Democracy Quotes

 A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won't cross the street to vote in a national election. 
Author: Robert A. Heinlein
Nationality: American
b. 7 July 1907  - d. 8 May 1988
  
 A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. Eventually, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public Treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy. The world's greatest civilizations have progressed through this sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from great courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependency back again to bondage. 
Author: Andrew Tyler Fraser
Nationality: American   
 All attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail. It must be business as usual 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 All communities divide themselves into the few and the many. The first are the rich and the well born; the other the mass of the people ... turbulent and changing, they seldom judge or determine right. Give therefore to the first class a distinct, permanent share in the Government ... Nothing but a permanent body can check the imprudence of democracy. 
Author: Alexander Hamilton
Nationality: American
b. 11 January 1757  - d. 12 July 1804
  
 America is becoming a democracy of knocking knees, sweating foreheads, and folks who jump too high at any sound. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 America is not a democracy, it's an absolute monarchy ruled by King Kid. In a nation of immigrants, the child is automatically more of an American than his parents. Americans regard children as what Mr. Hudson in ''Upstairs, Downstairs'' called ''betters.'' Aping their betters, American adults do their best to turn themselves into children. Puerility exercises droit de seigneur everywhere. 
Author: Florence King
Nationality: American
b. 05 January 1936
  
 An important antidote to American democracy is American gerontocracy. The positions of eminence and Literatureity in Congress are allotted in accordance with length of service, regardless of quality. Superficial observers have long criticized the United States for making a fetish of youth. This is unfair. Uniquely among modern organs of public and private administration, its national legislature rewards senility. 
Author: J. K. Galbraith
Nationality: American
b. December 1908
  
 As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end. 
Author: Adlai Stevenson II
Nationality: American
b. 5 February 1900  - d. 14 July 1965
  
 As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 Attention Deficit Democracy lulls citizens into thinking that they have nothing to fear from the rising number of sticks and shackles that politicians and bureaucrats can use on them. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 Attention Deficit Democracy produces the attitudes, ignorance, and arrogance that pave the way to political collapse. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 Chinks in America's egalitarian armor are not hard to find. Democracy is the fig leaf of elitism. 
Author: Florence King
Nationality: American
b. 05 January 1936
  
 Communism destroys democracy. Democracy can also destroy Communism. 
Author: Andre Malraux
Nationality: French
b. 3 November 1901  - d. 23 November 1976
  
 Democracy... is a system of self-determination. It's the right to make the wrong choice. 
Author: John Patrick
Nationality: American
b. 17 May 1905  - d. 7 February 1995
  
 Democracy and liberty are not the same. Democracy is little more than mob rule, while liberty refers to the sovereignty of the individual. 
Author: Walter Williams
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1854  - d. 19 December 1959
  
 Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear. 
Author: Jeffrey Scott VanderMeer
Nationality: American
b. 07 July 1968
  
 Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity. 
Author: Irving Kristol
Nationality: American
b. 22 January 1920
  
 Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor. 
Author: James Russell Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1819  - d. 12 August 1891
  
 Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike. 
Author: Plato
Nationality: Greek
b. December 427  - d.  December 347
  
 Democracy is a contact sport. 
Author: Aaron Sorkin
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1961
  
 Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame. 
Author: Dr. Laurence J. Peter
Nationality: Canadian
b. 16 September 1919  - d. 12 February 1990
  
 Democracy is a process, not a static condition. It is Becoming, rather than being. It can easily be lost, but never is fully won. Its essence is eternal struggle. 
Author: William H. Hastie
Nationality: American
b. 17 November 1904  - d. 14 April 1976
  
 Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people. 
Author: Harry Emerson Fosdick
Nationality: American
b. 24 May 1878  - d. 5 October 1969
  
 Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems. 
Author: Reinhold Niebuhr
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1892  - d. 1 June 1971
  
 Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse. 
Author: Jawaharial Nehru
Nationality: Indian
b. 14 November 1889  - d. 27 May 1964
  
 Democracy is merely a form of government. It is not a mode of salvation. It is not a catapult to the Promised Land. It is not a penicillin that cures all politically transmitted diseases. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 Democracy is not about counting citizens, But having citizens that count, as citizens. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the same category as Arcadia, Santa Claus, and Heaven. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor. 
Author: James Russell Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1819  - d. 12 August 1891
  
 Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be. 
Author: Sydney J. Harris
Nationality: American
b. 14 September 1917  - d. 08 December 1986
  
 Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time. 
Author: Elwyn Brooks White
Nationality: American
b. 11 July 1899  - d. 01 October 1985
  
 Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 Democracy is the worst system devised by the wit of man, except for all the others. 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote! 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking. 
Author: Clement Richard Attlee
Nationality: British
b. 3 January 1883  - d. 8 October 1967
  
 Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated. 
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Nationality: English
b. 29 May 1874  - d. 16 June 1936
  
 Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 Democracy unleashes the State in the name of the people. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 Democracy without morality is impossible. 
Author: Jack Kemp
Nationality: American
b. 13 July 1935
  
 Democracy, I do not conceive that ever God did ordain as a fit government either for church or commonwealth. If the people be governors, who shall be governed? 
Author: John Cotton
Nationality: English
b. 4 December 1585  - d. 23 December 1652
  
 Every man has a right to be heard, but no man has the right to strangle democracy with a single set of vocal chords. 
Author: Adlai Stevenson II
Nationality: American
b. 5 February 1900  - d. 14 July 1965
  
 I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy. But that could change. 
Author: Dan Quayle
Nationality: American
b. 4 February 1947
  
 I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife. 
Author: James Russell Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1819  - d. 12 August 1891
  
 I mean, someone has gone mad in there. God, what is democracy if you can't actually talk to the people? The only power government has is the power that the people yield to it to make decisions on their behalf. Hunters Hill will be sold. We won't even talk to them. The jet skis will be banned. We won't even talk to them. The hire car rules will be changed, and to hell with those people who'll lose money from hire car plates. And so, it goes on and on. And here we are now. A smart cookie, that fellow - Jonathan Fowler - and a very thorough practitioner. He thinks and deliberates about the interests and needs of his local government area. 
Author: Alan Jones
Nationality: Australian
b. 13 April 194143
  
