political strength and feel hopeless about changing the conditions of their lives, it is almost as if they do not believe that democracy means the country belongs to them. But it's true. Naomi Wolf
The idea that each individual has intrinsic, God-given value and is of infinite worth quite apart from any social contribution -- an idea most pagans would have rejected as absurd -- persists today as the ethical basis of western law and politics. Our secularized western idea of democratic society owes much to that early Christian vision of a new society -- a society no longer formed by the natural bonds of family, tribe, or nation but by the voluntary choice of its members. Elaine Pagels
Democracies have been, and governments called, free; but the spirit of independence and the consciousness of unalienable rights, were never before transfused into the minds of a whole people....The feeling of equality which they proudly cherish does not proceed from an ignorance of their station, but from the knowledge of their rights; and it is this knowledge which will render it so exceedingly difficult for any tyrant ever to triumph over the liberties of our country. Sarah Josepha Hale
It is subversive to set up inquisitions like this, state or national, into the thoughts and consciences of Americans. . . . It is subversive for commissions like this to spread hysteria and intimidation throughout the land that Americans are afraid to sign petitions, afraid to read progressive magazines, afraid to make out checks for liberal causes, afraid to join organizations, afraid to speak their mind on public issues. Americans dare not be free citizens! This is the destruction of democracy. Florence Luscomb
Every democratic system evolves its own conventions. It is not only the water but the banks which make the river. Indira Gandhi
A democratic home is the foundation of a democratic state. Agnes E. Benedict
A democratic form of government, a democratic way of life, presupposes free public education over a long period; it presupposes also an education for personal responsibility that too often is neglected. Eleanor Roosevelt
Courts are an aristocratic institution in a democracy. That's the dilemma for an institution that has the function of reviewing the will of the people. We're bound to be "anti-majoritarian. Rose Bird
We are thus brought to a conception of Democracy not merely as a sentiment which desires the well-being of all men, nor yet as a creed which believes in the essential dignity and equality of all men, but as that which affords a rule of living as well as a test of faith. Jane Addams
Since the time of the ancient Greeks a democracy has depended on its philosophers and creative artists. It can only flourish by continuous probing, prodding, and questioning of the social conditions under which man exists and tries to better himself. One of the first moves of a dictatorship is to stifle the artists and thinkers who have the ability to stir up dissent from any prescribed dogma which might enslave them. Because the artist can arouse the curiosity and conscience of his community, he becomes a threat to those who have taken power. Uta Hagen
We are a beginning democracy. If there were not strikes, this would not be a democracy. Violeta Barrios de Chamorro
Let's face it: however old-fashioned and out of date and devaluated the word is, we like the way of living provided by democracy. Eve Curie
Democracy is losing its followers. In our country everything is weakening. The money is weak. Democracy is weak and politicians are very weak. Everything that is weak dies one day. Carolina Maria de Jesus
Majority rule rests on numbers; democracy rests on the well-grounded assumption that society is neither a collection of units nor an organism but a network of human relations. Mary Parker Follett
We who are members of the Communist Party repudiate the exclusive identification of democracy with capitalism. We declare that democracy can be widened, take on new aspects, become truly a rule of the people, only when it is extended to the economic life of the people. Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
Democracy is the fig leaf of elitism. Florence King
Liberation is no longer, and can be no longer, merely a national concern. The dimension of the struggle, as Lenin and the Bolsheviks so clearly saw, is international: its road is the socialist revolution David Horowitz
Free trade would place our farmers and workers in competition with peasant and sweated labor products. Herbert Hoover
I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong. George Washington
Traditional African tribal government was entirely different from Parliamentary democracy in the sense that we understand it. The essence of our system is we can change our Government, and therefore change or even reverse the policy it is pursuing, without bloodshed or violence, by the simple process of persuading our fellow citizens to put their vote in the ballot box. But once a Chief, after fullest consultation with his Council, had arrived at a decision, any further argument or opposition became treasonable. That is why in Africa you can never have a "loyal opposition". It follows from this that when the multi-party system of Parliamentary Government has been tried out in Africa, it has almost always become one-party rule. William Francis Hare
The way to help this country is to limit Republican power. Howard Dean
Riot is the voice of the unheard. Maxine Waters
Bipartisanship is like marriage. It takes two to make it work. It only takes one to make it a failure. The President has been playing politics with foreign policy. Mark Shields
Do you think that we are so talented that we can achieve in 200 days what you have achieved in 200 years. Mikhail Gorbachev
In many cases democracy has not been able to solve the social problems like poverty. Mikhail Gorbachev
Ukraine is facing a serious threat of isolation as some local political forces want to put an end to democracy and democratic reforms in the country Viktor Yushchenko
Democracy should be home grown. Mikhail Gorbachev
Mexico doesn't deserve what has happened to us. A democratic change is urgent, a change that will permit us to stop being a loser country Vincente Fox
No people must be forced under a sovereignty under which it does not wish to live. Woodrow Wilson
Any government is free to the people under it where the laws rule and the people are a party to the laws. William Penn
The right to dissent is the only thing that makes life tolerable for a judge of an appellate court... the affairs of government could not be conducted by democratic standards without it. William O. Douglas
Anybody who believes that we can democratize Iran, Iraq and Syria by military force is living in a fantasy world. John Brady Kiesling
Recognition of the principle ‘one man, one vote’ as a constitutional one redeems the promise of self-governance by affirming the essential dignity of every citizen to equal participation in the democratic process. William J. Brennan, Jr.
Democracy is still upon its trial. The civic genius of our people is its only bulwark. William James
There is a difference between constructive criticism and criticism that is hateful. I can criticize America, but in a way that shows that I want to improve America and its democracy. Khaled Abu Alfadhl
Envy is the basis of democracy. Bertrand Russell
Democracy is nothing but the Tyranny of Majorities, the most abominable tyranny of all, for it is not based on the authority of a religion, not upon the nobility of a race, not on the merits of talents and of riches. It merely rests upon numbers and hides behind the name of the people. Pierre Joseph Proudhon
Democracy is necessarily despotism, as it establishes an executive power contrary to the general will; all being able to decide against one whose opinion may differ, the will of all is therefore not that of all: which is contradictory and opposite to liberty. Immanuel Kant
Democracies have no business running secret prisons. That's what our enemies do…. Real security begins with remembering who we are. We gain nothing by adopting the methods of our enemies. Bob Schieffer
Capitalist, democratic states put the emphasis on the private sector, which doesn't always deliver on social goods. Frances J. Stewart
Democracies are often run by ethnically based groups prepared to do terrible things to other ethnic groups... or they can be very corrupt, dominated by elites... Frances J Stewart
A pure democracy can admit no cure for the mischiefs of faction. A common passion or interest will be felt by a majority, and there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party James Madison
A democracy is peace-loving. It does not like to go to war. It is slow to rise to provocation. When it has once been provoked to the point where it must grasp the sword, it does not easily forgive its adversary for having produced this situation. The fact of the provocation then becomes itself the issue. Democracy fights in anger -- it fights for the very reason that it was forced to go to war. It fights to punish the power that was rash enough and hostile enough to provoke it -- to teach that power a lesson it will not forget, to prevent the thing from happening again. Such a war must be carried to the bitter end. George F. Kennan
The rise of democracy was driven by the citizens' desire to escape from the paternalistic and arbitrary charity of those with money. They accomplished this by replacing charity with a fair, balanced, arm's-length system of public obligation. The principle tool of that obligation was taxation. John Ralston Saul
A referendum is little more than a "rumour of choice." The idea behind the mechanism, ever since its first modern manifestations two centuries ago under Napoleon, has been to replace democracy with the sensation of democracy. That is: to replace the slow, complex, eternally unclear continuity of democracy, and all the awkwardness of citizen participation, with something clear and fast which allows those in power to impose their agenda. Through an apparently simple question with a one-syllable answer, those who ask can get a blank cheque from the citizenry; that is, if they choose their moment well and come up with a winning question. John Ralston Saul
The strength of representative democracy is its ability to slow down those in power who wish to govern by blank cheque, but also those not in power who wish to yank the state about on the sole basis of their self-interest. John Ralston Saul
Questioning is the great strength of democracy; the ability to doubt without losing face John Ralston Saul
The theory of democratic government is not that the will of the people is always right, but rather that normal human beings of average intelligence will, if given a chance, learn the right and best course by bitter experience. W. E. B. Du Bois
Foreign policy of a pluralistic democracy like the United States should be based on bipartisanship because bipartisanship is the means and the framework for formulating policies based on moderation and on the recognition of the complexity of the human condition Zbigniew Brzezinski
America is too democratic at home to be autocratic abroad …. But the pursuit of power is not a goal that commands popular passion, except in conditions of a sudden threat or challenge to the public's sense of domestic well-being…. Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization. Zbigniew Brzezinski
It’s very basic in the Bill of Rights, he says. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, whether the majority agrees with them or not. Rights are in some sense anti-democratic; to trumpet democracy as the all-important value is to denigrate them.” Harold H. Koh
In parliamentary and presidential democracies, the chief executive has been elevated from first among equals to the status of a monarch. Michael Lind
In a secular, pluralistic democracy these issues of life and death involve questions about the right of individual Americans to decide and the obligation of the federal government to finance their decisions. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
Democracy is a system of laws made by men….As such Islamists all over the world are against it, as their system of laws is made by God. Michael Scheuer
Wisdom cries aloud in the street; she utters her voice in the squares. Book of Proverbs; Solomon
I don’t think America wants democracies in the Middle East. They wouldn’t be nearly as friendly to us Henry Chambers
America simply prefers to deal with dictators. Ayad Al-Qazzaz
Establish democracy ... based on human rights as superior to property rights. Jeannette Rankin
It’s very hard for Iraqis to believe that we invaded Iraq to install democracy because in the first year of the occupation the Americans opposed the elections that Sistani and other Iraqis had called for….They think the motive was oil. Yaroslav Trofimov
“… it is sheer moral perversity to equate the inconsistencies of a democratic civilization with the brutalities which modern tyrannical states practice. Reinhold Niebuhr
We’ve reformed our representative democracy into the past. Adlai Stevenson
Our brother (many of the Jews of the Middle East) has gone to Europe and to the West [and] come back a Russified Jew, a Polish Jew, a German Jew, an English Jew. He has come back with a totally different conception of things. Western and not Eastern…, coming back with imperialistic ideas, with reactionary or revolutionary ideas… he is not the old cousin, and we do not extend to him a very good welcome Abdul Rahman Hassan Azzam
I hate uneducated people having power … Harold Nicolson
The countries of the Middle East have been losers in the age of globalization, out of step in an age of free markets, free trade, and democratic politics. Fareed Zakaria
In general the principle of the World Trade Organization … is that sovereignty and democratic rights have to be subordinated to the rights of investors Noam Chomsky
The army is a poor school for democracy. Pierre Trudeau
Government exists to protect the interests of the powerful from the will of the people. Vince Taylor
No Province shall be transferred from one Government to another without the consent by plebiscite or otherwise of the population of such Province. Union of Democratic Control
I wish to make it clear from the onset that at the coming election I want support on no other understanding that the new Parliament is to destroy once and for ever, the power of the hereditary chamber to reverse the decisions of the representatives of the people. Charles Trevelyan
Democracy is not a mathematical deduction proved once and for all time. Democracy is a just faith fervently held, commitment to be tested again and again in the fiery furnace of history. Jack Kemp
A life-tenured position in a democracy is an odd thing. Judith Resnick
We must be thoroughly democratic and patronize everybody without distinction of class. George Bernard Shaw
In America you elect the electoral college and they select the President. In Russia, the people select the President directly. This is more democratic. Vladimir Putin
Questions about democracy in Islam are not restricted to faraway lands but also echo in Muslim communities in America Asra Nomani
In Indonesia democracy meant what ever you wanted it to mean, whenever you wanted to mean it. Tracy Dahlby
Islam has been used in some countries, for instance Sudan, as a means for suppression and the installation of autocratic regimes. This, coupled with the censorship of moderate Muslim voices and increasing state patronage of religious scholars, has led to the propagation of a dogmatic form of divisive Islamic extremism, a form that rejects democracy, human rights, and good governance as devices of Western imperialism. Ghazi Suliman
Elections, like economic competition, produce winners, but these are not necessarily the best candidates, morally speaking. Shri J.M. Lyngdoh
The biggest drawback to democracy, he explained, is that elected representatives may not consider good governance their objective and may seek to usurp the electoral process in order to satisfy their own interests—and this unfortunately tarnishes the democratic ideal. Shri J.M. Lyngdoh
There never was that government called a republic, which was not ultimately ruled by a single will, and, therefore, (however bold may seem the paradox,) virtually and substantially a monarchy. Alexander Fraser Tytler
I have not the smallest doubt that, if we had a purely democratic government here, the effect would be the same. Either the poor would plunder the rich, and civilization would perish; or order and property would be saved by a strong military government, and liberty would perish. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Democracy’s opportunity. Here is the opportunity to be of service to the people. Here is the chance for this party to have been of service to the people of the United States. Here is our chance to have been of help to the poor man. Here is our chance to have relieved him of the burdens and to have given him the benefits of a government that could have promoted the enterprises and furnished the conveniences and the facilities needed by every man, woman, and child in this country. Huey P. Long
Democracy—the essential thing as distinguished from this or that democratic government—was primarily an attitude of mind, a spiritual testament, and not an economic structure or a political machine. The testament involved certain basic beliefs—that the personality was sacrosanct, which was the meaning of liberty; that policy should be settled by free discussion; that normally a minority should be ready to yield to a majority, which in turn should respect a minority’s sacred things. John Buchan
Without equality there can be no democracy. Eleanor Roosevelt
This living in a democracy is a problem, isn't it? Eleanor Roosevelt
Any appeasement of tyranny is treason to this republic and to the democratic ideal. William Allan White
