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Ambrose BierceDemocracy is four wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

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Jean BaudrillardDemocracy is the menopause of Western society, the Grand Climacteric of the body social. Fascism is its middle-aged lust.

—  Jean Baudrillard, 1929-2007, French intellectual

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Mignon McLaughlinWhen threatened, the first thing a democracy gives up is democracy.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

ThucydidesIn a democracy, someone who fails to get elected to office can always console himself with the thought that there was something not quite fair about it.

—  Thucydides, 460-394 BC, Ancient Greek historian

George Bernard ShawThe minority is sometimes right; the majority always wrong.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

H.L. MenckenDemocracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey-cage.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

NapoleonAristocracy is the spirit of the Old Testament, democracy of the New.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

NapoleonJesus Christ was the greatest republican.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Winston ChurchillDemocracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Winston ChurchillThe best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

H.L. MenckenDemocracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

H.L. MenckenDemocracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

H.L. MenckenDemocracy is the worship of jackals by jackasses.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

H.L. MenckenUnder democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Mark TwainIf voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Abraham LincolnAs I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.

—  Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, American President

Abraham LincolnThe ballot is stronger than the bullet.

—  Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, American President

John KennedyDemocracy may not be perfect, but at least I don't have to build a wall to keep my people in.

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

Lord ActonThe one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority.

—  Lord Acton, 1834-1902, English historian

Karl KrausDemocracy divides people into workers and loafers. It makes no provision for those who have no time to work.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Adolf HitlerThere is a better chance of seeing a camel pass through the eye of a needle than of seeing a really great man 'discovered' through an election.

—  Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945, German dictator

Harry TrumanIt's not the hand that signs the laws that holds the destiny of America. It's the hand that casts the ballot.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Calvin CoolidgeDemocracy is not a tearing down; it is a building up. It does not denial of the divine right of kings; it asserts the divine right of all men.

—  Calvin Coolidge, 1872-1933, American President [1923-1929]

Charles DarwinA republic cannot succeed, till it contains a certain body of men imbued with the principles of justice and honour.

—  Charles Darwin, 1809-1882, British scientist

Vladimir LeninDemocracy for an insignificant minority, democracy for the rich — that is the democracy of capitalist society.

—  Vladimir Lenin, 1870-1924, Soviet revolutionary & leader

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

—  Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]

George Bernard ShawDemocracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Jean Jacques RousseauIn the strict sense of the term, a true democracy has never existed, and never will exist. It is against natural order that the great number should govern and that the few should be governed.

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, Swiss-French philosopher


Funny Quotes

Ambrose BierceVote, v. The instrument and symbol of a freeman's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer


Stupid Quotes

George W. BushA low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls

—  George W. Bush, 1946-, American President

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Ancient Greek

Bias of PrieneThe best democracy is where everybody is afraid of the law like a tyrant.

Κρατίστην είναι δημοκρατίαν εν ή πάντες ως τύραννον φοβούνται τον νόμον.

—  Bias of Priene, 625-540 BC, Greek philosopher, one of the 7 sages of Ancient Greece

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Movie Quotes

The Third Man (1949)In Switzerland, they had brotherly love. And in 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.

—  from the film The Third Man (1949)

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