 I wouldn't call it fascism exactly, but a political system nominally controlled by an irresponsible, dumbed down electorate who are manipulated by dishonest, cynical, controlled mass media that dispense the propaganda of a corrupt political establishment can hardly be described as democracy either. 
Author: Edward Zehr
Nationality: Australian  - d.  December 2001   
 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 the government to the utmost. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: Thou shalt not ration justice. 
Author: Learned Hand
Nationality: American
b. 27 January 1872  - d. 18 August 1961
  
 In a democracy, people are led to believe that they can easily apply the brakes to government, no matter how unstoppable it becomes. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 In a democracy, the individual enjoys not only the ultimate power but carries the ultimate responsibility. 
Author: Norman Cousins
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1915  - d. 30 November 1990
  
 In a democracy, the opposition is not only tolerated as constitutional, but must be maintained because it is indispensable. 
Author: Walter Lippmann
Nationality: American
b. 23 September 1889  - d. 14 December 1974
  
 In democracy its your vote that counts.; In feudalism its your count that votes. 
Author: Mogens Jallberg
Nationality: American   
 In recent years, Americans have devoted far more effort to spreading democracy than to understanding it. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred hears of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock! 
Author: Orson Welles
Nationality: American
b. 6 May 1915  - d. 10 October 1985
  
 In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave. 
Author: John James Ingalls
Nationality: American
b. 29 December 1833  - d. 16 August 1900
  
 It is a strange fact that freedom and equality, the two basic ideas of democracy, are to some extent contradictory. Logically considered, freedom and equality are mutually exclusive, just as society and the individual are mutually exclusive. 
Author: Thomas Mann
Nationality: German
b. 06 June 1875  - d. 12 August 1955
  
 It seems our politicians may have lied to us. And this is no mere peccadillo in a democracy. We were told the raison d'etre for this war was to rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction that posed a threat to world peace. The UN inspectors did not find them. But President George W. Bush and his advisors knew better. They may yet turn up. But the Iraqi regime did not use them at is most desperate moment. If the major reason for launching a pre-emptive strike turns out to have been an utter falsehood, we have been conned. 
Author: Adele Horan
Nationality: Australian   
 It should be simple. One tyrant less in the world should be cause for rejoicing. The world rejoiced when Filipinos overthrew Marcos, when East Germans tore downs the Wall, and when South Africans found their way to democracy. The overthrow of Saddam is different. It is a product of US foreign policy, achieved through military might and for unclear motives. It may yet be a cause of rejoicing. On the start of an era of war without end. We live in a new world order in which US might is right. Until the ramifications are clearer, is is much too soon to gloat. 
Author: Adele Horan
Nationality: Australian   
 It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting. 
Author: Tom Stoppard
Nationality: British
b. 3 July 1937
  
 Knowledge - Zzzzzp! Money - Zzzzzp! - Power! That's the cycle democracy is built on! 
Author: Tennessee Williams
Nationality: American
b. 26 March 1911  - d. 25 February 1983
  
 Leviathan is premised on government's need to control the people. Democracy rests on people's right to control the government. The conflict between these two principles generates much of the deceit that permeates contemporary politics. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. 
Author: Reinhold Niebuhr
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1892  - d. 1 June 1971
  
 Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 Modern democracy is far more effective at unleashing government than at protecting individuals. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 On account of us being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only people in the world that has to keep a government four years no matter what it does. 
Author: Will Rogers
Nationality: American
b. 04 November 1879  - d. 15 August 1935
  
 The organisers of the Moratorium can only be thought of as political bikies - political bikies pack-raping democracy. 
Author: Sir Billy Snedden
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 December 1926  - d. 27 June 1987
  
 Personally I have no enthusiasm for organized jeering sections but I hold that the spontaneous right of raspberry should be denied to no one in America. 
Author: Thomas Benton Brooks
Nationality: American
b. December 1836  - d.  December 1900
  
 Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for. 
Author: Adlai Stevenson II
Nationality: American
b. 5 February 1900  - d. 14 July 1965
  
 Rather than a democracy, we increasingly have an elective dictatorship. People are merely permitted to choose who will violate the laws and the Constitution. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. 
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy. 
Author: Christina Baldwin
Nationality: American   
 The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 The creed of our democracy is that liberty is acquired and kept by men and women who are strong and self-reliant, and possessed of such wisdom as God gives mankind, men and women who are just, and understanding, and generous to others, men and women who are capable of disciplining themselves. For they are the rulers and they must rule themselves. 
Author: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 30 January 1882  - d. 12 April 1945
  
 The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment. 
Author: Robert Maynard Hutchins
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1899  - d. 17 May 1977
  
 The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity. 
Author: Jimmy Carter
Nationality: American
b. 1 October 1924
  
 The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 The love of democracy is that of equality. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 The merit of our Constitution was, not that it promotes democracy, but checks it. 
Author: Horatio Seymour
Nationality: American
b. 31 May 1810  - d. 12 February 1886
  
 The more Literatureitarian the U.S. government becomes, the louder presidents praise democracy. Unfortunately, democracy is a magical word that permits speakers to automatically fog the minds of many listeners. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 The more that democracy is assumed to be inevitable, the more likely democracy will self-destruct. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 The public education system in America is one of the most important foundations of our democracy. After all, it is where children from all over America learn to be responsible citizens, and learn to have the skills necessary to take advantage of our fantastic opportunistic society. 
Author: George W. Bush
Nationality: American
b. 6 July 1946
  
 The same type of myths have grown up around democracy that long propped up monarchs. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 The worst thing I can say about democracy is that it has tolerated the Right Honorable Gentleman for four and a half years. 
Author: Aneurin Bevan
Nationality: British
b. 15 November 1897  - d. 6 July 1960
  
