Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible people have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Democracy as a political system existed in some Greek city-states, notably Athens following a popular uprising in 508 BC. Here are some famous quotes about democracy.
A modern war in a democracyA 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
American democracyAmerican 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 democracyThe best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
As I would not be a slaveAs I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
Democracy is a charmingDemocracy... 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 forDemocracy 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
DictatorshipDictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
EqualityDemocracy 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.
government is ourselvesLet us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
In a democracyIn 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 equalityIf 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
Quite fairIn 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
Safeguard of democracyDemocracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
The ignoranceThe ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.John F. Kennedy
The spirit of democracyThe spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart.Mohandas Gandhi
Unpopular in prisonNothing 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.
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?
What is democracyIt has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.Winston Churchill
Who rulesDemocracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.Aristotle
Without GodWithout God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.Ronald Reagan