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100+ Democracy Quotes and Sayings

Democracy is one of the oldest governing systems that civilizations has chosen for themselves. Criticised but loved rather than that, Democracy is the most adopted governing system throughout the world. The word 'Democracy' comes from demos, "common people" and kratos, "strength". To empower every people of a certain space or country, democracy is a must. This is a collection of many philosophers, leaders and intellectuals thoughts and quotes on democracy and sayings on democracy.



1. Democracy belongs to those who exercise it. Bill Moyers
2. Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education. Franklin D. Roosevelt
3. One of the hallmarks of higher education and of democracy is the ability to converse with people with whom we disagree. Betsy DeVos
4. We have, essentially, a worthless democracy. Aaron McGruder
5. For me, true and authentic democracy occurs when the privileged groups assist the unprivileged groups to become more privileged. Stephane Hessel
6. The rule of law, democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of expression - we cannot take them for granted. They do not exist willy-nilly across the world; they are very rare. Daniel Lubetzky
7. The essence of a democracy is a free electorate. Arlen Specter
8. Maintain democracy or go to dictatorship: that is what is at stake in these elections. Mario Vargas Llosa
9. Democracy is the common pursuit of mankind, and all countries must earnestly protect the democratic rights of the people. Hu Jintao
10. Corruption is nature's way of restoring our faith in democracy. Peter Ustinov
11. Democracy is messy, clearly, but it has one key factor, which is an orderly transfer of power. Toomas Hendrik Ilves
12. In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith. J. William Fulbright
13. How do you deliver democracy to a country? You don't do it down the barrel of a gun. That's not how you deliver it. Michael Moore
14. Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave. Karl Kraus
15. Democracy is not a spectator sport, it's a participatory event. If we don't participate in it, it ceases to be a democracy. Michael Moore
16. The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. Winston Churchill
17. I take the debate on the method of promoting democracy seriously. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
18. I think the advantage of democracy is that it makes us less dependent on a group of leaders. Azim Premji
19. Social democracy does not represent an ideal future; it does not even represent the ideal past. Tony Judt
20. Of course democracy is good, but it is a process, not a prescription. Queen Rania of Jordan
21. You know, we're taught that in a democracy power comes from being elected. Robert Caro
22. A messy participatory process is representative democracy at its best. Mark McKinnon
23. The right of a minority is so important in a democracy. Robert Caro
24. Democracy is but an experiment in the long history of the world. Mark McKinnon
25. When you get back control of your country, you get proper democracy. You get back proper debate. Nigel Farage
26. Democracy should be practiced not every six years, but every day. Gael Garcia Bernal
27. Democracy is timelessly human, and timelessness always implies a certain amount of potential youthfulness. Thomas Mann
28. Celebrity distorts democracy by giving the rich, beautiful, and famous more authority than they deserve. Maureen Dowd
29. I believe that sovereignty is the twin sister of democracy. If there's no sovereignty, there's no democracy. Marine Le Pen



30. Democracy is messy, and it's hard. It's never easy. Robert Kennedy, Jr.
31. One person alone can't do anything as important as bringing genuine democracy to a country. Aung San Suu Kyi
32. We live in a democracy, and people are free to sometimes choose the wrong leader. Rand Paul
33. Inflation is bringing us true democracy. For the first time in history, luxuries and necessities are selling at the same price. Robert Orben
34. The idea of democracy has been stripped of it moral imperatives and come to denote hollowness and hypocrisy. Paul Wellstone
35. Democracy demands trust. It demands that sense of mutual understanding. And - it's a two way street. You've got to give - as much as you take. Charles Kennedy
36. The motive power of democracy is love. Henri Bergson
37. Forcing some countries to accept democracy is something that should not be done. Mahathir Mohamad
38. Democracy is not a spectator sport. It is a difficult, hard, full-contact, participatory endeavor. Cory Booker
39. It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting. Tom Stoppard
40. In a democracy one must have the right to express oneself and that's what I do, even if it displeases. Brigitte Bardot
41. The exuberance of democracy leads to undisciplined and disorderly conditions which are inimical to development. Lee Kuan Yew
42. Democracy is the wholesome and pure air without which a socialist public organization cannot live a full-blooded life. Mikhail Gorbachev
43. Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor. James Russell Lowell
44. Well, you know, too much democracy is a sort of sad thing. Ann Richards
45. Too many people expect wonders from democracy, when the most wonderful thing of all is just having it. Walter Winchell
46. Democracy is an abuse of statistics. Jorge Luis Borges
47. A mature society understands that at the heart of democracy is argument. Salman Rushdie
48. Two cheers for Democracy; one because it admits variety, and two because it permits criticism. E. M. Forster
49. Struggles do not end when countries attempt the transition to democracy. Hillary Clinton
50. The greatest blessing of our democracy is freedom. But in the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves. Bernard Baruch
51. Democracy is still a radical idea in a world where we often confuse images with realities, words with actions. Hillary Clinton
52. The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois. Gustave Flaubert
53. Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems. Reinhold Niebuhr
54. You can't put democracy and freedom back into a box. George W. Bush
55. Democracy is the art of thinking independently together. Alexander Meiklejohn
56. Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is ignorant. John Simon
57. Liberal democracy must finally become the vital element of our society. Gustav Heinemann
58. Liberty, freedom and democracy are very fuzzy words, but human rights is very specific. Joichi Ito
59. If there is a problem with democracy, the answer has to be more democracy. Anibal Acevedo Vila