 There is little hope for democracy if the hearts of men and women in democratic societies cannot be touched by a call to something greater than themselves. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 Thus our democracy was, from an early period, the most aristocratic, and our aristocracy the most democratic in the world. 
Author: Thomas Babington Macaulay
Nationality: English
b. 25 October 1800  - d. 28 December 1859
  
 Too many people expect wonders from democracy, when the most wonderful thing of all is just having it. 
Author: Walter Winchell
Nationality: American
b. 7 April 1897  - d. 20 February 1972
  
 Truth-telling and persuasion are better instruments of action in American democracy than lying, control and demagogy as long as citizens respond to 'the better angels of our nature.' The presidency is the seat of power and an engine for policy making, but it is also a moral agent for the articulation of the ideals of American democracy. The character of American governmental institutions and political culture invites presidents to be moral leaders. 
Author: Ervin C. Hargrove
Nationality: American   
 Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 Vulgarity is the rich man's modest contribution to democracy. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 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? 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 What I want to fix your attention on is the vast overall movement towards the discrediting, and finally the elimination, of every kind of human excellence -- moral, cultural, social or intellectual. And is it not pretty to notice how 'democracy' (in the incantatory sense) is now doing for us the work that was once done by the most ancient dictatorships, and by the same methods? The basic proposal of the new education is to be that dunces and idlers must not be made to feel inferior to intelligent and industrious pupils. That would be 'undemocratic.' Children who are fit to proceed may be artificially kept back, because the others would get a trauma by being left behind. The bright pupil thus remains democratically fettered to his own age group throughout his school career, and a boy who would be capable of tackling Aeschylus or Dante sits listening to his coeval's attempts to spell out A CAT SAT ON A MAT. We may reasonably hope for the virtual abolition of education when 'I'm as good as you' has fully had its way. All incentives to learn and all penalties for not learning will vanish. The few who might want to learn will be prevented; who are they to overtop their fellows? And anyway, the teachers -- or should I say nurses? -- will be far too busy reassuring the dunces and patting them on the back to waste any time on real teaching. We shall no longer have to plan and toil to spread imperturbable conceit and incurable ignorance among men. 
Author: C. S. Lewis
Nationality: English
b. 29 November 1898  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it. 
Author: Clarence Darrow
Nationality: English
b. 18 April 1857  - d. 13 March 1938
  
 When it becomes dominated by a collectivist creed, democracy will inevitably destroy itself. 
Author: F. A. von Hayek
Nationality: Austrian
b. 8 May 1899  - d. 23 March 1992
  
 When making public policy decisions about new technologies for the Government, I think one should ask oneself which technologies would best strengthen the hand of a police state. Then, do not allow the Government to deploy those technologies. 
Author: Philip Zimmermann
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1954
  
 Where some people are very wealthy and others have nothing, the result will be either extreme democracy or absolute oligarchy, or despotism will come from either of those excesses. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 While democracy must have its organizations and controls, its vital breath is individual liberty. 
Author: Charles Evans Hughes
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1862  - d. 27 August 1948
  
 You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution. 
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Nationality: English
b. 29 May 1874  - d. 16 June 1936
  
 Recreation is not a secondary concern for a democracy. It is a primary concern, for the kind of recreation a people make for themselves determines the kind of people they become and the kind of society they build. 
Author: Harry A. Overstreet
Nationality: American   
 Democracy can only spring from practising it early, and democratic action was not to expected from young people brought up under a close Literatureitarian system.  
Author: Dora Russell
Nationality: English
b. 3 April 1894  - d. 31 May 1986
  
 The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing. What is necessary now is one thing and one thing only that democracy become again democracy in action, not democracy accomplished and piled up in goods and gold. 
Author: Archibald MacLeish
Nationality: American
b. 7 May 1892  - d. 20 April 1982
  
 Democracy is the art of thinking independently together.  
Author: Alexander Meiklejohn
Nationality: English
b. 01 February 1872  - d. 17 December 1964
  
 When the body of the people is possessed of the supreme power, it is called a democracy. 
Author: Charles de Secondat
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 I don't know whether it's age or maturity, but I certainly find myself committed more and more to the looser forms of Western democracy at any price. 
Author: John Le Carre
Nationality: English
b. 19 October 1931
  
 As the tension eases, we must look in the direction of agriculture, industry and education as our final goals, and toward democracy under Mr Mubarak. 
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 11 December 1911  - d. 30 August 2006
  
 In Egypt today most people are concerned with getting bread to eat. Only some of the educated understand how democracy works. 
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 11 December 1911  - d. 30 August 2006
  
 The first and continuing argument for the curtailment of working hours and the raising of the minimum age was that education was necessary in a democracy and working children could not attend school. 
Author: Grace Abbott
Nationality: American
b. 17 November 1878  - d. 19 June 1939
  
 Bataille is associated with the surrealists. Basically the idea is that democracy doesn't work. Communism doesn't work. 
Author: Kathy Acker
Nationality: American
b. 18 April 1947  - d. 30 November 1997
  
 Sometimes democracy must be bathed in blood. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 Corruption is nature's way of restoring our faith in democracy. 
Author: Peter Ustinov
Nationality: English
b. 16 April 1921  - d. 28 March 2004
  
 The progress from an absolute to a limited monarchy, from a limited monarchy to a democracy, is a progress toward a true respect for the individual. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in government? Is it not possible to take a step further towards recognizing and organizing the rights of man? There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and Literatureity are derived, and treats him accordingly. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 We will not be intimidated or pushed off the world stage by people who do not like what we stand for, and that is, freedom, democracy and the fight against disease, poverty and terrorism. 
Author: Madeleine Albright
Nationality: American
b. 15 May 1937
  
 While democracy in the long run is the most stable form of government, in the short run, it is among the most fragile. 
Author: Madeleine Albright
Nationality: American
b. 15 May 1937
  
 Let's all leave our own bedrooms, kitchens, neighborhoods and groups and meet each other to form a diverse army that stands for Democracy and Economic justice!" 
Author: Roseanne Barr
Nationality: American
b. 3 November 1952
  
