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The more I see of democracy the more I dislike it. It just brings everything down to the mere vulgar level of wages and prices, electric light and water closets, and nothing else.

Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

Profession: British Author

You must drop all your democracy. You must not believe in ''the people.'' One class is no better than another. It must be a case of Wisdom, or Truth. Let the working classes be working classes. That is the truth. There must be an aristocracy of people who have wisdom, and there must be a Ruler: a Kaiser: no Presidents and democracies.

Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

Profession: British Author

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

Author: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Profession: Sixteenth President of the USA

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.

Author: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Profession: Sixteenth President of the USA

This is one of the paradoxes of the democratic movement -- that it loves a crowd and fears the individuals who compose it -- that the religion of humanity should have no faith in human beings.

Author: Walter Lippmann (1889-1974)

Profession: American Journalist

Unless democracy is to commit suicide by consenting to its own destruction, it will have to find some formidable answer to those who come to it saying: ''I demand from you in the name of your principles the rights which I shall deny to you later in the name of my principles.''

Author: Walter Lippmann (1889-1974)

Profession: American Journalist

What we call a democratic society might be defined for certain purposes as one in which the majority is always prepared to put down a revolutionary minority.

Author: Walter Lippmann (1889-1974)

Profession: American Journalist

Democracy give every man the right to be his own oppressor.

Author: James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

Profession: American Poet, Critic, Editor

Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing. What is necessary now is one thing and one thing only that democracy become again democracy in action, not democracy accomplished and piled up in goods and gold.

Author: Archibald Macleish (1892-1982)

Profession: American Poet

A modern democracy is a tyranny whose borders are undefined; one discovers how far one can go only by traveling in a straight line until one is stopped.

Author: Norman Mailer (1923)

Profession: American Author

It is a strange fact that freedom and equality, the two basic ideas of democracy, are to some extent contradictory. Logically considered, freedom and equality are mutually exclusive, just as society and the individual are mutually exclusive.

Author: Thomas Mann (1875-1955)

Profession: German Author, Critic

The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy.

Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist

I confess I enjoy democracy immensely. It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing.

Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist

Democracy is also a form of religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses.

Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what They want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist