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Published Wednesday, March 16, 2016 @ 3:12 PM EDT
Mar 16 2016

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
-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.
-Doug Larson

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 mammals.'
-Will Wilkinson

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
-H.L. Mencken

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 jackasses.
-H.L. Mencken

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.
-Boutros-Boutros Ghali

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.
-Robert Byrne

Democracy is buying a big house you can't afford with money you don't have to impress people you wish were dead.
-Johnny Carson

Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems.
-Reinhold Neibuhr

Democracy is fine by me, but sometimes I'm not sure about you. (song lyrics)
-Garrison Keillor

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.
-Jawaharlal Nehru

Democracy is like a raft. It won't sink, but you'll always have your feet wet.
-Russell B. Long

Democracy is like a tambourine- not everyone can be trusted with it.
-John Oliver

Democracy is mob rule, but with income taxes.
-Variously attributed

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.
-Winston Churchill

Democracy is no harlot to be picked up in the street by a man with a tommy gun.
-Winston Churchill

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.
-Johnny Carson

Democracy is something that you must learn each generation. It has to be taught.
-Anthony Kennedy

Democracy is still upon its trial. The civic genius of our people is its only bulwark.
-William James

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
-H.L. Mencken

Democracy is the crude leading the crud.
-Florence King

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.
-Johnny Carson

Democracy is the name we give to the people when we need them.
-Robert Pelleve

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.
-E.B. White

Democracy is the theory that the people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
-H.L. Mencken

Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
-Winston Churchill

Democracy is timelessly human, and timelessness always implies a certain amount of potential youthfulness.
-Thomas Mann

Democracy is too good to share with just anybody.
-Nigel Rees

Democracy is welcoming people from other lands, and giving them something to hold onto- usually a mop or a leaf blower.
-Johnny Carson

Democracy is, by the nature of it, a self-canceling business; and it gives in the long run a net result of zero.
-Thomas Carlyle

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