 Remember one thing about democracy. We can have anything we want and at the same time, we always end up with exactly what we deserve. 
Author: Edward Albee
Nationality: American
b. 12 March 1928
  
 Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development. 
Author: Kofi Annan
Nationality: Ghanaian
b. 8 April 1938
  
 If information and knowledge are central to democracy, they are the conditions for development. 
Author: Kofi Annan
Nationality: Ghanaian
b. 8 April 1938
  
 For any state to make sex a qualification that must ever result in the disfranchisement of one entire half of the people, is to pass a bill of attainder, or, an ex post facto law, and is therefore a violation of the supreme law of the land. By it the blessings of liberty are forever withheld from women and their female posterity. To them this government has no just powers derived from the consent of the governed. To them this government is not a democracy. It is not a republic. It is an odious aristocracy; a hateful oligarchy of sex; the most hateful aristocracy ever established on the face of the globe; an oligarchy of wealth, where the rich govern the poor. An oligarchy of learning, where the educated govern the ignorant, or even an oligarchy of race, where the Saxon rules the African, might be endured; but this oligarchy of sex, which makes father, brothers, husband, sons, the oligarchs over the mother and sisters, the wife and daughters, of every household - which ordains all men sovereigns, all women subjects, carries dissension, discord, and rebellion into every home of the nation. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 Jeans represent democracy in fashion. 
Author: Giorgio Armani
Nationality: Italian
b. 11 July 1934
  
 It can be argued - and rightly - that Taiwan is not just another regional issue: after all, the Chinese regard it as part of China. But Taiwan is also a regional issue for three reasons. First, the overthrow or even the neutering of democracy in Taiwan, which is what Beijing effectively demands, would be a major setback for democracy in the region as a whole. Second, if the Chinese were able to get their way by force in Taiwan, they would undoubtedly be tempted to do the same in other disputes. And third, there is no lack of such disputes to provoke a quarrel. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 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. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 While the U.S. may preach democracy and freedom for all, the U.S. has a history of promoting, supporting and allying itself with non-democratic and repressive organizations and states. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work. Of course it doesn't work. We are supposed to work it. 
Author: Alexander Humphreys Woollcott
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1887  - d. 23 January 1943
  
 The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn't grow up can be vice president. 
Author: Johnny Carson
Nationality: American
b. 23 October 1925  - d. 23 January 2005
  
 The more I see of democracy the more I dislike it. It just brings everything down to the mere vulgar level of wages and prices, electric light and water closets, and nothing else. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 The ship of Democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those aboard. 
Author: Grover Cleveland
Nationality: American
b. 18 March 1837  - d. 24 June 1908
  
 Our democracy must be not only the envy of the world but the engine of our own renewal. There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. 
Author: Bill Clinton
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1946
  
 We urge all democratic nations and the United Nations to answer the Iraqi Governing Council's call for support for the people of Iraq in making the transition to democracy. 
Author: Dick Cheney
Nationality: American
b. 30 January 1941
  
 I take a grave view of the press. It is the weak slat under the bed of democracy. 
Author: A. J. Liebling
Nationality: American
b. 18 October 1904  - d. 28 December 1963
  
 It means that, in fact, it's - whether fascist is the right word I don't know - more of a plutocracy than anything resembling a democracy; it has become a nation controlled by a very small, very wealthy elite. 
Author: Peter Singer
Nationality: Australian   
 I'm not overly alarmist about it, but I do think there are some worrying signs, like the growing accumulation of wealth by a very small proportion of the population, plus elections in the US are much more dominated by money than anywhere else calling itself a democracy. 
Author: Peter Singer
Nationality: Australian   
 Inflation is bringing us true democracy. For the first time in history, luxuries and necessities are selling at the same price. 
Author: Robert Orben
Nationality: American
b. 4 March 1927
  
 Democracy is the road to socialism. 
Author: Karl Marx
Nationality: German
b. 5 May 1818  - d. 14 March 1883
  
 Democracy don't rule the world, You'd better get that in your head; This world is ruled by violence, But I guess that's better left unsaid. 
Author: Bob Dylan
Nationality: American
b. 24 May 1941
  
 Democracy is indispensable to socialism. 
Author: Vladimir Lenin
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 April 1870  - d. 21 January 1924
  
 I want to deter the intrigues of the party of those spreading the rumor that I am refusing all candidacy in Paris. No. I accept, to the contrary, with pride and recongnition the sufferings of Parisian democracy, so that it honors me to be its choice. I am prepared. 
Author: Leon Gambetta
Nationality: French
b. 2 April 1838  - d. 31 December 1882
  
 There is no logical explanation for the political disenfranchisement of women. Any hesitation and negative mentality on this subject is nothing more than a fading social phenomenon of the past. ......Women must have the right to vote and to be elected; because democracy dictates that, because there are interests that women must defend, and because there are social duties that women must perform. 
Author: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Nationality: Turkish
b. December 1881  - d. 10 November 1938
  
 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 and democracy? 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 The science of war leads one to dictatorship, pure and simple. The science of non-violence alone can lead one to pure democracy. Power based on love is thousand times more effective and permanent than power derived from fear of punishment. It is a blasphemy to say non-violence can be practiced only by individuals and never by nations which are composed of individuals. The nearest approach to purest anarchy would be a democracy based on non-violence. A society organized and run on the basis of complete non-violence would be the purest anarchy. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 America is not just a democracy, it represents a certain culture of competitive mobility and personality aspirations, politics is not merely a clash of interests, but a clash of dreams. 
Author: David Brooks
Nationality: American
b. 11 August 1961
  
 So I think that if we want to have a Congress, if we want to have government that looks like America, if we want to have government that is truly a representative Democracy, then we need to clearly address how we get our campaign laws out of the way of Democracy. 
Author: Carol Elizabeth Moseley-Braun
Nationality: American
b. 16 August 1947
  
 Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy. 
Author: Benito Mussolini
Nationality: Italian
b. 29 July 1883  - d. 28 April 1945
  
