Top 1922 Democracy Quotes

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“I take a grave view of the press. It is the weak slat under the bed of democracy.”

― A. J. Liebling

“In a democracy, the well-being, individuality and happiness of every citizen is important for the overall prosperity, peace and happiness of the nation.”

― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“Negroes are in no mood to shoulder guns for democracy abroad while they are denied democracy here at home.”

― A. Philip Randolph

“Television is the most perfect democracy. You sit there with your remote control and vote.”

― Aaron Brown

“We have, essentially, a worthless democracy.”

― Aaron McGruder

“You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.”

― Abbie Hoffman

“Democracy depends on well educated and engaged citizens.”

― Abby Huntsman

“One of the achievements of the reform movement is that people realize that they can be democrats and remain faithful Muslims. Democracy is now an established idea.”

― Abdolkarim Soroush

“Democracy is constructed like an edifice, freedom by freedom, right by right, until it reaches its snapping point.”

― Abdoulaye Wade

“In the past, the West had tried to export one formula of democracy which should fit to the rest of the world, and they discovered that this doesn’t work.”

― Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair

“Jordan has to show the Arab world that there’s another way of doing things. We’re a monarchy, yes, but if we can show democracy that leads to a two-, three-, four-party system – left, right and center – in a couple of years’ time, then the Muslim Brotherhood will no longer be something to contend with.”

― Abdullah II of Jordan

“We want to be, I think, an example for the rest of the Arab world, because there are a lot of people who say that the only democracy you can have in the Middle East is the Muslim Brotherhood.”

― Abdullah II of Jordan

“I think the success of democracy is not really police security; it’s the presence of a broad middle class. The stronger the middle class of a people is, the less you have to worry about one group coming in and exploiting the democratic process for its own ends.”

― Abdullah II of Jordan

“I told the students that we can exert pressure without resorting to violence, and that we can move towards democracy without violence; that way, God will allow it.”

― Abdurrahman Wahid

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.”

― Abraham Lincoln

“If the people of Utah shall peacefully form a State Constitution tolerating polygamy, will the Democracy admit them into the Union?”

― Abraham Lincoln

“We have shown that Islam can rule the world perfectly for 14 centuries, and during this time of Muslim power we did not borrow ideas like democracy from others, so why do we need to learn democracy from them now?”

― Abu Bakar Bashir

“But the West is trying to weaken Islam from outside and inside. They attack our people and invade our countries from outside, and they weaken us from within with ideas like secularism, liberalism and democracy. This is all designed to contaminate our pure Islam.”

― Abu Bakar Bashir

“I’m advocating that American citizens interested in democracy should stay out of chain stores.”

― Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

“An election in which people have to wait 10 hours to vote, or in which black voters wait in the rain for hours, while white voters zip through polling places, is unworthy of the world’s leading democracy.”

― Adam Cohen

“Supporters of tough voter ID laws are not afraid of vote fraud – they are afraid of democracy.”

― Adam Cohen

“Congress needs to toughen the laws protecting elections and make clear that anyone interfering with democracy will pay a stiff price.”

― Adam Cohen

“Of course there are many factors that led to the Iranian revolution, but back in 1951, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company – which would later become BP – and its principal owner, the British government, conspired to destroy democracy and install a western-controlled regime in Iran.”

― Adam Curtis

“Back in the 1950s, America set out to intervene in Syria, liberate the people from a corrupt elite, and bring about a new democracy. They did this with the best of intentions, but it led to disaster. And out of that disaster, the Assad regime rose to power.”

― Adam Curtis

“Tony Blair believed in a consumerist idea of democracy.”

― Adam Curtis

“Why am I such a Euro-enthusiast? Because I knew it was an anchor of democracy.”

― Adam Michnik

“We will not let terrorists change our way of life; we will not live in fear; and we will not undermine the civil liberties that characterize our Democracy.”

― Adam Schiff

“Growing up in this post-apartheid era, the first generation of teens in South Africa living in this new democracy, I often found myself feeling different. I was often the only person of color in an otherwise all-white school. And within the Indian community, because of my training with an English acting teacher, my accent was very different.”

― Adhir Kalyan

“Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.”

― Adlai Stevenson I

“As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.”

― Adlai Stevenson I

“The democracy we are constructing must be able to show its usefulness and relevance.”

― Adolfo Aguilar Zinser

“Pergamon, a prosperous city in western Anatolia, was fabled to have been founded by Hercules’ son. Like many Hellenistic cities populated by Greeks who intermarried with indigenous people, Pergamon after Alexander the Great’s death (323 B.C.) had evolved a hybrid of democracy and Persian-influenced monarchy.”

― Adrienne Mayor

“Be assured, fellow citizens, that in a democracy it is the laws that guard the person of the citizen and the constitution of the state, whereas the despot and the oligarch find their protection in suspicion and in armed guards.”

― Aeschines

“Democracy forever teases us with the contrast between its ideals and its realities, between its heroic possibilities and its sorry achievements.”

― Agnes Repplier

“And we are grateful to the American young men and women who are risking their lives to give the Iraqi people this chance, this dream of democracy in Iraq now.”

― Ahmed Chalabi

“The view that we hold in Iraq now is this – that democracy is associated with elections. I believe that elections are possible.”

― Ahmed Chalabi

“Egypt was the first democracy in the Middle East. Women were unveiled in the 1920s. Egypt is a country of civilization, of culture. It shouldn’t be suffering.”

― Ahmed Zewail

“It is true that Egypt’s attempt at democracy after the 2011 revolution encountered many obstacles in governance and infrastructure.”

― Ahmed Zewail

“The so-called Arab Spring has proved that the fall of a Mubarak-like presidency does not mean the immediate rise of democracy. In spite of this, I am confident that Egypt will not return to an authoritarian governing system again, and that, with some time, it will achieve its democratic goals.”

― Ahmed Zewail

“Egypt had the first constitution in the Middle East that allowed for liberty. And it had democracy.”

― Ahmed Zewail

“We shouldn’t waste any more time in making sure that democracy is properly rooted in our political life and the supremacy of the law becomes an integral part of our state’s structure.”

― Ahmet Necdet Sezner

“My parents told us how they felt but never imposed their beliefs on us, although I appreciate I got a healthy sense of democracy from them.”

― Ahmet Zappa

“We see the tendency in the world to criticise democracy and sometimes even to say that authoritarian countries like China are more efficient. That is very short-sighted. China looks efficient only because it can sacrifice most people’s rights. This is not something the west should be happy about.”

― Ai Weiwei

“I hope you realize, in a democracy, laughter is assent.”

― Al Franken

“In our political system, money is power. And that means a few can have a lot more power than the rest. That’s bad news for everyone else – and for our democracy itself.”

― Al Franken

“Our democracy, our constitutional framework is really a kind of software for harnessing the creativity and political imagination for all of our people. The American democratic system was an early political version of Napster.”

― Al Gore

“All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy.”

― Al Smith

“It’s not the voting that’s democracy, it’s the counting.”

― Al Smith

“Democracy is not about making speeches. It is about making committees work.”

― Alan Bullock

“Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they’ve told you what you think it is you want to hear.”

― Alan Coren

“Candor and accountability in a democracy is very important. Hypocrisy has no place.”

― Alan Dershowitz

“I believe that if Israel were to put an end to the settlements in the West Bank tomorrow, as it did in Gaza, there would still be reluctance on the part of the Palestinian Authority to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish secular democracy.”

― Alan Dershowitz

“Laws are important precisely because in a democracy they reflect the attitudes and aspirations of those they govern.”

― Alan Dershowitz

“Every economy exists, no matter what the level of democracy, has elements of crony capitalism. It’s – given human nature and given the democratic structures, which we all, I assume, adhere to, that is an inevitable consequence.”

― Alan Greenspan

“Without the confidence to know our democracy is functioning properly, we risk more disillusionment, more cynicism, and even more public apathy toward the entire system.”

― Alan K. Simpson

“What we are doing in fact is recovering and progressing and sustaining the recovery of our democracy.”

― Alberto Fujimori

“A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.”

― Aldous Huxley

“As I understand I took most so-called democratic states about 200 years on average to build their democracies. That is why, when we go to sleep under totalitarian rule and wake up in a democracy, it makes me laugh.”

― Aleksandr Lebed

“In order to build basic democracy here we’ll need lives of two generations – at least forty years.”

― Aleksandr Lebed

“I am furious at the way that we have allowed money to subvert our democracy. I am appalled at the way that the U.S., a very wealthy nation, permits and even encourages a level of poverty that other wealthy nations would not even consider.”

― Alex Gibney

“Dialogue between people of differing views is critical for fostering understanding in a democracy.”

― Alex Gibney

“An American parliamentary system with proportional representation wouldn’t immediately or inexorably lead to a flourishing social democracy, but it would at least correct the overrepresentation of an ideological minority and cut down on intentional tactical economic sabotage.”

― Alex Pareene

“Every year, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner inspires two competing varieties of coverage: celebrity-obsessed fawning and angry tirades about how it represents everything twisted about our broken democracy. It doesn’t, really.”

― Alex Pareene

“We don’t know yet how to build a society which is environmentally sustainable, which is shareable with everybody on the planet, which promotes stability and democracy and human rights, and which is achievable in the time-frame necessary to make it through the challenges we face.”

― Alex Steffen

“Democracy is an experimental system. I like it when states try out new ideas. I think we ought to expand, not contract, our federalist system.”

― Alex Tabarrok

“A lot of people say that India has been held back by its democracy. But let’s remember that, despite being a poor country, India’s democracy meant that its government never let millions of people starve.”

― Alex Tabarrok

“To declare the Cold War over, and declare democracy has won out over totalitarianism, is a measure of arrogance and wrong-headedness.”

― Alexander Haig

“Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.”

― Alexander Hamilton

“I don’t believe in democracy by bayonet.”

― Alexander Lebedev

“American democracy has two faces.”

― Alexander Lukashenko

“I have always believed that genuine democracy is fairness.”

― Alexander Lukashenko

“Democracy is the art of thinking independently together.”

― Alexander Meiklejohn

“I’m tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn’t work. Of course it doesn’t work. We are supposed to work it.”

― Alexander Woollcott

“Our democracy is designed to speak truth to power.”

― Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“At Standing Rock, we experienced, first-hand, people coming together in their communities and trying to use the levers of representative democracy to try and say, ‘We don’t want this in our community; we don’t want this in our backyard,’ and corporations using their monetary influence to completely erode that process.”

― Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”

― Alexis de Tocqueville

“What is most important for democracy is not that great fortunes should not exist, but that great fortunes should not remain in the same hands. In that way there are rich men, but they do not form a class.”

― Alexis de Tocqueville

“Austerity is not part of the European treaties; democracy and the principle of popular sovereignty are.”

― Alexis Tsipras

“Greece gave democracy to the rest of the world.”

― Alexis Tsipras

“I think it is something that is so important, to be very aware of the direction in which the 21st century is going with all this blind faith in democracy. And by the way, I am not against democracy – I am against the blind faith that is being put in democracy.”

― Alfonso Cuaron

“I don’t run democracy. I train troops to defend democracy and I happen to be their surrogate father and mother as well as their commanding general.”

― Alfred M. Gray

“The best Governments of the World have bin composed of Monarchy, Aristocracy, and Democracy.”

― Algernon Sidney

“Democracy in Yemen did not stop, instead it is in a continuous development, there is no other way to follow rather than democracy, it is our national way for building up our country, it was not imposed on us by others.”

― Ali Abdullah Saleh

“The US has not imposed democracy in Yemen, its people have.”

― Ali Abdullah Saleh

“In order every one in our homeland learns principles of democracy and the peaceful transition of power, and in order to stabilize and develop multiple choices in democratic practice.”

― Ali Abdullah Saleh

“Islam and democracy can function together.”

― Ali Babacan

“Turkey shares Europe’s fundamental values of democracy and the rule of law.”

― Ali Babacan

“Using medicine in the service of cosmesis is generally bad for patients, bad for doctors, and bad for democracy. The only exceptions are when we know the intervention will actually reduce suffering, as with a primary cleft lip repair.”

― Alice Dreger

“Don’t ever dare to take your college as a matter of course – because, like democracy and freedom, many people you’ll never know have broken their hearts to get it for you.”

― Alice Miller

“It’s a relief to hear the rain. It’s the sound of billions of drops, all equal, all equally committed to falling, like a sudden outbreak of democracy. Water, when it hits the ground, instantly becomes a puddle or rivulet or flood.”

― Alice Oswald

“We women of America tell you that America is not a democracy. Twenty million women are denied the right to vote.”

― Alice Paul

“I have such respect for ‘Democracy Now!’”

― Alice Walker

“We can make black lives matter in the labor movement by building the kinds of movements that black women need to shape a new economy and a new democracy that don’t force them to choose between making a living and being a part of a healthy democracy.”

― Alicia Garza

“When we address the disparities facing black people, we get a lot closer to a true democracy where all lives matter.”

― Alicia Garza

“Civic poetry offers us a way to think and talk about issues that so much of public speech ignores, to make them new by dissecting and repurposing public speech, prying its falsehoods from its half-truths. It is fighting for its right to critique our would-be democracy.”

― Alissa Quart

“Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!”

― Allen Ginsberg

“Democracy is dead in the Maldives.”

― Amal Clooney

“A lot of young poets today, from what I’ve heard and experienced, can’t get their heads past George W. Bush, and I’ve heard so many poems about this democracy and this era of politics that I’m kind of bored by it.”

― Amber Tamblyn

“In a true democracy is the cure for most of our social and political ills, but a few of them must remain to keep us going.”

― Ameen Rihani

“The reality is that we are hated not because of our democracy, freedoms, and generous social security system; rather, we are hated because of our involvement in foreign conflicts and quarrels that were never our concern.”

― Amir Butler

“Except two or three parties, most parties are dependent on one family. I believe that only parties where internal democracy is alive can achieve the ideals of democracy.”

― Amit Shah

“There is a severe shortage in our country of political parties where internal democracy is alive and kicking.”

― Amit Shah

“In a democratic party, where internal democracy is alive, there are bound to be different views.”

― Amit Shah

“This is democracy: the citizens can vote anyone to power.”

― Amit Shah

“It goes without saying that before its culture and literature can continue to evolve, Latvia first must endure the political comedy of creating a stable, functioning and unthreatened democracy.”

― Amity Gaige

“The media is absolutely essential to the functioning of a democracy. It’s not our job to cozy up to power. We’re supposed to be the check and balance on government.”

― Amy Goodman

“In the 21st century, our adversaries will continue to use cyberattacks against us. We need to be prepared to defend our networks against this growing threat to our democracy, especially the most fundamental part of our political system: our elections.”

― Amy Klobuchar

“The continued vitality of our Constitution and the survival of each freedom it protects depend upon the right to vote and the vibrant democracy it affords us. In short, the right to vote underlies each of our other rights.”

― Amy Klobuchar

“The right to free speech is critical to our democracy.”

― Amy Klobuchar

“It’s crucial to democracy and good government to scrutinize our public officials.”

― Ana Navarro

“Democracy doesn’t automatically safeguard women and minorities.”

― Anand Giridharadas

“In any country, governance issues are there. Challenges are there, pressures are there. When multi-party coalitions take decisions, sometimes delays will be there. But that is what democracy is: it is beauty or it’s challenge.”

― Anand Sharma

“Communism destroys democracy. Democracy can also destroy Communism.”

― Andre Malraux

“I believed in a number of the E.U.’s core values – the promotion of peace, global trading opportunities, and the values of freedom and democracy. These are areas in which our great country leads the world.”

― Andrea Leadsom

“I want to live in a Britain where there is a shared belief in freedom and democracy, and equal rights for men and women.”

― Andrea Leadsom

“This is, after all, the country that gave the world the rule of law, parliamentary democracy, the right to own property, the English language, and the free market… we are a remarkable people, and we have so much more to give.”

― Andrea Leadsom

“I’m passionate about parliament democracy.”

― Andrea Leadsom

“The Oval Office symbolizes… the Constitution, the hopes and dreams, and I’m going to say democracy. And when you have a dress code in the Supreme Court and a dress code on the floor of the Senate, floor of the House, I think it’s appropriate to have an expectation that there will be a dress code that respects the office of the President.”

― Andrew Card

“Democracy shows not only its power in reforming governments, but in regenerating a race of men and this is the greatest blessing of free governments.”

― Andrew Jackson

“The Transparency Bill is something we should all support – practical steps in promoting an open and accountable democracy.”

― Andrew Lansley

“Events in America show the extent to which democracy there is fuelled by populism – Barack Obama’s victory is a manifestation not of Washington’s need for change, but of America’s. That is not how democracy works in England.”

― Andrew O’Hagan

“The foundation of our democracy is the ability to have a debate about any subject. That is why I am so committed to defending free speech.”

― Andrew Scheer

“Journalism is what maintains democracy. It’s the force for progressive social change.”

― Andrew Vachss

“Some kind of affirmative action is important in a democracy and for economic competitiveness and national security. The Army was the first to realize that you had to have desegregation of a military to have it working properly.”

― Andrew Young

“Everybody in America has been dependent on the government at some time. We owe everybody in America the right to vote and access to capital. What I say is, let’s make America work, let’s make democracy and free enterprise work for everybody.”

― Andrew Young

“There can be no democracy without truth. There can be no truth without controversy, there can be no change without freedom. Without freedom there can be no progress.”

― Andrew Young

“The Internet has democratized content, and the gatekeepers are no longer in control. That democracy is wonderful for entrepreneurs.”

― Andrew Zimmern

“Money greases the wheel of American democracy and corrupts it all.”

― Andy Dunn

“In a functioning liberal democracy, we cannot normalize political violence.”

― Andy Ngo

“On a Chinese film you just give orders, no one questions you. Here, you have to convince people, you have to tell them why you want to do it a certain way, and they argue with you. Democracy.”

― Ang Lee

“When Bush says democracy, I often wonder what he’s referring to.”

― Angela Davis

“The G7 – and earlier, the G8 – were a group of countries that shared the same values with regard to freedom and democracy, and through the annexation of Crimea, Russia made it clear at a certain point that these values of keeping the peace, integrity of the borders of a country were not being respected.”

― Angela Merkel

“We are a country based on democracy, tolerance, and openness to the world.”

― Angela Merkel

“High quality, open, transparent, and uncensored data are needed to support democracy.”

― Angus Deaton

“I really don’t think we’ve become a plutocracy, but I worry about the enormous influence that money has in a democracy such as ours.”

― Angus Deaton

“Before Katrina, you didn’t see criticism of the Bush administration in the media. Here they are, stealing elections, enacting illegal wars, huge crimes against humanity and democracy, and you didn’t even see criticism. It wasn’t until Katrina that people started to come down on them.”

― Ani DiFranco

“Grant us more powers, not less; grant us more democracy, not less; grant us the tools to move forward because, I can assure you, Puerto Rico will move forward. We did it in the past; we will do it again.”

― Anibal Acevedo Vila

“Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, but by their own choice, Puerto Rico is not a state. The relationship has worked well for Puerto Rico – which has strengthened its culture, language and economy – and for the United States, which has helped create in Puerto Rico a showcase of democracy and prosperity for all of Latin America.”

― Anibal Acevedo Vila

“If there is a problem with democracy, the answer has to be more democracy.”

― Anibal Acevedo Vila

“The Democrats want to bring in the Third World because these are, by and large, people who have no experience with Constitutional democracy.”

― Ann Coulter

“Well, you know, too much democracy is a sort of sad thing.”

― Ann Richards

“The essence of democracy is its assurance that every human being should so respect himself and should be so respected in his own personality that he should have opportunity equal to that of every other human being to show what he was meant to become.”

― Anna Garlin Spencer

“Global markets must be balanced by global values such as respect for human rights and international law, democracy, security and sustainable economic and environmental development.”

― Anna Lindh

“There should be a democracy of voices in literature. There are people who live with a kind of striving and with a certain kind of tenderness – it’s not an unusual thing – and maybe that’s not written about enough.”

― Anne Michaels

“Taiwan’s democracy has grown very fast and we enjoy a certain degree of freedom, as other developed democracies like the United States.”

― Annette Lu

“In 2005, I founded the Democratic Pacific Union, an international organization of 28 democratic countries to promote democracy, peace and prosperity in the Pacific region.”

― Annette Lu

“Taiwan matters because of its vital role in spreading democracy in East Asia. Taiwan matters because of its strategic importance to promote peace in the Pacific region.”

― Annette Lu

“Political speech is indispensable to decision-making in a democracy, and this is no less true because the speech comes from a corporation rather than an individual.”

― Anthony Kennedy

“Democracy is something that you must learn each generation. It has to be taught.”

― Anthony Kennedy

“The Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders, in open court before an international tribunal, had a profound long-term effect in bringing Germans back to democracy and humanity.”

― Anthony Lewis

“Despite all the gains for democracy in the world, in many countries anyone who wants to publish truths unwelcome to the government risks suppression and criminal punishment.”

― Anthony Lewis

“If we did not have the impulse and ability to believe in the impossible, we would not have religion, democracy, or marriage.”

― Anthony McCarten

“Democracy is a device that ensures the people shall be governed no better than they deserve.”

― Anthony Scaramucci

“Advertising is the very essence of democracy.”

― Anton Chekhov

“Until the courts put a stop to it, public debate over same-sex marriage displayed American democracy at its best. Individuals on both sides of the issue passionately, but respectfully, attempted to persuade their fellow citizens to accept their views.”

― Antonin Scalia

“If democracy is to survive Facebook, that company must realize the outsized role it now plays as both the public forum where our strident democratic drama unfolds and as the vehicle for those who aspire to control that drama’s course. Facebook, welcome to the big leagues.”

― Antonio Garcia Martinez

“If you’d come to me in 2012, when the last presidential election was raging and we were cooking up ever more complicated ways to monetize Facebook data, and told me that Russian agents in the Kremlin’s employ would be buying Facebook ads to subvert American democracy, I’d have asked where your tin-foil hat was.”

― Antonio Garcia Martinez

“But democracy isn’t a state of perfection. It has to be improved, and that means constant vigilance.”

― Antonio Tabucchi

“The great thing about our system of democracy is when they call you for jury duty, you have to come… It’s an honor and a privilege. I was called and I’ve got to be here.”

― Antonio Villaraigosa

“Just as an individual of pre-eminent worth transforms democracy into a monarchy of the best man, even so the rule of one man, if in all things it has an eye to the common welfare, is democracy.”

― Apollonius of Tyana

“Never may a man prone to believe scandal be a despot or a popular leader! Under his guidance, democracy itself will be despotism.”

― Apollonius of Tyana

“Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing. What is necessary now is one thing and one thing only that democracy become again democracy in action, not democracy accomplished and piled up in goods and gold.”

― Archibald MacLeish

“Obama’s openness is a welcome change from his predecessor, who went all the way to the Supreme Court to hide the RSVP list for a single policy meeting. And transparency is intrinsically good, since in a democracy, very little government activity is legitimately secret.”

― Ari Melber

“Anyone with a cursory knowledge of American history knows that unchecked spying undermines democracy and public trust.”

― Ari Melber

“Democracy functions better when donors push politicians to win campaigns based on their defining issues instead of using financial pressure for policy changes, favors, or special access.”

― Ari Melber

“Navigating a battle between partisan, progressive organizing and decentralized petition drives is, at bottom, like trying to choose between the Democratic Party and democracy. The ideas are on different planes.”

― Ari Melber

“If you believe in democracy, you accept, by definition, the existence and triumph of opposing ideas. The people who believe deeply in the Internet’s force as a commons operate on that kind of premise.”

― Ari Melber

“America is a country ready to be taken, in fact, longing to be taken by political leaders ready to restore democracy and trust to the political process.”

― Arianna Huffington

“We have no desire to permanently rule over millions of Palestinians, who double their numbers every generation. Israel, which wishes to be an exemplary democracy, will not be able to bear such a reality over time. The Disengagement Plan presents the possibility of opening a gate to a different reality.”

― Ariel Sharon

“If cars and buses were attacked daily by petrol bombs or stones for 16 months in Washington, could you imagine it would be tolerated? It would not, because in the name of democracy, to preserve democracy, steps would be taken.”

― Ariel Sharon

“Israel, an embattled democracy, has been fighting terrorism for over 100 years.”

― Ariel Sharon

“Israel is the only democracy in this part of the world.”

― Ariel Sharon

“In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.”

― Aristotle

“If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.”

― Aristotle

“Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.”

― Aristotle

“Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.”

― Aristotle

“The essence of a democracy is a free electorate.”

― Arlen Specter

“Voting is fundamental in our democracy. It has yielded enormous returns.”

― Arlen Specter

“A global democracy works only when countries trust one another.”

― Armstrong Williams

“Democratic societies can no longer give religious fanatics a free hand to abuse and murder non believers. Such action betrays contempt for the basic human rights which animate any democracy with meaning.”

― Armstrong Williams

“For starters, this country embodies something utterly unique: History’s first democratic empire. Beginning in the post war era, we have used free trade and democracy to create a series of interlocking relationships that end war.”

― Armstrong Williams

“Parliament’s job is to conduct discussions. But many a time, Parliament is used to ignore issues, and in such situations, obstruction of Parliament is in the favour of democracy. Therefore, parliamentary obstruction is not undemocratic.”

― Arun Jaitley

“Democracy no longer means what it was meant to. It has been taken back into the workshop. Each of its institutions has been hollowed out, and it has been returned to us as a vehicle for the free market, of the corporations. For the corporations, by the corporations.”

― Arundhati Roy

“Political disagreements have the colour and fragrance that normally is seen and felt in a political bouquet, while remaining united on one issue that democracy is the future of Pakistan.”

― Asif Ali Zardari

“Not all political actors share our vision of fighting terrorism, lessening tensions in the region and focusing on building the economy. It is natural that they would challenge the government, but we have fought every challenge effectively. The daily ups and down of democracy should not be interpreted as lack of stability.”

― Asif Ali Zardari

“However flawed democracy is, it is still the only answer.”

― Asma Jahangir

“I have no illusions about our elected politicians. Pakistani democracy is anything but perfect.”

― Asma Jahangir

“We want a country which is not isolated and where democracy rules.”

― Asma Jahangir

“Indian democracy’s greatest strength is that we have always put the nation above politics.”

― Atal Bihari Vajpayee

“This power of democracy is a matter of pride for our country, something which we must always cherish, preserve and further strengthen.”

― Atal Bihari Vajpayee

“I believe that democracy is the best guarantor for peace and cooperation among nations.”

― Atal Bihari Vajpayee

“As we talk with candour, we open the doors to new possibilities and new areas of cooperation in advance in democracy, in combating terrorism, in energy and environment, science and technology and international peacekeeping.”

― Atal Bihari Vajpayee

“My life had been defined by the apartheid years. Now we were going into an era of democracy… and I believed that I didn’t really have a function as a useful artist in that anymore.”

― Athol Fugard

“Democracy must be built through open societies that share information. When there is information, there is enlightenment. When there is debate, there are solutions. When there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability, there is abuse, corruption, subjugation and indignation.”

― Atifete Jahjaga

“Democracy is a revelation, but it’s complicated. There are elections to hold, politics to create, rights to assert, grievances to settle and institutions to build. To many, it’s exhilarating. For others, it can be disappointing when it turns out that democracy doesn’t immediately make life better.”

― Atifete Jahjaga

“We must remember that democracy works when given time to develop, mature and deliver. People must have access to information for informed debate. Government institutions must treat citizens fairly, and with dignity, while responding to their needs.”

― Atifete Jahjaga

“Sometimes democracy must be bathed in blood.”

― Augusto Pinochet

“The struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma is a struggle for life and dignity. It is a struggle that encompasses our political, social and economic aspirations.”

― Aung San Suu Kyi

“The democracy process provides for political and social change without violence.”

― Aung San Suu Kyi

“Sometimes I think that a parody of democracy could be more dangerous than a blatant dictatorship, because that gives people an opportunity to avoid doing anything about it.”

― Aung San Suu Kyi

“Democracy is when the people keep a government in check.”

― Aung San Suu Kyi

“One person alone can’t do anything as important as bringing genuine democracy to a country.”

― Aung San Suu Kyi

“I’ve always tried to explain democracy is not perfect. But it gives you a chance to shape your own destiny.”

― Aung San Suu Kyi

“I’ve always said that the more coordinated the efforts of the international community are, the better it will be for democracy in Burma.”

― Aung San Suu Kyi

“I’m not the only one working for democracy in Burma – there are so many people who have worked for it because they believe that this is the only way we can maintain the dignity of our people.”

― Aung San Suu Kyi

“I very much favor democracy, but when there is a contradiction between democratic and Jewish values, the Jewish and Zionist values are more important.”

― Avigdor Lieberman

“’Chinese Democracy’ wasn’t trying to tell China to have a democracy or anything like that. I don’t have an opinion on what kind of government they should have. My thing is, I went to stay there for about three months, and everywhere I went, the people are so shielded from what’s going on in the world.”

― Axl Rose

“Over the course of my life, I have made many transitions – most of them taking me further away from my Somali roots and steadily toward the enlightened mentality of Western democracy.”

― Ayaan Hirsi Ali

“Christians – at least Christians in a liberal democracy – have accepted, after Thomas Hobbes, that they must obey the secular rule of law; that there must be a separation of church and state.”

― Ayaan Hirsi Ali

“The struggle for equality is really a struggle for democracy, and that’s why it’s a struggle for all the population.”

― Ayman Odeh

“Israel cannot be a democracy if it occupies land of other people.”

― Ayman Odeh

“The stories from Iran’s present and past are reminders that freedom, democracy and human rights, or fundamentalism, fascism and terrorism are not geographically and culturally determined, but universal.”

― Azar Nafisi

“I think the advantage of democracy is that it makes us less dependent on a group of leaders.”

― Azim Premji

“Political democracy cannot last unless there lies at the base of it social democracy. What does social democracy mean? It means a way of life which recognizes liberty, equality and fraternity as the principles of life.”

― B. R. Ambedkar

“Democracy is not merely a form of government. It is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience. It is essentially an attitude of respect and reverence towards fellow men.”

― B. R. Ambedkar

“New York is one of the greatest cities in the world. It is a fitting host to its many international visitors, who can come to witness first-hand what a vibrant multicultural democracy looks like.”

― Ban Ki-moon

“No party has a monopoly on wisdom. No democracy works without compromise. But when Governor Romney and his allies in Congress tell us we can somehow lower our deficit by spending trillions more on new tax breaks for the wealthy – well, you do the math. I refuse to go along with that. And as long as I’m President, I never will.”

― Barack Obama

“Our public life withers when only the most extreme voices get attention. Most of all, democracy breaks down when the average person feels their voice doesn’t matter; that the system is rigged in favor of the rich or the powerful or some narrow interest.”

― Barack Obama

“Our brand of democracy is hard. But I can promise that a year from now, when I no longer hold this office, I’ll be right there with you as a citizen – inspired by those voices of fairness and vision, of grit and good humor and kindness that have helped America travel so far.”

― Barack Obama

“Fifty years of isolating Cuba had failed to promote democracy, setting us back in Latin America. That’s why we restored diplomatic relations, opened the door to travel and commerce, and positioned ourselves to improve the lives of the Cuban people.”

― Barack Obama

“The American people need to know the truth. The American people need to see the truth. In a democracy, letting the people know the truth is the essence of what it means to be free.”

― Barbara Boxer

“To win the cause we all believe in, the spread of true democracy all over the world, we need to win by example, not just with speeches but by example; not just with military might but by gaining the respect of the world.”

― Barbara Boxer

“We need to give the Iraqis a chance to build their own future. It should be in their hands. It must be in their hands. That is what democracy is all about. We can teach it, we can explain it, but they must want it enough to make it work for them.”

― Barbara Boxer

“Our democracy is the centerpiece of who we are as a nation. And it is the fondest hope of all Americans that we can help bring democracy to every corner of the world.”

― Barbara Boxer

“The last two elections were stolen. They were stolen and so we will not rest until we reclaim our democracy and this is what today is all about.”

― Barbara Lee

“The American system of democracy is founded on the concept that every citizen has the right to vote, to know that their vote is counted, and that the vote is counted accurately.”

― Barbara Mikulski

“Congress is functioning the way the Founding Fathers intended-not very well. They understood that if you move too quickly, our democracy will be less responsible to the majority.”

― Barber Conable

“One area where American Jews have something to teach Israel is religious pluralism, something that living in a democracy with a separation between church and state has helped us fine-tune.”

― Bari Weiss

“The problem with the West is that they start with political reform going towards democracy. If you want to go towards democracy, the first thing is to involve the people in decision making, not to make it.”

― Bashar al-Assad

“If we desire a society of peace, then we cannot achieve such a society through violence. If we desire a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the process of building this society. If we desire a society that is democratic, then democracy must become a means as well as an end.”

― Bayard Rustin

“Since Israel is a democratic state surrounded by essentially undemocratic states which have sworn her destruction, those interested in democracy everywhere must support Israel’s existence.”

― Bayard Rustin

“I’ve always maintained there is no incompatibility between Islam and democracy. The Europeans in general confuse Islam and Islamism. Islamism is a political movement that instrumentalises the religion to get to power, which has nothing to do with religion. Islam here in Tunisia is a religion of openness, of tolerance.”

― Beji Caid Essebsi

“The democratic process is always vulnerable and threatened by terrorists, by parties that do not believe in democracy.”

― Beji Caid Essebsi

“Democracy’s premise rests on the notion that the collective wisdom of the majority will prove right more often than it’s wrong; that given sufficient opportunity in the pursuit of happiness, your population will develop its talents, its intellect, its better judgment; that over time its capacity for discernment and self-correction will be enlarged.”

― Ben Fountain

“The second ‘Postal Service’ album is threatening to become the ‘Chinese Democracy’ of indie rock. It will come out eventually, or maybe it won’t.”

― Ben Gibbard

“Irrespective of our foreign policies, for decades, other nations and peoples could see, in the United States, a strong democracy that could maintain social cohesion, welcome immigrants of all backgrounds, and count on stable institutions.”

― Ben Rhodes

“In China, you just don’t have the space for civil society and independent discourse and free media that you do in India. That’s why India’s success is so important as the world’s largest democracy.”

― Ben Rhodes

“When the Soviet Union fell, optimistic scholars believed the world had shifted inexorably in the direction of free markets and liberal democracy. Instead, the West gradually embraced bigger government and weaker social bonds, creating a fragmented society in which the only thing we all belong to, as President Barack Obama puts it, is the state.”

