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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
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Democracy is not a fragile flower still it needs cultivating.
– Ronald Reagan
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Democracy is not meant to be efficient, it is meant to be fair.
– Mario Cuomo
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Democracy is not something we have, it's something we do.
– Doris "Granny D" Haddock
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Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.
– H. L. Mencken
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Democracy is the bludgeoning of the people, by the people, for the people.
– Oscar Wilde
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Democracy is the name we give the people whenever we need them.
– Marquis de Flers Robert
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Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time.
– E. B. White
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Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.
– H.L. Mencken
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Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
– H. L. Mencken
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Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
– Winston Churchill
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Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!
– Benjamin Franklin, 1759
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Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
– Clement Atlee
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Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
– Gilbert Keith Chesterton
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Democracy means not 'I am as good as you are' but 'You are as good as I am.'
– Theodore Parker
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Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
– Oscar Wilde
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Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn't grow up can be vice president.
– Johnny Carson
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Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
– James Bovard
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Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
– Samuel Adams
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Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
– George Bernard Shaw
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Democracy works. Against us.
– Jon Stewart, The Daily Show: Referring to the victory of George W. Bush in the 2004 election.
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Democracy! Bah! When I hear that word I reach for my feather Boa!
– Allen Ginsberg
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Democracy: The substitution of election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
– George Bernard Shaw
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Democracy: The worship of jackals by jackasses.
– H. L. Mencken
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Democratic societies are unfit for the publication of such thunderous revelations as I am in the habit of making.
– Salvador Dalí
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