188 Greatest Quotes About Democracy

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty. Plato
The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate. Thomas Jefferson
A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. Theodore Roosevelt
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
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. Winston Churchill
That the desires of the majority of the people are often for injustice and inhumanity against the minority, is demonstrated by every page of the history of the world. John Adams
High hopes were once formed of democracy; but democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. Oscar Wilde
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. Bob Dylan
Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments. Alexander Hamilton
You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. Cesar Chavez
A functioning, robust democracy requires a healthy educated, participatory followership, and an educated, morally grounded leadership. Chinua Achebe
Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike. Plato
Democracy cannot consist solely of elections that are nearly always fictitious and managed by rich landowners and professional politicians. Che Guevara
...without equality there can be no democracy. Eleanor Roosevelt
If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it. Mark Twain
In the future, there will be fewer but better Russians. Joseph Stalin
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. Montesquieu
Democracy is not the law of the majority but the protection of the minority. Albert Camus
Democracy and socialism are means to an end, not the end itself. Jawaharlal Nehru
Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state. Noam Chomsky
I am not among those who fear the people. They, and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom. Thomas Jefferson
You and I have never seen democracy; all we've seen is hypocrisy. Malcolm X
Democracy will not come Today, this year Nor ever Through compromise and fear. Langston Hughes
Democracy is necessary to peace and to undermining the forces of terrorism. Benazir Bhutto
When the body of the people is possessed of the supreme power, it is called a democracy. Montesquieu
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
I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Thomas Jefferson
The best defense against democracy is to distract people. Noam Chomsky
Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles. Woodrow Wilson
We cannot have a separate group of people that are military and a separate civilian society. Otherwise, it's dangerous to democracy. John McCain
Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude. Alexis de Tocqueville
Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely. Aristotle
Democracy is indispensable to socialism. Vladimir Lenin
Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy. Walter Cronkite
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Abraham Lincoln
All the blood is drained out of democracy - it dies - when only half the population votes. Hunter S. Thompson
A great democracy has got to be progressive or it will soon cease to be great or a democracy. Theodore Roosevelt
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 beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy. Benito Mussolini
Advertising is the very essence of democracy. Anton Chekhov
I believe the Republicans have never thought that democracy was anything but a tribal myth. Hunter S. Thompson
The very design of neoliberal principles is a direct attack on democracy. Noam Chomsky
There is not Communism or Marxism, but representative democracy and social justice in a well-planned economy. Fidel Castro
Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa! Allen Ginsberg
Elections remind us not only of the rights but the responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy. Robert Kennedy
I swear to the Lord, I still can't see, why Democracy means, everybody but me. Langston Hughes
Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife. John Dewey
The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. Woodrow Wilson