― Ben Shapiro

“Pakistan’s future viability, stability and security lie in empowering its people and building political institutions. My goal is to prove that the fundamental battle for the hearts and minds of a generation can be accomplished only under democracy.”

― Benazir Bhutto

“A people inspired by democracy, human rights and economic opportunity will turn their back decisively against extremism.”

― Benazir Bhutto

“America’s greatest contribution to the world is its concept of democracy, its concept of freedom, freedom of action, freedom of speech, and freedom of thought.”

― Benazir Bhutto

“Democracy needs support, and the best support for democracy comes from other democracies.”

― Benazir Bhutto

“It’s true that General Musharraf opposes my return, seeing me as a symbol of democracy in the country. He is comfortable with dictatorship. I hope better sense prevails.”

― Benazir Bhutto

“Democracy is necessary to peace and to undermining the forces of terrorism.”

― Benazir Bhutto

“In 1988, when democracy was restored, the military establishment was still very powerful. The extremist groups were still there. And when the aid and assistance to Pakistan was cut, we had to adopt harsh economic policies. So in a way, it showed that democracy doesn’t pay, and the military was able to reassert itself.”

― Benazir Bhutto

“The people want to go back to the time when democracy was in full bloom.”

― Benigno Aquino III

“I want to make democracy work not only for the rich and the well connected but for everyone.”

― Benigno Aquino III

“Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy.”

― Benito Mussolini

“The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.”

― Benjamin Disraeli

“In a democracy there are only two types of power: there’s organized people and organized money, and organized money only wins when people aren’t organized.”

― Benjamin Todd Jealous

“The greatest blessing of our democracy is freedom. But in the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves.”

― Bernard Baruch

“A monoculture is not only Hollywood, but Americans trying to export democracy.”

― Bernardo Bertolucci

“The history of American democracy, to say the least, has been checkered. Our nation was founded at a time when people of African descent were held in bondage. After slavery was abolished, they were forced to endure legal discrimination for another 100 years.”

― Bernie Sanders

“Citizens in a democracy need diverse sources of news and information.”

― Bernie Sanders

“All that socialism means to me, to be very frank with you, is democracy with a small ‘d.’ I believe in democracy, and by democracy, I mean that, to as great an extent as possible, human beings have the right to control their own lives. And that means that you cannot separate the political structure from the economic structure.”

― Bernie Sanders

“To me, democratic socialism means democracy. It means creating a government that represents all of us, not just the wealthiest people in the country.”

― Bernie Sanders

“Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame.”

― Bertrand Russell

“To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy.”

― Bertrand Russell

“To me, technology was a means to an end to achieve the social justice goals, stronger democracy and more effective government that is the aim of what I do.”

― Beth Simone Noveck

“Network technology has irrevocably changed campaigning and elections. It has the potential to transform governance and the workings of our democracy for the better.”

― Beth Simone Noveck

“End racial and ethnic gerrymandering, stop voter I.D. laws that seek to suppress voters of color, and make sure everyone can add their voice and their vote to this great democracy.”

― Beto O’Rourke

“One of the hallmarks of higher education and of democracy is the ability to converse with people with whom we disagree.”

― Betsy DeVos

“Donald Trump is out to destroy people’s lives, and he’s trying to take our democracy down. That is something we can fight with everything we’ve got, but having compassion for one another while we do it is going to get us a lot further.”

― Betsy Hodges

“I actually don’t believe in governance by referendum. I believe that we have a democracy, that we elect people to make decisions.”

― Betsy Hodges

“The United States exists as a sovereign nation. ‘America,’ in contrast, exists as a myth of democracy and equal opportunity to live by, or as an ideal goal to reach.”

― Bharati Mukherjee

“Having an election with only one candidate running is impossible. This is not a democracy.”

― Bhumibol Adulyadej

“People in so many countries look up to the United States as a model of democracy, but I doubt if that can continue. It leaves me with a great sense of loss.”

― Bianca Jagger

“There is a real and evident problem of democracy in Georgia, and this was the core reason of my entrance into politics. We have no rule of law. It’s absolutely absent.”

― Bidzina Ivanishvili

“I can’t let my mother’s death have been in vain. Democracy is the best revenge, and we will have it.”

― Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

“How is it reasonable that in a country purporting to be a democracy, I am not permitted to speak freely? Why, as a politician, should I be banned from expressing political opinions? Why, as a student of history, can I not present the facts as I see them, without fear of reprisal?”

― Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

“Well the protester I think is a very powerful thing. It’s basically a mechanism of democracy that, along with capitalism, scientific innovation, those things have built the modern world. And it’s wonderful that the new tools have empowered that protestor so that state secrets, bad developments are not hidden anymore.”

― Bill Gates

“Speak up! We live in a democracy. We all need to make sure our voices are heard and our opinions are known.”

― Bill Lipinski

“America’s corporate and political elites now form a regime of their own and they’re privatizing democracy. All the benefits – the tax cuts, policies and rewards flow in one direction: up.”

― Bill Moyers

“Democracy belongs to those who exercise it.”

― Bill Moyers

“Democracy may not prove in the long run to be as efficient as other forms of government, but it has one saving grace: it allows us to know and say that it isn’t.”

― Bill Moyers

“It will take years to bring Iraq the democracy it deserves.”

― Bill Owens

“The President, in talking about freedom and democracy, is sparking a wave of very positive democratic sentiment that might help us override both Islamic fundamentalism that has formed in that region, and also some of the hatred for our policies of invading Iraq.”

― Bill Richardson

“A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won’t cross the street to vote in a national election.”

― Bill Vaughan

“’Coriolanus’ deals with the birth of democracy. And that has been fascinating because I’ve been talking about politics so much because of ‘Borgen.’ It’s a nice bridge.”

― Birgitte Hjort Sorensen

“Voters must have faith in the electoral process for our democracy to succeed.”

― Blanche Lincoln

“We are a democracy, and we get the leaders we deserve because we elect them.”

― Blase J. Cupich

“I am aware that one should always make room for renewal in politics. A democracy is the healthier for the turnover of the depth of talent there is in its community.”

― Bob Brown

“For comprehensive Earth action, an all-of-the-Earth representative democracy is required. That is, a global parliament.”

― Bob Brown

“I’m worried about the traditional media, but I think the new media is a plus for democracy.”

― Bob Brown

“Democracy don’t rule the world, You’d better get that in your head; This world is ruled by violence, But I guess that’s better left unsaid.”

― Bob Dylan

“We should seek international support for our mutual objectives abroad, in promoting freedom, democracy, respect for human rights, and also the elimination of weapons of mass destruction.”

― Bob Menendez

“The United States’ flag should only fly in Cuba when the island is free, when dissent is embraced, and when democracy is restored.”

― Bob Menendez

“I think if people value democracy, they had damn well better get out and exercise their right to vote while their vote still means something.”

― Bob Weir

“There’s much talk about how there can’t be democracy in a region that has problems of illiteracy and poverty. But I bring a different idea to the table when I say, ‘Guys, I come from India. I’m more optimistic coming from where I’m coming.’”

― Bobby Ghosh

“In 1967 I entered Harvard as a freshman, confident – in the way that only 17-year-olds are – that I could change the world. My major was African Studies, and my plan was to travel to Tanzania, where President Julius Nyerere was creating a government based on democracy and socialism.”

― Bonnie Raitt

“Until we can democratically control the wealth that is created from our labor, there isn’t real democracy.”

― Boots Riley

“If we vote to Leave and take back control, all sorts of opportunities open up. Including doing new free trade deals around the world, restoring Britain’s seat on all sorts of international bodies, restoring health to our democracy and belief to our democracy.”

― Boris Johnson

“This is an absolute turning point in the story of our country because I think if we go on with being enmeshed in the E.U., it will continue to erode our democracy. That is something that worries me.”

― Boris Johnson

“I think one of the brilliant parts of our democracy is how resilient it is. We are each allowed to have our own beliefs and, as long as we follow the rule of law, we can express them however we’d like. This is a unique characteristic of the best democracies and one I value tremendously.”

― Brad Feld

“Reading builds the educated and informed electorate so vital to our democracy.”

― Brad Henry

“It is a paradox that far too few Americans participate in the wonderful ritual of democracy that we call Election Day.”

― Brad Henry

“Many of the contradictions in Postmodern art come from the fact that we’re trying to be artists in a democratic society. This is because in a democracy, the ideal is compromise. In art, it isn’t.”

― Brad Holland

“The Internet has done a wonderful thing for us. But democracy doesn’t work unless people are well informed, and I don’t know that we are. People just don’t have the time.”

― Brad Pitt

“The very foundation of our democracy depends on the integrity of our elections.”

― Brad Schneider

“Ultimately, the court is heading to a doctrine of ‘separation of campaign and state.’ This doctrine, like separation of church and state or separation of military and civilian authority, is not explicit in the Constitution but flows naturally from its structure and commitment to freedom and democracy.”

― Bradley A. Smith

“I know a lot of people say, ‘You’re an athlete or actor… and you shouldn’t speak up.’ I think that makes no sense. No matter who you are, no matter what you do in the country, you’re a part of our democracy, and if you have a voice, you need to use it.”

― Brandon Victor Dixon

“We need to encourage people to speak up, to speak out, because the more people who participate in our democracy, the more our democracy grows.”

― Brandon Victor Dixon

“America has never seen itself as a national state like all others, but rather as an experiment in human freedom and democracy.”

― Brent Scowcroft

“After all, we didn’t bring democracy to Germany in 1945; Hitler destroyed democracy there first.”

― Brent Scowcroft

“Saddam’s ouster will not necessarily lead to the same result, since Iraq lacks democratic traditions. Democracy doesn’t just consist of holding elections.”

― Brent Scowcroft

“’Democratic socialism’ is awful as a slogan and catastrophic as a policy. And ‘social democracy’ – a term that better fits the belief of more ordinary liberals who want, say, Medicare for all – is a politically dying force. Democrats who aren’t yet sick of all their losing should feel free to embrace them both.”

― Bret Stephens

“It’s actually very easy for democracy to disappear.”

― Brian Eno

“It’s important and good to email the Federal Communications Commission, and it’s important and good to educate your friends via social media about what’s happening. But in a representative democracy, the way to get policy changes is through elections.”

― Brian Schatz

“In a democracy one must have the right to express oneself and that’s what I do, even if it displeases.”

― Brigitte Bardot

“After each war there is a little less democracy to save.”

― Brooks Atkinson

“Most bands don’t work out. A small unit democracy is very, very difficult.”

― Bruce Springsteen

“Most bands don’t work out. A small unit democracy is very, very difficult. Very, very difficult.”

― Bruce Springsteen

“And it is essential that in fighting terrorism, sacrifices should not be made on democracy.”

― Bulent Ecevit

“Although we dealt decisively with all terrorist organizations, we at the same time not only maintained, preserved our democracy, but kept improving it.”

― Bulent Ecevit

“The U.S. Constitution is the basic framework for the greatest democracy on Earth. Some of my colleagues find it easy to amend it. I don’t.”

― Byron Dorgan

“The Paris Commune was first and foremost a democracy. The government was a body elected by universal suffrage.”

― C. L. R. James

“Sir, I am a republican; and I desire to see this House observe the principles of that democracy which is ever on the lips of its members, and which, I hope, is in their hearts, as I know and feel it is in mine, and mean it shall be in my conduct.”

― Caleb Cushing

“While the protection of speech is at the bedrock of our democracy, it’s critical as a nation that we exercise our right every day – and that includes embracing and engaging with those we may not agree with.”

― Campbell Brown

“I’m a cynic about corporate democracy and boards.”

― Carl Icahn

“If we have a chance of succeeding and bringing stability and democracy to Iraq, it will mean learning from our mistakes, not denying them and not ignoring them.”

― Carl Levin

“All we want is to carry out the greatest expression of a free democracy and vote on Catalonia’s future. This is not about independence: it is about fundamental civil rights and the universal right of self-determination.”

― Carles Puigdemont

“I think, in Spain, they are too used to reaching the limits of democracy and then stepping over them.”

― Carles Puigdemont

“There’s a serious and worrying return to the fall of democracy in Spain, and it’s not just us who are realising that.”

― Carles Puigdemont

“Spain’s constitution was introduced to cement democracy after Franco’s dictatorship, but this government is exploiting its wording as a means to deny us our right to vote.”

― Carles Puigdemont

“In 2010, the Spanish constitutional court annulled a large part of the Catalan statute of autonomy negotiated between Catalonia and the previous prime minister, Jose Luis Zapatero. This demolished one of the main agreements achieved during the Spanish transition to democracy – Catalonia’s recovery of self-governance.”

― Carles Puigdemont

“In a mature democracy, what is legal is decided by parliament… Our process is legitimised by parliament and by the ballot box.”

― Carles Puigdemont

“There is something inherent in our democracy that tends to want to level. America is a little uncomfortable in the presence of someone who is distinctly superior in whatever way.”

― Carlisle Floyd

“If President Trump were to say, ‘I’m going to go to San Juan to see that nasty mayor,’ I would receive him with open arms because democracy is larger than me.”

― Carmen Yulin Cruz

“So I think that if we want to have a Congress, if we want to have government that looks like America, if we want to have government that is truly a representative Democracy, then we need to clearly address how we get our campaign laws out of the way of Democracy.”

― Carol Moseley Braun

“The bedrock of our democracy is the rule of law and that means we have to have an independent judiciary, judges who can make decisions independent of the political winds that are blowing.”

― Caroline Kennedy

“Implementing universal suffrage for the 2017 election is a big step forward along our road to democracy. This is not only a solemn commitment of the central authorities to Hong Kong but also the aspiration shared by seven million Hong Kong people.”

― Carrie Lam

“In our so-called democracy we are accustomed to give the majority what they want rather than educate them to understand what is best for them.”

― Carter G. Woodson

“In a well-functioning democracy, people frequently encounter topics and points of view that they did not specifically select but from which they learn. Those encounters can change minds and, even, the course of lives.”

― Cass Sunstein

“In the EU you have half a billion people who share a common belief in democracy, in rights, in the kind of economic life we want.”

― Catherine Ashton

“We can build a better, more representative democracy through technology and ensure what Abraham Lincoln called the last, best hope for Earth will endure past the 21st Century.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“I think our politicians are bought by the highest bidder and that until we clean up our election system, then we cannot make progress on any of the issues. That’s what drives me – we must restore our democracy.”

― Cenk Uygur

“The president can violate the law, and when he does, he is supposed to be held accountable. That is supposed to be one of the pillars of our democracy.”

― Cenk Uygur

“Democracy derailed is democracy denied.”

― Chaka Fattah

“Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day.”

― Charles B. Rangel

“The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was indeed a vital instrument of democracy, ensuring the integrity and reliability of a democratic process that we as a Country hold so dear.”

― Charles B. Rangel

“As a veteran, I know firsthand the satisfaction there is in defending the democracy you so strongly believe in, but I can also attest to the trauma encountered from combat on the battlefield.”

― Charles B. Rangel

“The right to vote should be considered sacred in our democracy.”

― Charles B. Rangel

“From leading the world into the age of democracy to spearheading the technological revolution, America has always been at the forefront of greatness.”

― Charles B. Rangel

“If you just believe in our democracy, and you want an informed electorate, public schools are in your interest, and I think our country is dependent on public schools, whether or not you personally have a kid in the public school system.”

― Charles Best

“The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.”

― Charles Bukowski

“Bosses are no more inevitable in state and local governments than dictators are in national governments. They will arise and prosper, nevertheless, if true believers of democracy – citizens devoted to the democratic ideals – do not constantly oppose them.”

― Charles Edison

“Our democracy poses problems and these problems must and shall be solved by courageous leadership.”

― Charles Edison

“While democracy must have its organization and controls, its vital breath is individual liberty.”

― Charles Evans Hughes

“Labour politicians for generations have fought to bring democracy to the House of Lords.”

― Charles Kennedy

“I did not dwell on the issue of Europe during either the 2001 or the 2005 campaigns – despite it being a pivotal personal concern and despite seeing it as something of a litmus test for liberal democracy.”

― Charles Kennedy

“Democracy demands trust. It demands that sense of mutual understanding. And – it’s a two way street. You’ve got to give – as much as you take.”

― Charles Kennedy

“Of all the principles which constitute Liberal Democracy, internationalism is the clearest, the most distinctive, and the one with the longest history.”

― Charles Kennedy

“A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honorable, generous, tolerant and respectful.”

― Charles W. Pickering

“I am especially proud of taking on issues most central to the health of our American democracy.”

― Chellie Pingree

“China is on a march toward rule of law and democracy.”

― Chen Guangcheng

“The road to democracy may be winding and is like a river taking many curves, but eventually the river will reach the ocean.”

― Chen Shui-bian

“It has been well over half a century and I’m glad to say we have taken the right path from authoritarianism to democracy and this is a road of no return.”

― Chen Shui-bian

“The grandeur and strength or our people and democracy are as big as a forest.”

― Chen Shui-bian

“I have great confidence in Taiwan’s democracy. I have great confidence in the universal value and in basic human rights, and I have great confidence that referenda will eventually take root and become part of our daily lives in Taiwan.”

― Chen Shui-bian

“We have had a long wait for democracy.”

― Chen Shui-bian

“I believe in the greatness of our democracy.”

― Chen Shui-bian

“Even if I were knocked down by one gunshot it wouldn’t affect our democracy and I wasn’t knocked down and I have great confidence in our democracy and in Taiwan and in the people of Taiwan.”

― Chen Shui-bian

“If we are to give the people of China complete self-government we must first solve the problem of livelihood for all, and give real freedom to the races within China. If the foundations of democracy are secure, then true equality can be achieved.”

― Chiang Kai-shek

“Democracy is liberty – a liberty which does not infringe on the liberty nor encroach on the rights of others; a liberty which maintains strict discipline, and makes law its guarantee and the basis of its exercise. This alone is true liberty; this alone can produce true democracy.”

― Chiang Kai-shek

“Democracy is not something you put away for ten years, and then in the 11th year you wake up and start practicing again. We have to begin to learn to rule ourselves again.”

― Chinua Achebe

“A functioning, robust democracy requires a healthy educated, participatory followership, and an educated, morally grounded leadership.”

― Chinua Achebe

“Texas has a lot of challenges, but if I choose to run I will talk about opening democracy to mainstream Texans and not just to a closed circle of entrenched ideologues.”

― Chris Bell

“Iraq can emerge as a beacon of hope and democracy in the Middle East, and the world, with our help.”

― Chris Chocola

“With every new class of representatives that comes to Congress, there is a greater recognition of the perils of private financing of campaigns. I believe that by pulling back the curtain on the daily pressures faced by members of Congress, we can show the public how critical this reform is to the salvation of our democracy.”

― Chris Murphy

“In society, we have these unspoken rules of conduct, these ‘shoulds.’ Even though we pride ourselves on being a democracy, there are all these ways we say you ‘should’ behave. But what if you’re living your life by the ‘shoulds’ and you’re not really living your life?”

― Chris Noth

“In democracy everyone has the right to be represented, even the jerks.”

― Chris Patten

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

― Chris Patten

“If you follow my tweets, you know, my attention and anxiety have been increasingly focused on the plight of our democracy.”

― Chris Sacca

“In Iran the whole reform and democracy movement has been based on the emerging free press.”

― Christiane Amanpour

“Access to legitimate information and thoughtful analysis is the lifeblood of a democracy, the basis of which people make decisions about who they vote for and what they believe in. And if you’re only getting half the story, that certainly doesn’t lead to an informed citizenry.”

― Christie Hefner

“The beauty of our democracy lies in the American value of equality: if you vote, you have a seat at the table. If you speak, you have a chance to persuade others. A billionaire and a minimum wage earner have the same power at the ballot box.”

― Christine Pelosi

“A generation of Earth Days has conditioned millions of us to be green in our homes yet we must apply the same ethic to our politics if we want to save our planet and our democracy.”

― Christine Pelosi

“Voting is the only way to make change in a democracy.”

― Christine Todd Whitman

“The main point of democracy is to deliver positive results for the majority.”

― Chrystia Freeland

“If you believe in democracy, the overreach of leaders is a good reminder that vigorous public debate and time-consuming due process are not only more fair and more just, but that over the long term they usually produce better government, too.”

― Chrystia Freeland

“Especially among journalists, politics is not a pursuit that’s held in high esteem. We tend to be cynical about it – but I actually believe in democracy.”

― Chrystia Freeland

“I cut my teeth as a journalist writing about societies that didn’t have democracy.”

― Chrystia Freeland

“If you believe in democracy, than you can’t trash it by being cynical about the people who do democracy: the politicians.”

― Chrystia Freeland

“This is the 21st-century paradox: Even as political democracy has become the intellectual default mode for much of the world, the private sector usually trumps the public one when it comes to accommodating consumer choice.”

― Chrystia Freeland

“The United Nations has a critical role to play in promoting stability, security, democracy, human rights, and economic development. The UN is as relevant today as at any time in its history, but it needs reform.”

― Chuck Hagel

“Our alliances should be understood as a means to expand our influence, not as a constraint on our power. The expansion of democracy and freedom in the world should be a shared interest and value with all nations.”

― Chuck Hagel

“Imposing democracy through force is a roll of the dice.”

― Chuck Hagel

“No nation can claim, ‘We are an uncorrupt nation, therefore we will tell you what the morals of democracy are.’”

― Ciaran Hinds

“Loyalty to the true, core values and roots of democracy is what makes a true patriot, not loyalty to a symbol of the country.”

― Cindy Sheehan

“We were told that we were attacked on 9/11 because the terrorists hate our freedoms and democracy … not for the real reason: because the Arab Muslims who attacked us hate our Middle Eastern foreign policy.”

― Cindy Sheehan

“I think the good old British democracy should keep scrutinising and pressing to get the truth out.”

― Clare Short

“One has the right to be wrong in a democracy.”

― Claude Pepper

“Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.”

― Clement Attlee

“People have the right to protest – that’s what democracy is all about. I have no problem with people exercising their democratic rights.”

― Condoleezza Rice

“Now, al Qaeda’s on the run. Afghanistan is no longer a base of operations. The Afghan government is a friendly government that is trying to bring democracy to its people.”

― Condoleezza Rice

“Freedom of expression – in particular, freedom of the press – guarantees popular participation in the decisions and actions of government, and popular participation is the essence of our democracy.”

― Corazon Aquino

“When you restore democracy, you cannot say that only those who worked for the restoration of democracy will be allowed to use the privileges of a democracy.”

― Corazon Aquino

“I don’t have any formula for ousting a dictator or building democracy. All I can suggest is to forget about yourself and just think of your people. It’s always the people who make things happen.”

― Corazon Aquino

“The Voting Rights Act was, and still is, vitally important to the future of democracy in the United States.”

― Coretta Scott King

“Our nation was not founded because we all looked alike, or prayed alike, or descended from the same family tree. But our founders, in their genius, in this, the oldest constitutional democracy, put forth on this earth the idea that all are created equal; that we all have inalienable rights.”

― Cory Booker

“Democracy is not a spectator sport. It is a difficult, hard, full-contact, participatory endeavor.”

― Cory Booker

“I want to see my kids grow up in a world that I grew up in, which was it had imagination and it had hope. And all of a sudden, I see that being dissolved, and I see, as a country, as a people, we are a republic. We are a democracy.”

― Craig T. Nelson

“When courts rule in our country, we have them as the final arbiter on matters in which we might not agree on. And that is an important pillar of our democracy.”

― Cyril Ramaphosa

“The more I see of democracy the more I dislike it. It just brings everything down to the mere vulgar level of wages and prices, electric light and water closets, and nothing else.”

― D. H. Lawrence

“Having lived through the transition from totalitarianism, I am acutely mindful of the need to never take for granted the basic freedoms of thought, expression and belief that democracy brings.”

― Daisaku Ikeda

“But I think we need to remember that democracy everywhere is by its nature incomplete, a work in progress.”

― Daisaku Ikeda

“China has to go along with world trends. That’s democracy, liberty, individual freedom. China sooner or later has to go that way. It cannot go backward.”

― Dalai Lama

“Everybody now seems to be talking about democracy. I don’t understand this. As I think of it, democracy isn’t like a Sunday suit to be brought out and worn only for parades. It’s the kind of a life a decent man leads, it’s something to live for and to die for.”

― Dalton Trumbo

“Democracy means that people can say what they want to. All the people. It means that they can vote as they wish. All the people. It means that they can worship God in any way they feel right, and that includes Christians and Jews and voodoo doctors as well.”

― Dalton Trumbo

“Dishonesty in government is the business of every citizen. It is not enough to do your own job. There’s no particular virtue in that. Democracy isn’t a gift. It’s a responsibility.”

― Dalton Trumbo

“The western mindset erroneously equates a political system of multi-party democracy with high-quality institutions… the two are not synonymous.”

― Dambisa Moyo

“I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy – but that could change.”

― Dan Quayle

“El Salvador is a democracy so it’s not surprising that there are many voices to be heard here. Yet in my conversations with Salvadorans… I have heard a single voice.”

― Dan Quayle

“A free and truly independent press – fiercely independent when necessary – is the red beating heart of freedom and democracy.”

― Dan Rather

“Despite what many Americans think, most Soviets do not yearn for capitalism or Western-style democracy.”

― Dan Rather

“Now the first step has to be taken, the step towards democracy. This step is full of risks, and requires trust on all sides. We don’t know where it will lead. But if we just stand still, we will have no chance of escaping the violence.”

― Daniel Barenboim

“And they understand that to be an effective member of a democracy, you have to accept responsibility.”

― Daniel Greenberg

“Just the concept of personal freedom within a democracy, for instance, is a relatively young idea – only about 300 years old in this country.”

― Daniel Greenberg

“I’m a simple country neuroscientist, not an expert on democracy, but I do know something about how the brain works and how opinion-reinforcing bubbles can distort the picture of reality we build from the information we encounter on a daily basis.”

― Daniel Levitin

“The rule of law, democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of expression – we cannot take them for granted. They do not exist willy-nilly across the world; they are very rare.”

― Daniel Lubetzky

“I just really like the verve and muscle of good crime fiction, the narrative punch of it. The underlying principle of good crime fiction is an insistence on a kind of root democracy. I’ve always responded to that notion.”

― Daniel Woodrell

“This country has always been run by elite, and it’s an elitist democracy. And that’s not a radical concept. It’s elitist democracy. When people talk about democracy, they don’t talk – really talk about participatory democracy, until the point that we get us at Election Day.”

― Danny Glover

“I believe in democracy. I also believe in religious freedom.”

― Danny K. Davis

“There is a danger in democracy itself.”

― Danny Kaye

“The American dream is you come here, you believe in democracy, you believe in the Constitution, you work hard, you can make it.”

― Dara Khosrowshahi

“The media does play a vital role in our democracy, and if we cannot depend on journalistic ethics, the nation’s in trouble.”

― Dave Brat

“Many people don’t understand how disciplined you have to be to play jazz… And that is really the idea of democracy – freedom within the Constitution or discipline. You don’t just get out there and do anything you want.”

― Dave Brubeck

“Jazz is about freedom within discipline. Usually a dictatorship like in Russia and Germany will prevent jazz from being played because it just seemed to represent freedom, democracy and the United States.”

― Dave Brubeck

“Black Lives Matter has no more to do with black issues than Students for a Democratic Society had to do with democracy. They are means to an end, and they use the black population as sacrifices for their goals.”

― David A. Clarke, Jr.

“Most people associate reading with laying on the beach. They don’t see that it’s crucial for a democracy!”

― David Baldacci

“Crucially, I’d like to thank Labour party members up and down the country for sticking with us. For their active citizenship, their willingness to engage in our democracy, and for being there at the cutting edge of making our democracy work.”

― David Blunkett

“I’m a great aficionado of history. I was deeply affected by seeing the disintegration of any chance of democracy coping with fascism in the Weimar republic, where woolly-minded, well-meaning liberalism actually allowed the forces of darkness to use democracy, to exploit democracy, to overturn democracy.”

― David Blunkett

“Balancing the common good with the freedom and liberty to exercise that individuality has been and remains a challenge for those committed to democracy while understanding that the polis ensures our participation and therefore our citizenship.”

― David Blunkett

“We need a government which, yes, guarantees basic standards in public services, but which also steps in to protect people’s wellbeing as they take part in our consumer democracy – particularly online.”

― David Blunkett

“To punish MPs because of the distance they live from London – those with fast train journeys quite close to London as well as those at some distance from both the capital or an appropriate airport – is perverse, but also dangerous to democracy.”

― David Blunkett

“The government must give men and women without power a real say over what happens to them, and the means of engaging in a participative, invigorated and living democracy.”

― David Blunkett

“I believe Britishness is defined not on ethnic and exclusive grounds but through shared values; our history of tolerance, openness and internationalism; and our commitment to democracy and liberty, to civic duty and the public space.”

― David Blunkett

“We must look to an open, tolerant, inclusive England, which embraces the values of a Britain that still leads the world in terms of an open democracy, as well as an understanding of the needs for responsibilities and obligations to run alongside the affirmation of individual rights.”

― David Blunkett

“Only a knowledgeable, empowered and vocal citizenry can perform well in democracy.”

― David Brin

“It’s all a sham: I have seen, and I know firsthand, indeed from my own pen, how the organized Right has sabotaged not only journalism but also democracy and truth.”

― David Brock

“When a political advocacy network hires a former CIA analyst and starts tailing save-our-parks activists, you know there’s something terribly dangerous happening to our democracy.”

― David Brock

“It’s important to know where candidates for president are getting their ideas. Where do these ideas come from, who funds them and who is shaping our political discussion? These are all questions that are important to a healthy democracy.”

― David Brock

“You have to be ready for anything. It’s a good reminder about democracy. Voters can tell you to carry on, or chuck you out. You’ve got to be ready for both.”

― David Cameron

“I think we need to just be very clear about what we’re trying to do in Afghanistan. Frankly, we’re not trying to create the perfect democracy. We’re never going to create some ideal society. We are simply there for our own national security.”

― David Cameron

“Socialism’s not a word that I use. I say ‘social democracy’ because I don’t think the government needs to own all the means of production.”

― David Cunliffe

“It is assumed in many parts of the world that democracy is a group of people facing a certain problem, who come together to solve it in a way where everyone has an equal say.”

― David Graeber

“It’s difficult for democracy to function properly under the most favorable circumstances, but it has no chance at all when millions of voters are divorced from objective reality and incapable of understanding what is going on in Washington.”

― David Harsanyi

“It is easy to fall into the trap of believing that democracy will improve the function of policy.”

― David Harsanyi

“Democracy is just a reflection of our morals and the things that we believe.”

― David Harsanyi

“Anyone who’s had a casual conversation with his neighbors or is cognizant of reality TV should already be petrified of democracy.”

― David Harsanyi

“Democracy allows rhetoric, false empathy and emotion to pummel rational thinking – so it’s no wonder so many politicians thrive in it.”

― David Harsanyi

“Without the persistence of voters in America getting up to every election, democracy will not flourish.”

― David Hogg

“I don’t think NRA members are bad people at all. I think they’re responsible gun owners that want to become politically active and make their voices heard in this democracy.”

― David Hogg

“Experience shows us that most people’s votes are based on their biases, not on objective reality. Elections are a collective gut reaction. That any good comes of it at all is the miracle of democracy.”

― David Horsey

“Self-proclaimed saviors and other outliers come and go throughout our political history. Occasionally, they’re successful; most times, they’re not. But the system has rebalanced toward the basic principles of tolerance, freedom and democracy that were set forth by the Founders.”

― David Ignatius

“Obama has already rejected the bright sunlight of public knowledge, which is democracy’s great disinfectant and cure.”

― David K. Shipler

“Capitalism and the market are presented as synonymous, but they are not. Capitalism is both the enemy of the market and democracy.”

― David Korten

“The EU will face problems similar to the US: an increasing gap between the citizens and decision makers in Brussels and a perceived or even real lack of democracy.”

― David Korten

“You can’t be a full participant in our democracy if you don’t know our history.”

― David McCullough

“Change comes with both fear and some pain. Those two ingredients create mistrust, misunderstanding and misinformation. Such is the process of democracy.”

― David Mixner

“For those who have envisioned the State of Israel to be a democracy, which although primarily a Jewish polity for Jews is one in which non-Jews can become citizens and enjoy equal civil rights with the Jewish majority, the question of natural law is the question of human rights.”

― David Novak

“President Obama has said that our aspirations should be realistic. We are not going to turn one of the poorest countries in the world, that was plunged into 30 years of war, into an advanced, industrialized, Western-style democracy. What we want to achieve is Afghanistan’s capacity to secure and govern itself.”

― David Petraeus

“I am not a pessimist, but I am not an optimist about the future of American democracy.”

― David Souter

“I believe that everyone should participate in democracy and enjoy doing it.”

― David Stern

“The degree to which campaigns have become dominated by marketing is breaking the spirit of democracy, and we’re all just so sick of it, across party lines.”

― David Weinberger

“Filmmaking is a real democracy – it’s up to the audience to vote with their tickets.”

― Dean Devlin

“Democracy is about voting and it’s about a majority vote. And it’s time that we started exercising the Democratic process.”

― Debbie Stabenow

“I am not alone in thinking that we are at a tipping point ecologically and morally and politically. Democracy cannot survive without a vibrant middle class, yet the policies of one of the parties has been committed to wiping it out for 30 years.”

― Deborah Kass

“Freedom of speech is a human right and the foundation upon which democracy is built. Any restriction of freedom of speech is a restriction upon democracy.”

― Deeyah Khan

“We must defend democracy using its own mechanisms, through explaining and exemplifying its merits rather than through the heavy-handed and arbitrary silencing of its critics. This is how we will build a sustainable alternative to the contorted worldview of extremists.”

― Deeyah Khan

“Britain has been responsible for the undermining of democracy, turning a blind eye to abuses by its allies, using extraordinary rendition to get around the rule of law, passing over the denial of individual liberties to dissidents, and the evasion of the dismal situation for religious minorities.”

― Deeyah Khan

“We need to defend principles like democracy, freedom of speech, gender equality, and the rule of law through exemplifying these on a global scale, not through the same cynical, isolationist policies which have eroded these so-called ‘British’ values across the rest of the world.”

― Deeyah Khan

“The Election Assistance Commission represents a major, unprecedented commitment from the federal government to sustained freedom and vibrant democracy. I am humbled by the prospect of being one its charter members.”

― DeForest Soaries

“What we say is that democracy means that you have the right to vote without intimidation and undue burdens. But if you stand in line for six hours, technically, today there is no document, no standard, no law that says that that’s wrong.”