Shared values that bring us together must be more visible, not only in how we deal with each other, but also in our approach to the world. We must strengthen democratic capacities jointly. We must oppose the evil of terrorism together. To meet such vital challenges, we must be together on the same page. We must speak the same language and display the same resolve Manmohan Singh
Democratic societies with established institutions must help those societies that do not yet have established institutions. Manmohan Singh
Democracy is something more, vastly more, than a mere form of government by which society is restrained into free and orderly life. It is a moral entity, a spiritual force, as well. And these are things which live only and alone in the atmosphere of liberty. William E. Borah
… a near revolutionary change in the democratic process Emmet John Hughes
What may, under proper judicial safeguards, sometimes be justifiable and moral measures against the enemies of the democratic system, can never be legitimately employed against one's (political) opponents within that democratic system without calling all the axioms of democracy into question. Sidney Hook
Give me a bad democracy, a sick democracy, but democracy! Oriana Fallaci
The (Supreme) Court has shown in the past that the Constitution can also be twisted to frustrate the needs of democracy Raoul Berger
We have an administration which wants to expand democracy in every part of the world except in its own back yard---Washington DC. Mark Plotkin
Citizens are not born. They are raised. Frank M. Bryan
Real equality is the soul of the state in a democracy Frederic Bastiat
Democracy is a slow and complex process …. Democracy is counter-intuitive. Democracy takes time to learn. It takes years or even decades to take on the habits of democracy…. If you jump too fast, the wrong people come to power…. Yes democracy, but democracy slow. Daniel Pipes
I am not big on the idea that a rapid injection of democracy will reform radical Moslems. Reuel Marc Gerecht
The only way to build up a respect for minority rights and other aspects of democracy is to practice it. You have to work at it to have it. Reuel Marc Gerecht
Democracy in the Middle East has to be front-loaded. You have to have elections first and then try and build democratic institutions. You are not going to have the dictators and clerics of the Middle East allow you to build up democratic institutions slowly. Reuel Marc Gerecht
We live … in an age of progressive democracy. ... In its political effects it discards the prerogative of a few to govern and looks to the rights of all. And whether you deem it practicable or not, you, who prattle about democracy, this spirit is opening a grand law of humanity more comprehensive than all others, that looks farther than the skin to say who shall have rights and who shall be maintained in the free enjoyment of what the God of nature has given them. You cannot guide this tendency of the age to sympathize alone with the serfs of Europe and the barbarians of Asia and leave untouched and unnoticed those in our midst who suffer either from the oppression of laws or for want of their protection. Charles Burchard
Your treaty does not mean peace --- far, very far, from it. If we are to judge the future by the past, it means war. Is there any guarantee of peace other than the guarantee, which comes of the control of the war-making power by the people? Yet what great rule of democracy does the treaty leave unassailed? The people in whose keeping alone you can safely lodge the power of peace or war nowhere, at no time and in no place, have any voice in this scheme for world peace. Autocracy which has bathed the world in blood for centuries reigns supreme. Democracy is ever excluded. This, you say, means peace. William E. Borah
Happy the generation where the great listen to the small, for it follows that in such a generation the small will listen to the great. Jewish Proverb
a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. Alexander Fraser Tytler; Lord Woodhouselee
There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. John Adams
Like Hitler’s Brownshirts, the Christian Front was ostensibly organized to combat the ‘rising tide of Communism.’ All Jews,... liberals, New Dealers and labor organizations were called Communist; and since the Communist Revolution in America was scheduled to take place ‘any day now,’ the Christian Front–always under Coughlin’s inspiration and guidance—shouted that a private army was the only means to ‘save America.’ Coughlin filled the pages of Social Justice with Hitler’s sewer-spawned lies. He made direct use of Goebbels’ speeches, quoting the Nazi almost word-for-word.... He denounced the ‘poppycock of Democracy’ and branded Democracy as a version of Communism John Roy Carlson
The great vice of democracy --- a vice which is exacting a bitter retribution from it at this moment - is that for a generation we have been busy getting ourselves on to the list of beneficiaries and removing ourselves from the list of contributors, as if somewhere there was somebody else's wealth and somebody else's effort on which we could thrive. Robert Menzies
To realize democracy it is necessary to absolutely eliminate ... colour from all State and social policy, unless you would justify ... caste, wealth, rank, birth and education, as giving title to privileged treatment ... Bernard O'Dowd
I was brought up a stuffed-shirt Englishman. I wasn't very human. What America did for me was to humanize me. Democratize me. Ashley Montague; Israel Ehrenberg
The current investigations are an incomparably greater danger to our society than those few Communists in the country ever could be. These investigations have already undermined to a considerable extent the democratic character of our society. Albert Einstein
As long as I have any choice in the matter, I will live only in a country where civil liberty, tolerance, and equality of all citizens before the law are the rule. . . . These conditions do not exist in Germany at the present time. Albert Einstein
Democracy does not race, it reaches the finish slowly but surely. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
'Democratic' in its original meaning refers to unlimited majority rule....a social system in which one's work, one's property, one's mind, and one's life are at the mercy of any gang that may muster the vote of a majority at any moment for any purpose Ayn Rand
A democrat need not believe that the majority will always reach a wise decision. He should however believe in the necessity of accepting the decision of the majority, be it wise or unwise, until such a time that the majority reaches another decision. Bertrand Russell
The Islamists became aware of democracy only recently, when the West implemented it and began urging other countries to implement it too, in order to protect the people of the earth from annihilation at the hands of despotic and repressive rulers. Although the Islamic jurisprudents have recently become aware of democracy, they have not acknowledged it, and have continued to believe in the limited Sura of the Righteous Caliphs, which does not meet the needs of 21st century peoples. Shaker Al-Nabulsi
The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid. Art Spander
Dictatorships are one-way streets. Democracy boasts two-way traffic. Albert Moravia
Freedom is when the people can speak, democracy is when the government listens. Alastair Farrugia
Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but it's something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles. Abbie Hoffman
Israel was established in 1948. Then, the average income in Palestine was lower than in Egypt, for example. Today, 55 years after the establishment of Israel, the average income in Israel is 15 times higher than in Egypt. Israel fought all same wars as the Arabs and Egyptians. How come it continued to progress to the point it has become a technological force to be reckoned with? The reason is that it's a democracy. Sa'd Al-Din Ibrahim
Democratic reform, depends less on legislative amendments than on creating a climate of democracy. Sameh Ashour
Our democracy may have an aristocracy of talent, as Jefferson said – which is fine – but we don’t want everyone else to be left out. Something like that seems to be happening, though. Vartan Gregorian
Democracy means decision by those concerned. Carl Friedrich Freiherr von Weizsacker
Those wanting to improve democracy in their countries should not wait for permission. Bulent Ecevit
Perhaps the greatest threat to freedom and democracy in the world today comes from the formation of unholy alliances between government and business. This is not a new phenomenon. It used to be called fascism. . . .The outward appearances of the democratic process are observed, but the powers of the state are diverted to the benefit of private interests. George Soros
It's always good when followers believe in their leaders, but it's even better when leaders believe in their followers. Mardy Grothe
Democracy Is What You Make It! Karen Boyer
Shia leaders prefer to keep Iraq united, as long as they maintain their dominance over it, especially now that they have been portrayed as the majority who suffered injustice and oppression over the years. Hence, the atmospheres have been prepared and charged by the American agents to hand the reins of power to the “Shias” or to hold the lion’s share. Hizb ut-Tahrir
Democracy has to deliver. It is not enough for people to vote. They must also eat. Madeleine Albright
Democracy is not imperialism… Imposing democracy is an oxymoron ….You can’t have democracy instantly. Madeleine Albright
Self government is the hardest thing that people can do other than fighting a civil war. Newt Gingrich
Democracy is good, provided the government can function. Vali Nasr
I am persuaded no Constitution was ever before so well calculated as ours for extensive empire and self-government. Thomas Jefferson
The investigation has shown, let us hope, privilege at its worst. The trail is one of dishonesty, greed, violation of law, secrecy, concealment, evasion, falsehood, and cunning. It is a trail of betrayals by trusted and presumably honorable men--betrayals of a government, of certain business interests and the people who trusted and honored them; it is a trail showing a flagrant degree of the exercise of political power and influence, and the power and influence of great wealth upon individuals and political parties; it is the trail of despoilers and schemers, far more dangerous to the well-being of our Nation and our democracy than all those who have been deported Gerald Nye
The trouble in modern democracy is that men do not approach to leadership until they have lost the desire to lead anyone. William Beveridge
Where some people are very wealthy and others have nothing, the result will be either extreme democracy or absolute oligarchy, or despotism will come from either of those excesses. Aristotle
There has been much said about danger to the national security. Democracy itself is a dangerous form of government and in its very danger lies its strength. The protection of individual rights by the requirement of due process of law, which has long endured in this nation of ours, is a radical and dangerous idea in most of the world today. Thomas P. Gill
…society in a modern democracy will not permit unregulated control over production and sale of its necessities. Henry L. Stimson
Totalitarianism liquidates its internal enemies or smashes opposition as soon as it arises; it uses methods that are simple and infallible because they are undemocratic. But democracy can defend itself from within only very feebly; its internal enemy has an easy time of it because he exploits the right to disagree that is inherent in democracy. Jean-Francois Revel
Subordinate classes have usually pushed for democracy, dominant classes nearly always have resisted it. David Potter
If the history and practice of democracy has until now been centered on the idea of locality (the city-state, the community, the nation), it is likely that in the future it will be centered on the international or global domain. David Held
Representative democracy has for its characteristic object and effect…securing its members against oppression and depredation at the hands of those functionaries which it employs for its defense. Jeremy Bentham
Only basic agreement on the major objectives of the state can provide a society with a firm basis for democracy. Enrique Krauze
In the past decade, nearly a dozen elected Latin American presidents have been forced from office. Peter Hakim
In a democracy, expressing disagreement with the government’s actions does not amount to sedition or insurrection—it is, and must remain, protected speech. Jeff Bingaman
You cannot impose democracy by force of arms. William Quandt
The Electoral College is an antidemocratic relic. New York Times
Parks and public space are … important to a democratic society because they are the only places where people meet as equals. Enrique Penalosa
Anyone, who intentionally participates in an action intended to harm the security, peace and leadership of the institutions in Kurdish-Iraq, will be punished by a life sentence or temporary prison sentence Kurdistan Province of Iraq
Anyone, who intentionally takes part in an action intended to harm the state government, the unity of the state or the security of its territory, will be hanged Saddam Hussein
He will be released from jail. We are an emerging democracy and still have to change some of our laws Qubad Talabany
The effective functioning of our constitutional democracy depends upon the participation in public life of a citizenry that is well informed George W. Bush
Democratic elections by themselves do not assure that human rights will be enforced but they can put a country on the path to reform. Barry Lowenkron
It is better to be subject to the Laws under one Master, than to be subservient to many. Catherine II
If you can exchange information freely, isn’t that almost a definition of democracy. Lamar S. Smith
The agricultural and industrial system of a free people, like their political system, ought to be an accurate reflex of the democratic principle by the people for the people, solely in the interests of the people. James Connolly
Franklin, you may have to assume dictatorial powers. Walter Lippmann
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 heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. H. L. Mencken
In a democracy (the most natural form of government) everyone submits to the control of authority over his actions, but not over his judgment and reason; Baruch Spinoza
In a democracy, people usually get the kind of government they deserve, and they deserve what they get. Hunter S. Thompson
The privacy and dignity of our citizens are being whittled away by sometimes imperceptible steps. Taken individually, each step may be of little consequence. But when viewed as a whole, there begins to emerge a society quite unlike any we have seen – a society in which government may intrude into the secret regions of a [person's] life. William O. Douglas
Damn democracy. It is a fraudulent term used, often by ignorant persons but no less often by intellectual fakers, to describe an infamous mixture of socialism, miscegenation, graft, confiscation of property and denial of personal rights to individuals whose virtuous principles make them offensive. Westbrook Pegler
A government of the masses. Authority derived through mass meeting or any other form of "direct" expression. Results in mobocracy. Attitude toward property is communistic--negating property rights. Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether is be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences. Results in demogogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy United States Army
In European states all subjects have equal rights and under a single legislation, whatever their [religious or ethnic] origins… Without such a system, no justice is possible, because each party views its interests in a different way. With time, all the religious communities…become absorbed in pursuing their separate goals, and they regard as political tyranny any attempt to remove the distinctions between them. This runs counter to natural law, which ultimately governs over all. Amin Shumayyil
The Virginia model, meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew, and the Gentile, the Christian and the Mahometan, the Hindoo, and Infidel of every denomination. Thomas Jefferson
Nepal is a multiethnic, multilingual, democratic, independent, indivisible, sovereign, Hindu and Constitutional Monarchial Kingdom. Nepal
Most globalism opposition groups believe “that the foreign trade policy- making process was undemocratic and that it elevated global concerns over domestic ones.” Non-elected bureaucrats working largely behind closed doors were responsible for setting international trade rules that affected agriculture, services, trade-related investment measures, intellectual trade in goods; and over-saw a binding international dispute settlement process with little (if any) input from the domestic citizens and groups who would be affected by these economic rules and political mechanisms. Orin Krishner
Bipartisanship is “the oil of national government.” Dean Acheson
Bipartisanship may be abnormal, but it does occur. The challenge is to explain why it occurs at all, and why it never lasts. Peter Trubowitz
I wouldn’t be too serious about bipartisanship. It’s a great myth that ought to be fostered. And don’t bring too damn much scholarship to bear on it. You’ll prove it out of existence if you’re not careful. Dean Acheson
If a democracy is to remain real and stable, the majority must be humane and farsighted enough to take care of minorities who have serious objections to the majorities point of view and who, because of lack of numbers, do not have the political strength to impose their own policy solutions through their own political power. Demetrios James Caraley
