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52 Democracy Quotes

You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.

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

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Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either [aristocracy or monarchy]. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.

John Adams Quotes

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For poets (bear the word) Half-poets even, are still whole democrats.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. 4)

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And wrinkles, the d--d democrats, won't flatter.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Don Juan (canto X, st. XXIV)

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Caesarism is democracy without liberty. [Fr., Le Cesarisme, c'est la democratie sans la liberte.]

Taxile Delord Quotes , Source: Tremendous Trifles--Wind and the Trees

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The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.

Benjamin Disraeli Quotes , Source: Lothair (ch. XVII)

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Democracy is on trial in the world, on a more colossal scale than ever before.

Charles Fletcher Dole Quotes , Source: The Spirit of Democracy

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Drawn to the dregs of a democracy.

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

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Puritanism, believing itself quick with the seed of religious liberty, laid, without knowing it, the egg of democracy.

James Russell Lowell Quotes , Source: Among My Books--New England Two Centuries Ago

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Thus our democracy was from an early period the most aristocratic, and our aristocracy the most democratic.

Thomas Babington Macaulay Quotes , Source: History (vol. I, p. 20)

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Democracy means not 'I am as good as you are,' but 'You are as good as I am.'

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

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

George Bernard Shaw Quotes , Source: Man and Superman

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All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy.

Alfred Emanuel Smith Quotes , Source: in a speech in Albany

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Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.

Alfred Emanuel Smith Quotes , Source: in a speech in Albany

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

Alfred Emanuel Smith Quotes , Source: in a speech in Albany

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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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Of democracy, only the shoemaker can make the shoe. Only the wearer can tell if it fits.

David Spitz Quotes

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Communism is not the opposite of democracy. Communism and capitalism are economic systems. Democracy and totalitarianism are political systems. There are democratic communists and totalitarian capitalists.

David Spitz Quotes

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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?

John Cotton Quotes

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

H. L. Mencken Quotes

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You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.

Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes

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Too many people expect wonders from democracy, when the most wonderful thing of all is just having it.

Walter Winchell Quotes

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In a democracy, the individual enjoys not only the ultimate power but carries the ultimate responsibility.

Norman Cousins Quotes

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... government that "substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.".

George Bernard Shaw Quotes

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

Reinhold Niebuhr Quotes

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