Democracy Quotes

Saul Alinsky on the Spirit of Democracy

The spirit of democracy is the idea of importance and worth in the individual, and faith in the kind of world where the individual can achieve as much of his potential as possible. Saul Alinsky

Robert Heinlein on Democracy

Democracy is a poor system of government at best; the only thing that can honestly be said in its favour is that it is eight times as good as any other method the human race has ever tried. Robert Heinlein

C S Lewis on Democracy

Democracy demands that little men should not take big ones too seriously; it dies when it is full of little men who think they are big themselves. C S Lewis

Denis Healey on Democracy and Dictatorship

I sometimes think that the critical difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a dictatorship there are only two people out of every hundred who take a personal interest in politics; in a democracy there are three. Denis Healey

Noam Chomsky on Sham Democracy

Democracy is largely a sham when the industrial system is controlled by any form of autocratic elite, whether of owners, managers, and technocrats, a ‘vanguard’ party, or a State bureaucracy. Noam Chomsky

Plato on Democracy

Democracy, which is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike. Plato

E B White on Democracy

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time. E B White

Gore Vidal on American Democracy

We should stop going around babbling about how we’re the greatest democracy on earth, when we’re not even a democracy. We are a sort of militarised republic. Gore Vidal

Corazon Aquino on Ousting Dictators

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

De Tocqueville on Equality

Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude. Alexis de Tocqueville