The Founding Fathers gladly sacrificed government that could provide speedy, effective, cohesive, and internally consistent policies. They opted for one that had a maximum number of veto points and checks and balances and protections against tyranny by particular officials or tyranny by selfish majorities. Demetrios James Caraley
The President is to be commander-in-chief of the army and navy of the United States…In this respect his authority would be nominally the same with that of the king of Great Britain, but in substance much inferior to it. It would amount to nothing more than the supreme command and direction of the military and naval forces…while that of the British king extends to the DECLARING of war and to the RAISING and REGULATING of fleets and armies, all [of] which, by the Constitution under consideration, would appertain to the legislature. Alexander Hamilton
Voting should be the right of the great body of the society…an inconsiderable proportion, or a favored class of it; otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising their oppressions by a delegation of their powers, might aspire to the rank of republicans, and claim for their government the honorable title of republic. James Madison
The United States is a very difficult country to govern. Charles de Gaulle
All for the People and All by the People; Nothing About the People Without the People - That is Democracy! Lajos Kossuth
History suggests that the main obstacles facing Muslims in their attempts to achieve open political systems and democratic governments are 1) a deeply rooted authoritarian political culture, and 2) manipulated interpretations of the Koran. Laith Kubba
Islam teaches principles of freedom, human dignity, equality, governance by contract, popular sovereignty, and the rule of law that are compatible with but not identical to the cognate principles that belong to the intellectual heritage of liberal democracy Laith Kubba
The term “democratic” is often used merely as a term of praise or ridicule among various political factions. One person or faction is described as either democratic or undemocratic, depending on whether its supporters or detractors are speaking. Sheikh Saud Al-Nufaysan
Only idiots would believe that the U.S. is a democratic country seeking democracy in other countries Naser Al Omar
History indicates that indiscriminately copying Western political systems is a blind alley for China. Hu Jintao
I would like to pause for a moment and take stock of what we as the Muslim World are faced with today. We need to attempt to determine the issues and shortcomings that continue to hamper our progress at home. We have a spiritual heritage of peace, harmony, tolerance and affection. It should strengthen our inspiration for achieving freedom, peace, prosperity and democracy. Abdullah Gul
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
Big is bad - the corollary of Schumacher's small is beautiful. The centralized state, particularly the mass-society state of the 20th century, is inherently a failure: it is authoritarian and anti-liberty, imposing checks and laws on all individual actions; it is hierarchical and arbitrary, with power at the top and subservience for the great majority below; it is bureaucratic in order to function at all, but it functions poorly nonetheless because bureaucracies are always inefficient and clumsy and self-perpetuating; it is undemocratic, because it is too big to allow direct face-to-face decision making and substitutes various forms of representation, all of which take power from the individual. Kirkpatrick Sale
We, the men and women, full and free, are conscious that the war that we have declared is our last resort, but also a just one. The dictators are applying an undeclared genocidal war against our people for many years. Therefore we ask for your participation, your decision to support this plan that struggles for work, land, housing, food, health care, education, independence, freedom, democracy, justice and peace. Subcomandante Marcos
The actual rulers in a parliamentary democracy are the class of professional politicians. In theory, they are supposed to represent the people, but in fact they rule over them. Sam Dolgoff; Sam Weiner; Sholem Dolgopolsky
The deputies of the people should not and cannot be the people's representatives, they can only be its servants.... The moment that people give power to their representatives, they abdicate their liberty. Jean Jacques Rousseau
A capitalist democracy is a competitive society where predatory pressure groups struggle for wealth and prestige and jockey for power. Sam Dolgoff; Sam Weiner; Sholem Dolgopolsky
No matter how hard we may try to revive Democracy, to help her once more stand on her legs, to breathe life into her, all efforts will be futile. All hopes for a victory of democracy over fascism are the crassest illusions. Otto Ruhle
At war with the totalitarian states, primarily with German fascism, the democracies cannot be regarded as the arch-foe of the proletariat. Otto Ruhle
Middle-class democracy has proved the best camouflage of the political dominance of big capital. Anton Pannekoek
We Arabs have always been talking about America and the flaws in its democracy. But it’s high time that we talked about our own illnesses. Faisal Al-Kasim
The U. S. put the Japanese in camps during World War II; it had McCarthyism and now they have [George W.] Bush. But it will all pass. Democracy corrects itself. Faisal Al-Kasim
Majority rule is not the norm for solving issues or problems. United States Army
To be safe, democracy must kill its enemy where it can and when it can. The world must be all democratic or all Prussian. Elihu Root
Confronting nondemocracies, established democracies area about as warlike as normal dictatorships. Gary Bass
To Perpetual Peace Immanuel Kant
Consider my Situation: I was a forty nine year old man facing life in prison for encouraging people to face up to new options with courage and intelligence. The American government was being run by Richard Nixon, Spiro Agnew, Robert Haldeman, G. Gordon Liddy, J. Edgar Hoover and other cynical flouters of the democratic process Timothy Leary
The ability to take advantage of freedom and democracy is proportional to the size of your bank account. Lech Walesa
There are two things that will always be difficult for a democratic people to do: to start a war and to finish it Alexis de Tocqueville
Every organization has men and women who will be sure that the news gets out when it is good news. The problem is with the bad news. That is the challenge of democracy Ted Koppel
Islam and democracy are not only compatible. Their association is inevitable. In a Muslim society, one without the other is not perfect. Abdul Karim Soroush
Free markets and democracy are far from an overnight solution to poverty- they require among many other things the bottom-up evolution of the rules of the game, including contract enforcement and fair political competition. William Easterly
Democratization is not necessarily the best way to fight Islamic extremism, because the transition to democracy has been found to be an especially vulnerable period for states across the board. Jessica Stern
Terrorism springs from sources other than the form of government of a state. There is no reason to believe that a more democratic Arab world will, simply by virtue of being more democratic, generate fewer terrorists. F. Gregory Gause III
Washington probably would not like the governments that Arab democracy would produce. F. Gregory Gause III
When one of these autocrats is eventually ousted, the democratic successor sometimes challenges the validity of the deals the former regime had struck. Alexander Cooley
Mature democracies may not fight one another, but immature ones do- and are even more prone to war than authoritarian regimes. John M. Owens IV
Politicians tend to fear their militaries, which often crave foreign enemies and will overthrow civilian governments that do not share their goals. John M. Owens IV
The ultimate failures of dictatorship cost humanity far more than the temporary failures of democracy. Franklin D. Roosevelt
They who have put out the people's eyes reproach them for their blindness. John Milton
Don’t let religious authorities decide what can or can't be published, …. free speech is vital for democracy, for social change, for the possibility of challenging what has been laid down by established authorities…. freedom only for those who do not offend, annoy, and irritate entrenched authorities - is no freedom at all. Workers Liberty
Today I am here to defend the right to offend within the bounds of the law. Ayaan Hirsi Ali
There is a very long history of oppression in the Arab world, particularly in the states he mentions: Iran, Iraq, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, as well as in Sudan and Tunisia. These regimes are not based on democracy and their legitimacy comes from military dictatorships or inherited systems. The basic right of an individual to voice his or her opinion is not granted in any kind of form in the Arab world. Ibrahim Nawar
Conservatism, except when it is expressed as pure idealism, takes into account reality, and the reality of the situation is that missions abroad to effect regime change in countries without a bill of rights or democratic tradition are terribly arduous. This isn't to say that the war is wrong, or that history will judge it to be wrong. But it is absolutely to say that conservatism implies a certain submission to reality; and this war has an unrealistic frank and is being conscripted by events. William F. Buckley Jr.
I don't think it's the job of the United States to build democracies from whole cloth. That's Wilsonianism to me of the most crazy kind. David Rieff
Democracies do not begin and end with elections. Daniel Ayalon
We are talking about an issue with fundamental significance to how democracies work. One can safely say it is now an even bigger issue. Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Nobody expects democracy to be efficient--individual freedom was the primary purpose of our founders - but it should function at least a little Harold S. Sawyer
It is wrong to claim, as some do, that the motivation of al-Qaeda and its allies is some desire to seek justice in the Middle East ... Al-Qaeda and its allies have no clear demands for the Middle East. The only common thread in their approach is a violent and destructive opposition to democracy in any form. They find democracy in Palestine abhorrent and seek to destroy it Charles Clarke
Democracy is far more complex than simply choosing the people who govern you. Jeffrey Buchanan
There is nothing democratic about war. It’s a straight dictatorship. The use of force to attain an end desired. We the armed forces of the USA have put a government in the position to dictate the peace. We did not come over here to acquire jurisdiction over either the people or their countries. We came to give them back the right to govern themselves. George S. Patton
Human rights are being exalted over victory. George S. Patton
Discussion is the bedrock of American democracy. Gunnar Myrdal
The public has every right to expect that the strongest and most powerful country in the world would be ready for the very worst, but it is not. We don't have much time left to make this right. Until we are able to put moral purpose ahead of expedient politics, history will judge us a democracy unwilling or unable to take care of its own Thomas Ken; Risa Lavizzo-Mourey
Democracy and elections can be a double-edged sword … democratic competition and elections increase the politicians’ appetite for gaining public support by pleasing the public, which is sometimes led by emotional motives and short-sighted considerations. Populist politics can sometimes be driven by a lack of knowledge and is not always conducive to the real interest … Azmi Shuaibi
Religion is so frequently a source of confusion in political life, and so frequently dangerous to democracy, precisely because it introduces absolutes into the realm of relative values. Reinhold Niebuhr
A democracy cannot of course engage in an explicit preventive war. I lament the inability to comprehend the depth of evil to which individuals and communities may sink, particularly when they try to play the role of God to history. Reinhold Niebuhr
As soon as control eases, there is chaos. [Yi fang, jiu luan.] Anonymous
Democracy is like sex. When it is good, it is very, very good. And when it is bad, it is still pretty good. Anonymous
Democracy + Private Ownership = Capitalism Democracy + Public Ownership = Socialism Dictatorship + Private Ownership = Fascism Dictatorship + Public Ownership = Communism Anonymous
Festival of Democracy Anonymous
Obedience to laws can only be justly enforced on the certainty that those who are called on to obey them have had, either personally or by their representatives, the power to enact, amend, or repeal them. Anonymous
Thank You For Supporting Democracy Anonymous
The American political system was created by a bunch of geniuses so that it could be run by a bunch of idiots. Anonymous
The Voice of the People is the Supreme Law [Voce Populi Lex Suprema] Anonymous
Under God, the people rule Anonymous
There is the master of democracy whom they have so often sanctified but who causes criminal, barbaric, bloody oppression that abandons the moral standards of even the most savage empires in history … 5 million killed (may God receive them as martyrs) because of the crimes committed by the American civilization that America leads. These 5 million were killed in the last few decades alone. Muhammad Abbas
Nothing can destroy democracy in America faster than a political-military crisis. David Abshire
The will of the people makes governments legitimate. Mohammed Abtahi
The only genuine form of democracy is that practiced freely without restrictions, threats or any form of intimidation. Bassam Abu Sharif
Democracy is only tolerable because no other system is. Dean Acheson
The elemental human desire for self-government knows no geographical or racial boundaries. Joseph Ada
Democracies in history always suffered from the necessity of uniting with much of the best in human nature a mass of ignorance and brutality lying at the bottom of all societies. Henry Adams
She had got to the bottom of this business of democratic government and found out that it was nothing more than government of any other kind. Henry Adams
The will of the people is the source and the happiness of the people the end of all legitimate government upon earth. John Quincy Adams
Marshall has cemented the Union which the crafty and quixotic democracy of Jefferson had a perpetual tendency to dissolve. John Quincy Adams
As the happiness of the people is the sole end of government, so the consent of the people is the only foundation of it ... John Adams
Democracy no better suited Spanish America than birds, beasts or fishes. John Adams
Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy that did not commit suicide. John Adams
Authoritarianism provides a kind of negative stability. Democracy creates space to do a lot of things, sometimes bad things, dangerous things. Olisa Agbakoba
I've never known a country to be starved into democracy. George Aiken
A democratic crisis can only be settled by more democracy. Hocine Ait-Ahmed
Where nationalism is the main issue, the demand for democracy always takes second place. Fouad Ajami
Ignorant and illiterate people cannot understand democracy. They are prey to religious extremists. Said Al-Ashmawy
Democracy is a process. It is never finished. Madeleine Albright
They have to have some dividends out of democracy. Madeleine Albright
Democracy is built from the bottom up, one step at a time. Madeleine Albright
The framework of a democratic army has been established by President Truman’s Executive Order. Sadie Tanner Alexander
Democracy or Anti-Democracy Raul Alfonsin
There is no way that Islam can reform itself and remain Islam, no way it can ever be made compatible with pluralism, free speech, critical thought and democracy. Anyone convinced they already possess the truth have no need for such things. Although Muslims resident in non-Muslim countries clamor for every kind of indulgence for their own beliefs and customs, there can be no doubt that given any kind of power they would impose their own beliefs and eliminate all difference Mohammad Ibn Al-Rawandi
The people's government has come to be less and less the people's business. Joseph Alsop
People don't understand democracy here. They think it simply means disobedience to the authorities. Elhadj Aboubacar Sanda Amadou
The USA was founded in the name of democracy, equality and individual freedom, but is failing to deliver the fundamental promise of protecting rights for all. Amnesty International
Democracy is the only form of government which dislikes itself. Maurice Amos
At times those who won, 51 percent of the population claim the right to ride roughshod over the other 49 percent. Kofi Annan
In a democratic society. . .Islam cannot be the exclusive preserve of the ulama [religious bodies]. How can it be when Islamic laws affect our very way of life? The decision-making process must be participatory and must reflect the diverse and changing nature of Malaysian society. Those practices and legal provisions that give the ulama the sole power to decide on matters of religion and criminalize those with differing opinions must be abrogated. The Constitution must be amended to ensure uniformity of laws and one standard of justice for all. If the ulama continue to remain oblivious to the palpable change that pervades a quickly modernizing, multi-ethnic Malaysia, they run the risk of making themselves increasingly irrelevant to the lives of their people. Zainah Anwar
Modernity, democracy, and change have enabled more and more Muslim women activists, and Muslim democrats all over the world, to realize they can work within the Islamic framework to find liberation within Islam…. We feel strongly that we have a right to reclaim our religion, to redefine it, and to make sure Islam is codified and implemented in ways that take into consideration the realities of women’s lives today. Zainah Anwar
