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Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!
It's actually very easy for democracy to disappear.
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.
D. H. Lawrence
The idea of democracy has been stripped of it moral imperatives and come to denote hollowness and hypocrisy.
It is a paradox that far too few Americans participate in the wonderful ritual of democracy that we call Election Day.
I've used the prestige and influence of having been a president of the United States as effectively as possible. And secondly, I've still been able to carry out my commitments to peace and human rights and environmental quality and freedom and democracy and so forth.
Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
But if there's an erosion at home, you know, Thomas Jefferson warned about a tyranny of an oligarchy and if we surrender our democracy to the tyranny of an oligarchy, we've made a terrible mistake.
As you have fewer and fewer voices in a democracy, in a free society, it's not good to limit the number of voices.
Democracy without respect for individual rights sucks. It's just ganging up against the weird kid, and I'm always the weird kid.
The ship of democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those on board.
If we put our trust in the common sense of common men and 'with malice toward none and charity for all' go forward on the great adventure of making political, economic and social democracy a practical reality, we shall not fail.
Henry A. Wallace
The rights of democracy are not reserved for a select group within society, they are the rights of all the people.
Capitalism and democracy are the opposite of each other. Capitalism is a system that guarantees that a few are going to do very well, and everybody else is going to serve the few. Democracy means everybody has a seat at the table. Everybody.
I'm tired of this discussion of capitalism and socialism; we live in the 21st century, we need an economic system that has democracy as its underpinnings and an ethical code.
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.
There's not democracy in the workplace. I mean, through most of our daily lives, the idea of democracy is fairly nonexistent. And I think things work better when the people who have to work with whatever it is we're working with have a say in how it's working.
El Salvador is a democracy so it's not surprising that there are many voices to be heard here. Yet in my conversations with Salvadorans... I have heard a single voice.
I've always said that the more coordinated the efforts of the international community are, the better it will be for democracy in Burma.
Aung San Suu Kyi
Once you don't vote your ideals... that has serious undermining affects. It erodes the moral basis of our democracy.
One is actually the democracy here, you know, people are, people assume that this election means that there is democracy in Pakistan. There is no democracy.
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.
Democracy needs support, and the best support for democracy comes from other democracies.
In a democracy one must have the right to express oneself and that's what I do, even if it displeases.
Maintain democracy or go to dictatorship: that is what is at stake in these elections.
Mario Vargas Llosa
Martin Luther King, Jr.
C. S. Lewis
Leonardo da Vinci
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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