― DeForest Soaries

“When public access to voting is impaired or when public confidence in voting is diluted, democracy suffers and our freedom is less secure.”

― DeForest Soaries

“Aguilar Zinser played a crucial role in the struggle for democracy in Mexico. He was on the right side of that battle, however strident, passionate, and difficult he was.”

― Denise Dresser

“While the United States is closing doors, Canada is opening them. While U.S. President Donald Trump is slouching toward authoritarianism, Canada is safeguarding democracy.”

― Denise Dresser

“Democracy will not come to Mexico as the result of supposedly optimal policies prescribed by self-appointed saviors bent on economic stabilization.”

― Denise Dresser

“It would be a mistake to view Camacho as the beacon of democracy in Mexico. He has played by the PRI’s rules for more than 15 years. As mayor of Mexico City, he was recognized as a political broker, not as an apostle of substantive political reform.”

― Denise Dresser

“As is often the case when things are complicated, extreme views have superficial appeal. On the one extreme, some see China as an inevitable enemy that must be contained; on the other hand, there are those who see China as a slowly developing democracy that can be embraced.”

― Dennis C. Blair

“In our system of democracy, our government works on a system of checks and balances. Instead of stripping power from the courts, I believe we should follow the process prescribed in our Constitution – consideration of a Constitutional amendment.”

― Dennis Cardoza

“Either we are all free, or we fail; democracy must belong to all of us.”

― Dennis Chavez

“I think, at the heart of the idea of American democracy, there is something tender.”

― Derek Walcott

“A democracy depends on its people, the literate and the well read.”

― Dev Anand

“Torture goes against the very soul of our country. We are a democracy, established on the rule of law.”

― Dianne Feinstein

“We urge all democratic nations and the United Nations to answer the Iraqi Governing Council’s call for support for the people of Iraq in making the transition to democracy.”

― Dick Cheney

“Democracy is interactive… It’s a constant job of information, education, explanation, listening, and interactive communication.”

― Dick Gephardt

“What we have is two important values in conflict: freedom of speech and our desire for healthy campaigns in a healthy democracy. You can’t have both.”

― Dick Gephardt

“Eventually I foresee voting on the Internet, which will lead to much more direct democracy.”

― Dick Gephardt

“Iraq is part of a legitimate American effort not to have democracy everywhere but to have democracy somewhere.”

― Dinesh D’Souza

“Let the people decide whom to vote for, who has more authority. And only people, only our citizens, are able to place the final emphasis, voting for this or that person or political force, or rejecting it. That’s democracy.”

― Dmitry Medvedev

“In remembering those who lost their lives in the London attacks and the September 11th attacks we continue our commitment to fighting for freedom, democracy and justice.”

― Doc Hastings

“137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America’s most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed – it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy.”

― Doc Hastings

“I think organized labor is a necessary part of democracy. Organized labor is the only way to have fair distribution of wealth.”

― Dolores Huerta

“In a mature democracy any proposed policy should be subjected to a close analysis of its likely benefits and costs.”

― Dominic Grieve

“For democracy to function properly it requires accepting the absolute right of individuals and groups to campaign against decisions previously taken by majorities and to seek to change them.”

― Dominic Grieve

“Believing in and practising the principles of the rule of law is, with our liberty and democracy, among the most powerful weapons we have. It is less effective if we blur its clarity and we should do this as sparingly as possible.”

― Dominic Grieve

“Shrouded by the ‘dodgy dossier,’ which warped opaque intelligence, none of the stated war aims in Iraq spoke to the British national interest. Illusory dreams of bringing Western-style democracy to the Middle East were punctured by failures of planning and strategy, as catalogued before the Chilcot Inquiry.”

― Dominic Raab

“Beyond the U.S. and E.U., Britain should deepen ties with the Commonwealth and the rising powers of Asia and Latin America – calibrated to our national interest in promoting the global goods of free trade, democracy, and basic human rights.”

― Dominic Raab

“Industrial capitalism brought representative democracy, but with a weak public mandate and inert citizenry. The digital age offers a new democracy based on public deliberation and active citizenship.”

― Don Tapscott

“What we have to do is to definitively remove the last vestiges of power from those who treat terms such as ‘liberal democracy,’ ‘free markets’ and ‘Europe’ with suspicion.”

― Donald Tusk

“If you rely on the media for your information, to educate yourself about the candidates and what issues are facing the country, then you get just part of the equation. I think it’s important that we as citizens of this democracy take the responsibility to get as much information as possible before we go into the voting booth.”

― Donna Brazile

“Our democracy relies on participation, and we’ve never done better by excluding folks.”

― Donna Brazile

“I think it’s important in a democracy such as ours that we have multiple sources to get news and information and utilize the media only if we want to get a different opinion.”

― Donna Brazile

“Democrats believe that when more people vote, it’s not just good for our party; it’s good for democracy.”

― Donna Brazile

“Democracy can only spring from practising it early, and democratic action was not to expected from young people brought up under a close authoritarian system.”

― Dora Russell

“Journalism still, in a democracy, is the essential force to get the public educated and mobilized to take action on behalf of our ancient ideals.”

― Doris Kearns Goodwin

“The Commonwealth is a vital and positive partnership between countries striving to develop trade relations and promote democracy and human rights, united by shared values.”

― Douglas Alexander

“Any politician in a democracy has to be mindful of public opinion.”

― Douglas Alexander

“I may be wrong in that, but not I think in putting the questions. In our modern democracy the government needs not a unanimous but a general support for war before it orders our forces to fight.”

― Douglas Hurd

“Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.”

― E. B. White

“So, two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.”

― E. M. Forster

“Two cheers for Democracy; one because it admits variety, and two because it permits criticism.”

― E. M. Forster

“At a time when 2500 American soldiers have given their lives for the cause of bringing democracy to Iraq, it is sad and frustrating to watch the Republican establishment disgrace the exercise of democracy in our own House of Representatives.”

― Earl Blumenauer

“I pray that this council, which will probably be too late to save Iraq, will do what it can, which will be immeasurably strong in what it does in trying to save our democracy.”

― Ed Asner

“If you’re going to have an exchange of ideas, the only thing you can do is to meet people face-to-face in front of a crowd who may think differently than you do. I mean, that’s what democracy is about, isn’t it?”

― Ed Schultz

“Democracy is not about one party dominating.”

― Ed Townsend

“I’d like people to be educated on the voting machines, making sure that our democracy isn’t being hijacked by computer technology. There’s no reason there can’t be a paper trail on those machines.”

― Eddie Vedder

“In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.”

― Edmund Burke

“People who hand over democracy in exchange for economic security end up losing both things.”

― Eduardo Bhatia

“Most of wars or military coups or invasions are done in the name of democracy against democracy.”

― Eduardo Galeano

“The digital revolution has deepened the crisis within representative democracy. But as it forces its demise, it might also dictate its future. Traditional representative democracy within nations is no longer enough. People want more participation and collaboration with their government.”

― Eduardo Paes

“What we are witnessing is the birth of something I call ‘Polisdigitocracy.’ This is a form of government that counts participation and transparency as its cornerstones and uses technology as its guide. The digital revolution is allowing democracy to recall its foundations and evolution is modernizing and reinforcing our fundamental values.”

― Eduardo Paes

“Remember one thing about democracy. We can have anything we want and at the same time, we always end up with exactly what we deserve.”

― Edward Albee

“The primal principle of democracy is the worth and dignity of the individual.”

― Edward Bellamy

“It’s politely assumed that democracy is a means of containing and restraining violence. But violence comes not from genes but from ideas.”

― Edward Bond

“Violence is hidden within democratic structures because they are not radically democratic – Western democracy is merely a domestic convenience of consumerism.”

― Edward Bond

“Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in its veins.”

― Edward Kennedy

“When you are subverting the power of government, that’s a fundamentally dangerous thing to democracy.”

― Edward Snowden

“What does that mean for a society, for a democracy, when the people that you elect on the basis of promises can basically suborn the will of the electorate?”

― Edward Snowden

“Democracy demands that judges confine themselves to a narrow sphere of influence – that is why the late Alexander Bickel called the judiciary the ‘Least Dangerous Branch.’ In a world governed by a proper conception of their role, judges don’t play at being legislators – they leave that job to our elected representatives.”

― Edwin Meese

“It is important that democracy in Lebanon is protected and that Hezbollah will not be supported by outside forces like Syria and Iran.”

― Ehud Olmert

“Poetry always, always, always is a key piece of democracy.”

― Eileen Myles

“We’re a robust democracy here. That’s the wonderful thing about this country.”

― Elaine Chao

“I don’t think Iraq could be transformed overnight into a democracy. How can you take a country that doesn’t have any kind of tradition of democracy, where its people have been brutalized and repressed for decades, and suddenly impose Jeffersonian ideals?”

― Elaine Sciolino

“It’s interesting that the treatment of historical events by art precedes the civilisation of people through democracy.”

― Elfriede Jelinek

“Democracy actually requires that the whole public be able to see common problems and address them and step outside of their own sort of narrow self-interest to do so.”

― Eli Pariser

“The Communists automatically violated the daily practices of democracy to which I was accustomed.”

― Elia Kazan

“I’m going to try and make people realize that in order to live the life they are living, they need to have democracy, and it’s being threatened.”

― Elijah Cummings

“The problem is there is no such thing as a viable democracy made up of experts, zealots, politicians and spectators.”

― Elizabeth Coleman

“The values and voices of democracy are silent. Either we have lost touch with those values or, no better, believe they need not or cannot be taught.”

― Elizabeth Coleman

“Democracy, like any non-coercive relationship, rests on a shared understanding of limits.”

― Elizabeth Drew

“We cannot run a democracy without a strong middle class.”

― Elizabeth Warren

“Having women in office is vital to the health of our democracy because women play a unique role in our society. By and large, women are still the primary caregivers in families, even as we have taken our place in the workforce.”

― Ellen Malcolm

“I’m a huge fan of the program ‘Democracy Now,’ which is hosted by Amy Goodman, and I subscribe to the podcast.”

― Ellen Page

“The war on drugs is not being won, and it continues to threaten stability and democracy not only in the Andes but throughout the Caribbean as well, where tiny police and military forces are outclassed by the sophisticated equipment in the hands of traffickers passing through the region on the way to their market in this country.”

― Elliott Abrams

“The Sandinistas are dedicated Communists, and if they are going to make a compromise with democracy, it’s going to be under pressure.”

― Elliott Abrams

“While we use American power to fight hard for democracy against extremism on both left and right, our critics seem suspicious of any assertion of United States power or influence against any government or group that claims to be on the left.”

― Elliott Abrams

“The Fayyad cabinet may well be the best the Palestinians ever get. But whatever its good qualities, there is no democracy.”

― Elliott Abrams

“During most of the Bush administration, human rights and democracy in Egypt were on the front burner.”

― Elliott Abrams

“Reformist kings can save their dynasties now by helping their countries move smoothly into democracy, or they will end their years in exile like the Russian aristocrats of a century earlier.”

― Elliott Abrams

“A marvel that has nothing to offer, democracy is at once a nation’s paradise and its tomb.”

― Emil Cioran

“Democracy, good governance and modernity cannot be imported or imposed from outside a country.”

― Emile Lahoud

“Democracy is a good client.”

― Emilio Azcarraga Jean

“I’m fed up with democracy. In a democracy, people vote for the mayors. I wanted to build a city where I will choose the citizens.”

― Emir Kusturica

“We need to restore democracy and sovereignty in Europe.”

― Emmanuel Macron

“Mexico has proven by now that it’s a strong electoral democracy. Now we have to build a democracy that produces better results; if not, then you get a democracy of disenchantment.”

― Enrique Pena Nieto

“To get elected in Mexico today, you have to compete like any democracy, and you don’t do that by being manipulated.”

― Enrique Pena Nieto

“Whether people care enough about local news to pay for it is, sadly, an entirely different question than whether our democracy requires a strong watchdog function at the local level to ensure safeguards against abuse, chicanery, and outright dishonesty.”

― Eric Alterman

“I think I bring a perspective that local communities are what make this country great, and they are the laboratories of democracy.”

― Eric Garcetti

“Cities are those laboratories of democracy that states used to be.”

― Eric Garcetti

“We must never stop fighting for a vision of American democracy in which we strive for and encourage the highest levels of voter turnout and participation.”

― Eric Schneiderman

“Exercising the right to vote is essential to our democracy.”

― Eric Schneiderman

“The rule of law, and the idea that it applies to everyone regardless of what office that person might hold, is the chief ingredient in our democracy.”

― Eric Swalwell

“Our democracy is predicated on the belief that our government should be accessible by the people. We cannot allow ourselves to give in to fear or shy away from interacting with the public.”

― Erik Paulsen

“The birth of democracy in Iraq is one of the great positive changes of our era.”

― Ernest Istook

“Socialist democracy is not, a luxury and its need is not limited to the most advanced industrial countries.”

― Ernest Mandel

“In baseball, democracy shines its clearest. The only race that matters is the race to the bag. The creed is the rule book. And color, merely something to distinguish one team’s uniform from another’s.”

― Ernie Harwell

“Democracy is a destiny of humanity which cannot be averted. It can be delayed but not defeated.”

― Eskinder Nega

“As a prisoner of conscience committed to peaceful transition to democracy, I urge Europe to apply economic sanctions against Ethiopia. What short-term pain may result will be compensated by long-term gain. A pledge to re-engage energetically with a democratic Ethiopia would act as a catalyst for reform.”

― Eskinder Nega

“I’m an extreme libertarian, but I realize we’re in a democracy, and in a democracy, people can have views of all stripes, and there’s no reason to argue about it.”

― Eugene Fama

“The whole idea of a democracy is that we ourselves, the people, are supposed to make a path of our politics, and it is we who with our feet and our vote and our labors and our vigilance are supposed to shape our country.”

― Eugene Jarecki

“America is stronger than ever. We will forever remember those we lost on September 11, 2001. In honoring their memory, we will remain true to our commitment to freedom and democracy.”

― Evan Bayh

“Now undoubtedly, we face some very British challenges when it comes to infrastructure. We rightly cherish our back yards and green spaces, and we’ll defend them passionately when projects are announced. We live in a democracy, and we like to debate these things, often for many years.”

― Evan Davis

“’Solutionism’ for me is, above all, an unthinking pursuit of perfection – by means of technology – without coming to grips with the fact that imperfection is an essential feature of liberal democracy.”

― Evgeny Morozov

“When someone at the State Department proclaims Facebook to be the most organic tool for promoting democracy the world has ever seen – that’s a direct quote – it may help in the short run by getting more people onto Facebook by making it more popular with dissidents.”

― Evgeny Morozov

“The Internet can empower groups whose aims are in fact antithetical to democracy.”

― Evgeny Morozov

“I used to work for an NGO called Transitions Online, and I was their Director of New Media. I was a very idealistic fellow who thought that he could use blogs, social networks and new media to help promote democracy, human rights and freedom of expression.”

― Evgeny Morozov

“Colonialism subdues in many dulcet guises. It conquered under the pretext of spreading Christianity, civilization, law and order, to make the world safe for democracy.”

― F. Sionil Jose

“You cannot say we are a healthy, dynamic democracy when one party wins almost two-thirds of the vote.”

― F. W. de Klerk

“I can’t just sit back and write about the club when our democracy is under attack. I have to be a more positive force.”

― Fantastic Negrito

“We need to have Turkey respect democracy, human rights, and fundamental freedoms.”

― Federica Mogherini

“Our constancy, same might call it our madness, was necessary to wear down the oppressive forces of the old democracy which, in Spain, was a hundred years behind the times.”

― Federica Montseny

“The American principles of democracy expresses the deepest values of the Sharia both structurally and in the government… Sharia requires us Muslims anywhere to abide by the law of the land.”

― Feisal Abdul Rauf

“Spain and the United States share the same values of democracy, liberty and fundamental freedoms.”

― Felipe VI of Spain

“There is not Communism or Marxism, but representative democracy and social justice in a well-planned economy.”

― Fidel Castro

“Also, an area that interests me – and it will probably take years to state what I mean – is the period of the rise of democracy, with Tom Paine, which is around the turn of the 18th century into the 19th.”

― Fiona Shaw

“The word democracy has no meaning. Duty has gone. Only rights remain.”

― Fiona Shaw

“A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption and carry desolation in their way.”

― Fisher Ames

“The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness which the ambitious call, and the ignorant believe to be liberty.”

― Fisher Ames

“Democracy may have arisen in the West as the way of striving for the universal aspiration to dignity and freedom, but it isn’t alien to the underlying concepts that infuse religion and moral philosophy everywhere.”

― Flora Lewis

“Democracy elevates by turning ordinary people into extraordinary ordinary people called celebrities.”

― Florence King

“In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism. In this country, capitalism triumphed over democracy.”

― Fran Lebowitz

“The fossil fuel industry commands outsize sway over U.S. politics, markets, and democracy. I knew these companies were formidable, but when I served on the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, I got a close up view of how the industry disregards government safeguards.”

― Frances Beinecke

“In the future, it will not be the one big message, the one big voice, but millions of us, in our own way, healing, unifying, and experiencing that one defining moment when we recognize that sustaining the democracy is the common bottom line – whoever we are, whatever we do, wherever we are, the call is to sustain the democracy.”

― Frances Hesselbein

“I’ve always had a Marxist understanding of history: democracy is a result of a broad modernization process that happens in every country. Neocons think the use of political power can force the pace of change, but ultimately it depends on societies doing it themselves.”

― Francis Fukuyama

“But at the same time, I think we recognize we can’t impose democracy from without, particularly American-style democracy. We need to work with those elements in the region that are moving towards a reformed process and there are a number of them.”

― Frank Carlucci

“I think we have enough trouble finding community in this country, and sport does provide that. It is a mediocrisy, the greatest mediocrisy. If you’re the best, it shows in sports. Nobody can say, ‘Well, he’s only there because of his connections,’ or whatever. In that sense, I suppose it upholds democracy and the best in us.”

― Frank Deford

“Democracy, obviously, is something we don’t want to give up, but it does create chaos. It means the guy next door can do what he wants, and it creates a collision of thinking. In cities, that means people build whatever they want.”

― Frank Gehry

“A free America… means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.”

― Frank Lloyd Wright

“Democracy needs to be nurtured and treated with care.”

― Frank Lowy

“The Spartans were a paradoxical people. They were the biggest slave owners in Greece. But at the same time, Spartan women had an unusual level of rights. It’s a paradox that they were a bunch of people who in many ways were fascist, but they were the bulwark against the fall of democracy.”

― Frank Miller

“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.”

― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”

― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“It’s very un-American to say nice things about elites. Elites are often terrible. It’s not like we’ve ever had a perfect set of benevolent democratic elites ruling over our country. But the fact of the matter is that a representative system of democracy delegates power to elites.”

― Franklin Foer

“In a free Europe… the system of power lies on three pillars. These are democracy, rule of law, and human rights. It’s impossible to use one against the other.”

― Frans Timmermans

“I will do everything I can… to make sure that Poland sticks to a development that fosters the rule of law, democracy.”

― Frans Timmermans

“And when we draw lines in the sand with regard to certain basic things that are vital to our interest and to the interest of democracy and our friends around the world, we have to be willing to back that up.”

― Fred Thompson

“Without democracy there is no freedom. Violence, no matter who is using it, is always reactionary.”

― Friedrich Ebert

“The road to democracy is rarely smooth, but for Egyptian women, it has been exceptionally bumpy.”

― G. Willow Wilson

“We think that democracy can change a lot of things, but we’re being fooled, because democracy is not the election. We’ve been taught that democracy is having elections. And it isn’t. Elections are the most horrendous aspect of democracy. It’s the most mundane, trivial, disappointing, dirty aspect.”

― Gael Garcia Bernal

“Democracy should be practiced not every six years, but every day.”

― Gael Garcia Bernal

“Every democracy is constructed day-to-day. And the electoral process reduces and minimalizes every single aspect of human complexity. We’re putting it into pamphlets. We’re doing a publicity show. We’re becoming symbols.”

― Gael Garcia Bernal

“Let’s not give the electoral process so much importance. We have to be cynical about it. Let’s give importance to the real democracy that’s constructed on a day-to-day basis. That’s my hopeful perspective on it.”

― Gael Garcia Bernal

“Everywhere in the world, we’re aware that democracy has incredible flaws and that the word has been used, especially in the United States, to wage wars.”

― Gael Garcia Bernal

“I think that it’s a vital moment now for Russian democracy to convince people that it’s only our actions, our joined actions and protests that could force Kremlin to reconsider its plans to abolish presidential elections.”

― Garry Kasparov

“I think Russians today have a distorted picture of capitalism, liberal democracy and market economy.”

― Garry Kasparov

“I think Russian people are learning that democracy is not an alien thing; it’s not a western invention.”

― Garry Kasparov

“If a jerk burns the flag, America is not threatened, democracy is not under siege, freedom is not at risk.”

― Gary Ackerman

“In a democracy, you don’t need anyone’s permission to form a new political party, publish a politically charged article, or organize a ‘tea party.’ And in open markets, individuals are free to buy and invest as they see fit.”

― Gary Hamel

“In a well-functioning democracy, citizens have the option of voting their political masters out of office. Not so in most companies.”

― Gary Hamel

“Don’t spend more than you take in. Control your debt. Empower the private sector. We have 50 states out there that are laboratories of democracy. Why are we not empowering the states to find solutions to our problems, particularly health care, as opposed to looking to a one-size-fits-all solution from Washington, D.C.? That puzzles even me.”

― Gary Herbert

“If we expose the Chinese to our freedoms, it may create a greater hunger for democracy, reform and liberties in China.”

― Gary Locke

“The building of America has had its fair share of mistakes, but it’s a constitution that’s the jewel of democracy, the envy of many, and it’s the most generous nation in the world.”

― Gary Oldman

“Democracy isn’t solely about polite conversations in parliaments. It needs to be continually refreshed with raw passions, anger and ideals.”

― Geoff Mulgan

“Vigorous independent and critical media are indispensable in a democracy.”

― Geoff Mulgan

“Western-style multi-party democracy is possible but not suitable for Africa.”

― George Ayittey

“Just because a group does not take its decisions by voting does not mean they have no understanding of the essence of democracy.”

― George Ayittey

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

― George Bernard Shaw

“Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.”

― George Bernard Shaw

“Democracy, if it meant what our forefathers said, that would be great, but unfortunately it’s been corrupted by this funding and funding of campaigns. There’s a much better way to do it. There could be a small amount of money given by every taxpayer to be dedicated to candidates.”

― George Hamilton

“I grew up in San Francisco. And so I’m informed in a certain kind of way about, you know, believing in democracy and believing in America. And I’m a very ardent patriot.”

― George Lucas

“Democracy in China is like Viagra; no such thing as free elections.”

― George Montgomery

“It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it; consequently, the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using the word if it were tied down to any one meaning.”

― George Orwell

“Leaving the E.U. was not the outcome that I wanted or campaigned, but now that democracy has spoken, we must act on that result. I will fully respect that result.”

― George Osborne

“Margaret Thatcher’s government redistributed money from rich to poor. And that’s the nature of a modern western democracy.”

― George Osborne

“I don’t know how you define ‘neoconservatism,’ but I think it’s associated with trying to spread open political systems and democracy.”

― George P. Shultz

“Obama offers himself as a catalyst by which disenchanted Americans can overcome two decades of vicious partisanship, energize our democracy, and restore faith in government.”

― George Packer

“And one of the frustrating parts, but it’s an inherent part of our democracy, is we have separation of powers.”

― George Pataki

“A full and fair discussion is essential to democracy.”

― George Soros

“I chose America as my home because I value freedom and democracy, civil liberties and an open society.”

― George Soros

“To my mind, there is a solution which has to do with democracy, because democratic governments are subject to the will of the people. So, if the people will it, you can actually create international institutions through the democratic states.”

― George Soros

“This is supposed to be a participatory democracy and if we’re not in there participating then the people that will manipulate and exploit the system will step in there.”

― George Takei

“I’m an actor. I love acting and being able to use my love, my passion, to also contribute to making this a better society, a better democracy, and a better country.”

― George Takei

“You can’t put democracy and freedom back into a box.”

― George W. Bush

“The United Nations should come in and take over Liberia, not temporarily, but for life. To make Liberians believe in democracy, to make us believe in human rights, they need to go in and just seize control of the country. That is the only way Liberia will ever become the kind of country it was supposed to be.”

― George Weah

“Popularity makes no law invulnerable to invalidation. Americans accept judicial supervision of their democracy – judicial review of popular but possibly unconstitutional statutes – because they know that if the Constitution is truly to constitute the nation, it must trump some majority preferences.”

― George Will

“Politics in a democracy is transactional: Politicians seek votes by promising to do things for voters, who seek promises in exchange for their votes.”

― George Will

“I consider that, in a democracy, everyone has the right to decide. If people don’t have the right to express what they feel, we would be going back to a bygone era.”

― Gerard Pique

“Ultimately, freedom and democracy are stronger than fear and tyranny.”

― Gijs de Vries

“The majority of the world’s Muslims do not believe that terrorism is a legitimate strategy or that Islam is incompatible with democracy.”

― Gijs de Vries

“Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.”

― Gilbert K. Chesterton

“Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.”

― Gilbert K. Chesterton

“You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.”

― Gilbert K. Chesterton

“I believe in the democracy of design.”

― Giles Deacon

“Since President Bush took office in 2001, this Congress has supported an agenda of democracy, freedom and expansion of rights for all peoples throughout the world.”

― Ginny Brown-Waite

“While Kuwait is not a democracy, giving only half the population a voice in their government is not a policy this Congress should support and one that I am glad that Kuwait’s leaders are changing.”

― Ginny Brown-Waite

“Jeans represent democracy in fashion.”

― Giorgio Armani

“It shouldn’t take extreme courage and a willingness to go to prison for decades or even life to blow the whistle on bad government acts done in secret. But it does. And that is an immense problem for democracy, one that all journalists should be united in fighting.”

― Glenn Greenwald

“There are few things more dangerous in a democracy than allowing a President to wage secret wars without the knowledge of the country.”

― Glenn Greenwald

“Short of a space-alien invasion or an Oklahoma tornado, there is almost no problem that a democracy can tackle in a year. But that isn’t why we have a government. We have a government to solve the problems that greedy, short-sighted businessmen like me can’t.”

― Glenn Kelman

“As the leader of the nation, I say in behalf of the Filipino people to the world: we are strong and principled believers in democracy.”

― Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

“I sow; my successor reaps. This is the majesty of democracy.”

― Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

“As I have shown, I will defend democracy with arms when it is threatened by violence; with firmness when it is weakened by division; with law and order when it is subverted by anarchy; and always, I will try to sustain it by wise policies of economic progress so that a democracy means not just an empty liberty, but a full life for all.”

― Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

“People start to talk about post-racist, post-feminist. What does that mean? We’re clearly not post either. Would you say post-democracy? Clearly we haven’t reached true democracy yet.”

― Gloria Steinem

“Democracy is not perfect.”

― Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada

“Bolivia was the first country to stop hyperinflation in a democracy without depriving people of their civil rights and without violating human rights.”

― Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada

“I only became involved in politics when democracy returned to Bolivia. Then, unluckily in democracy, we ran into the inheritance of 20 years of military government, a great deal of debt, and a great deal of expense.”

― Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada

“I never subscribed to what you might call the neo-Conservative position that somehow, at the barrel of a gun, overnight, liberty and democracy could be conjured up.”

― Gordon Brown

“Our form of democracy is bribery, on the highest scale.”

― Gore Vidal

“Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.”

― Gore Vidal

“We’re not a democracy.”

― Gore Vidal

“Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they’re both just aspirin.”

― Gore Vidal

“The first and continuing argument for the curtailment of working hours and the raising of the minimum age was that education was necessary in a democracy and working children could not attend school.”

― Grace Abbott

“In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had 500 years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”

― Graham Greene

“In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock!”

― Graham Greene

“It’s just that to a lot of British people George Bush represents the worst of all things American. He’s the right-wing Christian crusader, the toxic Texan who refused Kyoto, the poll-cheat eel who undermined democracy on the back of something called ‘chads,’ a notion we’ve never entirely grasped.”

― Graham Joyce

“Mr. Soros, the chairman of Soros Fund Management, is best-known as a speculator, philanthropist and political activist. He made a fortune by doing things such as betting against Britain’s currency in 1992 and Thailand’s in 1997. A Hungarian refugee, he has spent millions to promote democracy and learning in post-Soviet nations.”

― Greg Ip

“The ship of democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those on board.”

― Grover Cleveland

“Liberal democracy must finally become the vital element of our society.”

― Gustav Heinemann

“Not less, but more democracy – that is the demand, that is the great goal that we have to prescribe for ourselves, and especially for our youth.”

― Gustav Heinemann

“The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.”

― Gustave Flaubert

“Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”

― H. L. Mencken

“Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.”

― H. L. Mencken

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

― H. L. Mencken

“Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.”

― H. L. Mencken

“I confess I enjoy democracy immensely. It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing.”

― H. L. Mencken

“Adultery is the application of democracy to love.”

― H. L. Mencken

“Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the same category as Arcadia, Santa Claus, and Heaven.”

― H. L. Mencken

“Democracy, despite its limitations, is in the end the only way to ensure that policies do not simply benefit the privileged few.”

― Ha-Joon Chang

“Indeed, willingness to challenge professional economists and other experts is a foundation stone of democracy. If all we have to do is to listen to the experts, what is the point of having democracy?”

― Ha-Joon Chang

“What free-market economists are not telling us is that the politics they want to get rid of are none other than those of democracy itself. When they say we need to insulate economic policies from politics, they are in effect advocating the castration of democracy.”

― Ha-Joon Chang

“We live in a democracy. We have this extraordinary opportunity to use our mind and say what we think, speak as we think. Sometimes what we say is objectionable to other people. But that is part of a free society.”

― Hal Holbrook

“Democracy is not just constitutional and legislative rules; it is a culture and practice and adhering by the law and respecting international human rights principles.”

― Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

“In establishing democracy, we have to be sensitive to the regional and national context. Democracy also means to guarantee the rights of the minorities. That’s my job as a king. We have for example a Jewish ambassador in the US and a Christian in the UK.”

― Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

“A democracy is predicated on an educated citizenry. You cannot have a democracy with people that are more interested in what Nicole Kidman is doing or whoever the latest fashion model is.”

― Hamza Yusuf

“Billionaires like the Koch brothers, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, and political puppet master Karl Rove should not be able to buy our elections. Secret money should not be able to drown out the voices of the American people and sell our Democracy to the highest bidder.”

― Hank Johnson

“Democracy cannot survive without the guidance of a creative minority.”

― Harlan Stone

“The issue is whether the ultimate civil authority of the United States can tolerate actions in contempt of constitutional lines of authority. Any lessening of civil power over military power must inevitably lead away from democracy.”

― Harold Russell

“Throughout American history many of our social gains and much of our progress toward democracy were made possible by the active intervention of the federal government.”

― Harold Washington

“Bring it on. Dissent is central to any democracy.”

― Harry Belafonte

“If you believe in justice, if you believe in democracy, if you believe in people’s rights, if you believe in the harmony of all humankind – then you have no choice but to back Fidel Castro as long as it takes!”

― Harry Belafonte

“America has never been moved to perfect our desire for greater democracy without radical thinking and radical voices being at the helm of any such quest.”

― Harry Belafonte

“Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.”

― Harry Emerson Fosdick

“Free speech is the foundation of an open and liberal democracy from college campuses to the White House.”

― Hasan Minhaj

“I can’t emphasize how important free speech is to a liberal and free democracy.”

― Hasan Minhaj

“All countries in my part of the world, we want democracy to prevail. I told the people, ‘If you want American policies to stop, we need to take action.’ We need to make the U.S. understand that its meddling is inappropriate.”

― Hassan Rouhani

“Democracy isn’t just for people in the Middle East, but Britons, too.”

― Heather Brooke

“It’s fair to say that, for much of my lifetime, New Zealand certainly was a property-owning democracy and working people, ordinary people, had assets.”

― Helen Clark

“Debate is almost non-existent and no one is apparently accountable to anybody apart from their political party bosses. It is bad news for democracy in this country.”

― Helen Suzman

“You don’t spread democracy with a barrel of a gun.”

― Helen Thomas

“You don’t spread democracy through the barrel of a gun.”

― Helen Thomas

“We in the press have a special role since there is no other institution in our society that can hold the President accountable. I do believe that our democracy can endure and prevail only if the American people are informed.”

― Helen Thomas

“In a democracy, if you don’t get the votes, nothing else is possible, no matter how wonderful your dreams.”

― Helmut Kohl

“The critical thing about Western democracy is the fact that you usually have a transition of power without bloodshed. That is an enormous advantage. But still, democracy as we know it was only invented recently in the West, historical speaking. It did not really work in ancient Rome. It functioned for less than 200 years in ancient Athens.”

― Helmut Schmidt

“Democracy is not the end point of mankind. There may be developments in many different directions in the coming centuries. Democracy has only existed for about 200 years. It started out with the American Declaration of Independence. The Americans got their ideas from the Europeans, in the main from the French, the Dutch and the British.”

― Helmut Schmidt

“In a mass television democracy – which all of us nowadays have – it is impossible to take basic political decisions with long-term consequences without the public knowing it, without the public understanding at least some of it, without the public forming its judgment, heterogeneous as it may be.”

― Helmut Schmidt

“In Asia, democracy has been less advanced than elsewhere. And many of these countries haven’t done too badly.”

― Helmut Sohmen

“My father thought, and now I think too, that the system of democracy is entirely based upon the system of justice. If we do not have a system of justice that people believe in, the system of democracy will fail.”

― Henning Mankell

“The motive power of democracy is love.”

― Henri Bergson

“If we put our trust in the common sense of common men and ‘with malice toward none and charity for all’ go forward on the great adventure of making political, economic and social democracy a practical reality, we shall not fail.”

― Henry A. Wallace

“In an effort to eliminate the possibility of any rival growing up, some monopolists would sacrifice democracy itself.”

― Henry A. Wallace

“Monopolists who fear competition and who distrust democracy because it stands for equal opportunity would like to secure their position against small and energetic enterprise.”

― Henry A. Wallace

“The worldwide, agelong struggle between fascism and democracy will not stop when the fighting ends in Germany and Japan.”

― Henry A. Wallace

“This dullness of vision regarding the importance of the general welfare to the individual is the measure of the failure of our schools and churches to teach the spiritual significance of genuine democracy.”

― Henry A. Wallace

“Until democracy in effective enthusiastic action fills the vacuum created by the power of modern inventions, we may expect the fascists to increase in power after the war both in the United States and in the world.”

