Quotations on Democracy

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The first and continuing argument for the curtailment of working hours and the raising of the minimum age was that education was necessary in a democracy and working children could not attend school.
- Grace Abbott
(Keywords: Age, Education, Argument, Children, Democracy, First, School)

If a jerk burns the flag, America is not threatened, democracy is not under siege, freedom is not at risk.
- Gary Ackerman
(Keywords: America, Democracy, Freedom, Risk)

The fate of every democracy, of every government based on the sovereignty of the people, depends on the choices it makes between these opposite principles, absolute power on the one hand, and on the other the restraints of legality and the authority of tradition.
- John Acton
(Keywords: Government, Power, People, Authority, Choices, Democracy, Fate, Principles, Tradition)

Far from being the product of a democratic revolution and of an opposition to English institutions, the constitution of the United States was the result of a powerful reaction against democracy, and in favor of the traditions of the mother country.
- John Acton
(Keywords: Mother, Being, Constitution, Country, Democracy, English, Revolution, Opposition, Result, states, Traditions, United)

Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Aristocracy, Democracy, Suicide)

Be assured, fellow citizens, that in a democracy it is the laws that guard the person of the citizen and the constitution of the state, whereas the despot and the oligarch find their protection in suspicion and in armed guards.
- Aeschines
(Keywords: Constitution, Democracy, Laws, Protection, State, Suspicion)

Taiwan is a budding democracy, and the people have participated in multi-party democratic elections since 1996.
- Todd Akin
(Keywords: People, Democracy, Elections)

Remember one thing about democracy. We can have anything we want and at the same time, we always end up with exactly what we deserve.
- Edward Albee
(Keywords: Time, Democracy, End, Want)

We will not be intimidated or pushed off the world stage by people who do not like what we stand for, and that is, freedom, democracy and the fight against disease, poverty and terrorism.
- Madeleine Albright
(Keywords: People, Democracy, Disease, Fight, Freedom, Poverty, Terrorism, Will, World)

Is America truly a democracy? Has America ever been a democracy with the institution of slavery?
- Tatyana Ali
(Keywords: America, Democracy, Slavery)

If information and knowledge are central to democracy, they are the conditions for development.
- Kofi Annan
(Keywords: Knowledge, Development, Democracy, Information)

Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.
- Kofi Annan
(Keywords: Education, Power, Development, Democracy, Freedom, Rest, Right)

Freedom of expression - in particular, freedom of the press - guarantees popular participation in the decisions and actions of government, and popular participation is the essence of our democracy.
- Corazon Aquino
(Keywords: Government, Actions, Decisions, Democracy, Expression, Freedom, Participation, Popular)

I don't have any formula for ousting a dictator or building democracy. All I can suggest is to forget about yourself and just think of your people. It's always the people who make things happen.
- Corazon Aquino
(Keywords: People, Building, Democracy, Forget, Formula)

It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship.
- Corazon Aquino
(Keywords: Power, Democracy, Dictatorship, Freedom, Light)

Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Men, Democracy, Respect)

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Men, Democracy, Property)

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Government, Equality, Thought, Democracy, Liberty, Will)

In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Power, Democracy, Majority, Poor, Will)

A central claim of the Bush administration's foreign policy is that the spread of democracy in the Middle East is the cure for terrorism.
- Timothy Garton Ash
(Keywords: Policy, Cure, Democracy, Foreign policy, Terrorism)

We've got to understand that the whole nature of the way American democracy guards its freedom has been changed.
- John Ashcroft
(Keywords: Nature, American, Democracy, Freedom)

Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
- Clement Attlee
(Keywords: Government, People, Democracy, Talking)

The return of democracy in our land has indeed thrown the problems of development into bolder relief.
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Keywords: Development, Democracy, Land, Problems)

The history of our country is not the history of any other country in the world which is either practicing advanced democracy or struggling to lay the foundation for democracy.
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Keywords: History, Country, Democracy, World)

The challenge as we saw in the Nigerian project was to restructure the economy decisively in the direction of a modern free market as an appropriate environment for cultivation of freedom and democracy and the natural emergence of a new social order.
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Keywords: Challenge, Democracy, Direction, Economy, Environment, Freedom, Order, Project)

Informed by our sad experience of history, we require nothing short of a foundation for lasting democracy.
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Keywords: Experience, History, Democracy, Nothing)

To say that most of us today are purely expansive is only another way of saying that most of us continue to be more concerned with the quantity than with the quality of our democracy.
- Irving Babbitt
(Keywords: Quality, Democracy, Quantity, Saying, Today)

A democracy, the realistic observer is forced to conclude, is likely to be idealistic in its feelings about itself, but imperialistic about its practice.
- Irving Babbitt
(Keywords: Feelings, Democracy, Practice)

