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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 Quotes

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Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.

Sydney J. Harris Quotes

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A perfect democracy is therefore the most shameless thing in the world.

Edmund Burke Quotes , Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France

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God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love.

John Dryden Quotes , Source: Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 227)

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Democracy is essentially anti-authoritarian--that is, it not only demands the right but imposes the responsibility of thinking for ourselves.

John Dryden Quotes , Source: Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 227)

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

John Dryden Quotes , Source: Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 227)

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

Reinhold Niebuhr Quotes , Source: Children of Light and Children of Darkness (foreward)

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A republic properly understood is a sovereignty of justice, in contradistinction to a sovereignty of will.

Reinhold Niebuhr Quotes , Source: Children of Light and Children of Darkness (foreward)

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Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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In free countries, every man is entitled to express his opinions and every other man is entitled not to listen.

G. Norman Collie Quotes

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

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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

Winston Churchill Quotes

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

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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Democ'acy gives every man A right to be his own oppressor.

James Russell Lowell Quotes , Source: The Biglow Papers (series 2, no. 7)

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To one that advised him to set up a democracy in Sparta, "Pray," said Lycurgus, "do you first set a democracy in your own house."

Lycurgus Quotes , Source: in Plutarch's "Apophthegms of Kings and Great Commanders"

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Thunder on! Stride on! Democracy. Strike with vengeful strokes.

Walt Whitman Quotes , Source: Drum-Taps--Rise O Days From Your Fathomless Deep (no. 3)

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

Harry Emerson Fosdick Quotes

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Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse.

Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes

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

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.

John Quincy Adams Quotes

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A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.

Thomas Jefferson Quotes

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The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery.

Dave Barry Quotes

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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. . . .

Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quotes , Source: Tremendous Trifles--Wind and the trees

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

Winston Churchill Quotes

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You get fifteen Democrats in a room, and you get twenty opinions

Patrick Leahy Quotes

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