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Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
– George Bernard Shaw
Democracy is a form of government in which it is permitted to wonder aloud what the country could do under first-class management.
– Senator Soaper
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 Schumpeter
Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.
– Laurence J. Peter
Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
– Harry Emerson Fosdick
Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
– Robert Byrne
Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse.
– Jawaharlal Nehru
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
Democracy is not a fragile flower still it needs cultivating.
– Ronald Reagan
Democracy is not meant to be efficient, it is meant to be fair.
– Mario Cuomo
Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.
– H. L. Mencken
Democracy is the bludgeoning of the people, by the people, for the people.
– Oscar Wilde
Democracy is the name we give the people whenever we need them.
– Marquis de Flers Robert
Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time.
– E. B. White
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 the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
– H. L. Mencken
Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
– Winston Churchill
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!
– Benjamin Franklin, 1759
Democracy is, first and foremost, a spiritual force, it is built upon a spiritual basis - and on a belief in God and an observance of moral principle. And in the long run only the church can provide that basis. Our founder knew this truth - and we will neglect it at our peril.
– President Harry Truman, Public Papers of the President of the United States: Harry S. Truman - 1951 U.S. Gov. 1966 p1063
Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
– Clement Atlee
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
– Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Democracy means not 'I am as good as you are' but 'You are as good as I am.'
– Theodore Parker
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
– Oscar Wilde
Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn't grow up can be vice president.
– Johnny Carson
Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
– James Bovard

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