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A genuine leader

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

A good constitution
A good constitution is infinitely better than the best despot.
Lord Macaulay

A modern war in a democracy
A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.
Aldous Huxley

A real politician
A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen.
Winston Churchill

A right denied.
A right delayed is a right denied.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

A riot
A riot is the language of the unheard.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

American democracy
American democracy must be a failure because it places the supreme authority in the hands of the poorest and most ignorant part of the society.
Lord Macaulay

Argument against democracy
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Winston Churchill

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

Brilliant men
It is frequently a misfortune to have very brilliant men in charge of affairs. They expect too much of ordinary men.
Thucydides

Can't ride
A man can't ride your back unless it's bent.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Change
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Democracy is worth dying for
Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.
Ronald Reagan

Democracy means...
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
Oscar Wilde

Dictatorship
Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
Plato

Discrimination
Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Equality
Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.
Aristotle

Feared or loved?
It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved.
Niccolo Machiavelli

government is ourselves
Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Idealism
Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.
Aldous Huxley

In a democracy
In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.
Aristotle

Liberty and equality
If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.
Aristotle

Man and Politics
Man is by nature a political animal.
Aristotle

Mistake
Unlike some politicians, I can admit to a mistake.
Nelson Mandela

My fellow Americans
My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
John F. Kennedy

No marals
Politics have no relation to morals.
Niccolo Machiavelli

Not fit to live
A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Princes and governments
Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.
Niccolo Machiavelli

Quite fair
In a democracy, someone who fails to get elected to office can always console himself with the thought that there was something not quite fair about it.
Thucydides

Ruled by someone inferior
The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself
Plato

Safeguard of democracy
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

Scholars and warriors
The Nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools.
Thucydides

Sign of decay in a country
There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt.
Niccolo Machiavelli

Socialism
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
Winston Churchill

Soft-minded men
A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Spiritual doom
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Suppose you were an idiot
Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
Mark Twain

The government and the people
The maxim, that governments ought to train the people in the way in which they should go, sounds well. But is there any reason for believing that a government is more likely to lead the people in the right way than the people to fall into the right way of themselves?
Lord Macaulay

The ignorance
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
John F. Kennedy

The introduction of a new order of things
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
Niccolo Machiavelli

The main foundations of every state
The main foundations of every state, new states as well as ancient or composite ones, are good laws and good arms you cannot have good laws without good arms, and where there are good arms, good laws inevitably follow.
Niccolo Machiavelli

The rise of a man
Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.
Niccolo Machiavelli

The spirit of democracy
The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart.
Mohandas Gandhi

They oppress
Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people--they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress.
Paulo Freire

To be fit to use their freedom
Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.
Lord Macaulay

To be obeyed
He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.
Niccolo Machiavelli

Unpopular in prison
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

Western interests
Western interests: imperialism, colonialism, exploitation, racism, and other negative -isms.
Malcolm X

What difference does it make?
What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?
Mohandas Gandhi

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

Who rules
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
Aristotle

Without God
Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.
Ronald Reagan

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