 And when they do spin out of control there are important ramifications that affect America, not just its direct national interest but its broader interests as a nation which has thought of itself as a beacon to other nations, of freedom, liberty, democracy, whatever. 
Author: John Pomfret
Nationality: American   
 Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 My own ideals for the university are those of a genuine democracy and serious scholarship. These two, indeed, seem to go together. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois. 
Author: Gustave Flaubert
Nationality: French
b. 12 December 1821  - d. 8 May 1880
  
 It's a democracy and if I am outvoted, I have to accept the majority decisions. 
Author: Moshe Dayan
Nationality: Israeli
b. 20 May 1915  - d. 16 October 1981
  
 American capitalism is predatory, and American politics are corrupt: The same thing is true in England and the same in France; but in all these three countries the dominating fact is that whatever the people get ready to change the government, they can change it. The same thing is not true of Germany, and until it was made true in Germany, there could be no free political democracy anywhere else in the world - to say nothing of any free social democracy. My revolutionary friends who will not recognize this fact seem to me like a bunch of musicians sitting down to play a symphony concert in a forest where there is a man-eating tiger loose. For my part, much as I enjoy symphony concerts, I want to put my fiddle away in its case and get a rifle and go out and settle with the tiger. 
Author: Upton Sinclair
Nationality: American
b. 20 September 1878  - d. 25 November 1968
  
 Journalism is one of the devices whereby industrial autocracy keeps its control over political democracy; it is the day-by-day, between-elections propaganda, whereby the minds of the people are kept in a state of acquiescence, so that when the crisis of an election comes, they go to the polls and cast their ballots for either one of the two candidates of their exploiters. 
Author: Upton Sinclair
Nationality: American
b. 20 September 1878  - d. 25 November 1968
  
 Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 If you care for the quality of life in our American democracy, then you have to be for censorship. 
Author: Irving Kristol
Nationality: American
b. 22 January 1920
  
 Advertising is the very essence of democracy. 
Author: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Nationality: Russian
b. 29 January 1860  - d. 15 July 1904
  
 Democracy gives the beatification of mediocrity a certain appearance of objective and demonstrable truth. The mob man, functioning as citizen, gets a feeling that he is really important to the world - that he is genuinely running things. Out of his maudlin herding after rogues and mountebanks there comes to him a sense of vast and mysterious power- which is what makes archbishops, police sergeants, the grand goblins of the Ku Klux and other such magnificoes happy. And out of it there comes, too, a conviction that he is somehow wise, that his views are taken seriously by his betters - which is what makes United States Senators, fortune tellers and Young Intellectuals happy. Finally, there comes out of it a glowing consciousness of a high duty triumphantly done which is what makes hangmen and husbands happy. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us. 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 There is no proof to substantiate Bush's claim Syria was behind Hezbollah's capture of the Israeli soldiers, and those "whispering in his ear" are the same people who told him Iraq was maybe months away from an atom bomb, that an invasion would be a 'cakewalk,' that he would be Churchill, that U.S. troops would be greeted with candy and flowers, that democracy would break out across the region, that Palestinians and Israelis would then sit down and make peace? How much must America pay for the education of this man? 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 Democracy is, by the nature of it, a self-canceling business; and it gives in the long run a net result of zero. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 A nation is truly corrupt, when, after having by degrees lost its character and liberty, it slides from democracy into aristocracy or monarchy; this is the death of the political body by decrepitude. 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 All of them perceived that American Democracy did not imply any equality of wealth, but did demand a wholesome sameness of thought, dress, painting, morals, and vocabulary. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 Once a man has tasted freedom he will never be content to be a slave. That is why I believe that this frightfulness we see everywhere today is only temporary. Tomorrow will be better for as long as America keeps alive the ideals of freedom and a better life. All men will want to be free and share our way of life. There must be so much that I should have said, but haven't. What I will say now is just what most of us are probably thinking every day. I thank God and America for the right to live and raise my family under the flag of tolerance, democracy and freedom. 
Author: Walt Disney
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1901  - d. 15 December 1966
  
 My thinking tends to be libertarian. That is, I oppose intrusions of the state into the private realm - as in abortion, sodomy, prostitution, pornography, drug use, or suicide, all of which I would strongly defend as matters of free choice in a representative democracy. 
Author: Camille Paglia
Nationality: American
b. 2 April 1947
  
 Will you proclaim to the world that you who carry liberty and democracy to Europe have no liberty here, that you who are fighting for democracy in Germany, suppress democracy right here in New York, in the United States? Are you going to suppress free speech and liberty in this country, and still pretend that you love liberty so much that you will fight for it five thousand miles away? 
Author: Alexander Berkman
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1870  - d. 28 June 1936
  
 We believe democracy to be the only real guarantor of stability and we have sought to create a 'Jordanian model' that might also inspire others in our region. I wish democracy and peace to be my legacy to my people and the shield of generations to come. 
Author: King Hussein
Nationality: Jordanian
b. 14 November 1935  - d. 7 February 1999
  
 Democracy and freedom will be the theme of every broadcast and editorial - but democracy and freedom in a strictly Pickwickian sense. 
Author: Aldous Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 26 July 1894  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 The next time believers tell you that 'separation of church and state' does not appear in our founding document, tell them to stop using the word 'trinity.' The word 'trinity' appears nowhere in the bible. Neither does Rapture, or Second Coming, or Original Sin. If they are still unfazed (or unphrased), by this, then add Omniscience, Omnipresence, Supernatural,Transcendence, Afterlife, Deity, Divinity, Theology, Monotheism, Missionary, Immaculate Conception, Christmas, Christianity, Evangelical, Fundamentalist, Methodist, Catholic, Pope, Cardinal, Catechism, Purgatory, Penance, Transubstantiation, Excommunication, Dogma, Chastity, Unpardonable Sin, Infallibility, Inerrancy, Incarnation, Epiphany, Sermon, Eucharist, the Lord's Prayer, Good Friday, Doubting Thomas, Advent, Sunday School, Dead Sea, Golden Rule, Moral, Morality, Ethics, Patriotism, Education, Atheism, Apostasy, Conservative (Liberal is in), Capital Punishment, Monogamy, Abortion, Pornography, Homosexual, Lesbian, Fairness, Logic, Republic, Democracy, Capitalism, Funeral, Decalogue, or Bible. 
Author: Dan Barker
Nationality: American
b. 25 June 1949
  
