What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change.
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
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.Abraham Lincoln
In a democracy, it is the people who are sovereign. Therefore, with regard to the promotion of democracy at the local, country and regional levels, civil society must have a stronger voice in all political processes.alfred de zayas
The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.
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.
Democracy is not a Beloved Republic really, and never will be. But it is less hateful than other contemporary forms of government, and to that extent deserves our support.
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 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.
You may fool all the people some of the time; some of the people all the time; but you can't fool all of the people all the time.
If voting changed anything, they'd abolish it.
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.
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers.
Democracy is the great love of the failures and cowards of life.
It's carrying democracy too far if you don't know the result of the vote before the meeting.
War is one of the constants of history, and has not diminished with civilization or democracy.
The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.benjamin disraeli
Democ'acy gives every man a right to be his own oppressor.james russell lowell
After each war there is a little less democracy to save.Brooks Atkinson
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy!
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
But our perfect democracy, which neither needs nor particularly wants voters, is a rarity. It is important to remember there still exist many other forms of government in the world today, and that dozens of foreign governments still long for a democracy such as ours to be imposed on them.
In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had 500 years of democracy and peace -- and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.