- The cure for the ills of Democracy is more Democracy.
Democracy and Social Ethics (1902) 1860–1935 American social worker:
- Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, Vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit.
And those people should not be listened to who keep saying the voice of the people is the voice of God, since the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness.
c.735–804 English scholar and theologian: letter 164 in Works (1863) vol. 1
- The basis of a democratic state is liberty.
bc Greek philosopher: Politics bk. 6, 1317b 384–322
- Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking. 1883–1967 British Labour statesman, Prime Minister 1945–51: speech at Oxford, 14 June 1957
- Democracy is the best revenge.
Washington Post 11 June 1989, and quoted by her son Bilawal after her assassination 1953–2007 Pakistani stateswoman: attributed, in
- Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
Lost Rights (1994) 1956– American writer:
- No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. 1874–1965 British Conservative statesman, Prime Minister 1940–5, 1951–5: speech in the House of Commons, 11 November 1947
- So Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism. Two cheers are quite enough: there is no occasion to give three. Only Love the Beloved Republic deserves that.
Two Cheers for Democracy (1951) ‘What I Believe’; see Swinburne 1879–1970 English novelist:
- No, Democracy is not identical with majority rule. Democracy is a State which recognizes the subjection of the minority to the majority, that is, an organization for the systematic use of force by one class against the other, by one part of the population against another.
State and Revolution (1919) 1870–1924 Russian revolutionary:
- Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal…we here highly resolve that the dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Collected Works… (1953) vol. 7 1809–65 American statesman, 16th President 1861–5: address at the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg, 19 November 1863, as reported the following day, in R. P. Basler (ed.)
- Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
A Little Book in C major (1916) 1880–1956 American journalist and literary critic:
- Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
Children of Light and Children of Darkness (1944) foreword 1892–1971 American theologian:
- The basis of democracy is the willingness to assume well about other people.
New York Review of Books 5 November 2015, posted online 12 October 2015 1943– American novelist: in
- I never could believe that Providence had sent a few men into the world, ready booted and spurred to ride, and millions ready saddled and bridled to be ridden.
c.1622–85 English republican conspirator: on the scaffold; T. B. Macaulay History of England vol. 1 (1849) ch. 1
- Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
Man and Superman (1903) ‘Maxims: Democracy’ 1856–1950 Irish dramatist:
- It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting.
Jumpers (1972) act 1; see Somoza, Stalin 1937– British dramatist:
- The world must be made safe for democracy. 1856–1924 American Democratic statesman, 28th President 1913–21: speech to Congress, 2 April 1917