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Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.

Author: Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969)

Profession: American Minister

When people put their ballots in the boxes, they are, by that act, inoculated against the feeling that the government is not theirs. They then accept, in some measure, that its errors are their errors, its aberrations their aberrations, that any revolt will be against them. It's a remarkably shrewd and rather conservative arrangement when one thinks of it.

Author: John Kenneth Galbraith (1908)

Profession: American Economist

Democracy! Bah! When I hear that word I reach for my feather Boa!

Author: Allen Ginsberg (1926)

Profession: American Poet

Democracy is the wholesome and pure air without which a socialist public organization cannot live a full-blooded life.

Author: Mikhail Gorbachev (1931)

Profession: Soviet Statesman and President of USSR (1988-91)

The soviet people want full-blooded and unconditional democracy.

Author: Mikhail Gorbachev (1931)

Profession: Soviet Statesman and President of USSR (1988-91)

Everybody's for democracy in principle. It's only in practice that the thing gives rise to stiff objections.

Author: Meg Greenfield


The freeman, casting with unpurchased hand the vote that shakes the turrets of the land.

Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Profession: American Author, Wit, Poet

I swear to the Lord, I still can't see, why Democracy means, everybody but me.

Author: Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

Profession: American Poet, Short-story Writer, Playwright

It is not enough to merely defend democracy. To defend it may be to lose it; to extend it is to strengthen it. Democracy is not property; it is an idea.

Author: Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978)

Profession: American Democratic Politician, Vice President

The majority is never right. Never, I tell you! That's one of these lies in society that no free and intelligent man can help rebelling against. Who are the people that make up the biggest proportion of the population -- the intelligent ones or the fools? I think we can agree it's the fools, no matter where you go in this world, it's the fools that form the overwhelming majority.

Author: Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

Profession: Norwegian Dramatist

Democracy without morality is impossible.

Author: Jack Kemp

Profession: American Football Player

Chinks in America's egalitarian armor are not hard to find. Democracy is the fig leaf of elitism.

Author: Florence King (1936)

Profession: American Author, Critic

Democracy with its semi-civilization sincerely cherishes junk. The artist's power should be spiritual. But the power of the majority is material. When these worlds meet occasionally, it is pure coincidence.

Author: Paul Klee (1879-1940)

Profession: Swiss Artist

Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave.

Author: Karl Kraus (1874-1936)

Profession: Austrian Satirist

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions -- it only guarantees equality of opportunity.

Author: Irving Kristol