 As a minister, I experienced the power of industrialists and bankers to get their way by use of the crudest form of economic pressure, even blackmail, against a Labour Government. Compared to this, the pressure brought to bear in industrial disputes is minuscule. This power was revealed even more clearly in 1976 when the IMF secured cuts in our public expenditure. These lessons led me to the conclusion that the UK is only superficially governed by MPs and the voters who elect them. Parliamentary democracy is, in truth, little more than a means of securing a periodical change in the management team, which is then allowed to preside over a system that remains in essence intact. If the British people were ever to ask themselves what power they truly enjoyed under our political system they would be amazed to discover how little it is, and some new Chartist agitation might be born and might quickly gather momentum. 
Author: Tony Benn
Nationality: British
b. 3 April 1925
  
 A monoculture is not only Hollywood, but Americans trying to export democracy. 
Author: Bernardo Bertolucci
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1940
  
 Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens. 
Author: W. H. Beveridge
Nationality: British
b. 5 March 1879  - d. 16 March 1963
  
 There are two things to which I am devoted: absolute academic and spiritual freedom, and the subordination of the state to the interests of the individual; expressed in other forms, the furthering of conditions in which the individual can develop to the best of his ability - as far as it is possible with a full understanding of the fetters imposed upon us by tradition; and the fight against all forms of power policy of states or private organizations. This means a devotion to principles of true democracy. I object to teaching of slogans intended to befog the mind, of whatever kind they may be. 
Author: Franz Boas
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1858  - d. 21 December 1942
  
 I have always been of the opinion that we have no right to impose our ideals upon other nations, no matter how strange it may seem to us that they enjoy the kind of life they lead, how slow they may be in utilizing the resources of their countries, or how much opposed their ideals may be to ours. Our intolerant attitude is most pronounced in regard to what we like to call "our free institutions." Modern democracy was no doubt the most wholesome and needed reaction against the abuses of absolutism and of a selfish, often corrupt, bureaucracy. That the wishes and thoughts of the people should find expression, and that the form of government should conform to these wishis is an axiom that has pervaded the whole Western world, and that is even taking root in the Far East. It is a quite different question, however, in how far the particular machinery of democratic government is identical with democratic institutions. To claim as we often do, that our solution is the only democratic and the ideal one is a one-sided expression of Americanism. I see no reason why we should not allow the Germans, Austrians, and Russians, or whoever else it may be, to solve their problems in their own ways, instead of demanding that they bestow upon themselves the benefactions of our régime. 
Author: Franz Boas
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1858  - d. 21 December 1942
  
 I think it is absolutely essential in a democracy to have competition in the media, a lot of competition, and we seem to be moving away from that. 
Author: Walter Cronkite
Nationality: American
b. 4 November 1916
  
 Then, in the name of democracy, let us use that power! Let us all unite! Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie! They do not fulfill their promise; they never will. Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people! Now, let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness. 
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 Soldiers! In the name of democracy, let us all unite! 
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 Celebrity distorts democracy by giving the rich, beautiful, and famous more authority than they deserve. 
Author: Maureen Dowd
Nationality: American
b. 14 January 1952
  
 All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats. 
Author: Groucho Marx
Nationality: American
b. 2 October 1890  - d. 19 July 1977
  
 One of the "strangest and most frightening times a government and people have ever faced. 
Author: John Steinbeck
Nationality: American
b. 27 February 1902  - d. 20 December 1968
  
 Do you suppose you could ask Edgar's boys to stop stepping on my heels? They think I am an enemy alien. It is getting tiresome. 
Author: John Steinbeck
Nationality: American
b. 27 February 1902  - d. 20 December 1968
  
 I know that if the peace movement takes its message boldly to the Negro people a powerful force can be secured in pursuit of the greatest goal of all mankind. And the same is true of labor and the great democratic sections of our population. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 Through the years I have received my share of recognition for efforts in the fields of sports, the arts, the struggle for full citizenship for the Negro people, labor's rights and the fight for peace. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 Obama is a leveler. He has come to narrow the divide between rich and poor. For him the ultimate social value is fairness. Imposing it upon the American social order is his mission. 
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 I understand, of course, that many people find smoking objectionable. That is their right. I would, I assure you, be the very last to criticize the annoyed. I myself find many - even most - things objectionable. Being offended is the natural consequence of leaving one's home. I do not like aftershave lotion, adults who roller-skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan. I do not, however, go around enacting legislation and putting up signs. In private I avoid such people; in public they have the run of the place. I stay at home as much as possible, and so should they. When it is necessary, however, to go out of the house, they must be prepared, as I am, to deal with the unpleasant personal habits of others. That is what "public" means. 
Author: Fran Lebowitz
Nationality: American
b. 27 October 1950
  
