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It is the American vice, the democratic disease which expresses its tyranny by reducing everything unique to the level of the herd.

Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Profession: American Author

There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship.

Author: Ralph Nader (1934)

Profession: American Lawyer, Consumer Activist

Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.

Author: Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

Profession: American Theologian, Historian

The best way of learning to be an independent sovereign state is to be an independent sovereign state.

Author: Kwame Nkrumah

Profession: Leader of Ghana's fight for Independence

Everything that is right or natural pleads for separation. The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, 'Tis time to part.

Author: Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

Profession: Anglo-American Political Theorist, Writer

In a democracy everybody has a right to be represented, including the jerks.

Author: Chris Patten (1944)

Profession: British Statesman, Governor of Hong Kong

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

Author: William Penn (1644-1718)

Profession: British Religious Leader, Founder of Pennsylvania

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

Author: Laurence J. Peter


These, then, will be some of the features of democracy... it will be, in all likelihood, an agreeable, lawless, parti-colored commonwealth, dealing with all alike on a footing of equality, whether they be really equal or not.

Author: Plato

Profession: Greek Philosopher

Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike.

Author: Plato

Profession: Greek Philosopher

Freedom without obligation is anarchy. Freedom without obligation is democracy.

Author: Earl Riney


Democracy is a political method, that is to say, a certain type of institutional arrangement for arriving at political -- legislative and administrative -- decisions and hence incapable of being an end in itself.

Author: Joseph A. Schumpeter (1883-1950)

Profession: Austrian-American Economist

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

Author: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Profession: Irish-born British Dramatist

I talk democracy to these men and women. I tell them that they have the vote, and that theirs is the kingdom and the power and the glory. I say to them ''You are supreme: exercise your power.'' They say, ''That's right: tell us what to do;'' and I tell them. I say ''Exercise our vote intelligently by voting for me.'' And they do. That's democracy; and a splendid thing it is too for putting the right men in the right place.

Author: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Profession: Irish-born British Dramatist

Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is blissfully ignorant.

Author: John Simon