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Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.

Author: John Adams (1735-1826)

Profession: Second President of the USA

Democracy: In which you say what you like and do what you're told.

Author: Dave Barry

Profession: American Humorist, Author

Democracy is the menopause of Western society, the Grand Climacteric of the body social. Fascism is its middle-aged lust.

Author: Jean Baudrillard

Profession: French Postmodern Philosopher, Writer

The worst thing I can say about democracy is that it has tolerated the Right Honorable Gentleman for four and a half years.

Author: Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960)

Profession: British Labor Politician

We once worried that democracy could not survive if an undereducated populace knew too little. Now we worry if it can survive us knowing too much.

Author: Robert Bianco

Profession: American Radio/ TV Editor

The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.

Author: William F. Buckley (1925-)

Profession: American Writer

Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.

Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Profession: British Author

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.

Author: Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.

Author: Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

The ship of Democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those aboard.

Author: Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)

Profession: Twenty-second & 24th President of the USA

The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.

Author: James F. Cooper (1789-1851)

Profession: American Novelist

When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong.

Author: Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926)

Profession: American Socialist Leader

Nor is the people's judgment always true: the most may err as grossly as the few.

Author: John Dryden (1631-1700)

Profession: British Poet, Dramatist, Critic

Democracy don't rule the world, you better get that in your head; this world is ruled by violence, but I guess that's better left unsaid.

Author: Bob Dylan (1941)

Profession: American Musician, Singer, Songwriter

Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.

Author: Edward M. Forster (1879-1970)

Profession: British Novelist, Essayist