― Henry A. Wallace

“Universities are some of the few places left where a struggle for the commons, for public life, if not democracy itself, can be made visible through the medium of collective voices and social movements energized by the need for a politics and way of life counter to authoritarian capitalism.”

― Henry Giroux

“The biggest lie of all is that capitalism is democracy. We have no way of understanding democracy outside of the market, just as we have no understanding of how to understand freedom outside of market values.”

― Henry Giroux

“Collective freedom is one devoid of material bondage and one that supports the institutions necessary for democracy.”

― Henry Giroux

“The stories a society tells about itself are a measure of how it values itself, the ideals of democracy, and its future.”

― Henry Giroux

“Neoliberalism considers the discourse of equality, justice, and democracy quaint, if not dangerous and must be either trivialized, turned into its Orwellian opposite, or eviscerated from public life.”

― Henry Giroux

“Democracy is not compatible with capitalism but is congruent with a version of democratic socialism in which the wealth, resources, and benefits of a social order are shared in an equitable and just manner.”

― Henry Giroux

“Democracy as a promise means that society can never be just enough and that the self-reflection and struggles that enable all members of the community to participate in the decisions and institutions that shape their lives must be continually debated, safeguarded, and preserved at all costs.”

― Henry Giroux

“India is a vibrant nation whose strength lies in its commitment to equal rights and to speech, religious and economic freedoms that enrich the lives of all citizens. India is not only the world’s largest democracy; it is also a secular, pluralistic society committed to inclusive growth.”

― Henry Paulson

“Voting is completely important. People in America think democracy is a given. I think of it as an ecosystem, and what gets in the way of it is politicians and apathy.”

― Henry Rollins

“’Duck Dynasty’ is a ridiculous show, and long may it wave. America and democracy will endure. They’ve seen a lot worse.”

― Henry Rollins

“Citizens United didn’t work. Hey, Koch brothers, Karl Rove, Shellgame Adelson: Democracy trumps money sometimes.”

― Henry Rollins

“The years between 1800 and 1825 were distinguished, so far as our domestic development was concerned, by the growth of the Western pioneer Democracy in power and self-consciousness.”

― Herbert Croly

“Democracy may mean something more than a theoretically absolute popular government, but it assuredly cannot mean anything less.”

― Herbert Croly

“In Jefferson’s mind democracy was tantamount to extreme individualism.”

― Herbert Croly

“When Jefferson and the Republicans rallied to the Union and to the existing Federalist organization, the fabric of traditional American democracy was almost completely woven.”

― Herbert Croly

“Our country was thereby saved from the consequences of its distracting individualistic conception of democracy, and its merely legal conception of nationality. It was because the followers of Jackson and Douglas did fight for it, that the Union was preserved.”

― Herbert Croly

“Democracy is not static. It is a living force. Every new idea, every new invention offers opportunity for both good and evil.”

― Herbert Hoover

“The New Deal repudiation of democracy has left the Republican Party alone the guardian of the Ark of the Covenant with its charter of freedom.”

― Herbert Hoover

“There is no dignity in wickedness, whether in purple or rags; and hell is a democracy of devils, where all are equals.”

― Herman Melville

“The worst thing that can happen in a democracy – as well as in an individual’s life – is to become cynical about the future and lose hope.”

― Hillary Clinton

“Democracy is still a radical idea in a world where we often confuse images with realities, words with actions.”

― Hillary Clinton

“I’ve never understood multi-party democracy. It’s hard enough with two parties.”

― Hillary Clinton

“If you get so unequal that people believe they don’t have a chance, that the field isn’t level for them and their children, that puts democracy at risk.”

― Hillary Clinton

“Struggles do not end when countries attempt the transition to democracy.”

― Hillary Clinton

“A historic investment in jobs, debt-free college, profit sharing, making those at the top pay their fair share, putting families first in a modern economy and a democracy where working people’s voices are actually heard. That is what we are fighting for in this election.”

― Hillary Clinton

“We have defeated Gaddafi on the battlefield; now we must defeat him in our imagination. We must not allow his legacy to corrupt our dream. Let’s keep focused on the true prize: unity, democracy, and the rule of law. Let’s not seek revenge; that would diminish our future.”

― Hisham Matar

“The true victory is the victory for democracy and pluralism.”

― Hosni Mubarak

“The closer Iraq approaches freedom and democracy, the more impediments and barriers the terrorists will erect.”

― Howard Coble

“Nobody who’s thought about politics or democracy over the thousands of years that people have been thinking about democracy hasn’t come up against the fact that the people will often be wrong. And what do you do when they are? You can’t just say, ‘Well, it’s the will of the people.’”

― Howard Jacobson

“Democracy is not just voting for your leaders; it’s really premised upon ordinary citizens understanding the issues.”

― Howard Rheingold

“Kids automatically teach each other how to use technology, but they’re not going to teach each other about the history of democracy, or the importance of taking their voices into the public sphere to create social change.”

― Howard Rheingold

“The political restructuring we pursue in China is aimed at advancing the self-improvement and development of the socialist political system. We will continue to expand people’s democracy and build a socialist country under the rule of law in keeping with China’s national conditions.”

― Hu Jintao

“China recognizes and also respects the universality of human rights. We will continue our efforts to promote democracy and the rule of law.”

― Hu Jintao

“Democracy is the common pursuit of mankind, and all countries must earnestly protect the democratic rights of the people.”

― Hu Jintao

“It is not enough to merely defend democracy. To defend it may be to lose it; to extend it is to strengthen it. Democracy is not property; it is an idea.”

― Hubert H. Humphrey

“A free press is the cornerstone of democracy; there is no question about that.”

― Hugh Grant

“The only way to save the world is through socialism, but a socialism that exists within a democracy; there’s no dictatorship here.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I even believed in a third way; I thought it was possible to put a human face on capitalism. But I was wrong. The only way to save the world is through socialism, but a socialism that exists within a democracy; there’s no dictatorship here.”

― Hugo Chavez

“We’re not perfect, but we do have democracy.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Noam Chomsky has a book, which I read for the first time when I was in Spain, called ‘Fear of Democracy’. There is your answer. Fear of democracy. In Honduras, they had a sham democracy. It was run by elites, what was called a liberal democracy, but in reality was a false democracy.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Aristotle might not recognize it, or others who are at the root of democracy. What type of democracy do you impose with marines and bombs?”

― Hugo Chavez

“All the blood is drained out of democracy – it dies – when only half the population votes.”

― Hunter S. Thompson

“Democracy as a system has evolved into something that Thomas Jefferson didn’t anticipate.”

― Hunter S. Thompson

“I believe the Republicans have never thought that democracy was anything but a tribal myth.”

― Hunter S. Thompson

“We believe democracy to be the only real guarantor of stability and we have sought to create a ‘Jordanian model’ that might also inspire others in our region. I wish democracy and peace to be my legacy to my people and the shield of generations to come.”

― Hussein of Jordan

“The fact is that democracy anywhere in the world, including in the United States, is not something that comes easy. And yet, we are committed to it, and equality and democracy are the only ways in the long run that Jews will be safe in the Middle East.”

― Ian Lustick

“Democracy opens new vistas and opportunities. We should use the opportunities it offers to correct past mistakes not to blunder anew.”

― Ibrahim Babangida

“Informed by our sad experience of history, we require nothing short of a foundation for lasting democracy.”

― Ibrahim Babangida

“The challenge as we saw in the Nigerian project was to restructure the economy decisively in the direction of a modern free market as an appropriate environment for cultivation of freedom and democracy and the natural emergence of a new social order.”

― Ibrahim Babangida

“The history of our country is not the history of any other country in the world which is either practicing advanced democracy or struggling to lay the foundation for democracy.”

― Ibrahim Babangida

“The return of democracy in our land has indeed thrown the problems of development into bolder relief.”

― Ibrahim Babangida

“’The Sea Wolf’ is the story of a man who believes only in brute force. He is so firm in belief in his own ideas that he despises all who disagree with him. He preaches the doctrine of intolerance. He flaunts the notion that democracy is anything but weakness.”

― Ida Lupino

“We need to be constantly reminded that this is a representative democracy, and we need to be in tune to what people are talking about.”

― Ilhan Omar

“There can only be democracy when money is not allowed to be spent in Politics.”

― Imran Khan

“One is actually the democracy here, you know, people are, people assume that this election means that there is democracy in Pakistan. There is no democracy.”

― Imran Khan

“I am no historian, but Hungary is a country which has never known democracy – and by that, I mean not a democratic political system, but an organic process which has mobilised the entire country’s society. In the case of Hungary, this development was blocked by the growth of the Ottoman empire in the 16th century.”

― Imre Kertesz

“In a democracy, you have to find a market niche, make sure a novel is ‘interesting’ and ‘spectacular.’ That may be the toughest censorship of all.”

― Imre Kertesz

“This is why we feel that democracy’s important: because democracy allows you to have small explosions and therefore avoid the bigger explosions.”

― Indira Gandhi

“The release of ‘Chinese Democracy’ marks a historic moment in rock n’ roll.”

― Irving Azoff

“Democracy is now going forth on a crusade against imperialism.”

― Irving Babbitt

“A democracy, the realistic observer is forced to conclude, is likely to be idealistic in its feelings about itself, but imperialistic about its practice.”

― Irving Babbitt

“If a man went simply by what he saw, he might be tempted to affirm that the essence of democracy is melodrama.”

― Irving Babbitt

“To say that most of us today are purely expansive is only another way of saying that most of us continue to be more concerned with the quantity than with the quality of our democracy.”

― Irving Babbitt

“Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions – it only guarantees equality of opportunity.”

― Irving Kristol

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

― Isaac Asimov

“Before the military coup in Chile, we had the idea that military coups happen in Banana Republics, somewhere in Central America. It would never happen in Chile. Chile was such a solid democracy. And when it happened, it had brutal characteristics.”

― Isabel Allende

“Democracy is something you have to participate in.”

― Isabella Lovin

“I salute all the nations of the Arab Spring and I salute the heroic people of Syria who are striving for freedom, democracy and reform.”

― Ismail Haniyeh

“Anybody who asks for democracy to be introduced should respect the results of democracy.”

― Ismail Haniyeh

“The crisis of democracy in the West is not the result of falling in love with another system. In Europe and America people who are disillusioned with democracy do not dream about the Chinese model or any other form of authoritarian rule. They do not dream about government that controls Internet and puts in prison those daring to disagree.”

― Ivan Krastev

“Democracy has always been in crisis: democracy is all about practicing the art of bearable dissatisfaction. In democratic societies, people often complain about their leaders and their institutions. The gap between the ideal democracy and the existing one cannot be bridged.”

― Ivan Krastev

“Authoritarianism is not pretending anymore to be a real alternative to democracy, but we can see many more authoritarian practices and styles basically being smuggled into democratic governments.”

― Ivan Krastev

“Remember, until the 1970s, the spread of democracy has always been accompanied by the decline of inequality. The more democratic our societies have been, the more equal they have been becoming. Now we have the reverse tendency. The spread of democracy now is very much accompanied by the increase in inequality.”

― Ivan Krastev

“Britain, which in the years immediately before this war was rapidly losing such democratic virtues as it possessed, is now being bombed and burned into democracy.”

― J. B. Priestley

“Trump is an anathema to America’s democracy and values.”

― J. B. Pritzker

“When public men indulge themselves in abuse, when they deny others a fair trial, when they resort to innuendo and insinuation, to libel, scandal, and suspicion, then our democratic society is outraged, and democracy is baffled.”

― J. William Fulbright

“In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.”

― J. William Fulbright

“I really rebel against this idea that politics has to be a place full of ego and where you’re constantly focused on scoring hits against each one another. Yes, we need a robust democracy, but you can be strong, and you can be kind.”

― Jacinda Ardern

“I believe, for a long time, protracted wars test the will of any democracy, to be sure, and people will underwrite a protracted war if they see some progress. But if they don’t see progress, and it appears to be futile and useless, then that political support begins to evaporate rather quickly.”

― Jack Keane

“The Arab Spring, nobody’s in the streets demonstrating for radical Islam; they’re in the streets with a window of democracy. They want our political reform, our social justice, and our economic opportunity.”

― Jack Keane

“With the end of the cold war, all the ‘isms’ of the 20th century – Fascism, Nazism, Communism and the evil of apartheid-ism – have failed. Except one. Only democracy has shown itself true the help of all mankind.”

― Jack Kemp

“Democracy without morality is impossible.”

― Jack Kemp

“In Ethiopia, democracy is in its infancy and it must be nurtured along by its leaders.”

― Jack Kingston

“From a monarchy followed by suffering under Communism, Ethiopians must be given the opportunity to flourish under the greatest of systems – democracy.”

― Jack Kingston

“That’s what representative democracy is about, is members going to Washington but coming home and answering the tough questions.”

― Jack Kingston

“The transition from tyranny to democracy is very hard. The Syrian people have to handle this in a way that works in Syria. And the brutality of the Assad regime is unacceptable.”

― Jack Lew

“I want people to learn what democracy means.”

― Jack Ma

“Americans cannot afford to turn a blind eye to Russian interference in our democracy. We need to get to the facts and learn lessons to prevent future misconduct by foreign governments.”

― Jack Reed

“Our democracy works because the parties air and debate their differences in public.”

― Jack Schlossberg

“It would be hard to ignore the absence of democracy in any Arab nation.”

― Jack Schwartz

“Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East.”

― Jack Schwartz

“India is the biggest democracy. We have the right to say what we want to say, and people have the right to protest.”

― Jackie Shroff

“The most important newspapers in this country need to exist. Our democracy needs them. Life as we know it would be unthinkable without them.”

― Jacob Weisberg

“We are a constitutional democracy. We must deal with things properly within the framework of the law and then the constitution.”

― Jacob Zuma

“My view is instead of political discussions, persuasions, which dominate democracy, in our country we have taken our democracy to the other extreme. There is no debate, sufficient debate. There is court debate.”

― Jacob Zuma

“People are constantly applying double standards. Take the United States, for example. Washington wants the whole world to admire the country for its democracy. Then the government sends out its army, in the name of this democracy, and leaves behind the kind of chaos we see in Iraq.”

― Jacob Zuma

“Criminality is always the result of poverty. Countries that experience such a fundamental change as we have – we had the apartheid regime and must now develop a multicultural democracy – must necessarily pass through a phase of high crime rates.”

― Jacob Zuma

“Our leaders pay lip service to the freedoms that democracy provides while actually supporting an economic structure that imprisons its citizens under more and more debt.”

― Jacque Fresco

“You can play a role in the shaping of tomorrow’s world by asking yourself questions like, ‘What kind of world do I want to live in?’ and ‘What does democracy mean to me?’”

― Jacque Fresco

“Everybody has a right to be defended, and every lawyer has a duty to defend people accused. And my office is to defend him, to discuss the accusation point by point, as I think this is a normal step in a democracy.”

― Jacques Verges

“Discrimination will impair democracy.”

― Jaggi Vasudev

“We will never resolve serious national problems with this irresponsible democracy.”

― Jair Bolsonaro

“Real democracy is food on the table, the ability to plan your life, the ability to walk on the street without getting mugged.”

― Jair Bolsonaro

“We can’t continue with this social democracy here in Brazil.”

― Jair Bolsonaro

“We want democracy and peace.”

― Jair Bolsonaro

“My door will always be open to those who genuinely renounce violence and seek peaceful accommodation into our nascent democracy.”

― Jalal Talabani

“The international community should pressure Iran to get the Houthis to agree to some peaceful understanding in Yemen. But at the same time, Saudi Arabia also needs to believe truly in democracy for Yemen.”

― Jamal Khashoggi

“My publication, ‘The Post,’ has taken the initiative to translate many of my pieces and publish them in Arabic. For that, I am grateful. Arabs need to read in their own language so they can understand and discuss the various aspects and complications of democracy in the United States and the West.”

― Jamal Khashoggi

“The eradication of the Muslim Brotherhood is nothing less than an abolition of democracy and a guarantee that Arabs will continue living under authoritarian and corrupt regimes.”

― Jamal Khashoggi

“There can be no political reform and democracy in any Arab country without accepting that political Islam is a part of it.”

― Jamal Khashoggi

“The Trump administration always says it wants to correct Obama’s mistakes. It should add his mishandling of Arab democracy to its list.”

― Jamal Khashoggi

“Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.”

― James Bovard

“Well, one of the first things is to restore the rule of law, to place the government back under the cage of law. Another thing is to stop falling for the myth of democracy.”

― James Bovard

“Liberty in Islam is the liberty to be a Muslim, democracy likewise, individualism likewise.”

― James Buchan

“I like the noise of democracy.”

― James Buchanan

“As all of our lives become digital, the logic of encryption is all of our lives will be covered by strong encryption, and therefore all of our lives – including the lives of criminals and terrorists and spies – will be in a place that is utterly unavailable to court-ordered process. And that, I think, to a democracy should be very, very concerning.”

― James Comey

“Public corruption is the FBI’s top criminal priority. The threat – which involves the corruption of local, state, and federally elected, appointed, or contracted officials – strikes at the heart of government, eroding public confidence and undermining the strength of our democracy.”

― James Comey

“Without the power of the Industrial Union behind it, Democracy can only enter the State as the victim enters the gullet of the Serpent.”

― James Connolly

“France is a pretty stable democracy, but incidents occur. And I was pleased to have police accompaniment.”

― James Douglas

“We Americans have the great gifts of freedom and democracy, but it has been our education system that has fulfilled the promise of democracy.”

― James E. Rogers

“A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person.”

― James Madison

“A band is not a democracy: It’s show business.”

― James McBride

“The history of America is to expand civil liberties in a responsible and civil manner. We need to remember that our wonderful Democracy with its freedoms has been working.”

― James McGreevey

“Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.”

― James Russell Lowell

“I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.”

― James Russell Lowell

“Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.”

― James Russell Lowell

“In a democracy, you can be right and still lose power.”

― James Wolfensohn

“Nobody should have the right to eavesdrop, or you become a totalitarian state – the kind of state I escaped as a kid to come to this country where you have democracy and freedom of speech.”

― Jan Koum

“Since the birth of our Nation, no other right has been more important than having the ability to vote. Unfortunately, as history has shown, the denial of this right to minorities is a scar on our system of democracy.”

― Jan Schakowsky

“There is greater income inequality in the United States than in any other industrialized country. Yes, the debt is a problem that must be dealt with. To me, however, the disappearing middle class is even worse – bad for our economy and really bad for our democracy.”

― Jan Schakowsky

“Unless the law issues from all of the people, some of the people will feel left out. They will come to feel alienated. They will be angry. And this will not be a cohesive democracy.”

― Janet Reno

“Now that we have a democracy and you can go back and the airport air is not laden with evil any more, you can actually breathe oxygen when you land in Johannesburg.”

― Janet Suzman

“I don’t believe that there’s such a thing as objectivity in much of journalism, but I think there is a serious effort to and a regard for facts and into taking that stuff seriously is very important to the public discourse and it’s very important to democracy.”

― Jann Wenner

“A free and open Internet is essential to our democracy, economy, and modern way of life.”

― Jared Polis

“The basic problem is that web 2.0 tools are not supportive of democracy by design. They are tools designed to gather spy-agency-like data in a seductive way, first and foremost, but as a side effect they tend to provide software support for mob-like phenomena.”

― Jaron Lanier

“Supporting American technology companies is one of the most patriotic things you can do – the technology industry is the reason our country has such a high-standard of living and why we can afford to spread the democracy virus around the globe.”

― Jason Calacanis

“Democracy can tie your hands in a rock ‘n’ roll band, you know? It can be a great thing, but if you’ve got a certain amount of vision and you write a lot of songs, it’s sometimes better to have your own band and make your own decisions.”

― Jason Isbell

“Voter suppression anywhere hurts our democracy everywhere.”

― Jason Kander

“If an election doesn’t go your way, you don’t get to call a do-over. Part of respecting our democracy is respecting the will of the voters.”

― Jason Kander

“The environment in a writer’s room, I’ve really come to feel, should be some form of democracy.”

― Jason Katims

“Democracy and socialism are means to an end, not the end itself.”

― Jawaharlal Nehru

“Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse.”

― Jawaharlal Nehru

“From casting to hiring to awards races like the Emmys, taking active steps toward inclusion will make for richer stories, a stronger democracy, and a better world.”

― Jay Duplass

“Being adequately informed is a democratic duty, just as the vote is a democratic right. A misinformed electorate, voting without knowledge, is not a true democracy.”

― Jay Griffiths

“The need to help spread democracy and the ability to do that will be much greater if we break this addiction to oil, which gives the oil princes and sultans the power in the Mideast.”

― Jay Inslee

“I think, at times of stress, you have to trust the pillars of democracy.”

― Jay Nixon

“When we say ‘democracy’ we have to mean what we say.”

― Jean-Bertrand Aristide

“Being described as a stupid bureaucrat with no link to representative democracy is difficult to take.”

― Jean-Claude Juncker

“I always assume that democracy is the only good form of government, quite frankly, and democracy is always to be preferred.”

― Jeane Kirkpatrick

“Democracy not only requires equality but also an unshakable conviction in the value of each person, who is then equal.”

― Jeane Kirkpatrick

“How can people in other countries who are trying to grasp our plan of democracy avoid stumbling over our logic when we deny the first steps in democracy to our women?”

― Jeannette Rankin

“Small use it will be to save democracy for the race if we cannot save the race for democracy.”

― Jeannette Rankin

“We need religion as a guide. We need it because we are imperfect. Our government needs the church, because only those humble enough to admit they are sinners can bring to democracy the tolerance it requires in order to survive.”

― Jeff Miller

“We’re going to have to forgive a great deal of the Soviet era debt. There’s no question about that. Let’s face up to that. We’re going to have to put in money if Russia is really going to consolidate a democracy.”

― Jeffrey Sachs

“I was in love with HTML and certain that the whole world was about to learn it, ushering in a new era of DIY media, free expression, peace and democracy and human rights worldwide. That part didn’t work out so well, although the kids prefer YouTube to TV, so that’s something.”

― Jeffrey Zeldman

“My parents were lured to America by the democracy here promised. In our family, freedom was a word to conjure by. Hoping for larger privileges for the growing family of children, they brought them to the New World, the world of many intellectual as well as material advantages.”

― Jenkin Lloyd Jones

“Men and women have served and died to protect American democracy, but their sacrifice will be for naught if that democracy dies from the poison the Supreme Court has injected into our political organs.”

― Jennifer Granholm

“Voter suppression laws, overzealous filibuster use, you name it – the Republicans use every tactic they can to stop our democracy from actually selecting the person with the most support.”

― Jennifer Granholm

“For me, it’s sort of like a cultural democracy or musical socialism to take a stand and get out of the major cities if you can.”

― Jens Lekman

“Democracy is not just about voting but about informed voting. If democracy doesn’t have access to reliable sources of information and instead relies on social proof, then there is no way of distinguishing between junk evidence and actual knowledge.”

― Jens Martin Skibsted

“I believe we need to lay race theories to rest: Democracy – and identity – is difficult enough without ‘scientific’ obfuscation.”

― Jens Martin Skibsted

“A true democracy starts by separating state and bad science.”

― Jens Martin Skibsted

“We will not put a lid on opinions. On the contrary, it is more important than ever that political debates are open and free, even on the most difficult issues. Especially on the most difficult issues. The task is to encourage controversial debates in a form that strengthens democracy.”

― Jens Stoltenberg

“We’re not going back anywhere, we’re going forward, we’re going forward in democracy, we’re going forward in participation, we’re going forward with ideas.”

― Jeremy Corbyn

“Government by blackmail is incompatible with democracy.”

― Jerrold Nadler

“Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy.”

― Jesse Jackson

“In Afghanistan, there is a plan to build democracy; hundreds of thousands of troops are protecting it. There is a plan to rebuild and reconstruct there. But many thousands of Americans die from violence and poverty every year and we don’t have a plan for reconstruction at home.”

― Jesse Jackson

“If someone says, ‘Democracy is a sham, those people don’t speak for me… the system’s rigged,’ you say, ‘Vote.’ Someone says, ‘I was making a statement by not voting,’ and then you say, ‘Well I can’t hear it.’”

― Jesse Williams

“The theory of relativity worked out by Mr. Einstein, which is in the domain of natural science, I believe can also be applied to the political field. Both democracy and human rights are relative concepts – and not absolute and general.”

― Jiang Zemin

“Democracy is difficult and demanding. So is history. It can crack your voice; it can stir your soul; it can break your heart.”

― Jill Lepore

“If you can’t put your values into your vote, we don’t have a democracy.”

― Jill Stein

“Silence is not what democracy needs. Right now we have an election where, even the supporters of Hillary Clinton, the majority don’t support Hillary; they just oppose Donald Trump. And the majority of Donald Trump supporters don’t support him; they just oppose Hillary.”

― Jill Stein

“We need an attitude of defiance, not an attitude of cowardice. Out in the street, that’s how we are winning against the TransCanada Pipeline. This is how we have delayed the Trans-Pacific Partnership and forced it into an election season, gotten everybody to stand against it. Democracy is not about surrender.”

― Jill Stein

“Democracy is not what we don’t want. Democracy is what we do want. It is a set of affirmative values by which we can move forward. If we cannot insert our values into our vote, and our vote is simply against what we fear most, then we are a ship lost at sea.”

― Jill Stein

“I’m much more attracted personally to governments going their full term. It’s very hard to have a fixed term election I know with ah… a parliamentary democracy, but I’ve always had an instinct to say there should be a fixed term.”

― Jim Bolger

“Politicians, no matter who they are, shouldn’t be able to manipulate the public on a single issue and then call an election at the height of support – that’s a little bit of a manipulation of democracy.”

― Jim Bolger

“As Taiwan’s friend and ally, I believe it is important for the United States to monitor the situation in the Taiwan Strait very carefully to help ensure Taiwan is not forced into a position which would endanger its freedom or its democracy.”

― Jim Costa

“On Jan. 30, millions of Iraqis will cast ballots in the country’s first fair and free election in decades, marking continued progress in Iraq’s transition toward a country built on the pillars of democracy and freedom for all.”

― Jim Gerlach

“So now is the time, more than ever, for those who truly value all the principles of democracy, especially including dissent, to be the most forceful in speaking up, standing up and speaking out.”

― Jim Hightower

“Democracy is not something that happens, you know, just at election time, and it’s not something that happens just with one event. It’s an ongoing building process. But it also ought to be a part of our culture, a part of our lives.”

― Jim Hightower

“We must never forget that many around the globe are denied the basic rights we enjoy as Americans. If we are to continue enjoying these privileges and freedoms we must accept our mission of expanding democracy around the globe.”

― Jim Inhofe

“If we don’t have an informed electorate we don’t have a democracy. So I don’t care how people get the information, as long as they get it. I’m just doing it my particular way and I feel lucky I can do it the way I want to do it.”

― Jim Lehrer

“We’re doing exactly what the Republicans don’t want: getting more people involved in our democracy. Giving more Americans a voice in their future.”

― Jim Messina

“Protection of private property is a fundamental right protected in a strong democracy.”

― Jim Ryun

“The elections that have taken place in these countries are a reflection of the lure of Democracy, and the resilience of our men and women in uniform who helped bring freedom to many who never knew what the word truly meant.”

― Jim Sensenbrenner

“The Senate floor is and always has been the great arena of our democracy. I spent eight years in my younger life as a boxer, and sometimes when I enter the chamber, I think, ‘This is the ring. The American people can see us here and listen to our arguments. This is where the fights matter.’”

― Jim Webb

“We’ve become, now, an oligarchy instead of a democracy. I think that’s been the worst damage to the basic moral and ethical standards to the American political system that I’ve ever seen in my life.”

― Jimmy Carter

“I’ve used the prestige and influence of having been a president of the United States as effectively as possible. And secondly, I’ve still been able to carry out my commitments to peace and human rights and environmental quality and freedom and democracy and so forth.”

― Jimmy Carter

“We can’t equate democracy with Christianity because the largest democracy on earth is India, which is primarily Hindu. The third largest democracy is Indonesia, which is Islamic. Democracy and freedom are not dependent on Christian beliefs.”

― Jimmy Carter

“The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.”

― Jimmy Carter

“Domestically, a lot of people think Xi Jinping is becoming Mao Zedong. By giving Hong Kong democracy, people would look at them as enlightened leaders.”

― Jimmy Lai

“The rise of populism has steadily coalesced movements of millions of people around its divisive us-against-them rhetoric, motivating so many more people to become active political campaigners and party members to champion the case for liberal democracy.”

― Jo Swinson

“The American flag is an enduring symbol of liberty, democracy, and justice. It is fitting that the House act to protect it as we approach our nation’s birthday, and as our men and women in uniform rally behind it in Iraq’s battlefields.”

― Joe Barton

“Corruption is a cancer: a cancer that eats away at a citizen’s faith in democracy, diminishes the instinct for innovation and creativity; already-tight national budgets, crowding out important national investments. It wastes the talent of entire generations. It scares away investments and jobs.”

― Joe Biden

“For any young democracy, the most difficult but important step is burying the legacy of tyranny and establishing an economy and a government and institutions that abide by the rule of law. Every country faces challenges to the rule of law, including my own.”

― Joe Biden

“Those who abhors democracy would rarely immigrate to an authoritarian state if they have to.”

― Joe Chung

“The reason there’s not a dictatorship in Chile and that there’s a democracy in South Africa and Portugal today – and that Haiti has a nascent democracy – is that the world community as a whole felt outraged. This is the reason Milosevic sits in a jail in The Hague. It’s because the world has said, ‘Enough.’”

― Joe Garcia

“To help advance democracy, we need to allow for the reunification of Cuban families and the direct sending of remittances to the island’s brave dissidents.”

― Joe Garcia

“We live in the world’s greatest democracy; we want for nothing. And that which we want, we can work toward achieving.”

― Joe Garcia

“Fidel Castro had to sit there while he was given a speech on democracy, something the Cuban people have not been able to hear for 43 years.”

― Joe Garcia

“The Internet has brought democracy to so many other things. It’s about time the Internet brought democracy to democracy.”

― Joe Green

“’Compromise’ isn’t supposed to be a dirty word. It is, in fact, how representative democracy works.”

― Joe Kennedy III

“That was the miracle of Abraham Lincoln, politician. He pursued the high purpose of moving justice forward via the low arts of patronage and patronization. Indeed, in a democracy, it is usually the only way great deeds are done.”

― Joe Klein

“I also know that there have been many times in our history when the proximity of an election has induced exactly the kind of leadership and consensus-building that produce progress in our democracy.”

― Joe Lieberman

“When a government goes to war, particularly a democracy, it is the most solemn and awesome responsibility of our leaders – to decide to send our kids to go off and kill and die for us.”

― Joe Wilson

“Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.”

― John Adams

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

― John Adams

“We’ve got to understand that the whole nature of the way American democracy guards its freedom has been changed.”

― John Ashcroft

“The United States and Israel have a unique relationship based on our mutual commitment to democracy, freedom, and peace. Therefore, just as our commitment to these principles must be steadfast, so must our support for Israel.”

― John Boehner

“I am all in favour of democracy in Iraq.”

― John Bolton

“The E.U. is more than just a trade organization or a common market; it is a guarantee of democracy, freedom, justice, and human rights. Nations cannot stay in the E.U. if they do not respect these guarantees.”

― John Bruton

“The Asian-American kids I meet respond to a democracy in the vulgarity of my roles.”

― John Cho

“But, you know, I’m sorry, I think democracy requires participation. I mean, I don’t want to proselytize but I do feel some sort of duty to participate in the process in some way other than just blindly getting behind a political party.”

― John Cusack

“The fate of every democracy, of every government based on the sovereignty of the people, depends on the choices it makes between these opposite principles, absolute power on the one hand, and on the other the restraints of legality and the authority of tradition.”

― John Dalberg-Acton

“The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.”

― John Dalberg-Acton

“Far from being the product of a democratic revolution and of an opposition to English institutions, the constitution of the United States was the result of a powerful reaction against democracy, and in favor of the traditions of the mother country.”

― John Dalberg-Acton

“What I don’t like so much is people who – how do you say this? – who make judgments over the genre of reality like it’s television from the devil, and that’s something that I don’t like because I think everybody should watch what they like. It’s a free world. It’s a form of democracy. If you like it, watch. If you don’t like it, don’t watch.”

― John de Mol, Jr.

“Representative democracy is in crisis in the United States.”

― John Delaney

“Our electoral process has created perverse incentives that have warped our democracy and empowered special interests and a vocal minority.”

― John Delaney

“America’s Veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world.”

― John Doolittle

“Democracy is stronger than terrorism, and we will not cower to the terrorists’ campaign of fear.”

― John Doolittle

“The act of voting by ordinary Iraqis in the face of extreme danger confirms President Bush’s belief that people around the globe, when given a chance, will choose liberty and democracy over enslavement and tyranny.”

― John Ensign

“Since 1945, no one in the U.S. military has liked the end result of the military conflicts we’ve been in: Vietnam, Korea, certainly Iraq, and probably Afghanistan. But in a democracy, you salute.”

― John F. Kelly

“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.”

― John F. Kennedy

“Democracy relies on free speech. Yes, say anything you want, but it relies even more on the speech being truthful. It is the truth, after all, that sets us free.”

― John F. Kerry

“For centuries, America has led the world on a long march toward freedom and democracy. Let’s reclaim our clean energy leadership and lead the world toward clean energy independence.”

― John Garamendi

“Democracy is based upon empathy and the recognition that some decisions are solely for the community’s benefit without regard to one’s own narrow self-interest.”

― John Hickenlooper

“Since Day 1 of his candidacy, Donald Trump has divided our country and threatened our democracy, attacked the middle class and alienated our allies. Under his administration, real people are being hurt.”

― John Hickenlooper

“In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave.”

― John James Ingalls

“A short exposure to the convention convinced me that the Internet may save the Democracy in that it is a way for the people, for the citizens, to have some direct influence on the government.”

― John Jay Hooker

“Therefore, until the day I die, I am going to do what I can, regardless of the cost to me, to try to stop this awful corruption that is destroying our beloved democracy.”

― John Jay Hooker

“Why should the idea of Western liberal democracy automatically imply unregulated free-market capitalism?”

― John Lanchester

“In a democracy, people tend to get the kind of government they deserve.”

― John Lanchester

“I don’t know whether it’s age or maturity, but I certainly find myself committed more and more to the looser forms of Western democracy at any price.”

― John le Carre

“Customs, traditions, laws should be flexible, within good reason, if that is what it takes to make our democracy work.”