Democracy takes time. Dictatorship is quicker, but too many people get shot. Jeffrey Archer
The litmus test of democracy is the subordination of military power to civilian authority … Oscar Arias
Oligarchy is to the advantage of the rich. Democracy to the advantage of the poor. Aristotle
A democracy is a government in the hands of men of low birth, no property, and vulgar employments. Aristotle
A democracy, when put to the strain, grows weak; and it is supplanted by oligarchy [rule by the few]. Aristotle
An unbridled democracy is exactly similar to a tyranny. Its objects and instruments are the worst, and both are equally served by the tamest of mankind. It is always to lord it as a sovereign; it therefore has its flatterers in the shape of demagogues. Ancient customs must be done away with; ancient ties, civil and sacred, must be broken; everything must be changed according to new and false theories; and the result is an assimilation of democratic to tyrannical government, in its habits and modes of action. Aristotle
Democracy arose from men thinking that if they are equal in any respect they are equal in all respects. Aristotle
Democracy is the form of government in which the free are rulers. Aristotle
Liberty and equality ... will best be attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost. Aristotle
The basis of a democratic state is liberty. Aristotle
The American system is no longer a democracy. Democracy is based on accountability and it's not there now. Thomas William Ludlow Ashley
Democracy is political corruption which must be effectively done away with. Hasan Ashmawi
Ours has not been a racially democratic society for 300 years. Frank Askin
Political preemption in the form of democracy promotion will be as important as the capacity for military preemption. Ronald D. Asmus
The foundation of democratic liberty is a willingness to believe that other people may perhaps be wiser than oneself. Clement Attlee
We have an electronic democracy. Ken Auletta
Do we want the Asiatic model—which is corrupt but works as long as you have a dictator who is active? Or do we want the democratic market model—which works, but only with transparency or reliability. Pyotr Aven
I no longer wish to take part in this circus of populism ... Yiannis Averof
History would bear witness that as an administration we have always striven, in all our policy decisions, to build the foundation of lasting democracy, not the temporary show of excitement and manipulation by an over-articulate section of the elite and its captive audience. Ibrahim Babangida
Democracy is not elections. Democracy includes elections. Joaco Baena Soares
A political combination of the lower classes … is an evil of the first magnitude …. Their supremacy in the state means the supremacy of numbers over knowledge … Walter Bagehot
The United States is dangerously close to becoming a democracy instead of a republic. Lloyd W. Bailey
In a monarchy, the bureaucratic world oppresses and plunders the people for the greater benefit of the privileged propertied classes as well as for its own benefit, and all that is done in the name of the monarch; in a republic, the same bureaucracy does exactly the same thing, but in the name of the will of the people. ;, .d. monarchy;, .d. bureaucracy;, .d. oppression;, .d. republics;, .d. democracy;, In a monarchy, the bureaucratic world oppresses and plunders the people for the greater benefit of the privileged propertied classes as well as for its own benefit, and all that is done in the name of the monarch; in a republic, the same bureaucracy does exactly the same thing, but in the name of the will of the people. Mikhail Bakunin
A radical ... and revolutionary ... attack upon the fundamental basic principle of representative democracy for free people. William Bankshead
The modern democratic state is legitimated by the priority of the public over the private, where public goods trump private interests, and the commonweal takes precedence over individual fortunes. Benjamin R. Barber
Television is the first truly democratic culture—the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want. Clive Barnes
We must remember that the people do not belong to the government but that government belongs to the people. Bernard Baruch
We all have the republican spirit in our veins, like syphilis in our bones. We are democratized and venerealized. Charles Baudelaire
The real democratic idea is, not that every man shall be on a level with every other, but that every one shall have liberty, without hindrance, to be what God made him. Henry Ward Beecher
It depends on the consent of the people to decide whether kings or counsuls or other magistrates are to be established in authority over them, and if there is a legitimate cause, the people can change a kingdom into an aristocracy or an aristocracy into a democracy, and vice versa. Robert Bellarmine
Political power, considered in general, not descending in particular to monarchy, aristocracy, or democracy, comes directly from God alone. Robert Bellarmine
The test of democracy is freedom of criticism. David Ben-Gurion
The freedom to persuade and suggest is the essence of the democratic process. Edward L. Bernays
Is it ridiculous to play the Democracy game all by myself. Ingrid Betancourt
The function of a parliamentary democracy, under universal suffrage, historically considered, is to expose wealth-privilege to the attacks of the people. Aneurin Bevan
The rule of liberty that all government derives its authority from the consent of the governed, applies only to those who are capable of self government. We govern the Indians without their consent, we govern our territories without their consent, we govern our children without their consent. Albert J. Beveridge
The trouble with modern democracy is that men do not approach to leadership until they have lost the desire to lead anyone. William Beveridge
Large sums of money really unbalance the democratic process. Jagdish Bhagwati
One cannot wishfully expect automatic evolution to democracy. James H. Billington
There are times when one must govern liberally and times when one must be dictatorial. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
Unless our democratic philosophy is wrong, there can be no evil in a candidate spending a legally permissible and necessary sum to approach the electorate and enable them to pass an informed judgment upon his qualifications. Hugo Black
Democracies need political parties and political parties need money. Tony Blair
Democratic politics has always been rough. Tony Blankley
Allow peaceful demonstrations and the next thing you know people will want a voice in running things. Herb Block
Liberal democracies exist only where there are free universities. Allan Bloom
I don’t believe in democracy because I don’t believe that any group at any time can change the course and goals of their ancestors… Dragoslav Bokan
It is the healthiest thing in a democracy when the people who are elected exert power. William Bolger
One of the distinctions between democracy and other forms of government is that while democracy is messy on the surface, other forms of government are messy underneath. Daniel J. Boorstin
The foundation upon which democracy rests is faith in the moral instincts of the people. Its ballot boxes, the franchise, its laws, and constitutions are but the outward manifestations of the deeper and more essential thing—a continuing trust in the moral purposes of the average man and woman. William E. Borah
[Popular Front policy] implied a wholesale overthrow of the basic principles of communism. Instead of the class struggle, cooperation with the bourgeoisie. Instead of the Soviet system, eulogy of democracy. Instead of internationalism, nationalism. Franz Borkenau
Multilateralism is the democracy of international society. Boutros Boutros-Ghali
An article of the Democratic faith is that greatness lies in each person. William W. Bradley
Money distorts the democratic process in a fundamental way. William W. Bradley
Once you have lost control over your people, you are on the road toward a potentially democratic society. William W. Bradley
Democracy means not merely, I had almost said not so much, the rights of the whole people, as the duties of the whole people. Louis D. Brandeis
Democracy substitutes self-restraint for external restraint. It is more difficult to maintain than to achieve. Louis D. Brandeis
The wastes of democracy are among the greatest obvious wastes, but we have compensations in democracy which far outweigh that waste and make it more efficient than absolutism. Louis D. Brandeis
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
It is certainly not the most democratic way to proceed. Ronald H. Brown
Democratic self-government is a plant of remarkably slow growth James Bryce
In a democracy the People are entitled to determine the Ends or general aims of foreign policy. James Bryce
Whatever faults modern democracies may have committed ..., the faults chargeable on monarchs and oligarchies have been less pardonable and more harmful to the peace and progress of mankind. James Bryce
Our democracy has been marred by imperialism. Pearl S. Buck
The progressive feature of the income tax is the most dangerous element of democracy. William F. Buckley Jr.
There is no society, however free and democratic, where wealth will not create an aristocracy. Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton
This is one of the finest expressions of U. S. democracy at work. Ralph Bunche
We have achieved political democracy. Now we must make certain it reaches the minds and souls of our people. Miguel Angel Burelli Rivas
We have a very vivid democracy, but it's very fragile, partly because of our inner conflict. What is the real authority, the Knesset or … the synagogue? Are we a democracy or a theocracy. Avraham Burg
If any ask me what a free government is, I answer, that for any practical purpose, it is what the people think so, and that they, and not I, are the natural, lawful, and competent judges of the matter. Edmund Burke
The people are the masters. Edmund Burke
All societies, including societies called democratic, are ruled by a minority. James Burnham
Any individual right or freedom is properly extended only to those who accept the fundamental rules of democracy. How … could any society survive which deliberately nursed its own avowed and irreconcilable assassin, and freely exposed its heart to his knife. James Burnham
Democracy, once unleashed, is a pretty powerful force. George W. Bush
Legitimacy [of governments] is not bought by force; it is earned by the consensus of the people. George W. Bush
We love your adherance to democratic principles and democratic processes. George W. Bush
Democracy is possible, but we have to reinvent our democracy … that would take into account our culture and experience, our social and political reality. We have to adapt democracy to what we are. Pierre Buyoya
Which is better, to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away, or by three thousand tyrants not a mile away? Mather Byles
There is nothing left for Mankind but a Republic. George Gordon Byron
What is democracy?—an aristocracy of blackguards. George Gordon Byron
The danger of democracy has always been the danger of an electorate seized by passivity. Dalton Camp
... a cure for the evils of universal democracy. George Canning
Reason will conclude that where multitude is, there is the truth. John Capgrave
Democracy, which means despair of finding any Heroes to govern you, and contented putting up with the want of them. Thomas Carlyle
Here is a man with the greatest intellect in Europe, and yet he debases it by simply following majorities and the crowd. Thomas Carlyle
Democracy will prevail when men believe the vote of Judas is as good as that of Jesus. Thomas Carlyle
Democracy is more than just election day. Walter C. Carrington
The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself—always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity. Jimmy Carter
The democratic element has a fortunate effect in the political sphere when it is balanced by another force. We have this advantage over our neighbors, the Americans, who have extreme democracy. George-Etienne Cartier
Does any of you believe that we can solve our country's problems in five years? That is why we do not have this nonsense of elections. Fidel Castro
A State is not morally free to allow anarchy and license ... even if the majority should so desire. Catholic Association for International Peace
The majority are not morally free to become a tyranny and destroy the rights of minorities. Catholic Association for International Peace
In a democracy, government is a means by which we can act together to protect what is important to us and to promote our common values. Catholic Church
Keeping people on the margins of cultural, social and political life constitutes in many nations one of the most glaring injustices of our time. Catholic Church
Democracy is not an easy form of government, because it is never final; it is a living, changing organism, with a continuous shifting and adjusting of balance between individual freedom and general order. Ilka Chase
We are undemocratic, then, in our religion, as is proved by our efforts to “raise” the poor. Gilbert K. Chesterton
America is essentially and radically a democracy, not in name merely but in deed. Michel Chevalier
If when I die I am still a dictator I will certainly go down into the oblivion of all dictators. If, on the other hand, I succeed in establishing a stable base for a democratic government, I will be remembered forever in every home in China. Chiang Kai-shek
We can't have a referendum on every important question. This is a republic, not a democracy. This is Chicago, not California. Gary Chico
[We must] accelerate the reform of our political system, especially the building of a system of socialist democracy based on law …. Democracy is a worldwide trend …. If the Party doesn’t hold up the banner of democracy in our country, someone else will, and we will lose out. China
Through democracy we shall have peace [in the Balkans]. Jacques Chirac
Democracy is a value in itself. It doesn't have to be defended [justified] any more than freedom has to be defended. Noam Chomsky
Democratic societies can't force people. Therefore they have to control what they think. Noam Chomsky
We believe that all governments necessarily require civil officers and magistrates to enforce the laws of the same; and that such as will administer the law in equity and justice should be sought for and upheld by the voice of the people. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Mormons
Violence is the most ubiquitous symptom of a disease spreading through our society—an epidemic of lawlessness which, unless checked in time, could prove fatal to democracy itself. Frank Church
Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. Winston Churchill
The wars of peoples will be more terrible than those of kings. Winston Churchill
The Senate establishment is almost the antithesis of democracy. It is what might be called a self-perpetuating oligarchy with only mild overtones of a plutocracy. Joseph S. Clark
There is no rest for free peoples; rest is a monarchical idea. Georges Clemenceau
Somehow economic growth and prosperity, political democracy and freedom are not enough—that we lack at some core level of meaning in our individual lives and meaning collectively, that sense that our lives are part of some greater effort, that we are connected to one another, that community means that we have a place where we belong no matter who we are. Hillary Clinton
If you ever doubt that the people are the boss in a democracy, run for office. Even the President is a hired hand. Bill Clinton
The government is just the people acting together. Bill Clinton
A democracy requires a certain amount of common ground. Bill Clinton
In a new democracy, the most important election is the second election. Bill Clinton
Our democracy must be not only the envy of the world but the engine of our own renewal. Bill Clinton
The essential thing about democracy is that no one is indispensable. Bill Clinton
Wherever you have votes, you have power. Tony Coelho
As an institution becomes less and less democratic, the obligation to abide by its decisions diminishes. Randy Cohen
Democracy is slow … A king can always outrun a congressman. William S. Cohen
There is not a city, no, not a town, in which a man suspected of holding democratic principles could move abroad without receiving some unpleasant proof of the hatred in which his supposed opinions were held by the great majority of the people. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
That a majority of people can vote against a government, and yet that government still remains in power does not raise confidence in our democracy. Linda Colley
The PRI is a modern party that is willing to recognize its defeat. We live in a moment of change, the winds of democracy are blowing across a good part of the world. Luis Colosio
If our democracy is to flourish, it must have criticism; if our government is to function, it must have dissent. Henry Steele Commager
[Describing how Congress functions:] ... 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. Barber Conable
Very little is dependable in the politics of a going democracy except the people's conviction that one world-saver at a time is enough. Alistair Cooke
As a class, merchants will always be opposed to the control of majorities. James Fenimore Cooper
In a democracy, as a matter of course, every effort is made to seize upon and create publick opinion, which is, substantially, securing power. James Fenimore Cooper
Government of the people and for the people. Thomas Cooper
I do not conceive God did ever ordain [democracy] as a fit government for either church or commonwealth …. As for monarchy and aristocracy, they are both clearly approved and directed in the Scriptures. John Cotton