60. Discrimination will impair democracy. Jaggi Vasudev
61. Democracies do not go to war. War is not our expression of thought. Asif Ali Zardari
62. The right to religious freedom and the right to vote are both fundamental to our democracy. Lois Frankel
63. The nature of a democracy consists to an important degree in the right of the people to criticize problems and mistakes. Walter Ulbricht
64. Here's to democracy. May we get the government we deserve. Rick Mercer
65. We need to get the corporate money out of the political system and return democracy to the people. Ted Deutch
66. In a democracy everybody has a right to be represented, including the jerks. Chris Patten
67. I take a grave view of the press. It is the weak slat under the bed of democracy. A. J. Liebling
68. In democracy everyone has the right to be represented, even the jerks. Chris Patten
69. All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy. Al Smith
70. In a democracy, voting is a huge and most important right of a common man. Pankaj Tripathi
71. Democracy opens new vistas and opportunities. We should use the opportunities it offers to correct past mistakes not to blunder anew. Ibrahim Babangida
72. In a democracy there is a centralization of governmental power in a simple majority. Robert W. Welch, Jr.
73. Democracy is something that you must learn each generation. It has to be taught. Anthony Kennedy
74. Democracy is interactive... It's a constant job of information, education, explanation, listening, and interactive communication. Dick Gephardt
75. Democracy presumes that we're all created equal; competition proves we are not, or else every race would end in a tie. Nancy Gibbs
76. You don't spread democracy through the barrel of a gun. Helen Thomas
77. Democracy is an extraordinary adventure. It's difficult, full of daring and risk and danger. But it's the greatest gift we have. Jon Voight
78. Small use it will be to save democracy for the race if we cannot save the race for democracy. Jeannette Rankin
79. You can't be a full participant in our democracy if you don't know our history. David McCullough
80. Vibrant political parties are vital to the health of our democracy. Sadiq Khan
81. Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people. Harry Emerson Fosdick
82. The right to free speech is critical to our democracy. Amy Klobuchar
83. Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor. James Russell Lowell
84. Democracy for people who are not used to it can undermine stability, resulting in war. Mahathir Mohamad
85. Democracy is a process by which people are free to choose the man who will get the blame. Laurence J. Peter
86. Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse. Jawaharlal Nehru
87. Our form of democracy is bribery, on the highest scale. Gore Vidal
88. The very design of neoliberal principles is a direct attack on democracy. Noam Chomsky
89. A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person. James Madison



90. You don't spread democracy through the barrel of a gun. Helen Thomas
91. The true victory is the victory for democracy and pluralism. Hosni Mubarak
92. Democracy is necessary to peace and to undermining the forces of terrorism. Benazir Bhutto
93. You cannot say we are a healthy, dynamic democracy when one party wins almost two-thirds of the vote. F. W. de Klerk
94. Imposing democracy through force is a roll of the dice. Chuck Hagel
95. It's crucial to democracy and good government to scrutinize our public officials. Ana Navarro
96. Voting is fundamental in our democracy. It has yielded enormous returns. Arlen Specter
97. I can't emphasize how important free speech is to a liberal and free democracy. Hasan Minhaj
98. Our country's founders cherished liberty, not democracy. Ron Paul
99. Voter suppression anywhere hurts our democracy everywhere. Jason Kander
100. Sometimes democracy must be bathed in blood. Augusto Pinochet
101. Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. Reinhold Niebuhr
102. For us democracy is a question of human dignity. And human dignity is political freedom. Olof Palme
103. Democracy without morality is impossible. Jack Kemp
104. We're not perfect, but we do have democracy. Hugo Chavez

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