― John Lewis

“Britain is probably the most sophisticated combination of a monarchy and a democracy.”

― John Lithgow

“Until I see an Arab country, a Muslim country, with a democracy, I won’t understand how anyone can have a problem with how they’re treated.”

― John Lydon

“We cannot have a separate group of people that are military and a separate civilian society. Otherwise, it’s dangerous to democracy.”

― John McCain

“If you want to preserve – I’m very serious now – if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started.”

― John McCain

“Well my briefing was that Honduras was a small and vulnerable country just back on the path towards democracy it was about to have just before I arrived, the first elections for a civilian president in more than 9 years.”

― John Negroponte

“We are in this business, whether it be intelligence or the government, to protect freedom, democracy and liberty, not to violate that.”

― John O. Brennan

“Campaign ads are the backbone of American democracy if American democracy suffered a gigantic spinal injury.”

― John Oliver

“In nation after nation, democracy has taken the place of autocracy.”

― John Polanyi

“And when they do spin out of control there are important ramifications that affect America, not just its direct national interest but its broader interests as a nation which has thought of itself as a beacon to other nations, of freedom, liberty, democracy, whatever.”

― John Pomfret

“Democracy, pure democracy, has at least its foundation in a generous theory of human rights. It is founded on the natural equality of mankind. It is the cornerstone of the Christian religion. It is the first element of all lawful government upon earth.”

― John Quincy Adams

“Democracy is the only system capable of reflecting the humanist premise of equilibrium or balance. The key to its secret is the involvement of the citizen.”

― John Ralston Saul

“If allowed to run free of the social system, capitalism will attempt to corrupt and undermine democracy, which is after all not a natural state.”

― John Ralston Saul

“Democracy, of course, requires strong demands from the public.”

― John Ralston Saul

“Democracy is extremely complex; it is extremely concrete. It’s about constantly choosing, finding, developing practical options within the common good. Constantly searching for how to express in a practical way the common good, not in some grand way, some grand and absolute way, but in a very comfortable way.”

― John Ralston Saul

“If you live in a democracy, it’s very tiring to be always surrounded by great and high abstract generalisations which are, in fact, the most banal and naive cliches dug out of second-rate movements of the late 19th century.”

― John Ralston Saul

“We need to remind our core supporters that we have not forgotten their concern with the way our democracy is being replaced by European bureaucracy in so many areas.”

― John Redwood

“Many do not understand how precarious Western civilization is and what a joy it is. From it, we get real democracy. From it, we get the sort of intellectual tolerance that allows me to propound something that may be completely alien to you.”

― John Rhys-Davies

“People have become disillusioned with Parliament, and that threatens democracy.”

― John Rhys-Davies

“You can’t keep a democracy going in a functional and constructive way if only 10 percent of the people you represent think your institution is functioning in an acceptable way. That’s just not viable.”

― John Sarbanes

“My argument has always been that this is not an anti-Bush film, it’s a pro-democracy film. And if Bush comes out on the wrong side of democracy, that’s his problem.”

― John Sayles

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

― John Simon

“We can no longer allow multinationals to parade as agents of progress and democracy in the newspapers, even as they subvert it at the workplace.”

― John Sweeney

“Once you put in backdoors, once you allow a government to intercept anything they want, you have to give it to other governments around the world. Once you do that, there is no privacy; there is no security. There is no protection for democracy.”

― John T. Chambers

“Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn’t grow up can be vice president.”

― Johnny Carson

“My submission to you is we’re fighting the war on terror not overseas but in our own streets, and we’d be spending vast more fortunes to try to be a defensive country to protect ourselves rather than an offensive country to spread democracy wherever people yearn for it.”

― Johnny Isakson

“The US constitution’s First Amendment rights only cover Americans, but I believe that in a democracy the competition of ideas and free speech should combat beliefs that it does not agree with – more speech and debate, not censorship.”

― Joichi Ito

“We discussed the history of postwar Japan and how Japan had missed an opportunity to build a more functional democracy because of the focus on fighting communism driven in large part by the American occupation.”

― Joichi Ito

“Liberty, freedom and democracy are very fuzzy words, but human rights is very specific.”

― Joichi Ito

“Now that our media companies and it appears are policies are traded for cash, what is there to check the continuing consolidation of power and diminishing of democracy?”

― Joichi Ito

“I noticed that democracy was broken and tried to work on fixing that in Japan. Then I realized that it was broken all over the place and decided to work on that too.”

― Joichi Ito

“Indonesia is the world’s third-largest democracy. And we also have the world’s largest Muslim population. This demonstrates that democracy and Islam are not incompatible. Terrorism is not associated with any religion.”

― Joko Widodo

“For me, democracy must deliver a better life for the people.”

― Joko Widodo

“’Veep’ is a great satire of democracy.”

― Jon Lovett

“I do not believe ‘Newsweek’ is the only catcher in the rye between democracy and ignorance, but I think we’re one of them, and I don’t think there are that many on the edge of that cliff.”

― Jon Meacham

“Democracy is an extraordinary adventure. It’s difficult, full of daring and risk and danger. But it’s the greatest gift we have.”

― Jon Voight

“The problem with the United Nations is that while democracy within nations is the best available form of government, democracy among nations can be a moral disaster – especially if some nations are not democracies.”

― Jonah Goldberg

“I think integration in Norway is, by all standards, going relatively well. People are working, taking education, learning the language. But, yes, it is a challenge. And democracy and democratic debate has to be open to take that debate openly and not push questions aside.”

― Jonas Gahr Store

“Norway will be recognized as an open democracy with the rule of law, with the universal human rights, and with the broad international engagement on the international scene taking upon ourselves responsibilities, because we are a privileged country.”

― Jonas Gahr Store

“Working with Uniqlo is probably the most incredible template of democracy in fashion, and it’s nice that my design can be accessible to anyone, on all different levels.”

― Jonathan Anderson

“The media has not done a great job in fulfilling their role – journalism’s role in a democracy is to provide information on profoundly important subjects so we’re an informed citizenry.”

― Jonathan Demme

“Terrorism seems to be the ugly twin of democracy. We need to learn to live with it because we are vulnerable to it.”

― Jonathan Powell

“We have a war dictator who was not elected, he snuck in. so he punishes people that threaten him in any way, or even say something he doesn’t like. It has no resemblance to democracy.”

― Joni Mitchell

“Democracy is an abuse of statistics.”

― Jorge Luis Borges

“More dangerous than voting for change… is that people no longer vote because they have lost trust not only in governments but in democracy.”

― Jose Angel Gurria

“The risk of a terrorist victory is greater when in fighting terror, democracy betrays its own essence.”

― Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

“It’s true that the war in Iraq opened a distance in relations between part of Europe and the U.S. government, but our basic ties are stronger than that. We share democracy, free markets and a commitment to Western security. We differ on how to guarantee that security.”

― Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

“You have to understand that to have a revolution when you are 18 years old is completely different from normal political leaders who were born in a democracy and will die in a democracy and never to have experienced that change. I have seen that change.”

― Jose Manuel Barroso

“Under the leadership of this President, the state of the union is not strong. We are being pulled apart rather than pulling together. Our democracy is suffering from the choices being made, and yet we are offered the same tired excuses and unrealistic analyses.”

― Jose Serrano

“Bureaucracy is not an obstacle to democracy but an inevitable complement to it.”

― Joseph A. Schumpeter

“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

“When you start to look at completing the development of a modern professional army, when you talk about maturing a democracy, when you talk about development and the economic conditions that have to be addressed, a decade is not too short a period of time to talk about.”

― Joseph Dunford

“We are a democracy, and there is only one way to get a democracy on its feet in the matter of its individual, its social, its municipal, its State, its national conduct, and that is by keeping the public informed about what is going on.”

― Joseph Pulitzer

“Americans like to say we’re fighting for democracy, and yet young Americans have come to the view that democracy doesn’t deliver.”

― Joseph Stiglitz

“I wanted to get far away from those who believed in cruelty, so then I went to France, a land of true freedom, democracy, equality and fraternity.”

― Josephine Baker

“Despite what one might gather from the shrill rantings of the leftist commentariat, for whom religion is a sort of disease, religious difference in the United States has rarely led to serious social strife. That is no small achievement, and one that virtually no other Western democracy can boast.”

― Josh Hawley

“Although we can talk about an Indonesian democracy, or we can talk about democratic elections and democratic rituals – the trappings of democracy – we can’t genuinely talk about democracy in Indonesia because there is not rule of law, and democracy without rule of law is a nonsense.”

― Joshua Oppenheimer

“Indonesia can hold regular elections, but if the laws do not apply to the most powerful elements in society, then there is no rule of law and no genuine democracy. The country will never become a true democracy until it takes serious steps to end impunity.”

― Joshua Oppenheimer

“It’s easy to design expensive products. But there’s that product democracy that I believe very strongly in to make something affordable for almost anybody that would want to use it.”

― Joy Mangano

“Maduro distanced himself from democracy. He deconstructed the entire judiciary and blocked parliamentary processes.”

― Juan Guaido

“Venezuela has immense talents and resources, and we can help rebuild our democracy.”

― Juan Guaido

“In Venezuela, we have movement for freedom, for democracy, that has taken years and sacrifice to build, and a majority through protests to win elections to align ourselves with the world that recognizes the fight for democracy in Venezuela.”

― Juan Guaido

“In Venezuela, we either accept domination, total oppression and torture… from Maduro’s regime, or we choose freedom, democracy, and prosperity for our people.”

― Juan Guaido

“President Trump’s leadership has been very important to this effort of restoring democracy to Venezuela.”

― Juan Guaido

“We will fight back until we have democracy.”

― Juan Guaido

“All those who talk about democracy, freedom, and the rule of law, of human rights, of the fight against corruption are, I believe, important allies.”

― Juan Guaido

“We want to be a country with a competitive edge in the world. And a country with a solid democracy. To do that, we need to attack the social problems, and extreme poverty is probably the worst of those.”

― Juan Manuel Santos

“Democracy is like three oxen pulling a plough. The oxen are the independent powers, but you have to walk in the same direction; otherwise, you cannot plough and that is what was happening in Colombia. One ox was walking in one direction, the other in another direction, so the democracy was not working.”

― Juan Manuel Santos

“It’s in the interest of the U.S. to maintain a strong democracy in Colombia.”

― Juan Manuel Santos

“Ten years ago, we were seen as a virtually failed state, but today we are a vibrant democracy. You can walk safely through the streets of Bogota these days.”

― Juan Manuel Santos

“Recent action in Syria and Palestine also tell us that the awakening voices of democracy in those regions are occurring, and that those in that region are able to pursue it without being stifled by terrorists that are despotic.”

― Judd Gregg

“When Zionism becomes co-extensive with Jewishness, Jewishness is pitted against the diversity that defines democracy, and if I may say so, betrays one of the most important ethical dimensions of the diasporic Jewish tradition: namely, the obligation of co-habitation with those different from ourselves.”

― Judith Butler

“Listening is a crucial aspect of democracy. Listening creates understanding, and understanding permits one of the most important things about every democracy, which is civilized disagreement.”

― Julian Treasure

“Sure, I considered myself an anarchist; I considered myself – I still am, obviously – distrustful of the government. But I also understand the virtues of civility or democracy and kindness, of course. I wasn’t throwing garbage cans through shop windows.”

― Justin Theroux

“The back and forth between the press and government is essential to any good democracy.”

― Justin Trudeau

“Global governance cannot be limited to the crafting of instruments related to the promotion of democracy. A key component must be the creation of fair and equitable rules to enhance the development prospects of developing countries.”

― Kamla Persad-Bissessar

“Fundamentalists are not friends of democracy. And that includes your fundamentalists in the United States.”

― Karen Armstrong

“Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone’s slave.”

― Karl Kraus

“Democracy divides people into workers and loafers. It makes no provision for those who have no time to work.”

― Karl Kraus

“Class struggle: external peace, international solidarity, peace among peoples. This is the sacred slogan of international socialist democracy that liberates nations.”

― Karl Liebknecht

“Passive fatalism can never be the role of a revolutionary party, like the Social Democracy.”

― Karl Liebknecht

“Democracy is the road to socialism.”

― Karl Marx

“The better the information it has, the better democracy works. Silence and secrecy are never good for it.”

― Kate Adie

“There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn’t. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets, and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows.”

― Katharine Graham

“I don’t personally feel that I have to save democracy and journalism.”

― Katharine Weymouth

“Our democracy is not something to be taken for granted. You have to fight for it. You have to commit yourself to working for it – for the long haul.”

― Keith Ellison

“Based on what our country stands for. We can’t fail to stand for democracy.”

― Kelly Ayotte

“I have made a film about jazz that tries to look through jazz to see what it tells us about who we are as a people. I think that jazz is a spectacularly accurate model of democracy and a kind of look into our redemptive future possibilities.”

― Ken Burns

“The best way to demonstrate the values of a western democracy is you put Osama bin Laden on trial; you challenge what he says.”

― Ken Livingstone

“I think democracy’s undermined when those who own newspapers fill them with trivia rather than real issues.”

― Ken Livingstone

“So many struggled so that all of us could have a voice in this great democracy and live up to the first three words of our constitution: We the people. I love that phrase so much. Throughout our country’s history, we’ve expanded the meaning of that phrase to include more and more of us. That’s what it means to move forward.”

― Kerry Washington

“Too many people in the world associate democracy with their ability to go and buy more and more every year. I come from a country where it’s much more popular to remind people that democracy is available at every income level, and this is something which you need to protect.”

― Kersti Kaljulaid

“If I were the president of the United States, I would make unions illegal. They no longer serve a functional purpose in democracy, in my view.”

― Kevin O’Leary

“There are many who criticise the United Nations. And those of us who know this institution well know that it is not immune from criticism. But those who argue against the United Nations advance no credible argument as to what should replace it. Whatever its imperfections, the United Nations represents a necessary democracy of states.”

― Kevin Rudd

“Whether it’s ‘Veep’ or ‘Homeland’ or ‘The West Wing’ – which is a more idealised version of democracy – people are fascinated by politics.”

― Kevin Spacey

“A Western-style democracy in Afghanistan is a dream. I don’t see that as a reality anytime soon. But I think some form of representative political process is not that far-fetched.”

― Khaled Hosseini

“So in Asia I want to make – I want to succeed to make a model of what success, practicing democracy, and market economy. Then that will give a good influence over Asian countries.”

― Kim Dae Jung

“In the early 2000s, people expected that anonymity on the Internet would be positive for the development of democracy in South Korea. In a Confucian culture like South Korea’s, hierarchy can block the free exchange of opinions in face-to-face situations. The web offered a way around that.”

― Kim Young-ha

“Our democracy cannot be left in the hands of those who would rather watch or participate in a train wreck than stop it.”

― Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

“In a true democracy, there has to be a line between deliberative debate and mob rule. Trump has crossed the line, and much of the media has exacerbated the problem by treating his remarks as entertainment, effectively encouraging his competition to do the same.”

― Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

“We have to move back to the idea that education isn’t about teaching people to bow to rigid rules. That’s not what democracy is about.”

― Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

“Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.”

― Kofi Annan

“No single solution or actor can deal with the complex and interrelated challenges to electoral integrity arising from manipulated data, hate speech, and fake news. These phenomena are not new; they have been part of electoral cycles since the advent of democracy.”

― Kofi Annan

“If information and knowledge are central to democracy, they are conditions for development.”

― Kofi Annan

“I consider anybody a twerp who hasn’t read ‘Democracy in America’ by Alexis de Tocqueville. There can never be a better book than that one on the strengths and vulnerabilities inherent in our form of government.”

― Kurt Vonnegut

“In a democracy, power is not permanent.”

― Lalu Prasad Yadav

“I swear to the Lord, I still can’t see, why Democracy means, everybody but me.”

― Langston Hughes

“And a democracy can’t exist without free speech and the right to assemble. And that’s what Americans tend to forget. And they’re born into a culture where they take all of their freedoms for granted.”

― Larry Flynt

“We can’t have democracy if we’re having to protect you and our users from the government over stuff we’ve never had a conversation about. We need to know what the parameters are, what kind of surveillance the government is going to do, and how and why.”

― Larry Page

“Calling representatives every single day, arranging local community meetings, and marching in the streets every Sunday. It’s not the path to glory, but it’s absolutely essential to maintaining a democracy under threat.”

― Laura Moser

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

― Laurence J. Peter

“Organized religion, wielding power over the community, is antithetical to the process of what modern democracy should define as liberty. The sooner we are without it, the better.”

― Lawrence M. Krauss

“I’ve always been very interested in the struggle for human rights, not just here but abroad, and I wanted to be an inside player in that struggle. I wanted to make the laws reflect our ideals and ideas in this democracy that is America.”

― Leah Ward Sears

“If we are to keep democracy, there must be a commandment: Thou shalt not ration justice.”

― Learned Hand

“One could always do more, faster and cleverer, but democracy has its own rhythm.”

― Lech Walesa

“I am happy that Poland is returning to the road of pluralism and democracy.”

― Lech Walesa

“Democracy is made up of three elements. One is whether the laws support pluralistic principles. The second is whether the people take advantage of these laws. The third element is whether the peoples’ wallets are thick enough to benefit from this democracy.”

― Lech Walesa

“There are servers, and there are people that are served. There’s something contradictory about that in a democracy, certainly.”

― Lee Daniels

“But despite this breathtaking pace, I believe in the capacity of our democracy to meet these challenges.”

― Lee H. Hamilton

“Democracy makes us articulate our views, defend them, and refine them.”

― Lee H. Hamilton

“Democracy fascinates me.”

― Lee H. Hamilton

“Our democracy is not a product but a continual process. It is preserved not by monuments but deeds. Sometimes it needs refining; sometimes it needs amending; sometimes it needs defending. Always, it needs improving.”

― Lee H. Hamilton

“We should insist that governments receiving American aid live up to standards of accountability and transparency, and we should support countries that embrace market reforms, democracy, and the rule of law.”

― Lee H. Hamilton

“You look at the Americans. They don’t lack fervour in moral causes. They promote democracy, freedom of speech, women’s rights, gay rights, sometimes even transgender rights. But you don’t see them applying that universally across the world with all their allies.”

― Lee Hsien Loong

“China is not going to become a liberal democracy; if it did, it would collapse. I do not believe you can impose on other countries standards which are alien and totally disconnected with their past.”

― Lee Kuan Yew

“The exuberance of democracy leads to undisciplined and disorderly conditions which are inimical to development.”

― Lee Kuan Yew

“I think Sinn Fein remains the greatest threat to our democracy and our prosperity as a state.”

― Leo Varadkar

“Can you get a democracy in Saudi Arabia? These people talk about theocracy, not democracy. So I think it’s a very tough situation.”

― Leon Charney

“America had the message of freedom and democracy, but we haven’t actually shown that to be what we do in the world. So I think that’s a terrifying thing.”

― Lesli Linka Glatter

“Israelis can be proud of the vibrant democracy that they have created, and I know that many Rhode Islanders share my deep appreciation for the close friendship between our two nations.”

― Lincoln Chafee

“In liberal democracy and anxious anarchy, the traditional classic dance, compact of aristocratic authority and absolute freedom in a necessity of order, has never been so promising as an independent expression as it is today.”

― Lincoln Kirstein

“Reading a teleprompter is not what makes you presidential. It’s your actions that you take, and it’s democracy.”

― Linda Sarsour

“The right to religious freedom and the right to vote are both fundamental to our democracy.”

― Lois Frankel

“I regard freedom of expression as the primary right without which one can not have a proper functioning democracy.”

― Lord Hailsham

“Let me say that if the political arena is your choice as you work to keep our democracy strong and our essential freedoms accessible for all, then that is what you should do, and I salute you. We need champions in all walks of our civic discourse.”

― Loretta Lynch

“I found a correlation between the spreading of democracy after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the rise in slavery. Now, as countries, former Communist countries, became so-called democratic, people started to be enslaved by their own countrymen.”

― Loretta Napoleoni

“What are the American ideals? They are the development of the individual for his own and the common good; the development of the individual through liberty; and the attainment of the common good through democracy and social justice.”

― Louis D. Brandeis

“We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”

― Louis D. Brandeis

“Democracy rests upon two pillars: one, the principle that all men are equally entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; and the other, the conviction that such equal opportunity will most advance civilization.”

― Louis D. Brandeis

“To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.”

― Louis L’Amour

“Democracy – or any improvement on it – will rest on the layman’s right to criticize. His criticism will be often – very often – damn silly, but if, like Plato and the Fascists, we take away his right to criticize, we take away his right to appreciate.”

― Louis MacNeice

“The Americans’ position is clear: we promote democracy.”

― Louis Susman

“Indeed, when all parties campaign effectively the overall effect is to push up voting rates, as you see in tight marginal seats or close general elections. That must be good for democracy.”

― Lucy Powell

“In my opinion, the Doha Round is the most important thing that we can do to reduce inequalities, create opportunities, and develop the poorest countries, face up to the struggle against terrorism and strengthen democracy.”

― Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

“Since 1990, we have been building up the idea that democracy is the best way for sectors that feel socially excluded from politics to win power.”

― Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

“I think it is important that you have people from all different vanguards, from all different walks of society and different viewpoints to be focused on the struggle for equality and democracy. We need as many champions for the cause and as many events as possible to help keep this in focus.”

― Lupe Fiasco

“My father was a professor of political science and also a young politician fighting for democracy in Kenya, and when things got ugly, he went into political exile in Mexico. Then I moved back to Kenya shortly after I turned one, and I grew up in Kenya.”

― Lupita Nyong’o

“My father was a professor of political science and also a young politician fighting for democracy in Kenya, and when things got ugly, he went into political exile in Mexico.”

― Lupita Nyong’o

“The only way that we can win over potential jihadists to liberal democracy is by winning the battle of ideas.”

― Maajid Nawaz

“We will not be intimidated or pushed off the world stage by people who do not like what we stand for, and that is, freedom, democracy and the fight against disease, poverty and terrorism.”

― Madeleine Albright

“My parents were of the generation who thought they were the children of a free Czechoslovakia, the only democracy in central Europe.”

― Madeleine Albright

“Because of my parents’ love of democracy, we came to America after being driven twice from our home in Czechoslovakia – first by Hitler and then by Stalin.”

― Madeleine Albright

“While democracy in the long run is the most stable form of government, in the short run, it is among the most fragile.”

― Madeleine Albright

“Our right to disagree is precious but fragile. The best way to protect and preserve it is to let the other side speak without demonizing them or destroying their right to be heard. Such civil exchanges are the heart beat of democracy – essential to keeping it alive.”

― Madeleine M. Kunin

“In Europe, it appears that in the name of democracy, elites are pursuing an autocratic, centralized power, seeking economic control and social regimentation.”

― Maggie Gallagher

“Democracy must be internally generated. You cannot force it from the top – it’s not going to work.”

― Mahathir Mohamad

“It is not true at all that a free market will ensure a democracy. It doesn’t. There must be a balance between a free market and some regulations which are essential in order to safeguard the interests of consumers and of people in general.”

― Mahathir Mohamad

“Democracy for people who are not used to it can undermine stability, resulting in war.”

― Mahathir Mohamad

“Forcing some countries to accept democracy is something that should not be done.”

― Mahathir Mohamad

“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“It would be a tragedy for democracy if dissent goes away.”

― Mahesh Bhatt

“We have accepted the principle of democracy and we are committed to respect the popular verdict and the result of that national consultation.”

― Mahmoud Abbas

“Few businessmen are capable of being in politics, they don’t understand the democratic process, they have neither the tolerance or the depth it takes. Democracy isn’t a business.”

― Malcolm Forbes

“Osama bin Laden has managed to replace fear of God and adherence to the Quran with his philosophy of jihad above all else. What’s behind that facade is the true philosophical intentions of al Qaeda: the establishment of a new Islamic caliphate that will defeat democracy as the greater of the two political orders.”

― Malcolm Nance

“The goals of Russia since 1917 have been to destroy capitalism, discredit democracy, and show that Communist collectivism was the greatest social and political system in the world.”

― Malcolm Nance

“I am not Left or Right. I believe in nationalism, patriotism, the federal structure, democracy, and the poor.”

― Mamata Banerjee

“Sometimes, when democracy has to fight with autocracy, what can be done? We have to fight; somebody has to.”

― Mamata Banerjee

“If democracy is finished, all is lost.”

― Mamata Banerjee

“I am an Indian, and I know what India is. I know Indian culture. I know Indian constitution and democracy.”

― Mammootty

“I believe in all the secular values that Indian democracy is famous for.”

― Manisha Koirala

“Nobody should be allowed to tinker with democracy. We will not discontinue the good works of the past government.”

― Manmohan Singh

“I believe, whether it is the United States or Europe, they will all end up as multicultural societies. So India’s this great experiment of a billion people of such great diverse persuasion, working together, seeking their salvation in the framework of a democracy. I believe it will have some lessons for all the multicultural societies.”

― Manmohan Singh

“I honestly feel that if there is an important point of view, any member of the Congress party, any member of my Cabinet is free to raise issues and require reconsideration of issues. I think that’s what a democracy is about.”

― Manmohan Singh

“The Chinese have certain advantages. The fact that it’s a single party government. But I do believe in the long run the fact that India is a functioning democracy committed to the rule of law. Our system is slow to move but I’m confident that once decisions are taken they are going to be far more durable.”

― Manmohan Singh

“We are a democracy: there are enough checks and balances in our country, and we have an impeccable record of not contributing in any way to nuclear proliferation.”

― Manmohan Singh

“We live in a democratic country, and I take great pride in saying that I’m from India, a country where democracy is worshipped and freedom of expression is part and parcel of any person’s fundamental right.”

― Manoj Bajpayee

“Please continue to voice your beliefs, as your participation is the foundation of our country’s democracy.”

― Marc Veasey

“We are at a point in our nation’s history when the right leadership is needed more than ever. Hillary has spent her life advocating for poor and working class families. Hillary will help build an economy for tomorrow and beyond; strengthen America’s families; defend our country and its core values; and revitalize our democracy.”

― Marcia Fudge

“Reading and writing, like everything else, improve with practice. And, of course, if there are no young readers and writers, there will shortly be no older ones. Literacy will be dead, and democracy – which many believe goes hand in hand with it – will be dead as well.”

― Margaret Atwood

“We know that if we’re going to remain economically competitive in the world, and viable as a civic democracy, that we’re going to have to get more people educated to higher levels.”

― Margaret Spellings

“There is just a small difference between the United States and Russia – Russia does not teach the whole world democracy.”

― Margarita Simonyan

“Somehow it did not occur to us that, in a developed democracy, regular media advertising could turn out to be a suspicious and harmful activity.”

― Margarita Simonyan

“We want a free market, but we know that the paradox of a ‘free’ market is that sometimes you have to intervene. You have to make sure it’s not the law of the jungle but the laws of democracy that works.”

― Margrethe Vestager

“We have to take our democracy back. We cannot leave it to Facebook or Snapchat or anyone else. We have to take democracy back and renew it. Society is about people and not about technology.”

― Margrethe Vestager

“As citizens of the United States, we are stewards of this magnificent thing called democracy.”

― Marianne Williamson

“It’s a beautiful thing when democracy prevails.”

― Marianne Williamson

“We should not become so ashamed of the disappointments and travesties of democracy that we become ashamed of the idea itself. It is the outer reflection of our self-acceptance.”

― Marilyn Ferguson

“The advantage of the internet is that it has taken away the charade of politics. China has heard of democracy and people know about certain concepts they wouldn’t have previously.”

― Marilyn Manson

“I believe that sovereignty is the twin sister of democracy. If there’s no sovereignty, there’s no democracy.”

― Marine Le Pen

“I’m a democrat. I will fight until the end to defend democracy and the will of the people.”

― Marine Le Pen

“Was the Soviet Union reformable? I would say no. They said, ‘Okay, the Soviet Union isn’t working.’ They would say, ‘No, it’s great. We just need democracy, political pluralism, private property.’ And then there was no Soviet Union. The European Union is the same.”

― Marine Le Pen

“The United Kingdom has committed the heresy of breaking the chains of the E.U. This is a signal victory for democracy. It is a slap in the face to the European system which was increasingly based on fear, blackmail, and lies.”

― Marine Le Pen

“Religion is extremely important in this democracy – so important that it occupies a prime position in the Bill of Rights.”

― Mario Cuomo

“I know this isn’t a widespread view in the Anglo Saxon world, but I believe that much of the reconciliation between more centralized governance and the scope for democracy – democratic control – will be resolved through an even stronger role of the European Parliament.”

― Mario Monti

“So I think democracy, in the long-term, in our countries will survive if it comes to be associated with leadership, will not survive if democracy plus media brings to us more and more followship rather than leadership.”

― Mario Monti

“Maintain democracy or go to dictatorship: that is what is at stake in these elections.”

― Mario Vargas Llosa

“It takes a long time to build democracy, to build freedom.”

― Marjorie Scardino

“While we enjoy the benefits of living in the greatest democracy in the world, we must be ever conscious of the fact that none of the achievements or freedoms enjoyed in America would be possible without the price that has been paid for by our servicemen and women.”

― Mark Kennedy

“If our republican form of government is perishing because communications – the infrastructure of that republic – is under the yoke of international business how, at last, do we save it? We must build a confrontational movement to reclaim our democracy, a movement committed to active and sustained protest against the present order.”

― Mark Lloyd

“Democracy is but an experiment in the long history of the world.”

― Mark McKinnon

“A messy participatory process is representative democracy at its best.”

― Mark McKinnon

“I’ve always been a huge supporter of the only democracy in the Middle East.”

― Mark Pellegrino

“People are even more wary of politicians and they are realizing that democracy isn’t just about putting a cross on a ballot every four years, it’s about deciding what you want and fighting for it.”

― Mark Thomas

“Like Israel, the U.K. is a democracy, and like Israel, we would never want to muzzle political voices, whatever their opinions – and that is especially true for universities.”

― Mark Walport

“Ultimately, it’s not our responsibility to turn Afghanistan into a 21st-century, vibrant, economic, liberal democracy with a little L. Our responsibility is to keep Americans safe, to make sure we don’t have a failed state in a region. It’s not our responsibility to reconstruct Afghanistan.”

― Martha McSally

“It’s an ancient idea that the leader of a democracy should not be the cleverest but the most average. That’s an arguable point, but the world has decided otherwise – except in America, where it still divides the country right down the middle.”

― Martin Amis

“If every inhabitant of a liberal democracy believes in liberal democracy, then it doesn’t matter what creed or colour they are.”

― Martin Amis

“There is no reason that billionaires should crowd us out from our democracy.”

― Martin O’Malley

“In Tunisia, the so-called Yasmin revolution has led to the installation of a relatively moderate Islamic government. Whether or not that means democracy will, however, only be put to the test if and when the time comes for another election, which the opposition may win.”

― Martin Van Creveld

“Tennis is the purest form of democracy. There was a symbiotic, chicken-and-egg relationship for me between democracy and tennis.”

― Martina Navratilova

“I regret that I had to leave my country. But I had to do it in order to achieve and decide my own fate. I was forced into it. Democracy came about 15 years too late for me. But I have to say that it’s there now, and Czech Republic is a fantastic country; it always was but just had the wrong regime at the top.”

― Martina Navratilova

“Without the ability to criticize unjust laws in powerful symbolic ways, we can’t change them. And the point of a democracy is that people should be able to convince other people to change a law.”

― Marvin Ammori

“Net neutrality is the right thing for our democracy, economy, and global competitiveness. And Americans support an open Internet.”

― Marvin Ammori

“Political institutions are fair game in political debates in a democracy. Nothing is more fair game, in fact, than political matters of public concern.”

― Marvin Ammori

“To find ways of practicing democracy, not ways of orating about it, is our great problem.”

― Mary Barnett Gilson

“Democracy requires information. Plato knew that informed decision-making requires knowledge.”

― Mary Beard

“The capacity to combine commitment with skepticism is essential to democracy.”

― Mary Catherine Bateson

“Democracy still has a real hope and chance in Iraq, and true freedom in this country would be the greatest testament to those who gave their lives for it.”

― Mary Landrieu

“Russia engages in a malign influence campaign all over the world. I would expect that they would try to undermine democracy here just that they – as they have in other places.”

― Matt Gaetz

“The House Rules Committee is perhaps the free world’s outstanding bureaucratic abomination – a tiny, airless closet deep in the labyrinth of the Capitol where some of the very meanest people on earth spend their days cleaning democracy like a fish.”

― Matt Taibbi

“Democracy doesn’t require a whole lot of work of its citizens, but it requires some: It requires taking a good look outside once in a while, and considering the bad news and what it might mean, and making the occasional tough choice, and soberly taking stock of what your real interests are.”

― Matt Taibbi

“Exporting this Western model of democracy in countries that don’t want it or are not ready creates disasters.”

― Matteo Salvini

“I have always been really troubled by the amount of poverty in America. Americans are matched in their rich democracy with the depth and expanse of poverty. That’s really always unsettled me.”

― Matthew Desmond

“Celebrity distorts democracy by giving the rich, beautiful, and famous more authority than they deserve.”

― Maureen Dowd

“Venezuela’s government must work toward achieving a true culture of democracy for our region. There’s no room for persecution based on ideological reasons or for thinking differently.”

― Mauricio Macri

“Tony Blair personified the shift away from democracy, towards control by bankers.”

― Max Keiser

“Terror is only justice: prompt, severe and inflexible; it is then an emanation of virtue; it is less a distinct principle than a natural consequence of the general principle of democracy, applied to the most pressing wants of the country.”

― Maximilien Robespierre

“This country cannot tolerate the fact that someone worked with Russia to undermine our democracy.”

― Maxine Waters

“If you elect a religious party into power, you no longer have a democracy.”

― Maysoon Zayid

“Let me appeal to the consciences of many silent, responsible citizens of the white community who know that a victory for democracy in Jackson will be a victory for democracy everywhere.”

― Medgar Evers

“Everybody’s for democracy in principle. It’s only in practice that the thing gives rise to stiff objections.”

― Meg Greenfield

“Some have argued that the United States was designed to block majority rule; to be a ‘republic, not a democracy.’ This is ahistorical nonsense.”

― Mehdi Hasan

“A Hillary Clinton presidency would have represented an important step away from the country’s lagging acceptance of women as powerful, full participants in our democracy.”

― Mel Robbins

“Investments in women are positively correlated to growth, prosperity, stability, democracy, health – and vital to our national security. We cannot write off the talent of half the world and expect to confront our challenges.”

― Melanne Verveer

“The rule of law is the basis for any democracy. And without the rule of law in democracy, you have chaos.”