If the people be governors, who shall be governed? John Cotton
Democracy is a mockery that mouths the words and obstructs every effort of an honest people to establish a government for the welfare of the people. Charles E. Coughlin
There’s a mayor and a council and judges—a hundred men to deal with … and you can’t do business with a lot of officials, who check and cross one another and who come and go …. A business man wants to do business with one man. Richard Croker
The problem belongs to the American national democracy, and its solution must be attempted by means of official national action. Herbert Croly
The real threat to the democracy is the half a nation in poverty. Walter Cronkite
We are at great risk in our democracy for failing to understand the great depths of poverty. Walter Cronkite
Historically, cohesive political parties have been the glue that enables democratic political systems like ours to make the decisions needed to govern. Lloyd Cutler
The United States is the only major democracy where divided government has become the norm.... For those who are disappointed in the current performance of our national political system, the fault, dear voters, may not be in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are ticket-splitters. Lloyd Cutler
… [Secret detention is] odious to a democratic society Arthur N. D’Italia
The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
What we are seeing here is democracy in action. William M. Daley
Neither current events nor history shows that the majority rules, or ever did rule. Jefferson Davis
These are strange times when American citizens are to be assailed under cover of a message to Congress for exercising their inalienable right of the discussion of the policies and acts of the Administration. If this liberty is taken from us, what is left of the democracy of which we boast? What better are we than Russia? James R. Day
Democracy doesn't mean electing a dictator every five years. Hernando de Soto
In order to have economic democracy you have to have equal access to property. Hernando de Soto
The government is just us. Morris Dees
Democracy is based on the idea that the people rule and that the best decisions are made in public view. Lee Dembart
Our experience was that when we closed the door to democracy, maybe for a short while there was quiet and security, but in the long run we suffered a lot. Our closing the door to democracy did not settle the problems of our country. The problems only accumulated. Suleyman Demirel
That our title to the whole of the Territory of Oregon is clear and unquestionable; that no portion of the same ought to be ceded to England or any other power, and that the re-occupation of Oregon and the re-annexation of Texas at the earliest and practicable period are great American measures, which this convention recommends to the cordial support of the Democracy of the Union. Democratic Party
There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an advantage and security to all, but especially to democracies as against despots. What is it? Distrust. Demosthenes
A democracy is more than a form of government; it is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience. John Dewey
The method of democracy is to bring ... conflicts out into the open where their special claims can be seen and appraised, where they can be discussed and judged. John Dewey
We are a people of many races, many faiths, creeds, and religions. I do not think that the men who made the Constitution forbade the establishment of a State church because they were opposed to religion. They knew that the introduction of religious differences into American life would undermine the democratic foundations of this country. What holds for adults holds even more for children, sensitive and conscious of differences. I certainly hope that the Board of Education will think very, very seriously before it introduces this division and antagonism in our public schools. John Dewey
The founding fathers set up this country as a republic—not a democracy. John Dingell
Democracy is more than just having free elections. It's having political structures. Michael Dobbs
We have a devastated city and devastated souls ... The transition from communism to democracy proved to be a bomb that blew us up. Slavko Docmanovic
Democracy is on trial in the world, on a more colossal scale than ever before. Charles Fletcher Dole
No one can expect a majority to be stirred by motives other than ignoble. Norman Douglas
The great postulate of our democracy is confidence in the common sense of the people and in their maturity of judgment, even on great issues—once they know the facts. William O. Douglas
It is irrational for democratic government to treat all men as though they were politically equal. Anthony Downs
Nor is the People's Judgment always true: The Most may err as grossly as the Few. John Dryden
War is one of the constants of history, and it has not diminished with civilization or democracy. In the last 3,421 years of recorded history only 268 have seen no war. Will Durant; Ariel Durant
American democracy is at its best in its talent for the transfer for power. Abba Eban
Democracy is not a spectator sport. Marian Wright Edelman
Being a citizen in a democracy involves more than just voting. It means being involved for the common whole. Vernon Ehlers
If you have more rich people and more poor people and fewer people in the middle, what you lose is democracy. Barbara Ehrenreich
It is not enough for a handful of experts to attempt the solution of a problem, to solve it and then to apply it. The restriction of knowledge to an elite group destroys the spirit of society and leads to its intellectual impoverishment. Albert Einstein
My political ideal is democracy. Albert Einstein
Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in this world must first come to pass in the heart of America. Dwight D. Eisenhower
The evils of popular government appear greater than they are; there is compensation for them in the spirit and energy it awakens. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The state is no more than a machine for oppression of one class by another. This is as true of democracy as it is of monarchy. Friedrich Engels
The liberties, franchises, and privileges of parliament are the ancient and undoubted birth-right and inheritance of the subjects of England. English Parliament
The more democratic governments bow to increasing demands of the electorate and spend money on public goods and services the more disgruntled the electorate becomes. Juan Enriquez
All true democratic movements have been branded anti-religious. Bergen Evans
Democracy in America is more than a two minute sound byte. Harold Evans
The democratic system prevailing in the world does not suit us ... Fahd
If you don't have a democracy in which most people feel engaged, you don't have a democracy very long. James Fallows
The journalistic traits that are valued on TV and radio talk shows are destructive to democracy. James Fallows
With our increased birthrates the black man and woman can actually breed ourselves into power. Louis Farrakhan Walcott
The evils we experience flow from an excess of democracy. Elbridge Gerry
We have been taught by experience the danger of the levelling spirit. Elbridge Gerry
Democracy, and man-made laws in general, correlate closely with consumer culture. Wajdi Ghunayim
Democracy! Bah! When I hear that word I reach for my feather Boa! Allen Ginsberg
We live in a democracy which can be destroyed if judges function as Platonic guardians. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Decision by majorities is as much an expedient as lighting by gas. William E. Gladstone
We are not perfect. Democracy is a messy business … Democracy depends on people getting and keeping involved … In our democracy, the government is not them; it is us. John Glenn
It is a democratic fallacy to believe that people want to govern themselves. People only ask to be governed decently. Joseph Goebbels
We enter parliament in order to supply ourselves, in the arsenal of democracy, with its own weapons…. If democracy is so stupid as to give us free tickets and salaries for this … work, that is its affair. Joseph Goebbels
Socialism holds nothing but unhappiness for the human race. It destroys personal initiative, wipes out national pride ... and plays into the hands of the autocrats.... Socialism is the end of fanatics, the sophistry of so-called intelligentsia, and it has no place in the hearts of those who would secure and fight for freedom and preserve democracy. Samuel Gompers
At the end of 4 years, you have a President who turns over all this enormous power without a single shot being fired. Aberto Gonzales
Who takes the blame: the leader who talks of poverty but lives in luxury, or the poor who choose a leader of that type? Gora; Shri Goparaju Ramachandra
All of us today are learning democracy. We are only now forming a political culture. Mikhail Gorbachev
In this situation [perestroika] problems and difficulties are unavoidable. For it involves far-reaching changes in everything—in the way of life, the attitude toward work and civic duty. We have chosen, definitively and irrevocably, the route leading to new forms of life: democratizing our society in all spheres. Mikhail Gorbachev
Without glasnost there is not, and there cannot be, democratism, the political creativity of the masses and their participation in management. Mikhail Gorbachev
We need a strong state but we need a democratic one. Mikhail Gorbachev
You cannot have socialism without democracy. Mikhail Gorbachev
The Turkish Army will not allow itself to be bound hand and foot by democracy and human rights. Ahmet Gorekci
Naturally the common people don't want war ... but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country. Hermann Goering
What the multitude says is so, or soon will be. Baltasar Gracian
When somebody contributes to a campaign, that is democracy at work. Phil Gramm
Democracy exists in Mexico 354 days of the year. It is only missing on Election Day. George Grayson
In an autocracy, one person has his way; in an aristocracy a few people have their way; in a democracy no one has his way. Celia Green
Corporations, by their nature, do not function as democratic organizations. William Greider
Democracy is about aggregating the collective power of citizens to speak in their behalf. William Greider
In a democracy citizens are entitled to know what is in store for them before they vote. William Greider
I don't run a democracy. I train troops to defend democracy. Alfred M. Gray Jr.
Today in Russia, we have this extreme form of democracy, which is called anarchy. Boris Gryslov
In a democracy we assume that people can define their own interest and vote that way. Donald Fowler
A government that spies on people to find out what they are thinking is a government that isn’t listing to them. Vincente Fox
Political parties and groups shall be instrumental in the exercise of the suffrage. They shall be freely formed and shall freely carry on their activities. They must respect the principles of national sovereignty and democracy. France
Keep yourselves to what is old, for that is good; our ancestors have proved it to be good; why should not we do as they did? New ideas [i.e. democracy, parliamentary reform] are now coming forward of which I do not nor ever shall approve. Mistrust these ideas and keep to the positive. Francis I
Legal process is an essential part of the democratic process. Felix Frankfurter
A constitutional democracy like ours is perhaps the most difficult of man's social arrangements to manage successfully. Our scheme of society is more dependent than any other form of government on knowledge and wisdom and self-discipline for the achievement of its aims. For our democracy implies the reign of reason on the most extensive scale. Felix Frankfurter
Democracy is always a beckoning goal, not a safe harbor. For freedom is an unremitting endeavor, never a final achievement. Felix Frankfurter
Democracy is the least static form of society. Its basis is reason not authority. Felix Frankfurter
Nature herself vindicates democracy. For nature plants gifts and graces where least expected, and under circumstances that defy all the little artifices of man. Felix Frankfurter
In a democracy, power implies responsibility. Felix Frankfurter
Democratic government may indeed be defined as the government which accepts in the fullest sense responsibility to explain itself. Felix Frankfurter
The first line of the U. S. Constitution is “We the people” … in thriving democracies any time that any player takes a key decision that ignores or evades “We the people” he violates the spirit of democracy and condemns himself to illegitimacy. Thomas Friedman
It is never easy to play "chicken" when you face a driver alone in his car while you have passengers in the front and back seats who tend to grab for the steering wheel whenever a collision appears imminent. Thomas Friedman
We keep looking at democratization as an event—like the fall of the Berlin Wall—but it’s actually a process. Thomas Friedman
It is the role of the government to do what the people want to be done. Lenora Fulani
Some scholars who examine its core writings proclaim Islam to be incompatible with democracy, as if any religion in its origins was about democracy at all. Graham E. Fuller
The true test of any Islamic party comes when it gains office by the ballot box and must then adhere while in power to the democratic norms it touted in opposition. History unfortunately gives few precedents here. Graham E. Fuller
Education is not just another consumer item. It is the bedrock of our democracy. Mary Hatwood Futrell
The Pulse of Democracy George Gallup; Saul Rae
Democracy is not a state in which people act like sheep. Under democracy individual liberty of opinion and action is jealously guarded ... Mohandas K. Gandhi
Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood. Mohandas K. Gandhi
[Commenting on negative campaigning:] On the eve of the first Tuesday in November, once again we are faced with the ugly paradox of 30-second-spot democracy: to prove they are worthy of governing us in all that we hold dear, America's politicians must behave in a way that proves they aren't. Bob Garfield
The great thing about democracy is we're free to take in all this information and make up our own minds about what is truth. Michael Gartner
Democratic processes require time. Kika de la Garza
Our democratic institutions are adversarial. Marlin Fitzwater
Two Cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism. E. M. Forster
There is no one orthodoxy which is the enemy of democracy. All of them are. James Higgins
We shall determine all matters of state by public discussion, after assemblies have been convoked far and wide. Hirohito
Democracy has become the instrument of that race [the Jews] …. Only the Jew can praise as institution which is as dirty and untrue as himself. Adolf Hitler
I am a democrat. Adolf Hitler
The democracy of the Western countries is the predecessor of Marxism, which would be unthinkable without democracy. Adolf Hitler
In a Democracy, look how many … many powerful Orators there are with the people. Thomas Hobbes
They which find themselves grieved under a democracy, call it anarchy. Thomas Hobbes
Two great parties are forming in all nations. For one there is a right of government to be exercised by one or several persons over the mass of the people .... This is opposed by the new system which admits no right of government except that arising from the free consent of those who submit to it. Gijsbert Karel Van Graff Hogendorp
If my fellow citizens want to go to Hell I will help them. It's my job. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
In contrast to totalitarianism, democracy can face and live with the truth about itself. Sidney Hook
A democracy delegates leadership. It cannot surrender to it.... The genuinely democratic community rightfully views the hero with suspicion and is notoriously ungrateful. Sidney Hook
The army and the government needs a dictator. Joseph Hooker
Our nation has in 300 years grown apart from even the democratic ideals of other peoples. In some of them class government still lingers; in others, democracy is little better than oligarchy. Herbert Hoover; Hugh Gibson
In our form of democracy the expression of the popular will can be effected only through the instrumentality of political parties. Herbert Hoover
Democracies are at least contemporarily fickle and heartless. Herbert Hoover
Democracy is a fickle employer. Herbert Hoover
There can be no socialism without democracy. Irving Howe
I swear to the Lord I still can't see Why Democracy means Everybody but me. Langston Hughes
Even under absolute princes, the subordinate government of cities is commonly republican while that of counties and provinces is monarchical. David Hume
The power of taxing themselves is an undoubted and most important privilege of the people of England. David Hume
Democracy affords debate, discussion and dissent. Hubert Horatio Humphery
Democratic government consists of listening, deciding, persuading. Douglas Hurd
Pakistan is a democracy. We cannot do anything against human rights. Mushastaid Hussain
In our system of government, nobody has the last word except the people. Tom Huston
The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference and undernourishment. Robert M. Hutchins
America's experiment with government of the people, by the people, and for the people depends not only on constitutional structure and organization, but also on the commitment, person to person, that we make to each other. Robert M. Hutchins
The name of your organization must mean that you are committed to a policy of peace and the policy of democracy. Harold L. Ickes
Compromises may not make great heroes, but they do make great democracies. Walter Isaacson
What the working-classes really need is to be allowed some part in the direction of public affairs. Henrik Ibsen
