I believe Gandhi is the only person who knew about real democracy — not democracy as the right to go and buy what you want, but democracy as the responsibility to be accountable to everyone around you. Democracy begins with freedom from hunger, freedom from unemployment, freedom from fear, and freedom from hatred. To me, those are the real freedoms on the basis of which good human societies are based.
Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.clement attlee
Democracy needs support and the best support for Democracy comes from other democracies. Democratic nations should... come together in an association designed to help each other and promote what is a universal value — Democracy.benazir bhutto
Democracy is the best revenge. After Benazir Bhutto's death, her son's brief public remarks were captured on video, and they were reported in international newspapers. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari announced, "My mother always said, ' Democracy is the best revenge.' "benazir bhutto
Democracy is essentially a political system that recognizes the equality of humans before the law.dwight Eisenhower
Democracy is still upon its trial. The civic genius of our people is its only bulwark.william james
Democracy is the road to socialism.karl marx
Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. No one in this world, so far as I know and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.h. l. mencken
Democracy cannot be imposed on any nation from the outside. Each society must search for its own path, and no path is perfect.Barack Obama
Democracy has turned out to be not majority rule but rule by well-organized and well-connected minority groups who steal from the majority.
We look forward to the time when this moment will be seen as a turning point: the day when Democracy was renewed in Scotland, when we revitalized our place in this our United Kingdom.Donald Campbell Dewar
We cannot make the world safe for Democracy unless we also make the world safe for diversityaga khan iv
Supposing I had gone to the country [in 1933], and said that Germany was re-arming, and that we must re-arm, does anybody think that this pacific Democracy would have rallied to that cry at that moment? I cannot think of anything that would have made the loss of the election from my point of view more certain...we got from the country [in 1935], with a large majority, a mandate for doing a thing no one, twelve months earlier, would have believed possible.stanley baldwin
The vision I would like to see here is the entrenching of the Jewish and the Zionist state. I very much favor Democracy, but when there is a contradiction between democratic and Jewish values, the Jewish and Zionist values are more important.avigdor lieberman
A Democracy cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws are being bought and sold.john paul stevens
"It is not, perhaps, unreasonable to conclude, that a pure and perfect Democracy is a thing not attainable by man, constituted as he is of contending elements of vice and virtue, and ever mainly influenced by the predominant principle of self-interest. It may, indeed, be confidently asserted, that there never was that government called a republic, which was not ultimately ruled by a single will, and, therefore, (however bold may seem the paradox,) virtually and substantially a monarchy."alexander fraser tytler
Where my Guards appear, there is no room for Democracy.
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our Democracy, tonight is your answer.
Yet people who benefit from all this now viciously defy Westminster, purporting to act as though they were an elected government; people who spend their lives sponging on Westminster and British Democracy and then systematically assault democratic methods. Who do these people think they are?harold wilson
The Soviet people want full-blooded and unconditional Democracy.mikhail gorbachev
If we are to keep our Democracy, there must be one commandment: Thou shalt not ration justice.learned hand
My critique of Democracy begins and ends with this point. Kids must be educated to disrespect authority or else Democracy is a farce.abbie hoffman
What is any political campaign save a concerted effort to turn out a set of politicians who are admittedly bad and put in a set who are thought to be better. The former assumption, I believe is always sound; the latter is just as certainly false. For if experience teaches us anything at all it teaches us this: that a good politician, under Democracy, is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.h. l. mencken
Lincoln -- they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me. So Democracy has never been for the faint of heart.Barack Obama
Some observers compare elections in some countries with sports events, where people are but spectators. Moreover, elections must not be mere interludes for pushing a lever and then retreating to passivity, for Democracy demands committed participation in the daily workings of society.alfred de zayas
What then, was the real reason for going to war? Strangely, there were, in effect, three: (1) a sincere ideological belief that the USA was bringing Democracy and prosperity to another nation; (2) the urge brutally to assert and demonstrate unconditional US hegemony; (3) control of Iraq's oil reserves. Each of the three levels has a relative autonomy of its own, and should not be dismissed as a mere deceptive semblance.
The death of Democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.
Every Democracy must involve civil society in the process of establishing budgets, and all sectors of society must be consulted to determine what the real priorities of the population are. Lobbies, including military contractors and other representatives of the military-industrial complex, must not be allowed to hijack these priorities to the detriment of the population’s real needs.
We are now forming a republican government. Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of Democracy, but in moderate governments.