 This group can speak freely and boldly, working both publicly and behind the scenes on whatever actions need to be taken", Mandela commented. "Together we will work to support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict, and inspire hope where there is despair. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for. But, my lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 Friends, Comrades and fellow South Africans. I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all. I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 In front of this distinguished audience, we commit the new South Africa to the relentless pursuit of the purposes defined in the World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children. The reward of which we have spoken will and must also be measured by the happiness and welfare of the mothers and fathers of these children, who must walk the earth without fear of being robbed, killed for political or material profit, or spat upon because they are beggars. They too must be relieved of the heavy burden of despair which they carry in their hearts, born of hunger, homelessness and unemployment. The value of that gift to all who have suffered will and must be measured by the happiness and welfare of all the people of our country, who will have torn down the inhuman walls that divide them. These great masses will have turned their backs on the grave insult to human dignity which described some as masters and others as servants, and transformed each into a predator whose survival depended on the destruction of the other. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 In relation to these matters, we appeal to those who govern Burma that they release our fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, and engage her and those she represents in serious dialogue, for the benefit of all the people of Burma. We pray that those who have the power to do so will, without further delay, permit that she uses her talents and energies for the greater good of the people of her country and humanity as a whole. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 Far from the rough and tumble of the politics of our own country. I would like to take this opportunity to join the Norwegian Nobel Committee and pay tribute to my joint laureate. Mr. F.W. de Klerk. He had the courage to admit that a terrible wrong had been done to our country and people through the imposition of the system of apartheid. He had the foresight to understand and accept that all the people of South Africa must through negotiations and as equal participants in the process, together determine what they want to make of their future. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 We live with the hope that as she battles to remake herself, South Africa, will be like a microcosm of the new world that is striving to be born. This must be a world of democracy and respect for human rights, a world freed from the horrors of poverty, hunger, deprivation and ignorance, relieved of the threat and the scourge of civil wars and external aggression and unburdened of the great tragedy of millions forced to become refugees. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 We do not believe that this Nobel Peace Prize is intended as a commendation for matters that have happened and passed. We hear the voices which say that it is an appeal from all those, throughout the universe, who sought an end to the system of apartheid. We understand their call, that we devote what remains of our lives to the use of our country's unique and painful experience to demonstrate, in practice, that the normal condition for human existence is democracy, justice, peace, non-racism, non-sexism, prosperity for everybody, a healthy environment and equality and solidarity among the peoples. Moved by that appeal and inspired by the eminence you have thrust upon us, we undertake that we too will do what we can to contribute to the renewal of our world so that none should, in future, be described as the "wretched of the earth". 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 I watched, along with all of you, as the tens of thousands of our people stood patiently in long queues for many hours. Some sleeping on the open ground overnight waiting to cast this momentous vote. This is one of the most important moments in the life of our country. I stand here before you filled with deep pride and joy: - pride in the ordinary, humble people of this country. You have shown such a calm, patient determination to reclaim this country as your own, - and joy that we can loudly proclaim from the rooftops - free at last! 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 Now is the time for celebration, for South Africans to join together to celebrate the birth of democracy. I raise a glass to you all for working so hard to achieve what can only be called a small miracle. Let our celebrations be in keeping with the mood set in the elections, peaceful, respectful and disciplined, showing we are a people ready to assume the responsibilities of government. I promise that I will do my best to be worthy of the faith and confidence you have placed in me and my organisation, the African National Congress. Let us build the future together, and toast a better life for all South Africans. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 Today we are entering a new era for our country and its people. Today we celebrate not the victory of a party, but a victory for all the people of South Africa. Our country has arrived at a decision. Among all the parties that contested the elections, the overwhelming majority of South Africans have mandated the African National Congress to lead our country into the future. The South Africa we have struggled for, in which all our people, be they African, Coloured, Indian or White, regard themselves as citizens of one nation is at hand. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 Ours has been a quest for a constitution freely adopted by the people of South Africa, reflecting their wishes and their aspirations. The struggle for democracy has never been a matter pursued by one race, class, religious community or gender among South Africans. In honouring those who fought to see this day arrive, we honour the best sons and daughters of all our people. We can count amongst them Africans, Coloureds, Whites, Indians, Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Jews - all of them united by a common vision of a better life for the people of this country. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 In 1980s the African National Congress was still setting the pace, being the first major political formation in South Africa to commit itself firmly to a Bill of Rights, which we published in November 1990. These milestones give concrete expression to what South Africa can become. They speak of a constitutional, democratic, political order in which, regardless of colour, gender, religion, political opinion or sexual orientation, the law will provide for the equal protection of all citizens. They project a democracy in which the government, whomever that government may be, will be bound by a higher set of rules, embodied in a constitution, and will not be able govern the country as it pleases. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 Democracy is based on the majority principle. This is especially true in a country such as ours where the vast majority have been systematically denied their rights. At the same time, democracy also requires that the rights of political and other minorities be safeguarded. In the political order we have established there will regular, open and free elections, at all levels of government — central, provincial and municipal. There shall also be a social order which respects completely the culture, language and religious rights of all sections of our society and the fundamental rights of the individual. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 The people of South Africa have spoken in these elections. They want change! And change is what they will get. Our plan is to create jobs, promote peace and reconciliation, and to guarantee freedom for all South Africans. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 We thank all our distinguished international guests for having come to take possession with the people of our country of what is, after all, a common victory for justice, for peace, for human dignity. We trust that you will continue to stand by us as we tackle the challenges of building peace, prosperity, non-sexism, non-racialism and democracy. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 We are both humbled and elevated by the honour and privilege that you, the people of South Africa, have bestowed on us, as the first President of a united, democratic, non-racial and non-sexist government. We understand it still that there is no easy road to freedom We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success. We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world. Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 You may succeed in delaying, but never in preventing the transition of South Africa to a democracy. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 The victory of democracy in South Africa is the common achievement of all humanity. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 I explained to the crowd that my voice was hoarse from a cold and that my physician had advised me not to attend. "I hope that you will not disclose to him that I have violated his instructions," I told them. I congratulated Mr. de Klerk for his strong showing. I thanked all those in the ANC and the democratic movement who had worked so hard for so long. Mrs. Coretta Scott King, the wife of the great freedom fighter Martin Luther King Jr., was on the podium that night, and I looked over to her as I made reference to her husband's immortal words. "This is one of the most important moments in the life of our country. I stand here before you filled with deep pride and joy -pride in the ordinary, humble people of this country. You have shown such a calm, patient determination to reclaim this country as your own, and now the joy that we can loudly proclaim from the rooftops. Free at last! Free at last! I stand before you humbled by your courage, with a heart full of love for all of you." 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 India is Gandhi's country of birth; South Africa his country of adoption. He was both an Indian and a South African citizen. Both countries contributed to his intellectual and moral genius, and he shaped the liberatory movements in both colonial theaters. He is the archetypal anticolonial revolutionary. His strategy of noncooperation, his assertion that we can be dominated only if we cooperate with our dominators, and his nonviolent resistance inspired anticolonial and antiracist movements internationally in our century. The Gandhian influence dominated freedom struggles on the African continent right up to the 1960s because of the power it generated and the unity it forged among the apparently powerless. Nonviolence was the official stance of all major African coalitions, and the South African A.N.C. remained implacably opposed to violence for most of its existence. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 Gandhi himself never ruled out violence absolutely and unreservedly. He conceded the necessity of arms in certain situations. He said, "Where choice is set between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence... I prefer to use arms in defense of honor rather than remain the vile witness of dishonor ..." 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 Gandhi rejects the Adam Smith notion of human nature as motivated by self-interest and brute needs and returns us to our spiritual dimension with its impulses for nonviolence, justice and equality. He exposes the fallacy of the claim that everyone can be rich and successful provided they work hard. He points to the millions who work themselves to the bone and still remain hungry. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 He stepped down from his comfortable life to join the masses on their level to seek equality with them. "I can't hope to bring about economic equality... I have to reduce myself to the level of the poorest of the poor." From his understanding of wealth and poverty came his understanding of labor and capital, which led him to the solution of trusteeship based on the belief that there is no private ownership of capital; it is given in trust for redistribution and equalization. Similarly, while recognizing differential aptitudes and talents, he holds that these are gifts from God to be used for the collective good. He seeks an economic order, alternative to the capitalist and communist, and finds this in sarvodaya based on nonviolence (ahimsa). 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 He rejects Darwin's survival of the fittest, Adam Smith's laissez-faire and Karl Marx's thesis of a natural antagonism between capital and labor, and focuses on the interdependence between the two. He believes in the human capacity to change and wages Satyagraha against the oppressor, not to destroy him but to transform him, that he cease his oppression and join the oppressed in the pursuit of Truth. We in South Africa brought about our new democracy relatively peacefully on the foundations of such thinking, regardless of whether we were directly influenced by Gandhi or not. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 I went to Cuba in July 1991, and I drove through the streets with Fidel Castro. There were a great deal of cheers. And I also waved back believing that these cheers were for me. Fidel was very humble; he smiled but he never said a word. But when I reached the square where I had to make some remarks to the crowd, then I realized that these cheers were not meant for me, they were meant for Fidel Castro. Because everybody forgot about me, and was really aroused by Fidel Castro. Then I realized that here was a man of the masses. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 Democracy is unstable as a political system as long as it remains a political system and nothing more, instead of being, as it should be, not only a form of government but a type of society, and a manner of life which is in harmony with that type. To make it a type of society requires an advance along two lines. It involves, in the first place, the resolute elimination of all forms of special privilege which favour some groups and depress other, whether their source be differences of environment, of education, or of pecuniary income. It involves, in the second place, the conversion of economic power, now often an irresponsible tyrant, into a servant of society, working within clearly defined limits and accountable for its actions to a public authority. 
Author: Richard Henry Tawney
Nationality: English
b. 30 November 1880  - d. 16 January 1962
  