A minority may be right. The majority is always wrong. Henrik Ibsen
The American preoccupation with promoting democracy abroad fits into a larger liberal view about the sources of a stable, legitimate, secure, and prosperous international order. G. John Ikenberry
The United State can no longer allow its Arab allies to ward off democratic reform. Martin Indyk
First the question shall be passed upon by the Mohawk and Seneca statesmen. Then it shall be discussed and passed by the Oneida and Cayuga statesmen. Their decision shall then be referred to the Onondaga statesmen, the Firekeepers, for their final judgment. Iroquois Nation
North America is the country where reason and humanity will develop more rapidly than anywhere else. Isaak Iselin
Let The People Rule Andrew Jackson
I came prepared to treat with a regular government and have had to do with a mob and mob leaders. Francis James Jackson
Democracy cannot flourish in economic ruin. Jesse Jackson
I will govern according to the common weal, but not according to the common will. James I
Our democratic system was put in place before we had democratic ideals. The system now provides a playground for special interests, and its democratic structure makes reforms difficult. Pana Janviroj
Sometimes it is said that man can not be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question. Thomas Jefferson
The people of every country are the only safe guardians of their own rights, and are the only instruments which can be used for their destruction. Thomas Jefferson
Unless the mass retains sufficient control over those entrusted with the powers of their government, these will be perverted to their own oppression, and to the perpetuation of wealth and power in the individuals and their families selected for the trust. Whether our Constitution has hit on the exact degree of control necessary, is yet under experiment. Thomas Jefferson
I have some fears for our South American brethren; the qualifications for self-government are not innate. They are the result of habit and long training, and for these they will require time and probably much suffering. Thomas Jefferson
The steady character of our countrymen is a rock to which we may safely moor. Thomas Jefferson
Our maxim of that day [1776] was "where annual election ends, tyranny begins. Thomas Jefferson
For them an iota of forgiveness should not be given. Jiang Zemin
Chile is still at the whim of powerful, traditional elites who sit as a higher societal authority than the elected government. Tomas Jocelyn-Hall
It is in keeping with their dignity as persons that human being should take an active part in government. John XXIII; Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli
Political liberty is by some defined, a liberty of doing whatever is not prohibited by law. The definition is erroneous. A tyrant may govern by laws…. Let it be thus defined; political liberty is the right every man in the state has, to do whatever is not prohibited by laws, TO WHICH HE HAS GIVEN HIS CONSENT. This definition is in unison with the feelings of a free people. Anonymous
In England, a Majority of Citizens does not elect the Majority of Representatives. Gouverneur Morris
… the origin of all civil government, justly established, must be a voluntary compact, between the rulers and the ruled; and must be liable to such limitations, as are necessary for the security of the absolute rights of the latter; for what original title can any man or set of men have, to govern others, except their own consent? Alexander Hamilton
No American witnessing the way that President George W. Bush and his generals have bungled the Iraq war can deny that our leaders, civilian and military alike, will have to get a lot smarter if the U.S. armed services are to persuade the Islamic world to embrace the blessings of democracy. Andrew J. Bacevich
I think democracy is a universal idea and I think letting people rule themselves happens to be something that serves America and America’s interests. Paul Wolfowitz
Democracy is very powerful but very fragile. Haynes Johnson
It is a common failing of totalitarian regimes that they cannot really understand the nature of our democracy. They mistake dissent for disloyalty. They mistake restlessness for a rejection of policy. They mistake a few committees for a country. They mistake individual speeches for public policy. Lyndon B. Johnson
Opinion and protest are the life breath of democracy—even when it blows heavy. Lyndon B. Johnson
Public participation in the process of government is the essence of democracy. Lyndon B. Johnson
Voting is the first duty of democracy. Lyndon B. Johnson
We are afraid to trust ourselves, and pretend that we are afraid to trust the people. My hopes have rested and always will rest upon the people …. The people will rise in their majesty, and the world will be interested in the spectacle. Richard M. Johnson
I would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government rather than another. Samuel Johnson
Africa must develop a genuine culture of alternation and opposition, without which democracy in any country, including the West, cannot exist. Lionel Jopin
There are bonds of fraternity linking democratic countries. Benito Juarez
Build the structure of representative government .… Enfranchise the women …. Establish a free labor movement …. Abolish police oppression …. Decentralize political power …. Separate church from state. Douglas MacArthur
I always tell American visitors that the emperor is the most democratic person [in the Japanese leadership] but none of them believe me. Douglas MacArthur
American democracy must be a failure because it places the supreme authority in the hands of the most ignorant part of society. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Thus our [British] democracy was from an early period the most aristocratic, and our aristocracy the most democratic. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Institutions purely democratic must, sooner or later, destroy liberty, or civilization, or both. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Republics have a longer life and enjoy better fortune than principalities, because they can profit by their greater internal diversity. They are the better able to meet emergencies. Niccolo Machiavelli
Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob. James Madison
Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention, have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property, and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. James Madison
The war has proved that our free government, like other free governments, though slow in its early movements, acquires in its progress a force proportioned to its freedom. James Madison
Finance capital curtails democratic rights, narrowing the scope of democracy and paving the way for the open and violent dictatorship of fascist rule. Abraham Bernard Magil
Democracies cannot be intimidated by terrorism. John Major
Under universal suffrage the elected are those who know best how to take in the masses. The minority, which may happen to be the half minus one, is sacrificed. Errico Malatesta
The fact that people gather with placards is abnormal. Other countries would not allow that. Our democracy is in many cases excessive. Nong Duc Manh
Democracy, liberty and justice for ALL Mexicans. As long as these demands are unmet, there will be war in Mexico’s territory. Subcomandante Marcos
Free and open communications is the best guarantee of democracy. Edward Markey
What is true of every member of the society, individually, is true of them all collectively; since the rights of the whole can be no more than the sum of the rights of the individuals. Thomas Jefferson
Economic developments made modern democracy possible. Joyce Appleby
What are the maxims of democracy?... A strict observance of justice and public faith, and a steady adherence to virtue. John Marshall
Democracy cannot flourish amid fear. Thurgood Marshall
This is a withdrawal by Canadians of their consent to be governed. Paul Martin Sr.
A democratic government must always be left free to be operated upon by the will of the majority of the time being. All that the government of the day can do is to ascertain what now appears to be the best principle. Harriet Martineau
Democracy is not only a form of government, it is not only what is written in constitutions. Democracy is a view of life, it rests on faith in men, in humanity and in human nature. Tomas G. Masaryk
Democracy needs leaders, not masters. Tomas G. Masaryk
Resistance to absolutism is characteristic of democratic progress. Tomas G. Masaryk
The most profound argument for democracy is its faith in man. Tomas G. Masaryk
Notwithstanding the oppression and injustice experienced among us from democracy, the genius of the people is in favor of it, and the genius of the people must be consulted. George Mason
... the grand depository of the democratic principles of the Government ... George Mason
Disabled people should have the same access to democracy as everybody else. Sue Massem
A democracy ... requires groups that assert all of society's interests, not just those of a small group. Tom Mathews
In the battle between democracy and totalitarianism the latter adversary will, without question, win and will control the world. The era of democracy is finished and the democratic system bankrupt. There is not room in the world for two different systems or for two different economies. Yosuke Matsuoka
Through the history of the world there have always been exploiters and exploited. There always will be ... because the great mass of men are made by nature to be slaves, they are unfit to control themselves, and for their own good need masters. W. Somerset Maugham
What does democracy come down to? The persuasive power of slogans invented by wily self-seeking politicians. W. Somerset Maugham
Democracy is liberty plus economic security. We Americans want to pray, think as we please—and eat regular. Maury Maverick
Democracy without a free press is inconceivable. Ian Robert Maxwell
In a democracy you cannot bring a bomb to advance your political aims. Patrick Mayhew
Democracy is that fine art of compromise. Karen McCarthy
A democratic nation needs a democratic history. William M. McClay
We cannot impose democracy where it has no constituency. David Keith McCurdy
Democratic capitalism, combined with industrial democracy, is unquestionably the best way of life for mankind. David J. McDonald
We have been with democracy for over 200 years and from time to time we find that we have not perfected it. Mack McLarty
The essential objection to democracy is that, with few exceptions, it imposes degrading acts and attitudes upon the men responsible for the welfare and dignity of the state. H. L. Mencken
Adultery is democracy applied to love. H. L. Mencken
Democracy is ... a form of religion; it is the worship of jackals by jackasses. H. L. Mencken
Democracy is that system of government under which the people, having 35,717,342 native-born whites to choose from, including thousands who are handsome and many who are wise, pick out a Coolidge to be head of the State. H. L. Mencken
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard. H. L. Mencken
Plutocracy [government by the wealthy] lacks all the essential characters of a true democracy: a clean tradition, culture, public spirit, honesty, honor, courage—above all, courage. H. L. Mencken
The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy. H. L. Mencken
Healthy skepticism is necessary to the continuation of our democracy. When it turns to paranoia, it becomes destructive. American history has alternated between the two .... A nation where cynicism toward government prevails cannot function effectively. Abner Mikva
A people may be unprepared for good institutions; but to kindle a desire for them is a necessary part of the preparation. John Stuart Mill
A rude people, though in some degree alive to the benefits of civilized society, may be unable to practice the forbearance which it demands: their passions may be too violent, or their personal pride too exacting, to forego private conflict, and leave to the laws the avenging of their real or supposed wrongs. John Stuart Mill
Among the foremost benefits of free government is that education of the intelligence and of the sentiments which is carried down to the very lowest ranks of the people when they are called to take a part in acts which directly affect the great interests of their country. John Stuart Mill
Democracy is not the ideally best form of government … unless it can be so organized that no class, not even the most numerous, shall be able to reduce all but itself to political insignificance, and direct the course of legislation and administration by its exclusive class interest. John Stuart Mill
In England there has always been more liberty, but worse organization, while in other countries there is better organization, but less liberty. John Stuart Mill
In the United States, where the numerical majority have long been in full possession of collective despotism, they would probably be as unwilling to part with it as a single despot or an aristocracy. John Stuart Mill
Representative institutions are of little value, and may be a mere instrument of tyranny or intrigue, when the generality of electors [voters] are not sufficiently interested in their own government to give their vote, or, if they vote at all, do not bestow their suffrages on public grounds, but sell them for money, or vote at the beck of some one who has control over them John Stuart Mill
The blind lead the blind. It's the democratic way. Henry Miller
Democracy requires that those who bear the consequences of decisions have enough knowledge to hold the decision-makers accountable. C. Wright Mills
Democracy is hypocrisy without limitation. Iskander Mirza
Democracy requires breeding. These illiterate peasants certainly know less about running a country than I do. Iskander Mirza
American democracy is a unique form of government which at the same time requires [political] competition and cooperation. George J. Mitchell
In a democracy no one person's word is taken as gospel. George J. Mitchell
One of the greatest things that we provide in our democracy is the approachability of public officials. Susan Molinari
Democracy has two extremes to avoid: the spirit of inequality, which leads to an aristocracy, or to the government of a single individual; and the spirit of extreme equality, which conducts it to despotism, as the despotism of a single individual finishes it by conquest. Charles de Montesquieu
In democracies the people seem to act as they please. Charles de Montesquieu
The great advantage of representatives is their capacity of discussing public affairs. For this, the people collectively are extremely unfit, which is one of the chief inconveniences of a democracy. Charles de Montesquieu
Democracy! Savage and Wild!—thou who wouldst bring down the virtuous to the level of folly and guilt! Thou child of squinting envy and self-tormenting spleen. Gouverneur Morris
The mob begins to think and reason. Poor reptiles! Gouverneur Morris
In this country the government responds to the people, not the other way around. William S. Morris IV
Democracy is a babel of competing propagandas. Bill Moyers
I hope we can use television somehow to begin to reengage people in this conversation of democracy. Bill Moyers
Don't expect that we can have democracy overnight ... democracy should be taken on a gradual basis until the people understand each step. Hosni Mubarak
Democracy, in any active sense, begins and ends in communities small enough for their members to meet face to face. Lewis Mumford
What is good for democracy is good for America. Joshua Muravchik
I happen to be one of those people who do not believe in muIti-party democracy. Yoweri Museveni
... in these elections of 1970, something has gone wrong. There has been name-calling and deception of almost unprecedented volume. Honorable men have been slandered. Faithful servants of the country have had their motives questioned and their patriotism doubted.... The danger from this assault is not that a few more Democrats might be defeated—the country can survive that. The true danger is that the American people will have been deprived of that public debate, that opportunity for fair judgment, which is the heartbeat of the democratic process. And that is something the country cannot afford. Edmund S. Muskie
The draft is the corollary of militarism and militarism spells death to democracy. Robert M. La Follette
I would like to be remembered as one who in the world's darkest hours kept a clean conscience and stood at the end for the ideals of American democracy. Robert M. La Follette
If the people want a government of their own they must do the work of making it their own. Robert M. La Follette
If a President may thus with impunity violate one of the provisions of the Constitution, he may violate all of them. If he may override the Constitution in defiance of the Senate on this one occasion to appoint some unfit favorite to office, he may override it upon every occasion. He may make and consummate treaties without your consent. He may create new offices and order money paid out of the Treasury without your appropriation. He may declare war and plunge the United States into bloody conflict without your action and against your will.... The issue is joined. It is democracy against dictatorship. It is the Constitution of the United States against the whim of Calvin Coolidge. Robert M. La Follette
Free government is government by public opinion. Upon the soundness and integrity of public opinion depends the destiny of democracy. Robert M. La Follette
The success of a democracy depends on the enlightenment of its people. The people should know what's going on, and public officials should keep the people informed. Fiorello H. La Guardia
I say that the most inefficient, wasteful self-government is worth more than the most efficient dictatorship. Fiorello H. La Guardia
