83 Best Quotes about Democracy

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The better the information it has, the better democracy works. Silence and secrecy are never good for it. - Kate Adie, Journalist

We learned in World War II that no single nation holds a monopoly on wisdom, morality or right to power, but that we must fight for the weak and promote democracy. - Joe Baca, Politician

Wisdom Quotes, Power Quotes, War Quotes

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, Politician

Freedom Quotes, Great Quotes, Hope Quotes, Sacrifice Quotes, Enemies Quotes, Security Quotes

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


Taiwan is a budding democracy, and the people have participated in multi-party democratic elections since 1996. - Todd Akin , Politician

Elections Quotes

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 , Comedian

I believe in trade unionism, and I believe in democracy, in democratic trade unionism. - Richard Attenborough, Actor

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

Age Quotes, Maturity Quotes

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 , Author

Aim Quotes

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. - Winston Churchill, Statesman

As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. - Abraham Lincoln, American President

I sow; my successor reaps. This is the majesty of democracy. - Gloria Macapagal Arroyo , Statesman

Success Quotes

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 , Dutch Politician

Life Quotes

Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. - Ronald Reagan, President

God Quotes

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, Statesman

Civilization Quotes

Islam and democracy can function together. - Ali Babacan, Turkish Politician

The Philippines and the U.S. have had a strong relationship with each other for a very long time now. We have a shared history. We have shared values, democracy, freedom, and we have been in all the wars together in modern history, the World War, Second World War, Cold War, Vietnam, Korea, now the war on terrorism. - Gloria Macapagal Arroyo , Statesman

Freedom Quotes, Time Quotes, Values Quotes, History Quotes, War Quotes

Advertising is the very essence of democracy. - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Philosopher

Advertising Quotes

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, Leader

Truth Quotes, Science Quotes

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, Economist

Decision Quotes, Understanding Quotes

I think that the future belongs to democracy, but not to capitalism, because they are opposite camps. - Ricardo Alarcon , Politician

Capitalism Quotes, Future Quotes

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, American Businessman

Innovation Quotes, Wonder Quotes, Capitalism Quotes, Power Quotes

Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in its veins. - Edward Kennedy

Life Quotes, Integrity Quotes

Turkey shares Europe's fundamental values of democracy and the rule of law. - Ali Babacan, Turkish Politician

Values Quotes

A functioning, robust democracy requires a healthy educated, participatory followership, and an educated, morally grounded leadership. - Chinua Achebe, Writer

Health Quotes, Leadership Quotes

Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking. - Clement Attlee, Leader

Western-style multi-party democracy is possible but not suitable for Africa. - George Ayittey, Economist

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. - Winston Churchill, Statesman

Argument Quotes

Class struggle: external peace, international solidarity, peace among peoples. This is the sacred slogan of international socialist democracy that liberates nations. - Karl Liebknecht

Sacred Quotes, Solidarity Quotes

Democracy opens new vistas and opportunities. We should use the opportunities it offers to correct past mistakes not to blunder anew. - Ibrahim Babangida, Statesman

Mistakes Quotes

If every inhabitant of a liberal democracy believes in liberal democracy, then it doesn't matter what creed or colour they are. - Martin Amis, Author

Habit Quotes, Creed Quotes

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, Writer

Fundamentalists are not friends of democracy. And that includes your fundamentalists in the United States. - Karen Armstrong , Writer

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, Author

Clever Quotes

Informed by our sad experience of history, we require nothing short of a foundation for lasting democracy. - Ibrahim Babangida, Statesman

Experience Quotes, History Quotes

Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve. - George Bernard Shaw

Vice Quotes

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 , Politician

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. - George Bernard Shaw

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. - George Bernard Shaw

Most people associate reading with laying on the beach. They don't see that it's crucial for a democracy! - David Baldacci, Novelist

The return of democracy in our land has indeed thrown the problems of development into bolder relief. - Ibrahim Babangida, Statesman

Problems Quotes

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, Politician

Life Quotes, Belief Quotes

The release of 'Chinese Democracy' marks a historic moment in rock n' roll. - Irving Azoff, Businessman

It is beneficial for Turkish democracy that not all religious conservatives are united under one banner. - Mustafa Akyol , Writer

Religious Quotes

We've got to understand that the whole nature of the way American democracy guards its freedom has been changed. - John Ashcroft , Public Servant

American Quotes, Change Quotes, Freedom Quotes, Nature Quotes

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 , Statesman

Education Quotes, Freedom Quotes, Power Quotes

Americans, the eyes of the world are upon you. How can you expect the world to believe in you and respect your preaching of democracy when you yourself treat your colored brothers as you do? - Josephine Baker, Dancer

American Quotes, Respect Quotes

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 , Journalist

American Quotes, Change Quotes, Freedom Quotes, Birth Quotes, Future Quotes, Human Rights Quotes, Mind Quotes

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 , Writer

If information and knowledge are central to democracy, they are conditions for development. - Kofi Annan , Statesman

Knowledge Quotes

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 , Writer

11 Top quotes about Democracy by 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

Action Quotes

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

Time Quotes, Faith Quotes

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

Circumstances Quotes, Concentration Quotes, Power Quotes, War Quotes

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

Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state. - Noam Chomsky

The U.S. and its allies will do anything they can to prevent authentic democracy in the Arab world. - Noam Chomsky

The very design of neoliberal principles is a direct attack on democracy. - 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

Freedom Quotes, Ideals Quotes

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

Truth Quotes, History Quotes, Lying Quotes

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

Hope Quotes, Elections Quotes, Money Quotes, Politics Quotes

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

American Quotes, War Quotes

4 Famous quotes about Democracy by 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, Politician

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, Politician

Women Quotes

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, Politician

Health Quotes, History Quotes, Relationship Quotes

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, Politician

Great Quotes, Justice Quotes, Poverty Quotes

4 Popular quotes about Democracy by Madeleine Albright

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 , Statesman

Freedom Quotes, Poverty Quotes

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 , Statesman

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 , Statesman

Love Quotes, Parents Quotes

My parents were of the generation who thought they were the children of a free Czechoslovakia, the only democracy in central Europe. - Madeleine Albright , Statesman

Children Quotes, Parents Quotes, Thought Quotes

4 Amazing quotes about Democracy by Irving Babbitt

Democracy is now going forth on a crusade against imperialism. - Irving Babbitt, Critic

If a man went simply by what he saw, he might be tempted to affirm that the essence of democracy is melodrama. - Irving Babbitt, Critic

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, Critic

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, Critic

Practice Quotes, Feeling Quotes

6 Awesome quotes about Democracy by 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, Lawyer

American Quotes, Aim Quotes, Extremism Quotes, Influence Quotes, Power Quotes

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, Lawyer

Compromise Quotes

The Fayyad cabinet may well be the best the Palestinians ever get. But whatever its good qualities, there is no democracy. - Elliott Abrams, Lawyer

During most of the Bush administration, human rights and democracy in Egypt were on the front burner. - Elliott Abrams, Lawyer

Human Rights Quotes

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, Lawyer

Reform Quotes

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, Lawyer

Ability Quotes, War Quotes

4 Best quotes about Democracy by Corazon Aquino

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 , Statesman

Action Quotes, Decision Quotes, Freedom Quotes

It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship. - Corazon Aquino , Statesman

Freedom Quotes, Power Quotes

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 , Statesman

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 , Statesman

Work Quotes