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Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.
Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
George Bernard Shaw
Most of wars or military coups or invasions are done in the name of democracy against democracy.
I think organized labor is a necessary part of democracy. Organized labor is the only way to have fair distribution of wealth.
Unfortunately, the true force which propels our endless political disputes, our constant struggles for political advantage, is often not our burning concern for democracy, it is often of our dedication to the principle of the rule of law.
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.
I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy - but that could change.
We've been in the nation-building business since World War I, and especially since WWII. The goal is not a Jeffersonian Democracy in Afghanistan, but a representative government that respects human rights, protects its own people, and is a friend of the West. These are very realistic - and necessary - goals.
I don't know whether it's age or maturity, but I certainly find myself committed more and more to the looser forms of Western democracy at any price.
John le Carre
Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame.
Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.
A free America... means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
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.
You can't put democracy and freedom back into a box.
George W. Bush
Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn't grow up can be vice president.
For Russia, there is not and there may not be another political option but democracy. However, Russian democracy is... not at all the realization of standards imposed on us from outside.
Democracy, good governance and modernity cannot be imported or imposed from outside a country.
Democracy is like three oxen pulling a plough. The oxen are the independent powers, but you have to walk in the same direction; otherwise, you cannot plough and that is what was happening in Colombia. One ox was walking in one direction, the other in another direction, so the democracy was not working.
Juan Manuel Santos
Mr. Speaker, democracy works best when the American electorate is engaged and informed.
What we have is two important values in conflict: freedom of speech and our desire for healthy campaigns in a healthy democracy. You can't have both.
The problem with the West is that they start with political reform going towards democracy. If you want to go towards democracy, the first thing is to involve the people in decision making, not to make it.
A people inspired by democracy, human rights and economic opportunity will turn their back decisively against extremism.
Advertising is the very essence of democracy.
Anywhere, anytime ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is the same: freedom, not tyranny; democracy, not dictatorship; the rule of law, not the rule of the secret police.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
C. S. Lewis
Leonardo da Vinci
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