We learned in World War II that no single nation holds a monopoly on wisdom, morality or right to power, but that we must fight for the weak and promote democracy.
- Joe Baca
(Keywords: War, Power, Wisdom, Morality, Democracy, Fight, Nation, Right, World, World war)

So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy.
- Roger Nash Baldwin
(Keywords: People, Country, Democracy, Fight, Rights)

Our constitutional liberties shall not be sacrificed in our search for greater security, for that is what our enemies and all enemies of freedom and democracy hope to achieve.
- Tammy Baldwin
(Keywords: Hope, Democracy, Enemies, Freedom, Security)

Now the first step has to be taken, the step towards democracy. This step is full of risks, and requires trust on all sides. We don't know where it will lead. But if we just stand still, we will have no chance of escaping the violence.
- Daniel Barenboim
(Keywords: Trust, Chance, Democracy, First, Now, Violence, Will)

The American flag is an enduring symbol of liberty, democracy, and justice. It is fitting that the House act to protect it as we approach our nation's birthday, and as our men and women in uniform rally behind it in Iraq's battlefields.
- Joe Barton
(Keywords: Men, Women, Birthday, Act, American, Democracy, Iraq, Justice, Liberty, Nation, Symbol)

The greatest blessing of our democracy is freedom. But in the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves.
- Bernard Baruch
(Keywords: Discipline, Democracy, Freedom)

We have shown that Islam can rule the world perfectly for 14 centuries, and during this time of Muslim power we did not borrow ideas like democracy from others, so why do we need to learn democracy from them now?
- Abu Bakar Bashir
(Keywords: Power, Time, Ideas, Islam, Muslim, Democracy, Now, World)

But the West is trying to weaken Islam from outside and inside. They attack our people and invade our countries from outside, and they weaken us from within with ideas like secularism, liberalism and democracy. This is all designed to contaminate our pure Islam.
- Abu Bakar Bashir
(Keywords: People, Ideas, Islam, Countries, Democracy, Liberalism, Trying)

The capacity to combine commitment with skepticism is essential to democracy.
- Mary Catherine Bateson
(Keywords: Commitment, Democracy, Skepticism)

America is stronger than ever. We will forever remember those we lost on September 11, 2001. In honoring their memory, we will remain true to our commitment to freedom and democracy.
- Evan Bayh
(Keywords: America, Commitment, Democracy, Freedom, Memory, Will)

Nonetheless, we continue to be obsessed with finding or inventing a European nation which, as in the nation state, guarantees homogeneity and thus an appropriate form of democracy and centralized government.
- Ulrich Beck
(Keywords: Government, Democracy, Nation, State)

The American people expect public servants to be able to police themselves. But instead of designing a system to enforce ethical conduct, Tom Delay and his cohorts have implemented a self protection system. Obviously, it wasn't good for democracy.
- Chris Bell
(Keywords: People, American, Delay, Democracy, Police, Protection, Public, Self)

America's support for human rights and democracy is our noblest export to the world.
- William Bennett
(Keywords: America, Democracy, Rights, Human rights, Support, World)

Even in a society as tightly controlled as Singapore's, the market creates certain forces which perhaps in the long run may lead to democracy.
- Peter L. Berger
(Keywords: Society, Democracy, May)

The motive power of democracy is love.
- Henri Bergson
(Keywords: Love, Power, Democracy, Motive)

A monoculture is not only Hollywood, but Americans trying to export democracy.
- Bernardo Bertolucci
(Keywords: Americans, Democracy, Hollywood, Trying)

It's true that General Musharraf opposes my return, seeing me as a symbol of democracy in the country. He is comfortable with dictatorship. I hope better sense prevails.
- Benazir Bhutto
(Keywords: Hope, Country, Democracy, Dictatorship, Sense, Symbol)

Democracy is necessary to peace and to undermining the forces of terrorism.
- Benazir Bhutto
(Keywords: Peace, Democracy, Terrorism)

Only that Swiss in the heart want still a king or at least a strong Upper House of Parliament. Swiss long themselves for less democracy and more dictatorship.
- Peter Bichsel
(Keywords: Heart, Democracy, Dictatorship, Parliament, Want)

Slowly but surely, we are acquiring that famous culture of democracy, which is our objective.
- Paul Biya
(Keywords: Culture, Democracy, Famous)

Now, mark it. This may be strong language, but heed it. The people mean it, and, my friends of the Eastern Democracy, we bid farewell when you do that thing.
- Richard Parks Bland
(Keywords: People, Democracy, Friends, Language, May, Now)

Speaking as a Democrat, all my life battling for what I conceived to be Democracy, and what I conceived to be right, I am yet an American above Democracy.
- Richard Parks Bland
(Keywords: Life, American, Democracy, Right)



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