Sunday, 15 July 2012


A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption and carry desolation in their way. - Fisher Ames

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine. - Thomas Jefferson

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

A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person. - James Madison

All those hints and glimpses of a larger and more satisfying democracy, which literature and our own hopes supply, have a tendency to slip away from us and to leave us sadly unguided and perplexed when we attempt to act upon them. - Jane Addams

Although our interests as citizens vary, each one is an artery to the heart that pumps life through the body politic, and each is important to the health of democracy. - Bill Moyers

Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge. - Isaac Asimov

As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. - Abraham Lincoln

As long as the differences and diversities of mankind exist, democracy must allow for compromise, for accommodation, and for the recognition of differences. - Eugene McCarthy

Democracy and so-called human rights are only a window dressing designed to keep the naked facts hidden under a cloak of false decency. - Paula Horan

Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what it is you want to hear. - Alan Coren

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

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor. - James Russell Lowell

Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike. - Plato

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve. - George Bernard Shaw

Democracy is a double edge sword. - Roger Anderson

Democracy is a form of the state, it represents, on the one hand, the organized, systematic use of force against persons; but, on the other hand, it signifies the formal recognition of equality of citizens, the equal right of all to determine the structure of, and to administer, the state. - Vladimir Lenin

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. - H. L. Mencken

Democracy is a system that gives people a chance to elect rascals of their own choice. - Doug Larson

Democracy is alive, and like any other living thing it either flourishes and grows or withers and dies. There is no in-between. - Saul Alinsky

Democracy is also a single ideology, and, like all such templates, it has its limits. what works in a legislature might not work in a corporation. - Fareed Zakaria

Democracy is hypocrisy without limitation. - Iskander Mirza

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

Everybody’s for democracy in principle. It’s only in practice that the thing gives rise to stiff objections. - Meg Greenfield

On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does. - Will Rogers

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

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

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