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    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



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The nature of a democracy consists to an important degree in the right of the people to criticize problems and mistakes.

Walter Ulbricht

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.

Charles Bukowski

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

Winston Churchill

Democracy don't rule the world, you better get that in your head; this world is ruled by violence, but I guess that's better left unsaid.

Bob Dylan

A constitutional democracy is in serious trouble if its citizenry does not have a certain degree of education and civic virtue.

Phillip E. Johnson

In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued - they may be essential to survival.

Noam Chomsky

Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame.

Bertrand Russell

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

Abraham Lincoln

Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.

Harry Emerson Fosdick

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.

Abraham Lincoln

Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.

William Penn

Most people associate reading with laying on the beach. They don't see that it's crucial for a democracy!

David Baldacci

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

Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.

Noam Chomsky

The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.

Lord Acton

Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.

Laurence J. Peter

Democracy is the road to socialism.

Karl Marx

That a peasant may become king does not render the kingdom democratic.

Woodrow Wilson

Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.

G. K. Chesterton

Slowly but surely, we are acquiring that famous culture of democracy, which is our objective.

Paul Biya

Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.

Reinhold Niebuhr

America must be the teacher of democracy, not the advertiser of the consumer society. It is unrealistic for the rest of the world to reach the American living standard.

Mikhail Gorbachev

Democracy is also a form of religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses.

H. L. Mencken

Maintain democracy or go to dictatorship: that is what is at stake in these elections.

Mario Vargas Llosa

We go by the major vote, and if the majority are insane, the sane must go to the hospital.

Horace Mann

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what They want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

H. L. Mencken

Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is blissfully ignorant.

John Simon

The ballot is stronger than bullets.

Joseph Schumpeter

Democracy give every man the right to be his own oppressor.

James Russell Lowell

I think if people value democracy, they had damn well better get out and exercise their right to vote while their vote still means something.

Bob Weir

Democracy shows not only its power in reforming governments, but in regenerating a race of men and this is the greatest blessing of free governments.

Andrew Jackson

I swear to the Lord, I still can't see, why Democracy means, everybody but me.

Langston Hughes

Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.

E. M. Forster

The Silent majority is silent, and that is best for everybody.

Gerhard Kocher

Reading builds the educated and informed electorate so vital to our democracy.

Brad Henry

In a democracy everybody has a right to be represented, including the jerks.

Chris Patten

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time.

E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White

The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority.

Lord (John Emerich Edward Dalberg) Acton

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

Democracy: In which you say what you like and do what you're told.

Dave Barry

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

Irving Kristol

America is the place where you cannot kill your government by killing the men who conduct it.

Woodrow Wilson

Two cheers for Democracy; one because it admits variety, and two because it permits criticism.

E. M. Forster

The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy.

H. L. Mencken

I confess I enjoy democracy immensely. It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing.

H. L. Mencken

Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.

Abraham Lincoln

If allowed to run free of the social system, capitalism will attempt to corrupt and undermine democracy, which is after all not a natural state.

John Ralston Saul

A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.

Bill Vaughan

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

Oscar Wilde

Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles.

Woodrow Wilson

Democracy without morality is impossible.

Jack Kemp

There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship.

Ralph Nader

The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.

James Fenimore Cooper

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

George Bernard Shaw

For about ten years now, the struggle for democracy and the respect of human rights has been in the focus point - if not a commodity - of political groups aiming to rise to power.

Omar Bongo

The struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma is a struggle for life and dignity. It is a struggle that encompasses our political, social and economic aspirations.

Aung San Suu Kyi

It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.

Tom Stoppard

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

The ship of democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those on board.

Grover Cleveland

I was never convinced that war was the best system to bring democracy to the country.

Silvio Berlusconi

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

Winston Churchill

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.

Robert Byrne

If we are to keep democracy, there must be a commandment: Thou shalt not ration justice.

Learned Hand

Chinks in America's egalitarian armor are not hard to find. Democracy is the fig leaf of elitism.

Florence King

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

Plato

And one of the frustrating parts, but it's an inherent part of our democracy, is we have separation of powers.

George Pataki

Dr. King's leadership reaffirmed the promise of our democracy: that everyday people, working together, have the power to change our government and our institutions for the better.

Maria Cantwell

If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: "Thou shalt not ration justice."

Sophocles

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

Aristotle

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

Television has made dictatorship impossible but democracy unbearable.

Shimon Peres

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.

Jorge Luis Borges

Celebrity distorts democracy by giving the rich, beautiful, and famous more authority than they deserve.

Maureen Dowd

The freeman, casting with unpurchased hand the vote that shakes the turrets of the land.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Democracy! Bah! When I hear that word I reach for my feather Boa!

Allen Ginsberg

At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man walking into the little booth with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper. No amount of rhetoric or voluminous discussion can possibly diminish the overwhelming importance of that point.

Winston Churchill

Democracy's a very fragile thing. You have to take care of democracy. As soon as you stop being responsible to it and allow it to turn into scare tactics, it's no longer democracy, is it? It's something else. It may be an inch away from totalitarianism.

Sam Shepard

A democracy, the realistic observer is forced to conclude, is likely to be idealistic in its feelings about itself, but imperialistic about its practice.

Irving Babbitt

The soviet people want full-blooded and unconditional democracy.

Mikhail Gorbachev

America is a country ready to be taken, in fact, longing to be taken by political leaders ready to restore democracy and trust to the political process.

Arianna Huffington

As you know from reading many of these Negro writers, we don't deal too much with the discussion of democracy and what it means and how improvisation fits in all that.

Stanley Crouch

America has never seen itself as a national state like all others, but rather as an experiment in human freedom and democracy.

Brent Scowcroft

The worldwide, agelong struggle between fascism and democracy will not stop when the fighting ends in Germany and Japan.

Henry A. Wallace

Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the same category as Arcadia, Santa Claus, and Heaven.

H. L. Mencken

Democracy passes into despotism.

Plato

Democracy is necessary to peace and to undermining the forces of terrorism.

Benazir Bhutto

In a democracy there is a centralization of governmental power in a simple majority.

Robert Welch

Everything has to be done to build some sort of international democracy. We've seen only the tiniest beginnings of that.

Susan George

In an effort to eliminate the possibility of any rival growing up, some monopolists would sacrifice democracy itself.

Henry A. Wallace

It's all a sham: I have seen, and I know firsthand, indeed from my own pen, how the organized Right has sabotaged not only journalism but also democracy and truth.

David Brock

We need religion as a guide. We need it because we are imperfect. Our government needs the church, because only those humble enough to admit they are sinners can bring to democracy the tolerance it requires in order to survive.

Jeff Miller

Unfortunately, the true force which propels our endless political disputes, our constant struggles for political advantage, is often not our burning concern for democracy, it is often of our dedication to the principle of the rule of law.

Olusegun Obasanjo

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

Alan Coren

The Greens have every right to run, that's what democracy is, and they should argue their point by saying how they think people should vote, not by telling us to be silent.

Peter Camejo

Democracy is constructed like an edifice, freedom by freedom, right by right, until it reaches its snapping point.

Abdoulaye Wade

Nobody and nothing will stop Russia on the road to strengthening democracy and ensuring human rights and freedoms.

Vladimir Putin

Democracies should be a delirium of choices - more options, not fewer; more avenues to travel, not fewer.

B.W. Powe

Propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship.

William Blum

What should be targeted is a concept of organic, and not just mechanic, democracy that preserves the rule of law, separation of powers, and that is participatory and pluralistic.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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

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