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Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
H. L. Mencken
Change comes with both fear and some pain. Those two ingredients create mistrust, misunderstanding and misinformation. Such is the process of democracy.
We think that democracy can change a lot of things, but we're being fooled, because democracy is not the election. We've been taught that democracy is having elections. And it isn't. Elections are the most horrendous aspect of democracy. It's the most mundane, trivial, disappointing, dirty aspect.
Gael Garcia Bernal
Jeans represent democracy in fashion.
We always hear about the rights of democracy, but the major responsibility of it is participation.
Democracy is indispensable to socialism.
Voting is completely important. People in America think democracy is a given. I think of it as an ecosystem, and what gets in the way of it is politicians and apathy.
Every economy exists, no matter what the level of democracy, has elements of crony capitalism. It's - given human nature and given the democratic structures, which we all, I assume, adhere to, that is an inevitable consequence.
It is never smart, even in a strong democracy, to declare some debate off limits. In a weakening democracy it is catastrophic.
Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
H. L. Mencken
The worst thing that can happen in a democracy - as well as in an individual's life - is to become cynical about the future and lose hope.
It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.
My people are going to learn the principles of democracy, the dictates of truth and the teachings of science. Superstition must go.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
The task of the media in a democracy is not to ease the path of those who govern, but to make life difficult for them by constant vigilance as to how they exercise the power they only hold in trust from the people.
Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.
The American flag is the most recognized symbol of freedom and democracy in the world.
It's a relief to hear the rain. It's the sound of billions of drops, all equal, all equally committed to falling, like a sudden outbreak of democracy. Water, when it hits the ground, instantly becomes a puddle or rivulet or flood.
To make democracy work, we must be a notion of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.
The only way to save the world is through socialism, but a socialism that exists within a democracy; there's no dictatorship here.
I regard freedom of expression as the primary right without which one can not have a proper functioning democracy.
Jordan has to show the Arab world that there's another way of doing things. We're a monarchy, yes, but if we can show democracy that leads to a two-, three-, four-party system - left, right and center - in a couple of years' time, then the Muslim Brotherhood will no longer be something to contend with.
Abdallah II of Jordan
You don't spread democracy with a barrel of a gun.
There is not Communism or Marxism, but representative democracy and social justice in a well-planned economy.
I wanted to get far away from those who believed in cruelty, so then I went to France, a land of true freedom, democracy, equality and fraternity.
Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
But the West is trying to weaken Islam from outside and inside. They attack our people and invade our countries from outside, and they weaken us from within with ideas like secularism, liberalism and democracy. This is all designed to contaminate our pure Islam.
Abu Bakar Bashir
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leonardo da Vinci
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