The people have been plundered by profiteers... [Saying] that is not demagogy; it is democracy—the democracy of Jefferson. It is not radicalism; it is republicanism—the republicanism of Lincoln. Fiorello H. La Guardia
Our press has too much freedom …. Democracy is a very lovely thing for a developed people. Nasri Lahoud
Cultivated mind is the guardian genius of Democracy, and while guided and controlled by virtue, the noblest attribute of man. It is the only dictator that freemen acknowledge, and the only security which freemen desire. Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar
Germany did not acquire its admirable educational system by popular demand … the crowd cannot guide itself, cannot help itself in its blind impotence. Edwin Ray Lankester
History shows that more democracy is not a magic pill that will make institutionalized corruption will go away. Tomas Larsson
The best American internationalists reject the idea that their nation holds a global copyright that gives it a mandate to churn out replicas dotting the world. Asad Latif
We need to learn democracy. Everything takes time. H. C. Lau
As the power of the populace increases, the wisdom of its statesmen, who concern themselves with external affairs, decreases proportionately. Homer Lea
This country has been without stern, sails and wind, and it needs someone at the helm. We are doomed to live in an authoritarian state until genuine democracy, which should not be confused with anarchy, can be set up. Aleksandr Lebed
A democracy is a state which recognizes the subjection of the minority to the majority, that is, an organization for the systematic use of violence by one class against the other, by one part of the population against another. Vladimir Lenin
The revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat ... [is a] state that is democratic for the proletariat and the poor in general. Vladimir Lenin
Of the many things we have done to democracy in the past, the worst has been the indignity of taking it for granted. Max Lerner
The taste of democracy becomes a bitter taste when the fullness of democracy is denied. Max Lerner
People don't really like anyone. It is the crisis of our young democracy Yuri A. Levada
A democratic society cannot tolerate mob rule. Mel Levine
Constitutional democracy is a Western idea. Bernard Lewis
Islamic fundamentalists … had no interest in democracy except as a one-way ticket to power. Bernard Lewis
Governments are elected by people; corporations are not. Governments that must answer to the people; corporations must answer only to their boards. David Lewis
By the force of our demands, our determination and our numbers, we shall splinter the segregated South into a thousand pieces, and put them back in the image of God and democracy. John Lewis
The imposition of a certain conception of democracy and human rights should be opposed. Li Peng
America is not just a piece of real estate. It is a principle. Joseph I. Lieberman
It is citizen participation that nourishes the strength of a democracy. David Eli Lilienthal
Among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet. Abraham Lincoln
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy. Abraham Lincoln
Our adversaries have adopted some declarations of independence, in which, unlike our the good old one penned by Jefferson, they omit the words "all men are created equal." Why? They have adopted a temporary national constitution, in the preamble of which, unlike our good old one signed by Washington, they omit "We, the people," and substitute: "We, the deputies of the sovereign and independent states." Why? Why this deliberate pressing out of view the rights of men and the authority of the people? Abraham Lincoln
This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it … Abraham Lincoln
We can not have free government without elections. And if the rebellion could force us to forgo, or postpone a national election, it might fairly claim to have conquered or ruined us. Abraham Lincoln
In a democracy, the opposition is not only tolerated … but must be maintained as indispensable. Walter Lippmann
Democracy is much too important to be left to public opinion. Walter Lippmann
Mass opinion has acquired mounting power in this century. It has shown itself to be a dangerous master of decisions when the stakes are life and death. Walter Lippmann
Successful democratic politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle, or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies. Walter Lippmann
We are a revolutionary country with a revolutionary tradition. We want everyone to be democrats. Martin Lipsit
A modern democracy cannot allow its citizens to be exonerated Mario Vargas Llosa
No democracy has ever long survived the failure of its adherents to be ready to die for it. David Lloyd George
Democracy does not mean perfection. It means a chance to fight for improvement. Meyer London
They talk about conscription as being a democratic institution. Yes; so is a cemetery. Meyer London
Freedom has many flaws and our democracy is imperfect, but we have never had to put up a wall to keep our people in. John F. Kennedy
Democracy is finished in England. Joseph P. Kennedy
Democracy is usually seen as a pacifying force that “draws the teeth” from conflict. Sunil Khilnani
Democracy is politics. Peter T. King
Proportional representation, I think, is fundamentally counter-democratic. Neil Kinnock
Democracies do not commit aggression. Jeane Kirkpatrick
Democracies can’t accomplish much of anything without the free flow of information – including waging the war on terrorism. Jane E. Kirtley
There has been no country with a democratic political sphere, past or present, whose economy has not been dominated by private ownership and market coordination. Janos Kornai
States are … instruments at the service of their peoples, and not vice versa. Kofi Annan
The new Turkish State is a state of the people and a state by the people. Kemal Ataturk
In a political democracy, every soldier’s death is a public event. Rick Atkinson
Does the Internal Revenue Service work for you or do you work for them? Michael Badnarik
The principal concern of Mexico’s political elite today is how to build governing majorities and achieve consensus. M. Delal Baer
Striking a balance between governability and historical reckoning is most difficult during the early years of a democratic transition. M. Delal Baer
The best reason why monarchy is a strong government is that it is an intelligible government. The mass of mankind understand it, and they hardly anywhere in the world understand any other. Walter Bagehot
A democracy is the name of a government of those who are ruling for their own advantage, in opposition to the rich, or to any people. Bartolo of Sassoferrato
A small city, is better off with a government “for the people” than it is being ruled by a few people, or by only one. A larger city, according to the scale of magnitude, is better ruled by a few good rich men, rather then by the populace, or by one person. The largest cities or peoples are best ruled by a single king. Bartolo of Sassoferrato
Government “for the people” should be called a government of God rather than of men. Bartolo of Sassoferrato
The more people there are, the more things they see, and in them there is a more perceptive and discerning reason than in one person: therefore, in this respect, it is better to be ruled by many Bartolo of Sassoferrato
Democracy is not majority rule but rule by public opinion. Tom Bethell
You cannot practice democratic living in segregated [Catholic] schools. Joseph L. Blau
Anyone who wants to have a perfect democracy is dreaming. Zbigniew Brzezinski
The vice or imperfection of men therefore renders it safer and more tolerable for the government to be in the hands of many, that they may afford each other mutual assistance and admonition, and that if any one arrogate to himself more than is right, the many may act as censors and masters to restrain his ambition. John Calvin
Americans expect others to embrace democracy immediately when we as a nation didn’t. Amy L. Chua
A sense of nationhood does not prepare a people for instant democracy. Anthony Cordesman
Neoconservatives habitually overstate America’s ability to export democracy. Thomas Corothers
Democracy means being able to make wrong decisions. That’s the way we learn and mature. Thomas M. Davis III
Joan of Arc was not elected. Charles de Gaulle
If there is liberty, if there is democracy, in this country, it will stand or fall with the right of the minority to express to the full force of language its opposition in public to the policies of the government. And it will stand or fall with the courage of the minority so to express itself. Max Eastman
Democracy is not an end but the means to the conquest of the new state. When the time comes, either Parliament submits or we will eliminate Parliament. Jose Maria Gil Robles
We’re trying to create the first democracy in the Arab world. Newt Gingrich
Journalist, in my opinion, are mediators between the Information Age and our democracy. Vartan Gregorian
There is a lack of emphasis and detail on self-government of business enterprises and community government. There is too much emphasis on the part that the Project Director and his staff play. Governmental officials should not impose their will on the residents, but the government should be formulated by the residents. It is absolutely essential that the personnel understand and sympathize with the policy of self-government. T. H. Haas
If any country wants to develop, it must practice democracy. If I look around the world, I see that the prosperous countries practice democracy. Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani
The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications. Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union. Alexander Hamilton
The kingdom of God is a condition in which God rules, and all determinations and rights are annulled Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
The more authority a person asks for in a democracy, the less privacy they’re entitled to. Stephen Hess
They are to choose annually from among themselves, a certain Number of Men, according to their divisions, which constitute the General Assembly with the Governour and his Council, and have the sole power of Making Laws, and Laying Taxes for the common good when need shall require Robert Horne
A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm Henrik Ibsen
Whenever a specially important matter or a great emergency is presented before the Confederate Council and the nature of the matter affects the entire body of the Five Nations, threatening their utter ruin, then the Lords of the Confederacy must submit the matter to the decision of their people and the decision of the people shall affect the decision of the Confederate Council. This decision shall be a confirmation of the voice of the people. Iroquois Nation
You may be sure that if ever I attain power, neither church nor churchman shall have a voice in Austria. I fear not Religion. Wenzel Anton Kaunitz
The University is not engaged in making ideas safe for students. It is engaged in making students safe for ideas. Thus it permits the freest expression of views before students, trusting to their good sense in passing judgment on these views. Only in this way can it best serve American democracy. Clark Kerr
A generally free democracy in Iraq would be a mortal danger to its neighbors, particularly the group of states whom we call our friends. Bernard Lewis
… a very lively but ill-mannered democracy Bernard Lewis
Democratic elements in a society by their very nature feel that they have to give their religious fundamentalist opposition freedom of expression and action, a handicap from which their fundamentalist opponents do not suffer. Bernard Lewis
Our age, marked by restless activity in almost all departments of knowledge, and by struggles and aspirations before the unknown, is stamped by no characteristic more deeply than by a desire to establish or extend freedom in the political societies of mankind. Francis Lieber
How necessary for modern liberty a national representative government is—a representative system comprehending the whole state Francis Lieber
I think the negro (sic) is included in the word “men” used in the Declaration of Independence – I believe the declaration that “all men are created equal” is the great fundamental principal upon which are free institutions rest. Abraham Lincoln
A public debt is a public curse and in a representative government greater than any other. James Madison
The parliamentary regime leaves everything to the decision of majorities,--how can the large majorities beyond parliament be expected not to wish to decide? If, from above, they hear the fiddle screeching, what else is to be expected than that those below should dance? Karl Marx
We must not go too far (in creating a pure Republic). A portion of Democracy should be preserved; our own children in a short time will be among the general mass. George Mason
The Government among them consists of the oldest, the most sensible, the best-speaking and most warlike Men; these commonly resolve, and the young and war-like Men carry into Execution; but if the common People do not approve of the Resolution, it is left entirely to the judgment of the Mob. John Megapolensis
The function of a newspaper in a democracy is to stand as a sort of chronic opposition to the reigning quacks. H. L. Mencken
We should not make big talk in the opinion and little words in the decree…. Democracy should never reveal its own impotence. Sherman Minton
They are circumspect to do their actions by advise and councell, and not rashly or inconsiderately Thomas Morton
It seems advisable, that we should no longer have a single man to rule over us—the rule of one is neither good nor pleasant …. I vote, therefore, that we do away with monarchy, and raise the people to power. For the people are all in all. Otanes
no law can be made, nor money raised, but by the people's consent …. That the rights and freedoms of England (the best and largest in Europe) shall be in force there William Penn
Socialism and democracy are pests. Pius IX; Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti
The Slavs were known to live in democracies; they discussed their wants in popular assemblies Procopius of Caesarea
When the Communist Party has made up its mind on any subject, it is so certain of being able to carry its point that the calling together of the All-Russian Executive Committee is merely a theatrical demonstration of the fact that it can do what it likes. When it does meet, the Communists allow the microscopical opposition great liberty of speech, listen quietly, cheer ironically, and vote like one man, proving on every occasion that the meeting of the Executive Committee was the idlest of forms, intended rather to satisfy purists than for purposes of discussion, since the real discussion has all taken place beforehand among the Communists themselves. Something like this must happen with every representative assembly at which a single party has a great preponderance and a rigid internal discipline Arthur Ransome
When, in a democratic society, policies don’t go their way, people tend to blame it on a small group of other people who they believe have more influence. Gary Schmitt
The principle problem is the belief that democracy is the talisman for all the world’s problems. Dimitri Simes
This democracy is shaped by equality of opportunity. Ruth J. Simmons
If Germany be allowed to win this war—then we in America shall have to drop every other activity and devote the next twenty or thirty years to preparing for a last-ditch defense of the democratic principle. Upton Sinclair
Since armed conflicts and repressive regimes may pose dangers beyond the borders of the countries concerned, all democratic nations have an interest in overcoming collective action problems and promoting open societies all over the world. The earlier preventative actions begins, the less costly and more effective it is likely to be. George Soros
Democracy does not function in a state of confusion. Charles Taylor
The government … spends more and more of our tax money financing "faith-based organizations." Without faith we might relapse into scientific or rational thinking, which leads by a slippery slope toward constitutional democracy. Robert Anton Wilson
The United States is pursuing a series of goals (spreading democracy, asserting its hegemony, securing oil supplies) that are ultimately incompatible. Slavoj Zizek
Free elections are only one part of democracy. Constraint on the power of government and the rule of law and the institutions of democracy are just as important. George Soros
The century that just ended was the bloodiest ever recorded. Enormous sacrifices were required of our youth to preserve our free way of life. But because they were willing to make those sacrifices, our survival as a nation and as a free people is no longer threatened. Democracy and private enterprise, though not without their faults, have prevailed over the collectivist ideologies that threatened us with destruction. Colin Powell
The value of democracy stands or falls with the values which it embodies and promotes … values such as the dignity of every human person, respect for inviolable and inalienable rights, and the adoption of the “common good” as the end and criterion regulating political life. John Paul II; Karol Jozef Wojtyla
If there is no objective standard to help adjudicate between different conceptions of the personal and common good, then democratic politics is reduced to a raw contest for power. John Paul II; Karol Jozef Wojtyla
A democratic state must feel before it can see; that is what makes it slow to act. But the people, at last, will be right. George Washington
The man who dares to rebel against the laws of a republic ought to die. Samuel Adams
What is the soul, the informing spirit of our institutions, of our entire system of government but public opinion. Let us direct the force, the vast moral force of this engine, to the aid of others. Daniel Webster
