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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 Democracy quotes and sayings.


Democracy belongs to those who exercise it. - Bill Moyers
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
One of the hallmarks of higher education and of democracy is the ability to converse with people with whom we disagree. - Betsy DeVos
We have, essentially, a worthless democracy. - Aaron McGruder
Democracy is messy, and it's hard. It's never easy. - Robert Kennedy, Jr.
For me, true and authentic democracy occurs when the privileged groups assist the unprivileged groups to become more privileged. - Stephane Hessel
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
The essence of a democracy is a free electorate. - Arlen Specter
Discrimination will impair democracy. - Jaggi Vasudev
Maintain democracy or go to dictatorship: that is what is at stake in these elections. - Mario Vargas Llosa
Democracy is the common pursuit of mankind, and all countries must earnestly protect the democratic rights of the people. - Hu Jintao
Corruption is nature's way of restoring our faith in democracy. - Peter Ustinov
You don't spread democracy through the barrel of a gun. - Helen Thomas
Democracy is messy, clearly, but it has one key factor, which is an orderly transfer of power. - Toomas Hendrik Ilves
In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith. - J. William Fulbright
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
Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave. - Karl Kraus
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
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. - Winston Churchill
I take the debate on the method of promoting democracy seriously. - Recep Tayyip Erdogan
I think the advantage of democracy is that it makes us less dependent on a group of leaders. - Azim Premji
Social democracy does not represent an ideal future; it does not even represent the ideal past. - Tony Judt
Of course democracy is good, but it is a process, not a prescription. - Queen Rania of Jordan
You know, we're taught that in a democracy power comes from being elected. - Robert Caro
A messy participatory process is representative democracy at its best. - Mark McKinnon
The right of a minority is so important in a democracy. - Robert Caro
Democracy is but an experiment in the long history of the world. - Mark McKinnon
When you get back control of your country, you get proper democracy. You get back proper debate. - Nigel Farage
Democracy should be practiced not every six years, but every day. - Gael Garcia Bernal
Democracy is timelessly human, and timelessness always implies a certain amount of potential youthfulness. - Thomas Mann
Celebrity distorts democracy by giving the rich, beautiful, and famous more authority than they deserve. - Maureen Dowd
I believe that sovereignty is the twin sister of democracy. If there's no sovereignty, there's no democracy. - Marine Le Pen
One person alone can't do anything as important as bringing genuine democracy to a country. - Aung San Suu Kyi
We live in a democracy, and people are free to sometimes choose the wrong leader. - Rand Paul
Inflation is bringing us true democracy. For the first time in history, luxuries and necessities are selling at the same price. - Robert Orben
The idea of democracy has been stripped of it moral imperatives and come to denote hollowness and hypocrisy. - Paul Wellstone
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
The motive power of democracy is love. - Henri Bergson
Forcing some countries to accept democracy is something that should not be done. - Mahathir Mohamad
Democracy is not a spectator sport. It is a difficult, hard, full-contact, participatory endeavor. - Cory Booker
It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting. - Tom Stoppard
In a democracy one must have the right to express oneself and that's what I do, even if it displeases. - Brigitte Bardot
The exuberance of democracy leads to undisciplined and disorderly conditions which are inimical to development. - Lee Kuan Yew
Democracy is the wholesome and pure air without which a socialist public organization cannot live a full-blooded life. - Mikhail Gorbachev
Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor. - James Russell Lowell
Well, you know, too much democracy is a sort of sad thing. - Ann Richards
Too many people expect wonders from democracy, when the most wonderful thing of all is just having it. - Walter Winchell
Democracy is an abuse of statistics. - Jorge Luis Borges
A mature society understands that at the heart of democracy is argument. - Salman Rushdie
Two cheers for Democracy; one because it admits variety, and two because it permits criticism. - E. M. Forster
Struggles do not end when countries attempt the transition to democracy. - Hillary Clinton