 When privacy is outlawed, only outlaws will have privacy. 
Author: Philip Zimmermann
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1954
  
 Advances in technology will not permit the maintenance of the status quo, as far as privacy is concerned. 
Author: Philip Zimmermann
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1954
  
 At no time in the past century has public distrust of the government been so broadly distributed across the political spectrum, as it is today. 
Author: Philip Zimmermann
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1954
  
 A referendum is little more than a "rumour of choice." The idea behind the mechanism, ever since its first modern manifestations two centuries ago under Napoleon, has been to replace democracy with the sensation of democracy. That is: to replace the slow, complex, eternally unclear continuity of democracy, and all the awkwardness of citizen participation, with something clear and fast which allows those in power to impose their agenda. Through an apparently simple question with a one-syllable answer, those who ask can get a blank cheque from the citizenry; that is, if they choose their moment well and come up with a winning question. 
Author: John Ralston Saul
Nationality: Canadian
b. 19 June 1947
  
 As you would expect when individualism is based only on opportunity, no one asks what happens to those who have neither the financial nor the political clout to exercise their tiny portion of that opportunity. 
Author: John Ralston Saul
Nationality: Canadian
b. 19 June 1947
  
 There is no legitimacy on earth but in a government which is the choice of the nation. 
Author: Joseph-Napoléon Bonaparte
Nationality: French
b. 07 January 1768  - d. 28 July 1844
  
 In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism. In this country, capitalism triumphed over democracy. 
Author: Fran Lebowitz
Nationality: American
b. 27 October 1950
  
 You measure democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 My critique of democracy begins and ends with this point. Kids must be educated to disrespect authority or else democracy is a farce. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 The defense of our democracy against the forces that threaten it from without has made some of its failures to function at home glaringly apparent. 
Author: Wendell L. Willkie
Nationality: American
b. 18 February 1892  - d. 8 October 1944
  
 I believe democracy is our greatest export. At least until China figures out a way to stamp it out of plastic for three cents a unit. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 History informs us of past mistakes from which we can learn without repeating them. It also inspires us and gives confidence and hope bred of victories already won. 
Author: William H. Hastie
Nationality: American
b. 17 November 1904  - d. 14 April 1976
  
 Strategic planning for the future is the most hopeful indication of our increasing social intelligence. 
Author: William H. Hastie
Nationality: American
b. 17 November 1904  - d. 14 April 1976
  
 You have to be there at the right time and you've got to be equipped. 
Author: William H. Hastie
Nationality: American
b. 17 November 1904  - d. 14 April 1976
  
 Difficulty need not foreshadow despair or defeat. Rather achievement can be all the more satisfying because of obstacles surmounted. 
Author: William H. Hastie
Nationality: American
b. 17 November 1904  - d. 14 April 1976
  
 There is no simplistic approach to worthwhile achievement in human affairs. 
Author: William H. Hastie
Nationality: American
b. 17 November 1904  - d. 14 April 1976
  




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