― Meles Zenawi

“We believe democracy cannot be imposed from outside in any society. Democracy is the expression of a sovereign people.”

― Meles Zenawi

“Democracy cannot be a plaything for the capital cities. It has to infiltrate every nook and cranny in the country, including the village.”

― Meles Zenawi

“Mr. Speaker, democracy works best when the American electorate is engaged and informed.”

― Melissa Bean

“You ask 20 of your friends how English and American democracy came about. None of them would say that Anglicanism or Protestantism had anything to do with it. But it was crucial to it!”

― Melvyn Bragg

“What makes America’s election system unique is the fact that even when elections are close, we find a resolution, which leads to the peaceful transition of power that remains one of the most important tenets of our democracy.”

― Mercedes Schlapp

“Transparency in government, no less than transparency in choosing government, remains a vital national interest in a democracy.”

― Merrick Garland

“Social media changed Chinese mindset. More and more Chinese intend to embrace freedom of speech and human rights as their birthright, not some imported American privilege. But also, it gave the Chinese a national public sphere for people to, it’s like a training of their citizenship, preparing for future democracy.”

― Michael Anti

“If we, as individuals, want to keep control of our democracy – rather than have a government paid for by corporate interest checks – then we have to fight back now and make sure our system reflects the belief that people, not corporations, control our democracy.”

― Michael Bennet

“In the barbershop, there’s democracy. You’re a professor; you’re an engineer; you’re a garbage man, have at it. You got something to say, get down with it.”

― Michael Eric Dyson

“People should vote for democracy, and Britain should vote for hope.”

― Michael Gove

“Optimists – people who believe in Britain, who believe in democracy – they’re the people I believe who will vote for us to leave and take back control.”

― Michael Gove

“Despite the absurdity and the silliness and the triviality of the entire campaign experience, there is also something, as non-cynical as this sounds, kind of uplifting and strange about watching democracy unfold.”

― Michael Hastings

“We live inside a democracy, and you know, public will matters in a democracy. I just hope it’s informed public will, and frankly, when the decisions are made, you understand the costs.”

― Michael Hayden

“The legitimacy of coercive acts in a democracy arises from the process by which they are justified and by the degree to which we regard decisions as rational. If the justifications proceed properly, through recognized public institutions, and if they make sense to us, they are legitimate.”

― Michael Ignatieff

“For every African state, like Ghana, where democratic institutions seem secure, there is a Mali, a Cote d’Ivoire, and a Zimbabwe, where democracy is in trouble.”

― Michael Ignatieff

“Liberal democracy has endured because its institutions are designed for handling morally hazardous forms of coercive power. It puts the question of how far government should go to the cross fire of adversarial review.”

― Michael Ignatieff

“The war waged against terror since September 11 puts a strain on democracy itself, because it is mostly waged in secret, using means that are at the edge of both law and morality. Yet democracies have shown themselves capable of keeping the secret exercise of power under control.”

― Michael Ignatieff

“Belief in liberal freedom and democracy is always belief in it in a particular place, in a national home with histories that only those who are born in a place or who adopt its citizenship can hope to understand.”

― Michael Ignatieff

“Democracy just isn’t working any more; without sanity at its heart, it is becoming a most unique and fiendish tyranny.”

― Michael Leunig

“Capitalism is against the things that we say we believe in – democracy, freedom of choice, fairness. It’s not about any of those things now. It’s about protecting the wealthy and legalizing greed.”

― Michael Moore

“Democracy is not a spectator sport, it’s a participatory event. If we don’t participate in it, it ceases to be a democracy.”

― Michael Moore

“Here’s what I don’t think works: An economic system that was founded in the 16th century and another that was founded in the 19th century. I’m tired of this discussion of capitalism and socialism; we live in the 21st century; we need an economic system that has democracy as its underpinnings and an ethical code.”

― Michael Moore

“As you have fewer and fewer voices in a democracy, in a free society, it’s not good to limit the number of voices.”

― Michael Moore

“I’m tired of this discussion of capitalism and socialism; we live in the 21st century, we need an economic system that has democracy as its underpinnings and an ethical code.”

― Michael Moore

“If I were a capitalist I would not give my employees health insurance with no deductible, which I do, including dental, and paid pregnancy leave. That’s not called capitalism, that’s called being a Christian and someone who believes in democracy, so that everyone should get a fair slice of the pie.”

― Michael Moore

“Capitalism is an evil, and you cannot regulate evil. You have to eliminate it and replace it with something that is good for all people and that something is democracy.”

― Michael Moore

“I believe that when you provide information to people, they become less fearful and they will engage more in their democracy if they are empowered with information.”

― Michael Moore

“There’s not democracy in the workplace. I mean, through most of our daily lives, the idea of democracy is fairly nonexistent. And I think things work better when the people who have to work with whatever it is we’re working with have a say in how it’s working.”

― Michael Moore

“How do you deliver democracy to a country? You don’t do it down the barrel of a gun. That’s not how you deliver it.”

― Michael Moore

“You think history is going to remember the United States as a great democracy? No, they’re going to think of us as a nation that became addicted to war. They’ll call us warlords.”

― Michael Moore

“Capitalism and democracy are the opposite of each other. Capitalism is a system that guarantees that a few are going to do very well, and everybody else is going to serve the few. Democracy means everybody has a seat at the table. Everybody.”

― Michael Moore

“Our political institutions work remarkably well. They are designed to clang against each other. The noise is democracy at work.”

― Michael Novak

“The family meal is really the nursery of democracy. It’s where we learn to share; it’s where we learn to argue without offending. It’s just too critical to let go, as we’ve been so blithely doing.”

― Michael Pollan

“A parliamentary democracy that has developed its delicate balances over hundreds of years will not give up its sovereign rights.”

― Michael Portillo

“Democracy does not require perfect equality, but it does require that citizens share a common life. What matters is that people of different backgrounds and social positions encounter one another, and bump up against one another, in the course of ordinary life.”

― Michael Sandel

“One of the features of a democracy is the disentanglement of the sacred from the secular because in religiously pluralistic countries, no one can legitimately claim special status by faith membership.”

― Michael Shermer

“Protests are part of our democracy.”

― Michel Temer

“My first word for the people of Brazil is the word ‘confidence.’ Confidence in the values that form the character of our people, the vitality of our democracy.”

― Michel Temer

“In South America, there is no more room for alternatives to democracy.”

― Michel Temer

“I no longer believe that we can ‘fix’ the police, as though the police are anything other than a mirror reflecting back to us the true nature of our democracy.”

― Michelle Alexander

“For me, a better democracy is a democracy where women do not only have the right to vote and to elect but to be elected.”

― Michelle Bachelet

“Given political history in Chile, it seemed to me that there was a critical task of consolidating a democracy and creating healthy civic-military and political-military relationships.”

― Michelle Bachelet

“Chile has done a lot to rid itself of poverty, especially extreme poverty, since the return to democracy. But we still have a ways to go toward greater equity. This country does not have a neoliberal economic model anymore. We have put in place a lot of policies that will ensure that economic growth goes hand in hand with social justice.”

― Michelle Bachelet

“There does not have to be trade-off between growth and social protection. A democracy does not mean much if it doesn’t respond to the needs and will of its people.”

― Michelle Bachelet

“At the dawn of his administration, President Obama opined: ‘A democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires transparency.’ Magical rays of white-hot sunlight emanated from his media-manufactured halo. And then bureaucratically engineered darkness settled over the land.”

― Michelle Malkin

“For the record, our democracy is revered around the world. And free elections are the best way on Earth to choose our leaders. This is how we elected John F. Kennedy; Ronald Reagan; two George Bushes; Bill Clinton; and Barack Obama. It has worked for decades.”

― Michelle Obama

“I think our democracy has it exactly right: two terms, eight years. It’s enough. Because it’s important to have one foot in reality when you have access to this kind of power.”

― Michelle Obama

“I gathered as much reading material about Aung San Suu Kyi and about Burma as I could. And I read every article and every book she had written. I also had 200 hours of footage of her to watch. I tried to discover who were her heroes and where he desire and strength to pursue democracy in a non-violent fashion came from.”

― Michelle Yeoh

“Democracy doesn’t mean I always get my way. It doesn’t mean we always get what we want.”

― Mike Cernovich

“And in a democracy, when we say we’re mad at what’s going on, what we need to be saying is we’re mad at ourselves.”

― Mike Lowry

“Let’s win the peace and democracy the good people of Iraq so richly deserve after decades of tyranny.”

― Mike Pence

“We defeated communism in part by showing the world that a commitment to democracy and expanding economic opportunity makes people’s lives better and nations more secure, meaning our commitments overseas also makes us stronger and safer here at home.”

― Mike Quigley

“One of the cornerstones of our democracy is the peaceful transition of power.”

― Mike Quigley

“Democracy is not a spectator sport.”

― Mike Quigley

“I think more so than the Republican Party, we reflect America on the Democratic side of the aisle, and that’s a healthy thing. I mean, that’s what democracy is all about.”

― Mike Ross

“More socialism means more democracy, openness and collectivism in everyday life.”

― Mikhail Gorbachev

“Democracy is the wholesome and pure air without which a socialist public organization cannot live a full-blooded life.”

― Mikhail Gorbachev

“I think we need more young people; we need to elect young people to government. We need to give them a chance, in the media, in politics, in democracy.”

― Mikhail Gorbachev

“Democracy must learn to defend itself.”

― Mikhail Gorbachev

“The soviet people want full-blooded and unconditional democracy.”

― Mikhail Gorbachev

“America must be the teacher of democracy, not the advertiser of the consumer society. It is unrealistic for the rest of the world to reach the American living standard.”

― Mikhail Gorbachev

“There should be competition and exchanges between different countries, but there are certainly certain universal values, and that is freedom and democracy.”

― Mikhail Gorbachev

“I tell you, in my opinion, the cornerstone of democracy is free press – that’s the cornerstone.”

― Milos Forman

“If we don’t have a vigorous questioning, aggressive journalistic community and mythology, democracy itself is in great jeopardy.”

― Milton Glaser

“Though pundits and politicians, weary of the story, are happy to omit facts about voting systems and their private contractors running our public elections, such omissions impair voters and democracy itself.”

― Mimi Kennedy

“Democracy is not theater – it determines life and death!”

― Mimi Kennedy

“There never was a democracy yet where the people didn’t vote themselves into oblivion.”

― Mitt Romney

“Intimidation, harassment and violence have no place in a democracy.”

― Mo Ibrahim

“Almost every country in Africa has now instituted multi-party democracy.”

― Mo Ibrahim

“Remarkably, governments are beginning to embrace the idea that nothing enhances democracy more than giving voice and information to everybody in the country. Why not open their books if they have nothing to hide?”

― Mo Ibrahim

“What we need in Africa is balanced development. Economic success cannot be a replacement for human rights or participation or democracy… it doesn’t work.”

― Mo Ibrahim

“If we are to build grassroots respect for the institutions and processes that constitute democracy, the state must treat its citizens as real citizens rather than as subjects.”

― Mo Ibrahim

“Democracy is not an instant coffee.”

― Mohamed ElBaradei

“I worry about a democracy having nuclear weapons as much as a dictatorship having nuclear weapons.”

― Mohamed ElBaradei

“As much as we Egyptians treasure our military, acting alone it cannot provide the legitimacy to lay the foundations for democracy.”

― Mohamed ElBaradei

“Democracy is more than a ballot box.”

― Mohamed ElBaradei

“It is going to take a long time to switch Egypt into a democracy.”

― Mohamed ElBaradei

“The dream of democracy has long been enshrined in the hearts of the Egyptian people. It only needed awakening.”

― Mohamed ElBaradei

“In a democracy, when you get 20 million people in the street, you resign.”

― Mohamed ElBaradei

“You don’t get the fox to be in charge of the chicken coop. You don’t give the outgoing regime – which has been practicing dictatorship, is an authoritarian system, it’s a bunch of military people – the task of changing Egypt into a second republic, a new Egypt with democracy, freedom, rights, etc.”

― Mohamed ElBaradei

“I think the Egyptian people need to restore confidence that Americans, the U.S., means what they say when they talk about democracy, rule of law.”

― Mohamed ElBaradei

“I have a lot of respect for countries where the practice of democracy is highly developed. I think, however, that each country has to have its own specific features of democracy.”

― Mohammed VI of Morocco

“Morocco has a lot to do in terms of democracy. The daily practice of democracy evolves in time. Trying to apply a Western democratic system to a country of the Maghreb, the Middle East, or the Gulf would be a mistake. We are not Germany, Sweden or Spain.”

― Mohammed VI of Morocco

“I firmly believe the way forward for our nation is to have a robust democracy.”

― Mohit Chauhan

“We need to reform the political system, or we’ll lose the democracy. I don’t think it’s that hard. It doesn’t take rocket science. We’ve done it before successfully at the presidential level and tried it several places at the state level.”

― Molly Ivins

“The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion.”

― Molly Ivins

“Forget the conspiracy theories! God gave us the right to vote, and He gave the United States, and all of its citizens, freedom through democracy.”

― Monica Johnson

“The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.”

― Montesquieu

“When the body of the people is possessed of the supreme power, it is called a democracy.”

― Montesquieu

“The president who achieved a true democracy. The president who built a peaceful relationship between the North and the South. The president who achieved a more equal and fair economy. That’s how I want to be remembered.”

― Moon Jae-in

“Whenever democracy has fallen into a crisis, the Korean people have sprung up in rage.”

― Moon Jae-in

“It’s a democracy and if I am outvoted, I have to accept the majority decisions.”

― Moshe Dayan

“There is no state with a democracy except Libya on the whole planet.”

― Muammar al-Gaddafi

“You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of Islamic democracy, Islamic social justice and the equality of manhood in your own native soil.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

“Peace should be understood in a human way – in a broad social, political and economic way. Peace is threatened by unjust economic, social and political order, absence of democracy, environmental degradation and absence of human rights.”

― Muhammad Yunus

“Who is against democracy? Is it the one who calls for peaceful resistance, or the one who bombs people, sheds their blood and leads them away from the leaders under feeble and dirty pretexts?”

― Muqtada al Sadr

“It is beneficial for Turkish democracy that not all religious conservatives are united under one banner.”

― Mustafa Akyol

“What if democracy does not serve liberty? This question is seldom asked in the West, where democracy is often seen as synonymous with liberalism.”

― Mustafa Akyol

“There is a heated debate in Turkey these days over whether the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is furthering democracy or rolling it back.”

― Mustafa Akyol

“My people are going to learn the principles of democracy, the dictates of truth and the teachings of science. Superstition must go.”

― Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

“Our two nations share the important values of democracy and freedom and liberty. My visit to the United States has indeed reinforced this mutual conviction and determination to ensure that our two peoples cherish these values.”

― Mwai Kibaki

“The principle of democracy is all about delegation of power by the vast majority of citizens through a few chosen representatives chosen on merit and competence.”

― N. R. Narayana Murthy

“I myself have felt the wrath of the media, but that’s part of what a good democracy is.”

― Naftali Bennett

“In Egypt today most people are concerned with getting bread to eat. Only some of the educated understand how democracy works.”

― Naguib Mahfouz

“As the tension eases, we must look in the direction of agriculture, industry and education as our final goals, and toward democracy under Mr Mubarak.”

― Naguib Mahfouz

“We can transform the government and the economy, as well as democracy, in Malaysia.”

― Najib Razak

“Anyone who wants to be part of the political process should adopt values that are compatible with democracy.”

― Najib Razak

“As the leader of Southeast Asia’s oldest democracy, I am always keen to share our experiences. In the half-century since independence, we have found that steady reform is the best way to secure lasting stability. It is a process that continues in Malaysia to this day.”

― Najib Razak

“Our democracy has survived for so many years in India. We should at least give credit to the Congress for that.”

― Nana Patekar

“Democracy presumes that we’re all created equal; competition proves we are not, or else every race would end in a tie.”

― Nancy Gibbs

“Decision making in a democracy depends above all on knowledge and not just the intel available to presidents and policymakers.”

― Nancy Gibbs

“In our band, we had such an interesting democracy, and it worked really well.”

― Nancy Wilson

“Look at the structure of the Gates Foundation and this idea that, rather than trying to solve these huge global problems through institutions with some kind of democracy and transparency baked into them, we’re just going to outsource it to benevolent billionaires.”

― Naomi Klein

“It is never smart, even in a strong democracy, to declare some debate off limits. In a weakening democracy it is catastrophic.”

― Naomi Wolf

“I always say the strength of democracy lies in criticism. If there is no criticism, that means there is no democracy. And if you want to grow, you must invite criticism. And I want to grow; I want to invite criticism.”

― Narendra Modi

“I am the son of a freedom fighter, and a son of a freedom fighter automatically imbibes the value of democracy.”

― Narendra Modi

“India is a democracy; it is in our DNA.”

― Narendra Modi

“Democracy is our commitment. It is our great legacy, a legacy we simply cannot compromise. Democracy is in our DNA.”

― Narendra Modi

“From my intimate discussions with President Obama, it is evident that India figures significantly in American geo-political, economic and strategic thinking. India is the largest democracy in the world.”

― Narendra Modi

“In a democracy, allegations will never improve situations. So, I’m against allegations, but I always welcome criticism.”

― Narendra Modi

“When I turn on the news in Paris, the way Syria is covered is different from the way it is covered in Washington, D.C., or London. Even in Western society, where we hold all the values of democracy and freedom of speech, as soon as you point a camera in a particular direction, there is an angle – literally and figuratively.”

― Natalie Dormer

“The two most important things that can be done to promote democracy in the world is first, to bring moral clarity back to world affairs and second, to link international policies to the advance of democracy around the globe.”

― Natan Sharansky

“The three main sources of scepticism are first, that not every people desires freedom; second, that democracy in certain parts of the world would be dangerous; and third, that there is little the world’s democracies can do to advance freedom outside their countries.”

― Natan Sharansky

“My optimism is not based primarily on the successful march of democracy in recent times but rather is based on the experience of having lived in a fear society and studied the mechanics of tyranny that sustain such a society.”

― Natan Sharansky

“By helping readers understand these mechanics, I hope they will appreciate why freedom is for everyone, why it is essential for our security and why the free world plays a critically important role in advancing democracy around the globe.”

― Natan Sharansky

“It is important to remember that some of the most serious thinkers once thought that democracy was not compatible with the cultures of Germany, Italy, Japan, Latin America and Russia.”

― Natan Sharansky

“Japan is not a Western democracy. The Japanese have kept their traditions, culture and heritage, but they have joined the community of free nations.”

― Natan Sharansky

“The reason societies with democratic governments are better places to live in than their alternatives isn’t because of some goodness intrinsic to democracy, but because its hopeless inefficiency helps blunt the basic potential for evil.”

― Nathan Myhrvold

“I do think a healthy opposition is very necessary in a democracy.”

― Naveen Patnaik

“Democracy should not work on the basis of personalities.”

― Naveen Patnaik

“Odisha is a peaceful state; the people will not stand for violence in a democracy.”

― Naveen Patnaik

“Women in most countries have not achieved much, because they can’t be liberated under the patriarchal, capitalist, imperialist and military system that determines the way we live now, and which is governed by power, not justice, by false democracy, not real freedom.”

― Nawal El Saadawi

“In history, the millions win; that is democracy.”

― Nawal El Saadawi

“Institutionalizing dissent in our agencies moves us toward a healthier democracy and helps fulfill our founders’ vision.”

― Neal Katyal

“When everyone agrees to a single solution and a single plan, there’s nothing more efficient in the world than an efficient democracy.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“If the war has faded into history, democracy’s defeat in Vietnam has left deep marks in the consciousness of both nations.”

― Nguyen Cao Ky

“Science and policy-making thrive on challenge and questioning; they are vital to the health of inquiry and democracy.”

― Nicholas Stern

“No matter how many troops we have in place or how long they stay, we cannot impose a parliamentary democracy there any more than the insurgents can impose a theocracy.”

― Nick Clooney

“At the heart of both democracy and capitalism is a simple assumption that, across the board, people make free and relatively rational decisions: that we are, to borrow a medical term, Gillick Competent.”

― Nick Harkaway

“Moreover, as we live in an era of the ascendancy of democracy and human rights, we must see that Taiwan has been a vibrant democracy with a democratically elected president and legislature.”

― Nick Lampson

“Free nations of the world cannot allow Taiwan, a beacon of democracy, to be subdued by an authoritarian China.”

― Nick Lampson

“The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.”

― Niels Bohr

“Greece isn’t a democracy now it’s run through a troika – three foreign officials that fly into Athens airport and tell the Greeks what they can and can’t do.”

― Nigel Farage

“British chancellor is telling the rest of Europe it must abandon democracy. It’s appalling.”

― Nigel Farage

“When you get back control of your country, you get proper democracy. You get back proper debate.”

― Nigel Farage

“We used to fight for democracy. Democracy used to matter. We now treat it with contempt. We have turned our backs on values that we built up over hundreds of years, for the benefit of politicians in Europe. To me, that is heartbreaking.”

― Nigel Farage

“I can’t think of a single example of two mature democracies going to war with each other in the 20th century. It’s where there was an absence of democracy and a breakdown of democracy that we finish up with these wars.”

― Nigel Farage

“Donald Trump believes in nation-state democracy; Hillary Clinton used the E.U. as a prototype for a larger global union. Donald Trump believes in sensible immigration controls.”

― Nigel Farage

“Brexit is the best thing to happen for Russia, for America, for Germany, and for democracy.”

― Nigel Farage

“Either you support the existing global elite, or you want real change and believe in nation-state democracy.”

― Nigel Farage

“There is always, of course, a limit in a democracy as to what is politically possible, so you have to respect that limit. But in my experience, governments tend to be too timid.”

― Nigel Lawson

“Democracy is too good to share with just anybody.”

― Nigel Rees

“In a multi-party democracy, many issues which you want – or do not want – will be raised. It is for us to make it relevant or not so relevant with our answers.”

― Nirmala Sitharaman

“The practical core of democracy, defined functionally, is the peaceful exchange of power between different groups of powerful political players arranged in parties.”

― Noah Feldman

“In politics, Joseph Smith was something of a radical. He preached, instead of democracy, a version of theocratic rule within a framework given by his own prophetic leadership. At Nauvoo, Smith affected a Napoleonic uniform and made himself into a general and quasi king of the polity he had constituted.”

― Noah Feldman

“In the first decade of the twenty-first century, the major international question was the relation between Islam and democracy.”

― Noah Feldman

“The very design of neoliberal principles is a direct attack on democracy.”

― Noam Chomsky

“Concentration of executive power, unless it’s very temporary and for specific circumstances, let’s say fighting world war two, it’s an assault on democracy.”

― Noam Chomsky

“Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.”

― Noam Chomsky

“In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued – they may be essential to survival.”

― Noam Chomsky

“For a privileged minority, Western democracy provides the leisure, the facilities, and the training to seek the truth lying hidden behind the veil of distortion and misrepresentation, ideology and class interest, through which the events of current history are presented to us.”

― Noam Chomsky

“Our only real hope for democracy is that we get the money out of politics entirely and establish a system of publicly funded elections.”

― Noam Chomsky

“One of the most interesting reactions to come out of 1968 was in the first publication of the Trilateral Commission, which believed there was a ‘crisis of democracy’ from too much participation of the masses.”

― Noam Chomsky

“The U.S. and its allies will do anything they can to prevent authentic democracy in the Arab world.”

― Noam Chomsky

“In a democracy, in a functioning democracy, what would be happening is that popular organizations, unions, political groupings, others would be developing their programs, putting them forth, insisting that their representatives implement those programs.”

― Noam Chomsky

“Up until the First World War, when people turned anti-German, Germany had been described by American political scientists as the model of democracy.”

― Noam Chomsky

“In Latin America, specialists and polling organisations have, for some time, observed that the extension of formal democracy was accompanied by an increasing disillusionment about democracy and a lack of faith in democratic institutions.”

― Noam Chomsky

“We live in a democracy. We don’t have to tell the people how to vote.”

― Norman Braman

“As long as we’re in a democracy, I have to give what I think the majority of people will enjoy.”

― Norman Granz

“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.”

― Norman Mailer

“Christianity is the root of all democracy, the highest fact in the rights of men.”

― Novalis

“It’s like the American democratic system. When you vote, even if your candidate doesn’t win, you accept that democracy was in action. When people participate in a Tezos network, they’re accepting that the democratic vote of the other coin holders will govern the way the protocol moves.”

― Olaf Carlson-Wee

“For us democracy is a question of human dignity. And human dignity is political freedom.”

― Olof Palme

“The rights of democracy are not reserved for a select group within society, they are the rights of all the people.”

― Olof Palme

“Unfortunately, the true force which propels our endless political disputes, our constant struggles for political advantage, is often not our burning concern for democracy, it is often of our dedication to the principle of the rule of law.”

― Olusegun Obasanjo

“There is an idea of democracy produced by one-sided thinking.”

― Omar Bongo

“In brief, Western democracy, as other political models, is not exportable to all regions of the world.”

― Omar Bongo

“For about ten years now, the struggle for democracy and the respect of human rights has been in the focus point – if not a commodity – of political groups aiming to rise to power.”

― Omar Bongo

“But the Western countries that link their partnership with the poorest countries with respect for democracy also have to consider that they have obligations towards these countries.”

― Omar Bongo

“We deserve a multiracial democracy that works for all of us.”

― Opal Tometi

“For me, Westernization is not about consuming fanciful goods; it’s about a system of free speech, democracy, egalitarianism and respect for the people’s rights and dignity.”

― Orhan Pamuk

“Authoritarianism, an unrealistic occidental imagination – these issues will never be settled. Turkey will continue to take Europe as a model; it will continue to pursue its search for democracy.”

― Orhan Pamuk

“American democracy in the past has always been known for its large middle class and its relatively few very wealthy people and very few very poor people, but that is gone to today and the middle class is shrinking.”

― Os Guinness

“Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.”

― Oscar Wilde

“The deadliest foe of democracy is not autocracy but liberty frenzied.”

― Otto Hermann Kahn

“The beauty of democracy is that an average, random, unremarkable citizen can lead it.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“I have no idea if some societies, anthropologically speaking, aren’t really suited for democracy. I don’t think that’s true.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“China is trying to become America without democracy while America is trying to become France without cheese calories.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“Television is democracy at its ugliest.”

― Paddy Chayefsky

“We are in a democracy, and I think for all issues, whatever matters that the opposition may have apprehension on, there is a forum, and it is called Parliament.”

― Pallam Raju

“Deception can cost billions. Think Enron, Madoff, the mortgage crisis. Or in the case of double agents and traitors, like Robert Hanssen or Aldrich Ames, lies can betray our country. They can compromise our security. They can undermine democracy. They can cause the deaths of those that defend us.”

― Pamela Meyer

“It should be no surprise that religion in the non-western world has failed to disappear under the juggernaut of industrial capitalism, or that liberal democracy finds its most dedicated saboteurs among the new middle classes.”

― Pankaj Mishra

“The Arab Spring showed that people are not going to wait for an American president to make good on his big talk about democracy and human rights; they are going to fight for those rights themselves and overthrow pro-American dictators who stand in their way.”

― Pankaj Mishra

“To Westerners, the students at Tiananmen may have given an impression of a solid and energetic consensus against dictatorship and for democracy, but they were an egotistical and fractious lot, riven by disagreements over tactics and money.”

― Pankaj Mishra

“Democracy, loudly upheld as a cure for much of the ailing world, has proved no guarantor of political wisdom, even if it remains the least bad form of government.”

― Pankaj Mishra

“Economic disasters or foolish wars are hardly guaranteed to bring about large-scale individual self-examination or renew the appeal of truly participatory democracy.”

― Pankaj Mishra

“In a democracy, voting is a huge and most important right of a common man.”

― Pankaj Tripathi

“I believe that it is an unchanging value of democracy that ends cannot justify the means in politics.”

― Park Geun-hye

“I understand that the end does not justify the means. And this should be a lasting value for democracy.”

― Park Geun-hye

“We have been deformed by educational and religious institutions that treat us as members of an audience instead of actors in a drama, so we become adults who treat democracy as a spectator sport.”

― Parker Palmer

“Where liberals see as an ever-more-splendid diversity of colors, creeds, ethnicities, ideologies, beliefs and lifestyles, the Right sees the disintegration of a country, a nation, a people, and its replacement with a Tower of Babel. Visions in conflict that democracy cannot reconcile.”

― Pat Buchanan

“Democracy requires common ground on which all can stand, but that ground is sinking beneath our feet, and democracy may be going down the sinkhole with it.”

― Pat Buchanan

“Whatever they did for democracy, the U.S. interventions in the Middle East and the vaunted Arab Spring have proved to be pure hell for Arab Christians.”

― Pat Buchanan

“Our elite believe in a new trinity of equality, democracy and diversity. Indeed, after the Cold War, we declared the spread of democracy worldwide to be our historic mission and national goal.”

― Pat Buchanan

“Our Founding Fathers who created this republic did not believe in democracy. When did we come to worship this idol?”

― Pat Buchanan

“Bush II’s democracy crusade and Obama’s embrace of the Arab Spring have unleashed and empowered forces less receptive to America’s wishes and will than the despots and dictators deposed with our approval.”

― Pat Buchanan

“If there is a horrific attack on this country like 9/11, the American people will demand we go to war and settle accounts with those who did it. But America’s appetite for intervention, for nation building, for democracy crusades, is fully sated.”

― Pat Buchanan

“But if there’s an erosion at home, you know, Thomas Jefferson warned about a tyranny of an oligarchy and if we surrender our democracy to the tyranny of an oligarchy, we’ve made a terrible mistake.”

― Pat Robertson

“There’s an assault on human sexuality, as Judge Scalia said, they’ve taken sides in the culture war and on top of that if we have a democracy, the democratic processes should be that we can elect representatives who will share our point of view and vote those things into law.”

― Pat Robertson

“If we don’t allow people to vote in America, what is our democracy? It’s a sham.”

― Patricia Arquette

“The Supreme Court of the United States is too important to our democracy for it to be understaffed for partisan reasons.”

― Patrick Leahy

“Presidential elections and the voter experience have long been fraught for black people. From racist poll taxes to made-up literacy tests to the egregious rollback of voting rights over the past 50 years, American democracy has, at times, felt like a weird and failed social experiment.”

― Patrisse Cullors

“The Black Lives Matter National Network and the movement at large are sophisticated. We’re not easily won over by talking points and campaign trail pledges. We want to see meaningful collaboration and a genuine transformation of American democracy.”

― Patrisse Cullors

“Slowly but surely, we are acquiring that famous culture of democracy, which is our objective.”

― Paul Biya

“We benefit, intellectually and personally, from the interplay between different selves, from the balance between long-term contemplation and short-term impulse. We should be wary about tipping the scales too far. The community of selves shouldn’t be a democracy, but it shouldn’t be a dictatorship, either.”

― Paul Bloom

“The beliefs expressed in the Declaration of Independence remain a standard for our nation today. They also remain a standard for those nations across the globe striving to achieve democracy.”

― Paul Gillmor

“Democracy has many enemies, and the terrorist is only one of them.”

― Paul Johnson

“Democracy in the studio is overrated. What you wind up getting is compromise on everybody’s part, which means that nobody has their way, and that means nobody wins, including the fans.”

― Paul Stanley

“In this era of the global village, the tide of democracy is running. And it will not cease, not in China, not in South Africa, not in any corner of this earth, where the simple idea of democracy and freedom has taken root.”

― Paul Tsongas

“Two hundred years ago, our Founding Fathers gave us a democracy. It was based upon the simple, yet noble, idea that government derives its validity from the consent of the governed.”

― Paul Tsongas

“Education and democracy have the same goal: the fullest possible development of human capabilities.”

― Paul Wellstone

“The American polity is infected with a serious imbalance of power between elites and masses, a power which is the principal threat to our democracy.”

― Paul Wellstone

“The idea of democracy has been stripped of it moral imperatives and come to denote hollowness and hypocrisy.”

― Paul Wellstone

“As free citizens in a political democracy, we have a responsibility to be interested and involved in the affairs of the human community, be it at the local or the global level.”

― Paul Wellstone

“We did not go to war in Afghanistan or in Iraq to, quote, ‘impose democracy.’ We went to war in both places because we saw those regimes as a threat to the United States.”

― Paul Wolfowitz

“Democracy is a process.”

― Paul Wolfowitz

“Support for peaceful reform by the people themselves is the right way to promote democracy, not the use of force.”

― Paul Wolfowitz

“There are now two Syrias. One is run by men who fight for God, not democracy. The other is ruled by a secular but authoritarian regime accused of many crimes against its people. The choice between the two will not be decided at the polls.”

― Paul Wood

“Islam does not believe in democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, or freedom of assembly. It does not separate religion and politics. It is partly a religion, but it is much more than that. It has a political agenda that goes far outside the realm of religion.”

― Pauline Hanson

“Democracy involves that old-fashioned thing called working it out.”

― Peggy Noonan

“Democracy without respect for individual rights sucks. It’s just ganging up against the weird kid, and I’m always the weird kid.”

― Penn Jillette

“Donald Trump got elected because, in his twisted way, he pointed out the huge troubles in our economy and our democracy.”

― Pete Buttigieg

“One of the reasons we set up this country, one of the things we celebrate in freedom and democracy of the United States is you can criticize your president. You can criticize the ways in which the country falls short of its values.”

― Pete Buttigieg

“To me, what success looks like is not to believe that Afghanistan can become a unified, Western-style democracy with a developed-country economy just yet. I think success in the American interest is some level of assurance that it’s not going to be a place that again leads to an attack on the American homeland.”

― Pete Buttigieg

“We need to intentionally invest in health, in home ownership, in entrepreneurship, in access to democracy, in economic empowerment. If we don’t do these things, we shouldn’t be surprised that racial inequality persists because inequalities compound.”

― Pete Buttigieg

“I have said democracy and freedom do not work too well if you are hungry, if you are starving.”

― Pete Domenici

“A robust democracy requires active participation.”

― Pete Gallego

“If immigration reform doesn’t happen, that doesn’t say good things about our democracy, that everybody wants it, but Congress couldn’t pass it.”

― Pete Gallego

“The Bush administration’s approach to the war on terror collided badly with another of its doctrines, spreading democracy in the Middle East as a panacea to reduce radicalism.”

― Peter Bergen

“Only that Swiss in the heart want still a king or at least a strong Upper House of Parliament. Swiss long themselves for less democracy and more dictatorship.”

― Peter Bichsel

“The Greens have every right to run, that’s what democracy is, and they should argue their point by saying how they think people should vote, not by telling us to be silent.”

