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Quotes about Democracy


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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The ignorance

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

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

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

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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