The greatest blessing of our democracy is freedom. But in the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves. - Bernard Baruch
Democracy is still a radical idea in a world where we often confuse images with realities, words with actions. - Hillary Clinton
The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois. - Gustave Flaubert
Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems. - Reinhold Niebuhr
You can't put democracy and freedom back into a box. - George W. Bush
Democracy is the art of thinking independently together. - Alexander Meiklejohn
Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is ignorant. - John Simon
Liberal democracy must finally become the vital element of our society. - Gustav Heinemann
Liberty, freedom and democracy are very fuzzy words, but human rights is very specific. - Joichi Ito
If there is a problem with democracy, the answer has to be more democracy. - Anibal Acevedo Vila
Democracies do not go to war. War is not our expression of thought. - Asif Ali Zardari
The right to religious freedom and the right to vote are both fundamental to our democracy. - Lois Frankel
The nature of a democracy consists to an important degree in the right of the people to criticize problems and mistakes. - Walter Ulbricht
Here's to democracy. May we get the government we deserve. - Rick Mercer
We need to get the corporate money out of the political system and return democracy to the people. - Ted Deutch
In a democracy everybody has a right to be represented, including the jerks. - Chris Patten
I take a grave view of the press. It is the weak slat under the bed of democracy. - A. J. Liebling
In democracy everyone has the right to be represented, even the jerks. - Chris Patten
All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy. - Al Smith
In a democracy, voting is a huge and most important right of a common man. - Pankaj Tripathi
Democracy opens new vistas and opportunities. We should use the opportunities it offers to correct past mistakes not to blunder anew. - Ibrahim Babangida
In a democracy there is a centralization of governmental power in a simple majority. - Robert W. Welch, Jr.
Democracy is something that you must learn each generation. It has to be taught. - Anthony Kennedy
Democracy is interactive... It's a constant job of information, education, explanation, listening, and interactive communication. - Dick Gephardt
Democracy presumes that we're all created equal; competition proves we are not, or else every race would end in a tie. - Nancy Gibbs
You don't spread democracy through the barrel of a gun. - Helen Thomas
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
Small use it will be to save democracy for the race if we cannot save the race for democracy. - Jeannette Rankin
You can't be a full participant in our democracy if you don't know our history. - David McCullough
Vibrant political parties are vital to the health of our democracy. - Sadiq Khan
Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people. - Harry Emerson Fosdick
The right to free speech is critical to our democracy. - Amy Klobuchar
Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor. - James Russell Lowell
Democracy for people who are not used to it can undermine stability, resulting in war. - Mahathir Mohamad
Democracy is a process by which people are free to choose the man who will get the blame. - Laurence J. Peter
Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse. - Jawaharlal Nehru
Our form of democracy is bribery, on the highest scale. - Gore Vidal
The very design of neoliberal principles is a direct attack on democracy. - Noam Chomsky
A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person. - James Madison
The true victory is the victory for democracy and pluralism. - Hosni Mubarak
Democracy is necessary to peace and to undermining the forces of terrorism. - Benazir Bhutto
You cannot say we are a healthy, dynamic democracy when one party wins almost two-thirds of the vote. - F. W. de Klerk
Imposing democracy through force is a roll of the dice. - Chuck Hagel
It's crucial to democracy and good government to scrutinize our public officials. - Ana Navarro
Voting is fundamental in our democracy. It has yielded enormous returns. - Arlen Specter
I can't emphasize how important free speech is to a liberal and free democracy. - Hasan Minhaj
Our country's founders cherished liberty, not democracy. - Ron Paul
Voter suppression anywhere hurts our democracy everywhere. - Jason Kander
Sometimes democracy must be bathed in blood. - Augusto Pinochet
Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. - Reinhold Niebuhr
For us democracy is a question of human dignity. And human dignity is political freedom. - Olof Palme
Democracy without morality is impossible. - Jack Kemp
We're not perfect, but we do have democracy. - Hugo Chavez
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