― Peter Camejo

“The United States is not for democracy in Iraq, it’s for setting up a puppet government.”

― Peter Camejo

“A basic tenet of a healthy democracy is open dialogue and transparency.”

― Peter Fenn

“If you know something damaging about a major political figure, then, in a democracy, it is surely your duty to tell the voters before they go to the polls.”

― Peter Hitchens

“Democracy for us tends to be has to do with who shouts the loudest!”

― Peter Hook

“Let me say again that the relationship is asymmetrical: there’s no democracy without a market economy, but you can have a market economy without democracy.”

― Peter L. Berger

“So I think one can say on empirical grounds – not because of some philosophical principle – that you can’t have democracy unless you have a market economy.”

― Peter L. Berger

“Even in a society as tightly controlled as Singapore’s, the market creates certain forces which perhaps in the long run may lead to democracy.”

― Peter L. Berger

“If you say simply that pressures toward democracy are created by the market, I would say yes.”

― Peter L. Berger

“Even though the Bush campaign ad tells you that Afghanistan is a new democracy at the Olympics because of Bush’s efforts, Afghanistan hasn’t actually had an election.”

― Peter Schuyler

“It means that, in fact, it’s – whether fascist is the right word I don’t know – more of a plutocracy than anything resembling a democracy; it has become a nation controlled by a very small, very wealthy elite.”

― Peter Singer

“I’m not overly alarmist about it, but I do think there are some worrying signs, like the growing accumulation of wealth by a very small proportion of the population, plus elections in the US are much more dominated by money than anywhere else calling itself a democracy.”

― Peter Singer

“In a democracy, citizens pass judgment on their government, and if they are kept in the dark about what their government is doing, they cannot be in a position to make well-grounded decisions.”

― Peter Singer

“Corruption is nature’s way of restoring our faith in democracy.”

― Peter Ustinov

“European democracy, for me, is the best form of government invented by mankind.”

― Petro Poroshenko

“When there is a parliamentarian crisis, the only solution in a democracy is early elections.”

― Petro Poroshenko

“A constitutional democracy is in serious trouble if its citizenry does not have a certain degree of education and civic virtue.”

― Phillip E. Johnson

“Without an educated populace, democracy cannot sustain itself.”

― Phylicia Rashad

“I have always been of the opinion that the right kind of journalism is a critical part of our democracy.”

― Pierre Omidyar

“I have the deepest, deepest respect for these guys who are actually fighting for democracy in countries far away.”

― Pilou Asbaek

“Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.”

― Plato

“Democracy… is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.”

― Plato

“Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.”

― Plato

“Democracy passes into despotism.”

― Plato

“Standards of conduct appropriate to civil society or the workings of a democracy cannot be purely and simply applied to the Church.”

― Pope Benedict XVI

“Everybody has their manifesto; let them talk their language, come to the people, and the people will decide. In a democracy, no party or candidate wins or loses. If you, the people, chose a wrong man, you lose; if you chose the right one, you win.”

― Prakash Raj

“My big idea is that democracy can only work properly if you have truly representative people at the table.”

― Pramila Jayapal

“India’s dynamic growth, coupled with its large reservoir of skilled workforce, its commitment to democracy, and the rule of law, all taken together make India a very attractive investment destination.”

― Preneet Kaur

“Our aid budget has a crucial role to play in shaping the world according to our universal values of democracy, enterprise and justice.”

― Priti Patel

“I understand the sacrifices American servicemen and women have made to protect freedom and democracy in my country and around the world.”

― Psy

“Of course democracy is good, but it is a process, not a prescription.”

― Queen Rania of Jordan

“One of the most enjoyable things I do at Government House and when I travel around Australia is to talk with children. I tell them about our parliamentary democracy – and I often do that as I’m walking into an Executive Council meeting next door!”

― Quentin Bryce

“I believe a democracy needs men and women of conviction in its positions of leadership in order for us to succeed. That’s the subject of ‘A Perfect Candidate,’ a film I made 20 years ago about Oliver North and Charles Robb.”

― R. J. Cutler

“Democracy is about non-arbitrary decisions. Democracy is about spreading decisions; it is not about destroying processes.”

― Rahul Gandhi

“There is too much blind partisanship in Congress, which has blocked progress on critical issues. Too many members view compromise as weakness rather than the essence of our democracy. This has to end.”

― Raja Krishnamoorthi

“In some ways, political decency is a sign of a healthy democracy, but in other ways, it is the cause of it.”

― Raja Krishnamoorthi

“Equality as a principle is at the heart of our democracy.”

― Raja Krishnamoorthi

“It is time to investigate Russian interference in our democracy and to address it in a manner that will help restore Americans’ trust in their government.”

― Raja Krishnamoorthi

“A functioning democracy cannot stand when its people do not trust their leaders to uphold the law.”

― Raja Krishnamoorthi

“It’s a one-day story of a guy called Newton Kumar, and the backdrop is election: how the most powerful tool we have as citizens is vote but how we don’t utilise it. We really don’t give importance to it. It talks about democracy; it’s a satire, a black comedy.”

― Rajkummar Rao

“Ours is a party with internal democracy. When we take a collective decision, it is not taken by a few people. It is taken only after serious analysis and wide consultations, in a true and democratic manner.”

― Rajnath Singh

“All have the right to speak, do whatever they want in democracy, but no one will be allowed to destabilise the country or create violence.”

― Rajnath Singh

“President or Prime Minister are not any individuals. They are an institutions in itself, and in democracy, we should ensure that the dignity of the institutions is not lowered.”

― Rajnath Singh

“Appeal for votes should not be made on basis of caste, creed, or communal. In a healthy democracy, this is not expected from any political leader.”

― Rajnath Singh

“As a matter of principle, we are opposed to destabilising a stable government, and I believe in the norms of healthy democracy.”

― Rajnath Singh

“Christianity, democracy, science, education, wealth, and the cumulative inheritance of a thousand years, have not preserved us from the vain repetition of history.”

― Ralph Adams Cram

“There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship.”

― Ralph Nader

“Once you don’t vote your ideals… that has serious undermining affects. It erodes the moral basis of our democracy.”

― Ralph Nader

“The ‘democracy gap’ in our politics and elections spells a deep sense of powerlessness by people who drop out, do not vote, or listlessly vote for the ‘least worst’ every four years and then wonder why after every cycle the ‘least worst’ gets worse.”

― Ralph Nader

“People favouring their relatives more than an outsider is what the biggest fight in democracy is, let it be in film industry or politics.”

― Ram Gopal Varma

“You have to ask the people about democracy. I know what my people want, and I cannot understand these people who violate peace.”

― Ramzan Kadyrov

“We live in a democracy, and people are free to sometimes choose the wrong leader.”

― Rand Paul

“I loved teaching social studies. And I loved starting each year by teaching about John Locke and the social contract. That lesson helped me teach not just about our rules for the classroom, but how, in our democracy, we give up some individual rights to ensure we collectively have the right to live and prosper in a society.”

― Randi Weingarten

“I believe democracy will succeed in Tunisia, but I also believe that it will succeed in the other Arab Spring countries.”

― Rashid al-Ghannushi

“I hope that with the success of the transition to democracy in Tunisia that we will export to Egypt a working democratic model.”

― Rashid al-Ghannushi

“There is no one in al-Nahda that is ‘violence is a means of change or to keep power.’ Everyone in al-Nahda believes that democracy is the only way to reach power and to stay in power.”

― Rashid al-Ghannushi

“If you know how to read, you have a complete education about life, then you know how to vote within a democracy. But if you don’t know how to read, you don’t know how to decide. That’s the great thing about our country – we’re a democracy of readers, and we should keep it that way.”

― Ray Bradbury

“There are a lot of people that think the Internet is going to bring information and democracy and pluralism in China just by existing.”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“The critical question is: How do we ensure that the Internet develops in a way that is compatible with democracy?”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“It is not inevitable that the Internet will evolve in a manner compatible with democracy.”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“The exercise of democracy begins as exercise, as walking around, becoming familiar with the streets, comfortable with strangers, able to imagine your own body as powerful and expressive rather than a pawn.”

― Rebecca Solnit

“Democracy is like a streetcar. When you come to your stop, you get off.”

― Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“Therefore, the question is not whether such democratization is possible, but instead how to meet the yearning of the masses in the Middle East for democracy; in other words, how to achieve democratization in the Middle East.”

― Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“We, as Turkey, call on Europe to respect human rights and democracy.”

― Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“In other words, the bar should be maintained at the level of a pluralistic and participatory democracy.”

― Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“According to this view, democracy is a product of western culture, and it cannot be applied to the Middle East which has a different cultural, religious, sociological and historical background.”

― Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“Similarly, it is argued that the culture of Islam is incompatible with democracy. Basically, this conventional perspective of the Middle East thus contends that democracy in that region is neither possible nor even desirable.”

― Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“But foremost, I do not subscribe to the view that Islamic culture and democracy cannot be reconciled.”

― Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“The US and the European Union needs to help in the translation of the demand for democracy into a political will.”

― Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“I take the debate on the method of promoting democracy seriously.”

― Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“The advanced levels which the democratic world has attained at the end of lengthy processes may have created the perception in the region that democracy is a distant concept; this perception can be addressed.”

― Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“However, democracy cannot be defined as the existence of parliaments and elections alone.”

― Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“What should be targeted is a concept of organic, and not just mechanic, democracy that preserves the rule of law, separation of powers, and that is participatory and pluralistic.”

― Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“Democracy tends to be a collaborative process, a committee, a consensus. Silicon Valley tends to believe in the individual who creates a small group and does something big.”

― Reid Hoffman

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

― Reinhold Niebuhr

“Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems.”

― Reinhold Niebuhr

“There is no, and cannot be, any situation in which we don’t respect the law and the judiciary. It is unacceptable to attack the courts; criticism is allowed, but attacks are not. It shakes the basis of our democracy.”

― Reuven Rivlin

“There is a crisis on the Right. It sees the Jewish and democratic state as a democracy for the Jews. This is something I cannot countenance.”

― Reuven Rivlin

“I ask the members of the Knesset to be very strict about maintaining the principles of democracy.”

― Reuven Rivlin

“The idea that the State of Israel could be democracy only for its Jewish citizens is unconscionable, and we must find a way to address this.”

― Reuven Rivlin

“Undoubtedly, a democratic state without an alternative is a danger to democracy itself.”

― Reuven Rivlin

“Those who know my stance on Israeli democracy also know that there is nothing more foreign to me than the rejection of a position different to my own.”

― Reuven Rivlin

“I think that the future belongs to democracy, but not to capitalism, because they are opposite camps.”

― Ricardo Alarcon

“We Chileans have to be able to understand that in a democracy institutions must function freely and with sovereignty.”

― Ricardo Lagos

“Democracy is the only civilized way to govern a country.”

― Ricardo Salinas Pliego

“I think, as a general matter, clearly, the United States globally supports the development of democracy and the democratic yearnings of all people.”

― Richard Armitage

“There are ways to pursue political change. In a democracy, it’s through the ballot box. There are other ways, and many democracies have many different systems of democracy.”

― Richard Armitage

“I believe in trade unionism, and I believe in democracy, in democratic trade unionism.”

― Richard Attenborough

“It is not impossible to succeed as a social democracy, where business and free enterprise thrive, and not abandon the disenfranchised, poor, sick, and elderly.”

― Richard Belzer

“You may debate whether the Disney heroines fit the feminist standard, but they don’t live in a democracy. Remember, they’re princesses.”

― Richard Corliss

“There is one solution to all of our problems: Teaching our kids clarity of thought and political representation in democracy. That’s it.”

― Richard Dreyfuss

“The inability or unwillingness of citizens to differentiate between fake and authentic news is undermining a fundamental assumption of democracy: the informed voter.”

― Richard Edelman

“If democracy brings an undemocratic group to power, is that a victory for democracy?”

― Richard Engel

“When you look at – when you talk to people in Africa and across the Middle East, they’re not satisfied with the way things are going. Sure, this idea of democracy was injected into the region, but it has brought mostly chaos.”

― Richard Engel

“It is hard to know exactly when the Arab Spring, a phrase used to describe the beginning of the Arab peoples’ demand for democracy and human-rights reform, started.”

― Richard Grenell

“While American interests in the Middle East must obviously be protected, America’s credibility to support democracy for everyone everywhere is crucial.”

― Richard Grenell

“We should not be surprised that democracy is imperfect even in Western countries.”

― Richard Holbrooke

“I am convinced that the majority of American people do understand that we have a moral responsibility to foster the concepts of opportunity, free enterprise, the rule of law, and democracy. They understand that these values are the hope of the world.”

― Richard Lugar

“Despite elections and the experience of post-Soviet personal freedoms by the Russian people, the fate of democracy in Russia is perhaps more ambiguous now than at any time since the collapse of the Communist system.”

― Richard Lugar

“We believe – most polls indicate – a lack of support, a lack of confidence in the ability of the Congress to work. That is disturbing in terms of our general democracy.”

― Richard Lugar

“Democracy requires an informed citizenry able to question its government.”

― Richard N. Haass

“Unrestrained zeal to make the world better could make it worse. Promoting democracy must be undertaken with humility, care, and wisdom.”

― Richard N. Haass

“Having a representative democracy requires the confidence of the voters in the system. And if voters lose confidence in the system they can make some very bad decisions.”

― Richard Painter

“The American experiment with representative democracy has been a great success, but we need to realize that it needs to be a genuine representative democracy where ordinary people have a vote, have a voice in choosing the candidates who represent them.”

― Richard Painter

“Speaking as a Democrat, all my life battling for what I conceived to be Democracy, and what I conceived to be right, I am yet an American above Democracy.”

― Richard Parks Bland

“Now, mark it. This may be strong language, but heed it. The people mean it, and, my friends of the Eastern Democracy, we bid farewell when you do that thing.”

― Richard Parks Bland

“We cannot cut and run. If we are to ensure freedom and democracy, it is essential that we follow through on our obligation to bring about stability in Iraq.”

― Richard Shelby

“In a democracy, if a government creates bad policies, it can be voted out of office. Competition in the private sector, however, can easily work to encourage phishing rather than stifle it.”

― Richard Thaler

“Take a stand against intolerance and for our American values. Say it with pride: I support democracy in America. I support working people in America. I support opportunity in America. And I support Barack Obama for another four years as president of the United States of America!”

― Richard Trumka

“Here’s to democracy. May we get the government we deserve.”

― Rick Mercer

“And in Canada we, you know, it costs us three or $400 million to have an election. You know, it’s always been my position that we shouldn’t complain about that; that’s the price of admission for a living in a great democracy.”

― Rick Mercer

“The reactionary percentage of the electorate in these United States has been relatively constant since McCarthy’s day; I’d estimate it as hovering around 30 percent. A minority, but one never all that enamored of the niceties of democracy – they see themselves as fighting for the survival of civilization, after all.”

― Rick Perlstein

“Democracy functions best when we have an active citizenry.”

― Rick Perry

“A republic and a democracy are pretty much identical, pretty much on every level.”

― Rick Santelli

“I believe our country has to do whatever we can do to protect ourselves-we’re king of the hill. We need to protect democracy and the lives of those who live in the free world.”

― Rick Yune

“I think we are dying in America, I think our democracy is over.”

― Rickie Lee Jones

“Ironically, the very fact that democracy has such a lengthy history has actually contributed to confusion and disagreement, for ‘democracy’ has meant different things to different people at different times and places.”

― Robert A. Dahl

“Democracy, it appears, is a bit chancy. But its chances also depend on what we do ourselves.”

― Robert A. Dahl

“Being ‘at the mercy of legislative majorities’ is merely another way of describing the basic American plan: representative democracy.”

― Robert Bork

“In a constitutional democracy the moral content of law must be given by the morality of the framer or legislator, never by the morality of the judge.”

― Robert Bork

“Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.”

― Robert Byrne

“In a democracy, supposedly we hold power by what we do at the ballot box, so therefore the more we know about political power the better our choices should be and the better, in theory, our democracy should be.”

― Robert Caro

“You know, we’re taught that in a democracy power comes from being elected.”

― Robert Caro

“Robert Moses wasn’t elected to anything. We’re taught that in a democracy power comes from being elected. He had more power than anyone, and he held it for 48 years.”

― Robert Caro

“I never wanted to do biography just to tell the life of a famous man. I always wanted to use the life of a man to examine political power, because democracy shapes our lives.”

― Robert Caro

“The right of a minority is so important in a democracy.”

― Robert Caro

“Abortion on demand, throughout the full nine months of a pregnancy, for virtually any reason, became public policy in the United States of America. No other developed democracy had, or has, such a permissive abortion regime.”

― Robert Casey

“Obama is cutting back on the idea that we’re going to have Jeffersonian democracy in Pakistan or anywhere else.”

― Robert Dallek

“The word ‘democracy’ and the name of Assad do not blend very well in much of Syria.”

― Robert Fisk

“I do think that we are facing a crisis in our democracy. As true patriots, each and every one of us has to speak up, speak out, and change those in charge. Our democracy depends upon it.”

― Robert Greenwald

“I left Russia in 1993 optimistic that democracy had taken hold despite the obstacles.”

― Robert Kagan

“Democracy is messy, and it’s hard. It’s never easy.”

― Robert Kennedy, Jr.

“Democracy is about institutions: it’s about having things like schools and judiciary and the Ford Foundation, or ‘The Nation’ magazine – you need progressive institutions, you know what I mean? Those are important institutions to make sure that the government functions.”

― Robert Kennedy, Jr.

“Elections remind us not only of the rights but the responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy.”

― Robert Kennedy

“The fact that free men persist in the search for the truth is the essential difference between Communism and Democracy.”

― Robert Kennedy

“The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.”

― Robert M. Hutchins

“Inflation is bringing us true democracy. For the first time in history, luxuries and necessities are selling at the same price.”

― Robert Orben

“We don’t have to sit by and watch our meritocracy be replaced by a permanent aristocracy, and our democracy be undermined by dynastic wealth.”

― Robert Reich

“The only way back toward a democracy and economy that work for the majority is for most of us to get politically active once again, becoming organized and mobilized.”

― Robert Reich

“To get back to the kind of shared prosperity and upward mobility we once considered normal will require another era of fundamental reform, of both our economy and our democracy.”

― Robert Reich

“Liberals are concerned about the concentration of wealth because it almost inevitably leads to a concentration of power that undermines democracy.”

― Robert Reich

“My grandfather wanted to remind us that freedom of expression is the fundamental ingredient for democracy, and all the rest is detail. It is the scaffolding around which every other freedom is based.”

― Robert Rinder

“Thru the auspices of the viewers who become – I think this is an import – in a democracy, become a working unit with law enforcement against the criminals.”

― Robert Stack

“In a democracy there is a centralization of governmental power in a simple majority.”

― Robert W. Welch, Jr.

“For not only every democracy, but certainly every republic, bears within itself the seeds of its own destruction.”

― Robert W. Welch, Jr.

“The word democracy comes from the Greek and means, literally, government by the people.”

― Robert W. Welch, Jr.

“And for well over a hundred years our politicians, statesmen, and people remembered that this was a republic, not a democracy, and knew what they meant when they made that distinction.”

― Robert W. Welch, Jr.

“Newspapers write ringing editorials declaring that this is and always was a democracy.”

― Robert W. Welch, Jr.

“The state must protect the media. In a democracy, the role of media is very important. In the absence of a credible opposition party, you can rely on the media.”

― Rodrigo Duterte

“So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we’ll be called a democracy.”

― Roger Nash Baldwin

“I have – I have more than an interesting task in piloting Wales into our new democracy, without wanting to exercise draconian powers on behalf of anybody else – I can assure of that.”

― Ron Davies

“There is so much that can be done, you see, the assembly is about improving our democracy.”

― Ron Davies

“The reason that Google was such a success is because they were the first ones to take advantage of the self-organizing properties of the web. It’s in ecological sustainability. It’s in the developmental power of entrepreneurship, the ethical power of democracy.”

― Ron Eglash

“Whatever your political leaning, vote. This participation is vital. I feel the same way about issues like the space program, education, the military. The more the public focuses on these things, thinks and forms opinions, I think the better we are as a democracy.”

― Ron Howard

“Judicial review has been a part of our democracy in this constitutional government for over 200 years.”

― Ron Kind

“Our country’s founders cherished liberty, not democracy.”

― Ron Paul

“I can’t talk about foreign policy like anyone who’s spent their life reading and learning foreign policy. But as a citizen in a democracy, it’s very important that I participate in that.”

― Ron Silver

“This is my philosophy since ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Battlestar’: You have to be willing to have fandom hate what you’re doing or love it and not care either way on a certain level, because you cannot become a slave to their emotion or their vote. It’s not a democracy, as I’m always fond of saying.”

― Ronald D. Moore

“The original ‘Star Trek’ is very much a product of the ’60s – the new frontier, optimism, the idea of bringing democracy to the galaxy. It’s still a timeless show, but it’s very much a show made in the 1960s.”

― Ronald D. Moore

“The objective I propose is quite simple to state: to foster the infrastructure of democracy – the system of a free press, unions, political parties, universities – which allows a people to choose their own way to develop their own culture, to reconcile their own differences through peaceful means.”

― Ronald Reagan

“Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.”

― Ronald Reagan

“Optimism comes less easily today, not because democracy is less vigorous, but because democracy’s enemies have refined their instruments of repression.”

― Ronald Reagan

“Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.”

― Ronald Reagan

“Donald Trump has added a whole different factor that we’ve never seen before, but the audience loves it. We’ve seen the energy around our state, so many crowds coming; it’s good for democracy to have so many people engaged.”

― Ronna McDaniel

“I think comedy and satire are a very important part of democracy, and it’s important we are able to laugh at the idiosyncrasies or the follies or vanities of people in power.”

― Rory Bremner

“Democracy matters because it reflects an idea of equality and an idea of liberty. It reflects an idea of dignity, the dignity of the individual, the idea that each individual should have an equal vote, an equal say, in the formation of their government.”

― Rory Stewart

“Democracy is not simply a question of structures. It is a state of mind. It is an activity. And part of that activity is honesty.”

― Rory Stewart

“For politicians to be honest, the public needs to allow them to be honest, and the media, which mediates between the politicians and the public, needs to allow those politicians to be honest. If local democracy is to flourish, it is about the active and informed engagement of every citizen.”

― Rory Stewart

“Democracy is indispensable, not because it renders superfluous the conquest of political power by the proletariat, but, on the contrary, because it makes this seizure of power both necessary and possible.”

― Rosa Luxemburg

“The more that social democracy develops, grows, and becomes stronger, the more the enlightened masses of workers will take their own destinies, the leadership of their movement, and the determination of its direction into their own hands.”

― Rosa Luxemburg

“Social democracy… is only the advance guard of the proletariat, a small piece of the total working masses; blood from their blood, and flesh from their flesh.”

― Rosa Luxemburg

“Between social reforms and revolution there exists for the social democracy an indissoluble tie. The struggle for reforms is its means; the social revolution, its aim.”

― Rosa Luxemburg

“Social democracy seeks and finds the ways, and particular slogans, of the workers’ struggle only in the course of the development of this struggle, and gains directions for the way forward through this struggle alone.”

― Rosa Luxemburg

“We are losing the democracy that we’re trying to sell in the Mideast and everywhere else right here in our own nation.”

― Rosie O’Donnell

“On my travels around the world, I’ve met people in countries where democracy doesn’t exist and if it does, they are intimidated into voting in a certain way.”

― Ross Kemp

“You can’t have a free democracy if you don’t have a free media that can provide vital and independent information to the people.”

― Rupert Murdoch

“The idea of allowing corporations to have unlimited influence on our democracy is very dangerous, obviously.”

― Russ Feingold

“American democracy is spoiled by people buying everything in sight and then selling and buying everything in sight, including our politicians.”

― Russell Simmons

“If there was one decision I would overrule, it would be ‘Citizens United.’ I think the notion that we have all the democracy that money can buy strays so far from what our democracy is supposed to be.”

― Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“I think the notion that we have all the democracy that money can buy strays so far from what our democracy is supposed to be.”

― Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Radical Islamic terrorists and those who fund it remain a credible threat to America and a clear and present danger to democracy.”

― Ryan Zinke

“The director can be a dictator, but it’s not wise to be. You have to choose the days to be a dictator and the days to deal with diplomacy and democracy. Every great leader should know that, even a dictator. Tyrants get overthrown.”

― Rza

“I want to be part of a family which wants to improve Indian democracy.”

― S. Sreesanth

“Education is important even beyond the bounds of the opportunities it gives to the individual; it is a crucial and basic requirement for ensuring effective democracy and human rights.”

― Sadiq Khan

“Vibrant political parties are vital to the health of our democracy.”

― Sadiq Khan

“In democracy, every election is a learning process. You learn from every election, the one that you win and the one that you lose. And then you prepare for the next one.”

― Salman Khurshid

“A mature society understands that at the heart of democracy is argument.”

― Salman Rushdie

“A democracy thrives on diversity. Tyranny oppresses it.”

― Sam Brownback

“We must take proactive steps to promote democracy and human rights abroad.”

― Sam Brownback

“As the Cold War melts into history, our first concern should be the preservation and extension of human rights and democracy.”

― Sam Brownback

“Democracy’s a very fragile thing. You have to take care of democracy. As soon as you stop being responsible to it and allow it to turn into scare tactics, it’s no longer democracy, is it? It’s something else. It may be an inch away from totalitarianism.”

― Sam Shepard

“As even a democracy like the United States has shown, waging war can benefit a leader in several ways: it can rally citizens around the flag, it can distract them from bleak economic times, and it can enrich a country’s elites.”

― Samantha Power

“I think clearly the United States, as well as other western nations, should stand by their commitments to human rights and democracy and should try to influence other countries to move in that direction.”

― Samuel P. Huntington

“In 1940, President Roosevelt called on American industry to become the ‘great arsenal of democracy.’ Automotive manufacturers in Michigan responded and converted their assembly lines from cars to tanks and helped America win World War II.”

― Sander Levin

“The freedom to criticize judges and other public officials is necessary to a vibrant democracy.”

― Sandra Day O’Connor

“The freedom to criticize judges and other public officials is necessary to a vibrant democracy. The problem comes when healthy criticism is replaced with more destructive intimidation and sanctions.”

― Sandra Day O’Connor

“There are any number of socially relevant causes that publicly minded individuals may feel strongly about. In a democracy, it is for the government of the day to legislate laws to deal with such issues. Not for courts to issue advisories and declare criminal what may often be normal economic activity protecting livelihoods.”

― Sanjaya Baru

“The challenge of leadership in a plural democracy is to construct policies that ensure political stability, social equity, and economic progress on the basis of a widely shared ethical and cultural foundation.”

― Sanjaya Baru

“Despite what the pundits want us to think, contested primaries aren’t civil war, they are democracy at work, and that’s beautiful.”

― Sarah Palin

“People cannot be free unless they are willing to sacrifice some of their interests to guarantee the freedom of others. The price of democracy is the ongoing pursuit of the common good by all of the people.”

― Saul Alinsky

“Nelson Mandela went to jail believing in violence, and 27 years later he and his colleagues had slowly and carefully honed the skills, the incredible skills, that they needed to turn one of the most vicious governments the world has known into a democracy. And they did it in a total devotion to non-violence.”

― Scilla Elworthy

“The unending chase for money, I believe, threatens to steal our democracy itself. I’ve used the word ‘corrupting,’ and I want to be very clear about it: I mean by it not the corruption of individuals, but a corruption of a system itself that all of us are forced to participate in against our will.”

― Scott Peters

“Widespread public access to knowledge, like public education, is one of the pillars of our democracy, a guarantee that we can maintain a well-informed citizenry.”

― Scott Turow

“There is no better form of government than democracy.”

― Sebastian Kurz

“On one hand, it is very important that democracy and human rights be defended across borders. But it is also very important to respect the right of each country to choose its own path.”

― Sebastian Pinera

“The U.S.-led western alliance, while acting as an advocate of democracy, rule of law and human rights, is acting from the opposite position, rejecting the democratic principle of the sovereign right of states enshrined in the U.N. Charter and trying to decide for others what is good and what is bad.”

― Sergei Lavrov

“We believe that this is not right for a democracy to make revolutions the beacon of promoting democracy.”

― Sergei Lavrov

“Sometimes it’s better to have a benign dictator than a dumb democracy, to be honest.”

― Serj Tankian

“Many people suggest using mathematics to talk to the aliens, and Dutch computer scientist Alexander Ollongren has developed an entire language (Lincos) based on this idea. But my personal opinion is that mathematics may be a hard way to describe ideas like love or democracy.”

― Seth Shostak

“America is a symbol of freedom – it’s a symbol of democracy – and if that is threatened, we have to take this platform and use it to be a voice for the voiceless.”

― Shaggy

“I might be popular, but that is not sufficient in a parliamentary democracy set-up. One has to assess every chief minister, his success and rating in terms of how far he has succeeded in developing his colleagues.”

― Sharad Pawar

“I believe in decentralized democracy.”

― Sharad Pawar

“If multilateral institutions cannot bring about peace and the rule of law because of the vested interests of their members, then both national democracy and global governance will continue to be rocked by crises.”

― Sharan Burrow

“Large swathes of people losing faith in democracy is a dangerous thing. Conflict, desperation, totalitarianism are the products of that loss of faith.”

― Sharan Burrow

“Democracy is becoming collateral damage in a world where global risks have been ignored or exacerbated by those with the power to act.”

― Sharan Burrow

“Democracy is rarely easy, nor swift.”

― Sharan Burrow

“Indian democracy has often been likened to the stately progress of the elephant – ponderous in its gait and reluctant to change course, but not easily swayed from its new path when it does.”

― Shashi Tharoor

“Elections are an enduring spectacle of free India, and have provided foreign journalists with the opportunity to remind the world that India remains the world’s largest democracy.”

― Shashi Tharoor

“Our nation is not a fully representative democracy if we do not have a one-person, one-vote method of directly electing our president. It disproportionately tilts favor to smaller states with smaller populations.”

― Shaun King

“Lawyers have rendered immense sacrifices for the restoration of democracy and free judiciary, and their role in this regard cannot be ignored.”

― Shehbaz Sharif

“If everyone on the Court always voted for the prosecution against the defendant, for the corporation against the plaintiffs, and for the government against the condemned, a vital spark of American democracy would be extinguished.”

― Sheldon Whitehouse

“When I was sworn in, we had Republican-sponsored climate-change bills all over the place. You had John McCain running for President in 2008 on a strong climate platform. You could see American democracy actually starting to work at solving a difficult problem.”

― Sheldon Whitehouse

“As a lawyer, as a former prosecutor, and as a son and grandson of foreign-service officers who tried to represent American democracy in foreign and dangerous places, the idea that this crowd of crooked fossil-fuel types is able to take over and run our democracy like we are a banana republic – I find that repellent.”

― Sheldon Whitehouse

“When I deliver the message to a cross section of Rhode Island that democracy is broken because special interests have relentless power – which prevents politicians from compromising despite popular support on an issue – I don’t have any pushback.”

― Sheldon Whitehouse

“The power the fossil fuel industry exerts over Congress is polluting American democracy, the propaganda it emits through its front groups is polluting our public discourse, and, of course, its carbon emissions are polluting our atmosphere and oceans – it’s a triple whammy and a disgrace.”

― Sheldon Whitehouse

“Each generation in this country gets the responsibility of being the ambassadors for this American democracy that our parents and grandparents fought, bled, and died for.”

― Sheldon Whitehouse

“We would like the rest of the world to look up to American democracy. So when there is this kind of folly taking place, it makes it difficult for other rational nations to look up to American democracy.”

― Sheldon Whitehouse

“I suspect that a lot of the frustration people feel about government would feel a lot better if we had corporate influence out of our politics and were running a democracy like the founding fathers intended.”

― Sheldon Whitehouse

“I welcome nonviolent protests as an exercise of our great democracy.”

― Shervin Pishevar

“But our energy woes are in many ways the result of classic market failures that can only be addressed through collective action, and government is the vehicle for collective action in a democracy.”

― Sherwood Boehlert

“We will not fail your expectations of us as a new nation dedicated to peace, democracy, and freedom.”

― Shigeru Yoshida

“Television has made dictatorship impossible but democracy unbearable.”

― Shimon Peres

“Japan and Australia share the universal values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental human rights.”

― Shinzo Abe

“I swear I will do everything in my power to change the situation in Tibet where human rights are being suppressed. Tibet seeks freedom and democracy and we agree on those values.”

― Shinzo Abe

“Democracy doesn’t recognize east or west; democracy is simply people’s will. Therefore, I do not acknowledge that there are various models of democracy; there is just democracy itself.”

― Shirin Ebadi

“The younger generation is essentially idealistic. This applies to the Iranian youth as well. In addition, the youth in Iran face certain difficulties… the Iranian youth need more freedom. They are struggling for more freedom and democracy. This commands great respect.”

― Shirin Ebadi

“The international community can’t trust such a government. If the government of Iran wants the international community to believe in what it says, it should try to bring true, pure democracy into the country. The political solution to the energy issue or the nuclear case is democracy in Iran.”

― Shirin Ebadi

“There is nothing negative about a group of people crying out for democracy – and if my voice counts, I will be vocal.”

― Shirin Neshat

“Our representative democracy is not working because the Congress that is supposed to represent the voters does not respond to their needs. I believe the chief reason for this is that it is ruled by a small group of old men.”

― Shirley Chisholm

“I think that if the Postal Service dies, it will be the end of democracy as we know it.”

― Shiva Ayyadurai

“Human beings do want peace, stability and harmony and that comes through democracy.”

― Shiva Ayyadurai

“Communism seemed to be an ideal experiment in trying to achieve a state where all persons have greater democracy. I might add, like other persons here and elsewhere, I found myself concerned with the problem of increasing need for greater economic and political democracy for greater numbers of people.”

― Sidney Buchman

“If the condition of Government stands still, it just makes no sense and must die, so, therefore, the improvement within that democracy must be the greater and greater equalization of rights and opportunities to the people as those people grow up.”

― Sidney Buchman

“The new social question is: democracy or the rule of the financial markets. We are currently witnessing the end of an era. The neoliberal ideology has failed worldwide. The U.S. movement Occupy Wall Street is a good example of this.”

― Sigmar Gabriel

“It’s not a democracy here, it’s the Middle East.”

― Silvan Shalom

“I was never convinced that war was the best system to bring democracy to the country.”

― Silvio Berlusconi

“People who want to understand democracy should spend less time in the library with Aristotle and more time on the buses and in the subway.”

