Democracy Quotes

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Democracy Quotes

Democracy is “government of, by and for the people”. –Abraham Lincoln

 

It is my principle that the will of the majority should always prevail. -Thomas Jefferson

 

The people who own the country ought to govern it. –John Kay

 

Democracy is messy, and it’s hard. It’s never easy. Robert Kennedy, Jr.

 

There cannot be daily democracy without daily citizenship. -Ralph Nader

 

The lesson of history is clear: democracy always wins in the end. -Marjorie Kelly

 

The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate. Thomas Jefferson

 

The primal principle of democracy is the worth and dignity of the individual. -Edward Bellamy

 

Democracy is not the law of the majority but protection of the minority. –Albert Camus

 

Democracy is necessary to peace and to undermining the forces of terrorism. Benazir Bhutto

 

The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.George Washington

 

A great democracy must be progressive or it will soon cease to be a great democracy. -Theodore Roosevelt

 

The ship of democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those on board. Grover Cleveland

 

As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Abraham Lincoln

 

Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing. –Archibald MacLeish

 

 I understand democracy as something that gives the weak the same chance as the strong. -Mohandas Gandhi

 

In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, the will of the majority is supreme. –Aristotle

 

A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honorable, generous, tolerant and respectful. Charles W. Pickering

 

In a democracy, the individual enjoys not only the ultimate power but carries the ultimate responsibility. –Norman Cousins

 

Democracy… is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike. Plato

 

Democracy don’t rule the world, You’d better get that in your head; This world is ruled by violence, But I guess that’s better left unsaid. Bob Dylan

 

Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on. Thurgood Marshall

 

Americans need to be engaged and invested in the legislative process that affects their daily lives, otherwise we are just democracy in name only. Harris Faulkner

 

The road to democracy may be winding and is like a river taking many curves, but eventually the river will reach the ocean. – Chen Shui-bian

 

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

 

Democracy is not just a question of having a vote. It consists of strengthening each citizen’s possibility and capacity to participate in the deliberations involved in life in society. -Fernando Cardoso

 

The bedrock of our democracy is the rule of law and that means we have to have an independent judiciary, judges who can make decisions independent of the political winds that are blowing. Caroline Kennedy

 

The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations. Thomas Jefferson

 

My purpose is to be, in my action, just and constitutional; and yet practical, in performing the important duty, with which I am charged, of maintaining the unity, and the free principles of our common country. Abraham Lincoln

 

Democracy must be built through open societies that share information. When there is information, there is enlightenment. When there is debate, there are solutions. When there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability, there is abuse, corruption, subjugation and indignation. Atifete Jahjaga

 

If we desire a society of peace, then we cannot achieve such a society through violence. If we desire a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the process of building this society. If we desire a society that is democratic, then democracy must become a means as well as an end. Bayard Rustin

 

Death of Democracy Quotes

 

The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.

Robert M. Hutchins

 

“Imagine what would happen if the government were to take the wealth of 200,000 of Indias richest people and redistribute it amongst 2 million of Indias poorest? We would hear a lot about socialist appropriation and the death of democracy. Why should taking from the rich be called appropriation and taking from the poor be called development?”

Arundhati Roy

 

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