Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing.
Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote.
Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy; the best weapon of a democracy is openness.
Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and Senators and Congressmen and Government officials but the voters of this country.
On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
Elections belong to the people. It's their decision.
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.
Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.
Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear.
A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
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.
Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us.
Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
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.
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority.
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