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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

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

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


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


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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