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Abraham Lincoln
(1809 - 1865)
This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their Constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.
Alan CorenkDemocracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear.
Anatole France
(1844 - 1924)
In every well-governed stat wealth is a sacred thing; in democracies it is the only sacred thing.
Aristotle
(384 - 322 b.c.)
A democracy is a government in the hands of men of low birth, no property, and vulgar employments.
Art SpanderThe great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.
Benjamin FranklinDemocracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Bertrand Russell
(1872 - 1970)
Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame.
E. B. White
(1899 - 1985)
Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time.
George Bernard Shaw
(1856 - 1950)
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
George Bernard Shaw
(1856 - 1950)
The substitution of election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
George Bernard Shaw
(1856 - 1950)
Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
H. L. Mencken
(1880 - 1956)
The worship of jackals by jackasses
H. L. Mencken
(1880 - 1956)
Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.
H. L. Mencken
(1880 - 1956)
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.
H. L. Mencken
(1880 - 1956)
Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.
H.L. MenckenDemocracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.
Harry Croswell
(1778 - 1858)
Democracy is like a school boy’s top. It runs upon so small a point, that it cannot support its own weight, unless kept constantly turning and turning.
James HartDemocracy is the Ouija board theory of government.
James Russell LowellDemocracy give every man the right bot his own oppressor.
James Russell Lowell
(1819 - 1891)
Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
- (American poet)
John Adams
(1735 - 1826)
Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
- (US President #2)
John Alejandro KingThe death of democracy likely won't result from conspiracy or war, but from some sexually transmitted disease democracy catches while sleeping around.
John Alejandro King a.k.a. The Covert Comic
(~1967 - )
Backroom intrigues punctuated by occasional covert action are no substitute for democratic government. They ARE democratic government.
John SimonDemocracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is blissfully ignorant.
Johnny Carson
(1925 - )
Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn't grow up can be vice president.
Laurence J. PeterDemocracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.
Lord ByronAn aristocracy of blackguards.
Marquis de Flers Robert and Arman de CaillavetDemocracy is the name we give the people whenever we need them.
Michael WikoffTake away the shephard and the sheep will follow wolves.
Mogens JallbergIn democracy its your vote that counts.; In feudalism its your count that votes.
Oscar Wilde
(1854 - 1900)
The bludgeioning of the people, by the people, for the people
Ralph Waldo Emerson
(1803 - 1882)
Democracy becomes a government of bullies, tempered by editors.
Ronald ReganThe other day, someone told me the difference between a democracy and a people's democracy. It's the same difference between a jacket and a straitjacket.
Thomas Jefferson
(1743 - 1826)
A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.
Tom Stoppard
(1937 - )
It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.
Ved NandaDemocracy is hypocrisy when the government does not accept the will of the electorate.
Will Rogers
(1879 - 1935)
On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does.
Winston Churchill
(1874 - 1965)
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
Winston ChurchillThe best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
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