― Simeon Strunsky

“However, it was the great 18th century social philosophers John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau who brought the concept of a social contract between citizens and governments sharply into political thinking, paving the way for popular democracy and constitutional republicanism.”

― Simon Mainwaring

“Everyone living under the social contract we call democracy has a duty to act responsibly, to obey the laws, and to abandon certain types of self-interested behaviors that conflict with the general good.”

― Simon Mainwaring

“Trump wants to be the first American tsar. With his hero worship of Putin, his admiration for the apparent omnipotence of the Kremlin, schoolboyish crush on Putin’s gangster swagger and his contempt for democracy, Trump wants to rule with his family, taking decisions purely because he’s right about everything like a tsar.”

― Simon Sebag Montefiore

“No one can take away the experience of Yeltsin’s freedoms, but Russian democracy will never follow Western models: other authoritarian ‘controlled democracies’ – Turkey, Taiwan, Mexico – ultimately developed into democracies. But it took decades.”

― Simon Sebag Montefiore

“It was always presumptuous to expect Russia, an ancient nation-state and proud empire of distinct culture with a tradition of autocracy, to become an Anglo-American democracy overnight – just as it is naive to expect it in other parts of the world.”

― Simon Sebag Montefiore

“I think they will never really enjoy true democracy in China.”

― Simon Winchester

“Liberal democracy – as you know, in the old days, we were saying we want socialism with a human face. Today’s left effectively offers global capitalism with a human face, more tolerance, more rights and so on. So the question is, is this enough or not? Here I remain a Marxist: I think not.”

― Slavoj Zizek

“Unlike the Congress, our party believes in democracy and takes a collective decision.”

― Smriti Irani

“In a democratic country like India, eulogising Rahul Gandhi with the title of Yuvraj is an insult to democracy.”

― Smriti Irani

“To say a democracy prospers only if one set of voices is heard would be untrue.”

― Smriti Irani

“If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: ‘Thou shalt not ration justice.’”

― Sophocles

“Where I think historians can help preserve and actually restore democracy is to remind us of how we got it.”

― Stacey Abrams

“From making it harder to register and stay on the rolls to moving and closing polling places to rejecting lawful ballots, we can no longer ignore these threats to democracy.”

― Stacey Abrams

“I fundamentally agree with the critical nature of Israeli democracy, which embraces the core notion of free speech.”

― Stacey Abrams

“Athletes have the same rights everybody else does. If there is a strength in our democracy, it’s that we are encouraged to exercise those rights and speak out and hold people in power in check.”

― Stan Van Gundy

“Peaceful protest is a hallmark of our democracy. It has been in impetus for social change throughout our history.”

― Stan Van Gundy

“As you know from reading many of these Negro writers, we don’t deal too much with the discussion of democracy and what it means and how improvisation fits in all that.”

― Stanley Crouch

“We in universities are not in the democracy business. What we do, when we’re doing it, is teach and learn.”

― Stanley Fish

“To try to turn Iraq into a liberal democracy is absolutely crazy. Islam has no understanding of the separation between church and state because they don’t understand Islam to be a church.”

― Stanley Hauerwas

“Americans assume that we never go to war to sustain our wealth, because war must be understood as a moral enterprise commensurate with our being a democracy.”

― Stanley Hauerwas

“For us to become a nation, everyone – including Arabs, Druze, ultra-Orthodox and new immigrants – must feel that they belong. Their success is extremely important to us. If they succeed, they will come to understand the advantages of democracy and freedom.”

― Stef Wertheimer

“For me, true and authentic democracy occurs when the privileged groups assist the unprivileged groups to become more privileged.”

― Stephane Hessel

“Let us not be defeated by the tyranny of the world financial markets that threaten peace and democracy everywhere.”

― Stephane Hessel

“Amnesty International continues to report that extra judicial tortures and murders continue. This is not democracy that we are exporting to Mexico, and this is certainly not what the Mexican workers signed up for.”

― Stephen F. Lynch

“You do not export democracy through the Defense Department or the Defense Secretary. You do it through trade agreements, through the Department of Commerce and favorable agreements with our friends and neighbors across the globe.”

― Stephen F. Lynch

“Let’s remember that the revolution in Tahrir Square was not anti-American, it was not anti-Israeli, it was for democracy and freedom. That’s a good thing.”

― Stephen Hadley

“I think it is very important for any U.S. administration to be clear that America stands on the side of freedom and democracy and respect for individual rights.”

― Stephen Hadley

“During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Latin America moved decisively away from military rule and toward civilian democracy.”

― Stephen Kinzer

“After installing friendly leaders in Iran and Guatemala, the United States lost interest in promoting democracy in either country.”

― Stephen Kinzer

“Only one American has given his life for Iranian democracy. He was a young idealist from Nebraska named Howard Baskerville. In 1907, fresh out of Princeton, Baskerville went to Iran as a schoolteacher. He found himself in the midst of a revolution against tyranny, and was carried away with passion for the democratic cause.”

― Stephen Kinzer

“Turkey and Brazil, though half a world apart geographically, have much in common. Both are large countries that spent long years under military dominance, but have broken with that history and made decisive steps towards full democracy.”

― Stephen Kinzer

“We cannot afford the creeping paralysis that destroys the effective will of democracy – the paralysis carried by hate and rancor, between class and class, person and person, party and party, as plague is carried through the streets of a town.”

― Stephen Vincent Benet

“My objection to the death penalty is based on the idea that this is a democracy, and in a democracy the government is me, and if the government kills somebody then I’m killing somebody.”

― Steve Earle

“I think it’s obvious that democracy is something that is contagious, and it always has been.”

― Steve Earle

“You know, I’m not comfortable with people whose politics are static in a democracy.”

― Steve Earle

“Our Founding Fathers crafted a constitutional Republic for the first time in the history of the world because they were shaping a form of government that would not have the failures of a democracy in it, but had the representation of democracy in it.”

― Steve King

“Our founding fathers made no mistake when they included the right to peaceably assemble among the first tenets of democracy.”

― Steve Scalise

“Democracy is an imperfect way of steering between the violence of anarchy and the violence of tyranny, with the least violence you can get away with.”

― Steven Pinker

“The simple fact is we do not live in a democracy. Certainly not the kind our Founding Fathers intended. We live in a corporate dictatorship represented by, and beholden to, no single human being you can reason with or hold responsible for anything.”

― Steven Van Zandt

“Let’s not pretend we have too much of a democracy here, because we don’t.”

― Steven Van Zandt

“Everything sells. Like integrity. Like democracy. Like truth. Like deeds.”

― Steven Weber

“What’s hard, it seems, is living up to the expectations Democracy imposes upon those who would participate in society.”

― Steven Weber

“The atomic weapons race and the secrecy surrounding it crushed American democracy. It induced us to conduct government according to lies. It distorted justice. It undermined American morality.”

― Stewart Udall

“The Internet was crucial for our success. It is a great thing. It is a big democracy because people can choose what they like.”

― Stjepan Hauser

“I am more convinced than ever that a lively two party system is essential to our democracy.”

― Stockwell Day

“Democracy, as has been said of Christianity, has never really been tried.”

― Stuart Chase

“In real danger sometimes even a democracy can really keep a secret.”

― Stuart Symington

“The world has come around to the view that democracy is essential for full human development. And only education and skill development can make this possible.”

― Subramanian Swamy

“I don’t want to be a dictator, because it is contrary to my own conscience. I am a democrat, but I don’t desire democratic liberalism. On the contrary, I want a guided democracy… I have a conception of my own, which I will put at the disposal of the party leaders if required.”

― Sukarno

“Which, autocracy or democracy, is really better suited to modern China? If we base our judgment upon the intelligence and the ability of the Chinese people, we come to the conclusion that the sovereignty of the people would be far more suitable for us.”

― Sun Yat-sen

“China more than two milleniums ago had already considered the idea of democracy, but at that time she could not put it into operation.”

― Sun Yat-sen

“We know a way now to make use of democracy, and we know how to change the attitude of people towards government, but yet the majority of people are without vision. We who have prevision must lead them and guide them into the right way if we want to escape the confusions of Western democracy and not follow in the tracks of the West.”

― Sun Yat-sen

“I always tell my students: I don’t care which side you’re on. I respect you too much to try to persuade you in 120 minutes a week, much less lure you into pretending that you agree with me. All I want is for you to own this democracy, to see yours, to have a stake in it.”

― Susan Estrich

“Everything has to be done to build some sort of international democracy. We’ve seen only the tiniest beginnings of that.”

― Susan George

“How do we get democracy at the international level? That’s our problem. and it’s essentially the same problem people faced in the 18th Century when they tried to get democracy nationally. Now we need it internationally.”

― Susan George

“I’m an American. We’ve translated democracy and brotherhood and equality into enterprise and opportunity and success – and that’s getting Americanised.”

― Susan Glaspell

“Well, I think by any expectation South Africa has come a tremendously long way. We’ve seen a society that many people thought couldn’t withstand a peaceful transition to democracy without a great deal of violence, in fact, make that transition and do it in relative peace and security.”

― Susan Rice

“Democracy cannot be imagined without Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha, and they cannot be imagined without MPs and MLAs.”

― Sushma Swaraj

“Lukashenko is very much like Trump, because democracy and Trump are incompatible things.”

― Svetlana Alexievich

“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

“I don’t see democracy getting better. I see democracy diminishing. More rules, more legislation. Eventually governments will see everything.”

― Taki Theodoracopulos

“Our constitutional liberties shall not be sacrificed in our search for greater security, for that is what our enemies and all enemies of freedom and democracy hope to achieve.”

― Tammy Baldwin

“The Greek city-states politicised citizen and subject, creating institutions that were way ahead of anything in China or India. The politicians of antiquity exercised a political and military, if not economic, hegemony on the culture as a whole. The idea of democracy was first born and practised here.”

― Tariq Ali

“I think democracy is on the decline in the West. Ruling parties are the same: neo-liberalism at home and wars abroad.”

― Tariq Ali

“Western enthusiasm for democracy stops when those opposed to its policies are elected to office.”

― Tariq Ali

“In the name of the rule of law, democracy and human rights, we cannot accept that the rights of individuals (Arab or Muslim) be trampled upon, or that populations are targeted and discriminated against in the name of the war against terrorism.”

― Tariq Ramadan

“Those religions that are oppressive to women are also against democracy, human rights, and freedom of expression.”

― Taslima Nasrin

“Is America truly a democracy? Has America ever been a democracy with the institution of slavery?”

― Tatyana Ali

“The Democracy is for People Amendment will stop corporations and their front groups from using their profits and dark money donations to influence our elections while reaffirming the right of the American people to elections that are fair and representatives that are accountable.”

― Ted Deutch

“We need to get the corporate money out of the political system and return democracy to the people.”

― Ted Deutch

“We have a constitutional republic, not a democracy.”

― Ted Yoho

“Democracy is like a totalitarian.”

― Ted Yoho

“In a democracy, the one thing that cannot be done is to destroy its trust, its hope, its idealism.”

― Teresa Heinz

“I will protect democracy with my life.”

― Thaksin Shinawatra

“I have to give moral support to my supporters. If I’m not going to fight anymore, that might hurt the feelings of my supporters. They are fighting for democracy. They are fighting for the rule of law.”

― Thaksin Shinawatra

“If you cannot reconcile the difference between the elite that stay behind the scene and the right of the people, that’s going to be forever chaos. It’s time to compromise, to allow more democracy. Those who are stay behind the scenes must hand off and observe the law.”

― Thaksin Shinawatra

“Tolerance is important, especially in a democracy. The ability to have honest conversations, even if you come from a different place, a difference perspective, is fundamentally important.”

― Theo Epstein

“The good news, to relieve all this gloom, is that a democracy is inherently self-correcting. Here, the people are sovereign. Inept political leaders can be replaced. Foolish policies can be changed. Disastrous mistakes can be reversed.”

― Theodore C. Sorensen

“The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of democracy.”

― Theodore White

“It is essential to democracy that the elected representatives of the people make the laws that govern this country – and not the judges.”

― Theresa May

“BDS is not a typical act of political correctness, undertaken by radical academics whose usual prey is the youth of America. This is a worldwide movement designed to destroy the one democracy in the Middle East and the hopes of people who have occupied that land for over three thousand years.”

― Thom Tillis

“American democracy must be a failure because it places the supreme authority in the hands of the poorest and most ignorant part of the society.”

― Thomas Babington Macaulay

“I think that the worst form of naivete can be extreme cynicism. If you think that nobody comes to Washington to do any good whatsoever, that is almost as bad as being starry-eyed and thinking that they are all here to advance democracy.”

― Thomas Mallon

“It is a strange fact that freedom and equality, the two basic ideas of democracy, are to some extent contradictory. Logically considered, freedom and equality are mutually exclusive, just as society and the individual are mutually exclusive.”

― Thomas Mann

“Democracy is timelessly human, and timelessness always implies a certain amount of potential youthfulness.”

― Thomas Mann

“Women waited 144 years before earning suffrage. If a mature, multiparty democracy was so darn easy, everybody would have one.”

― Thomas P.M. Barnett

“We want capitalism and market forces to be the slave of democracy rather than the opposite.”

― Thomas Piketty

“Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.”

― Thurgood Marshall

“I don’t understand why it has to be either – or – either socialism or democracy. Why can’t we combine things to get the best of each system?”

― Tim Allen

“It’s a big and growing problem, the amount of power possessed by Google and Facebook. President Eisenhower said it about the military-industrial complex. They pose a grave threat to our democracy.”

― Tim Sweeney

“Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.”

― Timothy D. Snyder

“The Constitution is worth saving, the rule of law is worth saving, democracy is worth saving, but these things can and will be lost if everyone waits around for someone else.”

― Timothy D. Snyder

“If we don’t have access to facts, we can’t trust each other. Without trust, there’s no law. Without law, there’s no democracy.”

― Timothy D. Snyder

“The aspiring tyrants of today have not forgotten the lesson of 1933: that acts of terror – real or fake, provoked or accidental – can provide the occasion to deal a death blow to democracy.”

― Timothy D. Snyder

“We think about democracy, and that’s the word that Americans love to use, ‘democracy,’ and that’s how we characterize our system. But if democracy just means going to vote, it’s pretty meaningless. Russia has democracy in that sense. Most authoritarian regimes have democracy in that sense.”

― Timothy D. Snyder

“Democracy only has substance if there’s the rule of law. That is, if people believe that the votes are going to be counted, and they are counted. If they believe that there’s a judiciary out there that will make sense of things if there’s some challenge. If there isn’t rule of law, people will be afraid to vote the way they want to vote.”

― Timothy D. Snyder

“A central claim of the Bush administration’s foreign policy is that the spread of democracy in the Middle East is the cure for terrorism.”

― Timothy Garton Ash

“Our democracy depends on a free and independent press. When politicians call reporting they don’t like ‘fake news,’ they undermine trust in our civic organizations for their own political gain.”

― Tina Smith

“If I knew how to operate a DVR, you’d find episodes of ‘The Tavis Smiley Show,’ ‘Democracy Now!’ and lots of stuff from TV Land. What you can find now on my Hulu account are Korean soap operas, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and films from the Criterion collection.”

― T’Keyah Crystal Keymah

“Commerce is a powerful, underestimated form of expression. We use it to cast a vote with every product we buy. It’s a direct expression of democracy. This is why our mission at Shopify is to protect that form of expression and make it better for everyone, not just for those we agree with.”

― Tobias Lutke

“Taiwan is a budding democracy, and the people have participated in multi-party democratic elections since 1996.”

― Todd Akin

“When countries with the worst possible human rights records sit on the UNHRC, seek to deflect attention from their own egregious human rights abuses and attempt to pass judgment on Israel – a country with a vibrant liberal democracy – the credibility of the UNHRC is further undermined, and the United States must not be silent.”

― Todd Young

“We live in a representative democracy, characterized by free and fair elections and peaceful transfers of power. After most elections, roughly half of Americans are thrilled with the results; the other half are profoundly disappointed.”

― Todd Young

“What my parents taught me was that the hallmark of a thriving democracy was an effective and respectful police force.”

― Tom Perez

“American democracy depends on the public’s ability to remain accurately informed on our state of affairs.”

― Tom Steyer

“To say Donald Trump would be a disaster for our country, our democracy, and our future would be doing a grave disservice to the word ‘disaster.’”

― Tom Steyer

“What Bernie Sanders is talking about, which is trying to get back to a more perfect democracy, is something that we support, too. We just think that the idea of… wishing the rules were different and then pretending they were is something which, unfortunately, probably would be disastrous from the standpoint of energy and climate.”

― Tom Steyer

“I’ve always said that climate change is the defining issue of our generation. I’ve set out to hold candidates and elected officials accountable and to push our democracy to truly represent the interests of our kids.”

― Tom Steyer

“It’s not the voting that’s democracy; it’s the counting.”

― Tom Stoppard

“One doesn’t want one’s democracy to behave like a dictatorial or fascistic police. One doesn’t.”

― Tom Stoppard

“American democracy is greater with free speech and open dialogue.”

― Tomi Lahren

“The Western world, the free world, loses what it cherishes most, and that is freedom and liberty we’ve seen for a couple of hundred years in this grand experiment that we call democracy.”

― Tommy Franks

“Anywhere, anytime ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is the same: freedom, not tyranny; democracy, not dictatorship; the rule of law, not the rule of the secret police.”

― Tony Blair

“It’s not up to one individual to decide, ‘I’m going to dictate the outcome of what’s going to happen legislatively.’ That is not a democracy; it’s an atrocity.”

― Tony Cardenas

“Social democracy does not represent an ideal future; it does not even represent the ideal past.”

― Tony Judt

“Because of cyberattacks and fake news, we can already imagine the problem all democratic societies will face in future elections: how to limit lies when they threaten democracy?”

― Toomas Hendrik Ilves

“Democracy is messy, clearly, but it has one key factor, which is an orderly transfer of power.”

― Toomas Hendrik Ilves

“Until defense of democracy in the digital era is taken up by governments collectively, both in NATO and outside the alliance, liberal democracies will remain vulnerable to the cyberthreats of the 21st century.”

― Toomas Hendrik Ilves

“When people understand that they are constantly monitored, they are more conformist – they are less willing to take up controversial positions – and that kind of mass conformity is incompatible with democracy.”

― Trevor Paglen

“In a democracy, the citizens are supposed to have all the power, and the government is supposed to be the means by which the citizens exercise that power. But when you have a surveillance state, the state has all the power, and citizens have very little.”

― Trevor Paglen

“Democracy is not just an election, it is our daily life.”

― Tsai Ing-wen

“Politically, of course, the U.S., despite the flaws in its systems, is still a democracy – we like to associate with democracies. And strategically, the U.S. is a counter-balance to China, a rising China that is not yet a democracy.”

― Tsai Ing-wen

“Democracy literally means the power of people. Democracy is not about politics, it is about the people.”

― Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj

“We know that dismantling old oppressive regimes is a great deal faster and easier than building new flourishing democracies. Chinggis Khaan once said, ‘It was easier to conquer the world on horseback than to dismount and govern.’ True validation of democracy lies less in what we tear down, and more in what we build.”

― Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj

“The constitution is a sacred document in a democracy.”

― Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj

“We should never take democracy for granted. Democracy can emerge and develop, but it can also decay.”

― Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj

“From my quarter-a-century experience as a fighter for democracy, there is never a final victory for democracy. It is always a struggle in every generation, and you have to take up the course of time and time again.”

― Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj

“If we want to preserve the foundation of our democracy, it’s vital that we find common ground that allows us to work for the greater good of this nation. This does not mean giving up our values. This does not mean swallowing a bitter compromise.”

― Tulsi Gabbard

“I’m a pessimist about the euro, but not about Europe. So the southern periphery, Spain, Italy, Greece, leave – Italy might be the first to go – and the rest stay. That will work just fine. But unless they want to give up democracy, I don’t see greater fiscal union as the answer.”

― Tyler Cowen

“In a democracy, you need to have a strong judicial system. You need freedom of speech, you need art, and you need a free press.”

― Tzipi Livni

“Democracy is not only the right to vote, it is also about not resorting to violence in order to reach political goals and respecting agreements signed by former governments.”

― Tzipi Livni

“I believe that democracy is about values before it is about voting. These values must be nurtured within society and integrated into the electoral process itself.”

― Tzipi Livni

“We are fighting to keep Israel a democracy – not just in terms of its electoral system but also in terms of its values.”

― Tzipi Livni

“Mr. Obama’s call to support genuine democracy has implications for the kinds of elections the international community promotes and endorses.”

― Tzipi Livni

“Nonetheless, we continue to be obsessed with finding or inventing a European nation which, as in the nation state, guarantees homogeneity and thus an appropriate form of democracy and centralized government.”

― Ulrich Beck

“The first lesson of politics or, at least, democracy is that it is a government by the people and for the people, isn’t it? What makes the person a big leader or a big name is only what the person has done for the people.”

― Urmila Matondkar

“Those of us who lived under communism for most of our lives were looking toward the Western world because of its values, emphasis on democracy, individual liberties and freedom, and economic prosperity.”

― Vaclav Klaus

“I live in Europe and care about democracy and sovereignty of nation states there.”

― Vaclav Klaus

“It’s a big, complicated democracy, and one of the strengths of our country is… its rich diversity.”

― Valerie Jarrett

“Our democracy… is only as good as the American people demand it should be.”

― Valerie Jarrett

“If Russia did interfere in our election – and, by most accounts, they did – then it is imperative for the health of our democracy to have a thorough and unbiased investigation into the matter.”

― Valerie Plame

“I think it’s the height of patriotism to continue to exercise your right as a citizen and to hold your government to account. Isn’t that what the very essence of democracy is about?”

― Valerie Plame

“Joe and I are still very aware of the fact that we live in a country where he criticised the government and lived another day. That trumps all. To paraphrase Churchill, democracy is the worst form of government apart from all the other forms of government. You constantly have to fight for it; you have to keep your government honest.”

― Valerie Plame

“Only together do Europe and the U.S. stand a chance of keeping liberal democracy as the central doctrine for organizing world affairs.”

― Victor Ponta

“Hungary is against the export of democracy and opposes migration.”

― Viktor Orban

“What is the basic principle of democracy? In the end, it is loyalty to the nation. We Central Europeans know from historical experience that sooner or later, we will lose our freedom if we do not represent the interests of our citizens.”

― Viktor Orban

“We need to thank all of our troops, and particularly those for whom we can never express enough gratitude for they have given their lives so that all of us may be free and that our democracy can be a shining light for the rest of the world.”

― Virgil Goode

“The American flag is the most recognized symbol of freedom and democracy in the world.”

― Virginia Foxx

“Our brave soldiers and support personnel are engaged in a battle as important as any the United States has ever before waged, for the success of democracy in Iraq is a crucial test of the ideals this Nation was founded upon.”

― Virginia Foxx

“Republicans are pushing legislation forward that will improve the effectiveness of and bring more accountability to U.S. foreign assistance around the world and bring democracy even further into the light.”

― Virginia Foxx

“Politics is a dirty game. We have our rules in boxing. In politics, no rules. Especially a young democracy like Ukraine. It’s more like MMA.”

― Vitali Klitschko

“It’s an exciting time in the world – democracy, in all its different shapes, is rolling around to new countries all the time. To have a chance to shape the democracy in my home country is an honor.”

― Vitali Klitschko

“I want to thank the WBC and its president, Don Jose Sulaiman, for the support in our fight for democracy and freedom in Ukraine.”

― Vitali Klitschko

“Ukraine is also successfully moving toward democracy and making progress expanding freedoms and rights to its people. We can help Ukraine achieve these goals and improve its economy by normalizing trade relations.”

― Vito Fossella

“Women fight for democracy and engage in the world. But they shouldn’t try and be copying men and be masculine; they should anchor on the home and build on those fundamentals.”

― Vivienne Westwood

“Democracy is indispensable to socialism.”

― Vladimir Lenin

“Nobody and nothing will stop Russia on the road to strengthening democracy and ensuring human rights and freedoms.”

― Vladimir Putin

“There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy.”

― Vladimir Putin

“Russian democracy is the power of the Russian people with their own traditions of national self-government, and not the realisation of standards foisted on us from outside.”

― Vladimir Putin

“For Russia, there is not and there may not be another political option but democracy. However, Russian democracy is… not at all the realization of standards imposed on us from outside.”

― Vladimir Putin

“Russia does not and cannot have any political choice but democracy. I want to say, and even stress, that we share those universal democratic principles taken around the whole world.”

― Vladimir Putin

“Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan, ‘You’re either with us or against us.’”

― Vladimir Putin

“The Russian people have unilaterally made their choice in direction of democracy in the early ’90s. They will not be led astray. Nobody should be having any doubts.”

― Vladimir Putin

“Jeffersonian democracy, faulty as it is, and only the fragment of it that we have, is a thing of such preciousness, a thing of such value.”

― W. S. Merwin

“Democracy’s got endless problems and faults and dangers, but it’s certain the alternatives are not better.”

― W. S. Merwin

“We have these old fashioned ideas. For instance, here in America, we talk about democracy – but we don’t have a democracy. There are elements of a democracy.”

― Wadada Leo Smith

“I started as an engineer. I migrated to philosophy and international politics. And I did my studies about African – Africa democracy and democratization in Africa, taking Kenya as a model. And then, while I was doing so in 1996 in South Africa, Al Jazeera was established. So they requested me to be an analyst on African affairs.”

― Wadah Khanfar

“The transition from dictatorship to democracy is always very difficult, and if you read a history of any country that went through this, it wasn’t easy. And, you know, you don’t end dictatorship one day and next day you have fully fledged democracy.”

― Wael Ghonim

“I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences.”

― Walt Whitman

“Journalism is what we need to make democracy work.”

― Walter Cronkite

“I think it is absolutely essential in a democracy to have competition in the media, a lot of competition, and we seem to be moving away from that.”

― Walter Cronkite

“I think that the failure of newspaper competition in a community is a very serious handicap to the dissemination of the knowledge that the citizens need to participate in a democracy.”

― Walter Cronkite

“We have overcome some terrible blows to our democracy, to the future of our democracy, to the future of our nation. We survived the Civil War and the strife that tore this nation apart.”

― Walter Cronkite

“What some people argue is that Vietnam stands for the proposition that there’s no role for American power anywhere on earth. I don’t believe that’s the case at all. I think we’re the strongest force for democracy and for stability on earth, and we must have a strong capacity to perform that role.”

― Walter F. Mondale

“Democracy is fatal for the arts; it leads only to chaos or the achievement of new and lower common denominators of quality.”

― Walter Legge

“No amount of charters, direct primaries, or short ballots will make a democracy out of an illiterate people.”

― Walter Lippmann

“The nature of a democracy consists to an important degree in the right of the people to criticize problems and mistakes.”

― Walter Ulbricht

“Too many people expect wonders from democracy, when the most wonderful thing of all is just having it.”

― Walter Winchell

“The stakes are very high for us in Haiti. We have many important interests there. Perhaps the most important to me is our interest in the promotion of democracy in this hemisphere.”

― Warren Christopher

“Socialism, as I understand it, is a system of democracy. Without democracy, there is no socialism.”

― Wen Jiabao

“I believe I and all the Chinese people have such a conviction that China will make continuous progress and the people’s wishes for and needs for democracy and freedom are irresistible.”

― Wen Jiabao

“But if we had to trade with a Europe dominated by the present German trade policies, we might have to change our methods to some totalitarian form. This is a prospect that any lover of democracy must view with consternation.”

― Wendell Willkie

“The defense of our democracy against the forces that threaten it from without has made some of its failures to function at home glaringly apparent.”

― Wendell Willkie

“Persistent inequality costs the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars a year, undermining our global competitiveness, our democracy, and our ideals as a nation.”

― Wendy Kopp

“I think we’re at risk with our democracy. I think we’re dealing with the most closed, imperialistic, nastiest administration in living memory. They even put Richard Nixon to shame.”

― Wesley Clark

“The American public should simply accept no distractions. In our democracy, it is our duty to hold our elected leaders accountable. We do it at the ballot box.”

― Wesley Clark

“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.”

― Will Rogers

“America’s support for human rights and democracy is our noblest export to the world.”

― William Bennett

“Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens.”

― William Beveridge

“Propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship.”

― William Blum

“Words like feminism or democracy scare me. They are words with barnacles on them, and you can’t see what’s underneath.”

― William Collins

“Running a school where the students all succeed, even if some students have to help others to make the grade, is good preparation for democracy.”

― William Glasser

“Americans cannot teach democracy to the world until they restore their own.”

― William Greider

“Nevertheless, I resist cynicism and continue to believe in the possibilities for genuine democracy.”

― William Greider

“As the world’s finest democracy, we do not do guillotines. But there are other less bloody rituals of humiliation, designed to reassure the populace that order is restored, the Republic cleansed.”

― William Greider

“We must challenge this statement and this sentiment that the news media is the enemy of the American people. This sentiment may be the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime.”

― William H. McRaven

“There is nothing more important to a democracy than an active and engaged press.”

― William H. McRaven

“We are not directly involved in Syria. But we will be working with our partners in the European Union and at the United Nations to see if we can persuade the Syrian authorities to go, as I say, more in that direction of respect for democracy and human rights.”

― William Hague

“Democracy is only an experiment in government, and it has the obvious disadvantage of merely counting votes instead of weighing them.”

― William Inge

“Our democracy must be not only the envy of the world but the engine of our own renewal. There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.”

― William J. Clinton

“American and Israel share a special bond. Our relationship is unique among all nations. Like America, Israel is a strong democracy, a symbol of freedom, and an oasis of liberty, a home to the oppressed and persecuted.”

― William J. Clinton

“Until the control of the issue of currency and credit is restored to government and recognized as its most conspicuous and sacred responsibility, all talks of the sovereignty of Parliament and of democracy is idle and futile.”

― William Lyon Mackenzie King

“My primary motivation for running for the 9th Congressional District is that I strongly believe that one of the hallmarks of the American democracy is a representative form of democracy.”

― Willie Herenton

“One of the main reasons I came back to Mexico is because I’ve found freedom and democracy here, something I never found in the United States.”

― Willie Wells

“We don’t have to accept an economy that doesn’t work just because some people have got rich in the status quo. That is not democracy.”

― Winnie Byanyima

“Democracy in Myanmar cannot be achieved with discrimination and gross violations of human rights.”

― Winnie Byanyima

“We are launching a campaign called Wind, Not War, which is about the alternatives to a fossil-fuels-based economy and looking at wind, an alternative energy, as key to that in terms of issues of global climate change as well as issues of democracy.”

― Winona LaDuke

“If you’re going to spend most of your time in your democracy figuring out how to get oil by intervening into other people’s countries and insuring that you follow it with military might, we think there’s an alternative. Which would be renewable energy.”

― Winona LaDuke

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

― Winston Churchill

“Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.”

― Winston Churchill

“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”

― Winston Churchill

“Some African leaders actually dare to suggest that democracy is a concept alien to traditional African society. This is one of the most impudent political blasphemies I can think of.”

― Wole Soyinka

“The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.”

― Woodrow Wilson

“The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty.”

― Woodrow Wilson

“Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles.”

― Woodrow Wilson

“My own ideals for the university are those of a genuine democracy and serious scholarship. These two, indeed, seem to go together.”

― Woodrow Wilson

“The government may change faces from time to time, but it’s not like we fight wars for democracy – we fight wars for capitalism and for oil.”

― Woody Harrelson

“We always hear about the rights of democracy, but the major responsibility of it is participation.”

― Wynton Marsalis

“I have absolutely no idea what my generation did to enrich our democracy. We dropped the ball. We entered a period of complacency and closed our eyes to the public corruption of our democracy.”

― Wynton Marsalis

“It’s important to address young people in the reopening of New Orleans. In rebuilding, let’s revisit the potential of American democracy and American glory.”

― Wynton Marsalis

“There’s so much spirit of integration and democracy in jazz.”

― Wynton Marsalis

“Anybody who respects democracy has to keep in mind that never in this country was a separate state carved out without a resolution being passed in the assembly.”

― Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

“Arab society features apartheid of women, apartheid of homosexuals, and apartheid of Christians, Jews, and democracy.”

― Yair Lapid

“Even in an enlightened democracy, the media have to check themselves to make sure they are not contributing to an unnecessary mass hysteria.”

― Yair Lapid

“The Arabs are looking forward to developing their region, which the long years of war had prevented from finding its true place in today’s world, in an atmosphere of democracy, pluralism, and prosperity.”

― Yasser Arafat

“Winning and losing have their significance in a democracy. But there should be no arrogance in victory, nor should there be any despondency in defeat.”

― Yogi Adityanath

“The BJP has decided that politics is for values and ideals, and for this, an age limit has been decided. I think that for democracy and for political parties, this is a good indicator. It will be good if all the political parties adhere to this, thereby strengthening India’s democracy.”

― Yogi Adityanath

“In a democracy, there should be representation from every field.”

― Yogi Adityanath

“In a democracy, everyone has a right to put forward one’s views. But people resorting to violent demonstrations in the name of Dalits are bound to be exposed.”

― Yogi Adityanath

“Democracy or politics done without values and ideals is dangerous for the country.”

― Yogi Adityanath

“Senegal needs to free itself, to rediscover its democracy.”

― Youssou N’Dour

“Ukraine is a vital link for Europe: our energy transportation networks; our location between the European Union and Eurasia. We’re the melting pot of Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity. The democracy we founded with the Orange Revolution has to be an example for other post-Soviet states.”

― Yulia Tymoshenko

“How do you cause people to believe in an imagined order such as Christianity, democracy, or capitalism? First, you never admit that the order is imagined.”

― Yuval Noah Harari

“War on terrorism defines the central preoccupation of the United States in the world today, and it does reflect in my view a rather narrow and extremist vision of foreign policy of the world’s first superpower, of a great democracy, with genuinely idealistic traditions.”

― Zbigniew Brzezinski

“I draw a very clear distinction between populism and democracy.”

― Zbigniew Brzezinski

“We can’t have an intelligent foreign policy unless we have an intelligent public, because we’re a democracy.”

― Zbigniew Brzezinski

“Because America is a democracy, public support for presidential foreign-policy decisions is essential.”

― Zbigniew Brzezinski

“War on terrorism reflects, in my view, a rather narrow and extremist vision of foreign policy for a superpower and for a great democracy with genuinely idealistic traditions.”

― Zbigniew Brzezinski

“Democrats should insist that a pluralistic democracy such as ours rely on bipartisanship in formulating a foreign policy based on moderation and the nuances of the human condition.”

― Zbigniew Brzezinski
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