Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than
-George Bernard Shaw
Democracy is a form of government in which it is permitted to wonder
aloud what the country could do under first-class management.
Democracy is a genus, not a species. Getting a democracy is rather like
getting a 'mammal' for a gift. Kittens are nice. Wolverines will lunch
on your eyeballs. You don't drop a wolverine in your friend's lap, and
then walk away feeling you've done him a favor, since 'the best pets are
Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual
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.
-Joseph A. Schumpeter
Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man
who will get the blame.
-Laurence J. Peter
Democracy is a small hard core of common agreement, surrounded by a rich
variety of individual differences.
-James Bryant Conant
Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by
Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
-Jorge Luis Borges
Democracy is an experiment, and the right of the majority to rule is no
more inherent than the right of the minority to rule; and unless the
majority represents sane, righteous, unselfish public sentiment, it has
no inherent right.
-William Allen White
Democracy is an objective. Democratization is a process. Democratization
serves the cause of peace because it offers the possibility of justice
and of progressive change without force.
Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary
possibilities in ordinary people.
-Harry Emerson Fosdick
Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
Democracy is buying a big house you can't afford with money you don't
have to impress people you wish were dead.
Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems.
Democracy is fine by me, but sometimes I'm not sure about you. (song
Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse. So we are
forced to accept democracy. It has good points and also bad. But merely
saying that democracy will solve all problems is utterly wrong. Problems
are solved by intelligence and hard work.
Democracy is like a raft. It won't sink, but you'll always have your
-Russell B. Long
Democracy is like a tambourine- not everyone can be trusted with it.
Democracy is mob rule, but with income taxes.
Democracy is more cruel than wars or tyrants.
-Lucias Annaeus Seneca
Democracy is more vindictive than Cabinets. The wars of peoples will be
more terrible than those of kings.
Democracy is no harlot to be picked up in the street by a man with a
Democracy is people of all races, colors, and creeds united by a single
dream: to get rich and move to the suburbs away from people of all
races, colors, and creeds.
Democracy is something that you must learn each generation. It has to be
Democracy is still upon its trial. The civic genius of our people is its
Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey
Democracy is the crude leading the crud.
Democracy is the eagle on the back of a dollar bill, with 13 arrows in
one claw, 13 leaves on a branch, 13 tail feathers, and 13 stars over its
head. This signifies that when the white man came to this country, it
was bad luck for the Indians, bad luck for the trees, bad luck for the
wildlife, and lights out for the American eagle.
Democracy is the name we give to the people when we need them.
Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be
whether they are the powers that ought to be.
-Sydney J. Harris
Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people
are right more than half of the time.
Democracy is the theory that the people know what they want, and deserve
to get it good and hard.
Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms
that have been tried from time to time.
Democracy is timelessly human, and timelessness always implies a certain
amount of potential youthfulness.
Democracy is too good to share with just anybody.
Democracy is welcoming people from other lands, and giving them
something to hold onto- usually a mop or a leaf blower.
Democracy is, by the nature of it, a self-canceling business; and it
gives in the long run a net result of zero.