What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change.
Countries that have soldiers in charge seem, more often than not, to be the ones where democracy is but a flickering candle sitting in an open window with a forecast of rain.Lewis MacKenzie
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.vandana shiva
Democracy is the destiny of humanity; freedom its indestructible arm.benito juárez
I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy, but that could change.dan quayle
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.alfred de zayas
We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.
Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.clement attlee
Democracy is not a polite employer. The only way out of elective office is to get sick or die or get kicked out.herbert hoover
In every country unscrupulous wealth can, by artificially "making opinion," mislead and beguile the people more easily and with less chance of detection than in any other way. Democracy has no more persistent or insidious foe than the money power, to which it may say, as Dante said when he reached in his journey through hell the dwelling of the God of Riches, "Here we found Wealth, the great enemy."james Bryce
We are now forming a republican government. Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
You cannot have democratic accountability in anything bigger than a nation state.
Democracy has turned out to be not majority rule but rule by well-organized and well-connected minority groups who steal from the majority.
The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.jimmy carter
Democracy is always, by nature and constitution, the triumph of mediocrity.indro montanelli
Democracy is the power of equal votes for unequal minds.
The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of bourgeois stupidity.
So Two Cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism. Two cheers are quite enough: there is no occasion to give three.
Democracy is a poor system of government at best; the only thing that can honestly be said in its favor is that it is about eight times as good as any other method the human race has ever tried. Democracy's worst fault is that its leaders are likely to reflect the faults and virtues of their constituents a depressingly low level, but what else can you expect?
Democracy has nothing to do with freedom. Democracy is a soft variant of communism, and rarely in the history of ideas has it been taken for anything else.
The only way to practice democracy, is to practice democracy.
Tyranny is usually tempered with assassination, and Democracy must be tempered with culture. In the absence of this, it turns into a representation of collective folly.
We have really put the duh in democracy, creating a perverse equality that entitles everyone to speak to every issue, regardless of how much they know about it.
Democracy ... dispenses equality to equals and unequaled alike.
It's carrying democracy too far if you don't know the result of the vote before the meeting.
The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.benjamin disraeli
We cannot run a democracy without a strong middle class.Elizabeth warren