In Russia we are not fighting to win elections. We are fighting to have elections. Garry Kasparov
In a Constitution for a free people, there can be no doubt that the meaning of ‘liberty’ must be broad indeed. Potter Stewart
In a democracy, not everyone gets what they want. Michael Bernard Mukasey
Nothing had done more to prevent the restoration of political equilibrium of law and order, under a strong central authority, than the ascendancy in public affairs of the student class, and particularly that undisciplined section of it which combines crude ideas of Republicanism with a smattering of Western science. J. O. P. Bland
The masses of the people are no lovers of changes which run counter to immemorial custom Yuan Shikai
Whoever triumphs, the result of the present upheaval will doubtless be to keep the yoke of militarism as firmly as ever on the neck of the people of China. As Europe has learned to its sorrow, it is possible to win the war and lose the peace, so China is beginning to understand that that blessed word democracy does not mean peace, and that prosperity and order are not necessary corollaries of a successful revolution and a republican form of government. North China Herald
Printing means democracy because it brings knowledge within the reach of the common people, and knowledge, in the long run, is sure to make good its claim to power. Charles Horton Cooley
Democracy can be defined in many different ways. This is one reason why there have existed so many varieties of -democratic- states in the world Youichi Ito
The difference between democracy and autocracy is whether people are organized from the bottom up or the top down Herbert Hoover
On the whole, with scandalous exceptions, Democracy has given the ordinary worker more dignity than he ever had. Sinclair Lewis
In a theocratic country, a leftist political opposition must be prepared to counter the clergy’s claim that the nation’s identity is defined by its religious tradition. So the left needs a specifically secularist form of moral fervor, one which centers around citizens’ respect for one another, rather than on the nation’s relation to God. Richard Rorty
In the next few months of this year, a broad democratic movement must be set going throughout the country, with the immediate objective of completely democratizing the national assembly and the constitution. The second matter concerns freedom of speech, assembly and association for the people. Without such freedom, it will be impossible to carry out the democratic reconstruction of the political system, mobilize the people for the war of resistance and victoriously defend the motherland and recover the lost territories … Mao Zedong
The conventions of a number of the states having, at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added; and as extending the ground of public confidence in the government will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution;-- Continental Congress
When you empower people you sign up for a life of uncertainty and change. Bettany Hughes
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Anti-Jewish politics will end only when those who practice it accept the democratic values of religious pluralism and political choice—or are forced to pay a high enough price for flouting them. Ruth Wisse
Capitalism has put democracy in trouble, because capitalism has tried to persuade us that being a private consumer is enough. That a citizen is nothing more than a consumer Benjamin R. Barber
Above all, democracy means pluralism. Benjamin R. Barber
In today's restless world, America needs to identify with the quest for universal human dignity, a dignity that embodies both freedom and democracy but also implies respect for cultural diversity. Zbigniew Brzezinski
We talk about democracy and human rights. Iraqis talk about justice and honor. David Kilcullen
Our country is being bled daily in an effort to create a democracy in a place where it never existed. Pat Buchanan
No people ever learned how to vote except by voting. George W. Cable
Socialism and communism are now so near each other that there is hardly any difference between them. In the past they differed from each other as does liberalism from democracy Joseph Dietzgen
The main difference in the conceptual framework of a democracy as compared to various Asian regimes is that these regimes do not accept equality as the fundamental basis of their societies …. It is no exaggeration to say that equality is being treated as an alien concept by a large section of the elite in Asia Basil Fernando
The power of parliament, has been won in Western Europe by means of wars for liberty, waged by former generations, by the ancestors. And though at the time these rights were only for citizens, for the possessing class, they were won by the people all the same. Herman Gorter
The Government, … always quenches in blood any democratic manifestation Francisco Madero
Democracy is an open wound that the East has been carrying for centuries. Fatima Mernissi
Like the government, Arab businessmen fear democracy and the possibility that their workers might be transformed into responsible citizens who might demand their rights. Fatima Mernissi
Away with national pride that only raises national hatred August Palm
These wars and mass murders that the horrible Kaisers and kings with their authorities have been the source of, have in general been started to solidify their staggering thrones, or to suppress the people. August Palm
The right to vote and be elected to the Legislative Assembly as well as to the provincial and communal self-government bodies A money payment fixed by law for the representatives of the people, which will allow them to be elected from the poorest classes of the population. Universal, civil, free and compulsory education, the state being obliged to provide poor children with food, clothing and school requisites Inviolability of the person and home of citizens Freedom of movement and of employment. Complete equality of all citizens irrespective of religion and racial origin. The replacement of the standing army by general arming of the people. Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov
Democratic liberty exists solely because we have slaves . . . freedom is not possible without slavery Richmond Enquirer
The Congress calls on the Provisional Government to carry out resolutely and systematically the democratic platform which has been adopted, and in particular :. To strive persistently for the earliest conclusion of a general peace without annexation, indemnity, and on the basis of self-determination;… Russia
The era of individualism, liberalism and democracy, of humanitarianism and freedom, is nearing its end. The masses will accept with resignation the victory of the Caesars, the strong men, and will obey them. Life will descend to a level of general uniformity, a new kind of primitivism, and the world will be better for it..... Oswald Spengler
The future of the West is not a limitless tending upwards and onwards for all time towards our presents ideals, but a single phenomenon of history, strictly limited and defined as to form and duration, which covers a few centuries Oswald Spengler
Public opinion has become the public law George Francis Train
The use of the strong hand is the essential characteristic of Bolshevist activity. This is not ideal, but unavoidable. It may be contrary to the prescriptions of democracy, and yet it subserves the interests of democracy. If, for all who live in Russia, democracy is to become an energy-diffusing socialistic reality, the Bolsheviks cannot escape the necessity of sacrificing, as a transient measure, the rights of certain individuals and of certain social groups. That this should happen is an inevitable feature of historic evolution …. The Bolshevist leaders of revolutionary Russia are engaged in a war of unparalleled significance. Here the moral and political standards of everyday life fail us. On this colossal stage, individual measures and individual phenomena are dwarfed into insignificance. The drama is one of overwhelming historic import, and it must be accepted or rejected as a whole Clara Zetkin
Why should ethical decisions as personal as those involved in reproduction and medical care be decided by democratic vote? Ronald Bailey
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized opinions and habits of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. Edward L. Bernays
I am very anxious and think it most important that you should always be surrounded with numbers Quintus Tullius Cicero
It often happens that people when they visit a number of candidates, and observe the one that pays special heed to their attentions, leave off visiting the others, and little by little become real supporters of this man. Quintus Tullius Cicero
Take pains to get on your side the young men of high rank, and keep the friendship of those whom you already have. They will contribute much to your political position. Quintus Tullius Cicero
Trace out also individuals in every region, inform yourself about them, seek them out, secure that in their own districts they shall canvas for you, and be, as it were, candidates in your interest. Quintus Tullius Cicero
You must secure friends of every class, magistrates, consuls and their tribunes to win you the vote of the centuries: men of wide popular influence Quintus Tullius Cicero
You should be strenuous in seeing as many people as possible every day of every possible class and order, for from the mere numbers of these you can make a guess of the amount of support you will get on the balloting Quintus Tullius Cicero
People have a right to say what they want without being killed. These Islamic groups have to be stopped. I just can't sit down and do nothing. Nasim Rahnama
Many people in the UN vote and then go home where nobody votes. Victor Davis Hanson
We fought by the side of your generals. We were told that we were fighting for democracy, for the rights of little peoples! Yes, the blood of our warriors was shed on the battlefields of France, Germany and Japan for what you then told us was our common cause, democracy! Why then, should you wish to break the sacred agreements between your country and the six nations? Mohawk Indians
The government of England is one of the wisest in Europe, because there is a body there that examines this government continually and that continually examines itself. Charles de Montesquieu
unrealizable dreams…. I shall uphold the principle of autocracy as firmly and unflinchingly as did my ever-lamented father. Nicholas II
Another clause in the Constitution is a contract on the part of the non-slaveholding States to seize and restore runaway slaves--but why restore when you have taught the slave that he has a right to freedom? Harrison G. Otis
To the people belongs the power of approving or rejecting laws and, which is still of greater importance, peace and war are likewise fixed by their deliberations. When any alliance is concluded, any war ended, or treaty made; to them the conditions are referred, and by them either annulled or ratified. And thus again, from a view of all these circumstances, it might with reason be imagined, that the people had engrossed the largest portion of the government, and that the state was plainly a democracy. Polybius
Islamic societies may produce their own flavor of democracy, just as Christian concepts were reinterpreted to permit democracy over a long period of time Barry Rubin
American politics has always had its vulgar side. Democracy has always had its vulgar side. Vulgarity is a transactional cost of democracy. George Will
The chiefs do not rule like tyrants; they discuss everything with their people. Often they sit up al night. They discuss the doings of all, if they need to be advised… if the women are interested they can share in the talks… the women sit behind them in another circle, and if the children wish to hear, they can be there too. The women know as much as the men do, and their advice is often asked. Sarah Winnemucca
Whatever the People has last ordained shall be held as binding by law. Rome
Congress shall not make any law infringing the rights of conscience, or establishing any religious sect or society Congress shall make no law establishing one religious sect or society in preference to others. Congress shall make no law establishing any particular denomination of religion in preference to another U. S. Senate
We are teaching the world the great truth, that Governments do better without kings and nobles than with them. The merit will be doubled by the other lesson: the Religion flourishes in greater purity without, than with the aid of Government James Madison
And the Lord said unto Samuel. Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee Book of Samuel I
The Governments of the States parties to this Constitution on behalf of their peoples declare: that since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed; that ignorance of each other's ways and lives has been a common cause, throughout the history of mankind, of that suspicion and mistrust between the peoples of the world through which their differences have all too often broken into war; that the great and terrible war which has now ended was a war made possible by the denial of the democratic principles of the dignity, equality and mutual respect of men, and by the propagation, in their place, through ignorance and prejudice, of the doctrine of the inequality of men and races; that the wide diffusion of culture, and the education of humanity for justice and liberty and peace are indispensable to the dignity of man and constitute a sacred duty which all the nations must fulfill in a spirit of mutual assistance and concern; that a peace based exclusively upon the political and economic arrangements of governments would not be a peace which could secure the unanimous, lasting and sincere support of the peoples of the world, and that the peace must therefore be founded, if it is not to fail, upon the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind. UNESCO; Scientific and Cultural Organization United Nations Educational
Your vote is your voice. Tavis Smiley
You don’t go from tyranny to democracy overnight. Rick Lynch
One of the things that made the marriage between liberty and popular sovereignty possible was the welfare state. Democracy has three parts. It has liberty, it has popular sovereignty, and it has a social safety net as well Michael Mandelbaum
Democracy is not like a pizza where you can order out and have it brought in. Democracy is more like a tree. You have to plant it and care for it. Michael Mandelbaum
Free markets tend to promote democracy. Michael Mandelbaum
In the modern era, the wealthiest and most successful countries have been democracies. Michael Mandelbaum
Democracy is a relatively new form of government. Michael Mandelbaum
If you have an election no mater how free, if you do not have a government that respects people’s rights, you don’t have a democracy. Michael Mandelbaum
What the people of Zimbabwe did in almost impossible conditions was to show that you can defeat the dictator and you can defeat the dictator in peaceful, non violent peaceful change. That five minutes in the ballot box on the 29 th of March 2008 was freedom and our people used pens instead of bombs and they struck a blow at the dictator. So we have been vindicated. The people of Zimbabwe have been vindicated. Everything that we have been saying in the last 15 years that: We have a dictator; that this dictator is unpopular and that we want change - has been vindicated Tendai Biti
The transition from authoritarianism to democracy is not as easy as it appears in position papers – it is a rambunctious affair. Husain Haqqani
For democracy to triumph, the natural predatory tendencies of rulers must be restrained by rigorous rules and impartial institutions. Larry Diamond
In much of the democratic world, citizens lack any confidence that politicians, political parties, or government officials are serving anyone other than themselves. Larry Diamond
Without education, you can’t have democracy. Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton
Containment may have worked in the Cold War, but is not possible when dictators obtain weapons of mass destruction and are prepared to share them with terrorists who intend to inflict catastrophic casualties on the United States. Dick Cheney
I have no doubt that our military would decisively defeat Iraq’s forces and remove Saddam. But like the proverbial dog chasing the car down the road, we must consider what we would do after we caught it. I am especially worried about the extreme difficulty of occupying Iraq with its history of autocratic rule, its balkanized ethnic tensions, and its isolated economic system. Our regime might be rejected by the Iraqi people, leading to civil unrest and even anarchy. Ike Skelton
It is overly optimistic to think that we can take a country that has emerged from under a totalitarian regime with its institutions of civil society and create a beacon of democracy within five years. If we try to transform Iraq into a democracy, we will need more and more troops over time because we will have to quell nationalistic revolts. Patrick Clawson
The U.S. military will be stepping into a morass. Iraq presents as unpromising a breeding ground for democracy as any in the world. It has never really known democracy or even legitimate, centralized rule for any great duration. Alina Romanowski
You’re going to have to occupy Iraq for years and years. The idea that democracy will suddenly blossom is something that I can’t share...Are Americans ready for this? Joschka Fischer
Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. H. L. Mencken
It will take more initiatives, both from within and beyond immigrant circles, to prevent Salafists and other Islamists from achieving the upper hand with their anti-democratic authoritarianism. Diedre Berger