Democracy Quotes and Sayings

Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
William Penn

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the people discover they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy – to be followed by a dictatorship.
– Alexander Fraser Tytler

It’s not the voting that’s democracy; it’s the counting.

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
James Russell Lowell

The best argument against democracy is a five- minute conversation with the average voter.
Winston Churchill

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
– John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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

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The root cause of the problem is that in the political system of our country we can cast out votes once in five years and for the next five we grovel in front of the same people we voted for and chose as our representatives. The people have no say whatsoever in the entire system.
Arvind Kejriwal

Is democracy all about casting your vote once in five years and then letting these parties and their leaders rule the roost? This cannot be a democracy. There is something wrong somewhere. The basic problem in our country is that there is no democracy. We want democracy. The politics of voting once in five years is no longer acceptable. The people want a direct participation in power. The people shall take decisions, and politicians and officials will have to implement them.
Arvind Kejriwal

Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.
– Laurence J. Peter

You can’t afford to hate politics. The politics of this country is democracy. Democracy is by the people, of the people and for the people. The day people stop taking active part in the politics of this country, democracy will not survive.
Arvind Kejriwal

Democracy is the ultimate, positive revolution because it gives each and every individual the power to control their lives. And we can work together to create a just, sustainable world.
– Bill Blackman

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

In democracy it’s your vote that counts; In feudalism it’s your count that votes.
– Mogens Jallberg

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
George Bernard Shaw

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Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
George Bernard Shaw

The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.
– Art Spander

Freedom is when the people can speak, democracy is when the government listens.

The key to democracy is an enlightened public.

Submitted by: Brenda Alston on June 27, 2016

Democracy arose from men’s thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
Aristotle

Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
– Reinhold Niebuhr

Democracy is essentially a political system that recognizes the equality of humans before the law.

It has been said that Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
Winston Churchill

Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone’s slave.
– Karl Kraus

You cannot bring democracy to a country by attacking it.
– Akbar Ganji

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The spirit of democracy cannot be established in the midst of terrorism, whether governmental or popular.
– Mohandas Gandhi

In true democracy every man and women is taught to think for himself or herself.
– Mohandas Gandhi

To safeguard democracy the people must have a keen sense of independence, self-respect, and their oneness.
– Mohandas Gandhi

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

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

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