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Motivational Democracies Quotes

May these quotes about Democracies inspire and motivate you.

The way people in democracies think of the government
as something different from themselves is a real handicap.
And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.
- Lewis Mumford

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I hate war...
for the dictatorships it puts in the place of democracies,
and for the starvation that stalks after it.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

All of my novels are democracies.
- Amos Oz

To balance China, the democracies will need new friends -
and India with its fast-growing economy,
youthful population, and democratic politics seems the obvious candidate.
- David Frum


 

Asia's governments come in two broad varieties:
young,
fragile democracies - and older, fragile authoritarian regimes.
- Paul Samuelson

The tendency of democracies is, in all things,
to mediocrity.
- James F. Cooper

Democracies are poor breeding grounds for terrorism and war.
- Adam Schiff


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The fight against terror is a common imperative for
democracies and must become so for all nations.
- Lionel Jospin

There is one safeguard known generally to the wise,
which is an advantage and security to all,
but especially to democracies as against despots -
suspicion.
- Demosthenes

We have to implant democracies where there are now dictatorships.
- Tom Tancredo

America is an outlier in the world of democracies when
it comes to the structure and conduct of elections.
- Thomas E. Mann

The genius of democracies is seen not only in the great
number of new words introduced but even more in the new ideas they express.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

I would like to see capital punishment suppressed in all democracies.
- Lionel Jospin

As in Athens, the right to participate was restricted to men,
just as it was also in all later democracies and republics
until the twentieth century.
- Robert A. Dahl

Democracies, unlike dictatorships, are forgiving and generous,
but they cannot survive unless they fight.
- Jalal Talabani

Democracies are indeed slow to make war,
but once embarked upon a martial venture are equally
slow to make peace and reluctant to make a tolerable,
rather than a vindictive, peace.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

Republics decline into democracies and democracies
degenerate into despotisms.
- Aristotle

Iraq is just a symbol of the attitude of western democracies
to the rest of the world.
- Harold Pinter

Half a world away nations that once lived under oppression
and tyranny are now budding democracies due in large
part to America 's leadership and the sacrifices of our military.
- Bob Riley

Only two countries in this hemisphere are not democratic,
but many countries in both Central and South America,
and in the Caribbean, are really fragile democracies.
- Warren Christopher

Inflation is the senility of democracies.
- Sylvia T. Warner

It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law.
This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny.
- James F. Cooper

Democracies must have equilibrium...
and the entanglement of politics and information must be minimized.
- Romano Prodi

The United States is unusual among the industrial democracies
in the rigidity of the system of ideological control -
"indoctrination," we might say -
exercised through the mass media.
- Noam Chomsky

The growing tide of anti-Semitism shocks the conscious
of everyone who values freedom,
and the ugly, hateful acts particularly stain the character
of democracies where liberty and religious freedom
are supposed to be respected.
- Mike Ferguson

We can be proud of our record as an international beacon of liberty.
From fostering democracies in Eastern Europe to the
stabilization of Iraq and Afghanistan,
we have been true to that calling and helped spread
freedom to oppressed peoples everywhere.
- Kay Bailey Hutchison

The problem with the United Nations is that while democracy
within nations is the best available form of government,
democracy among nations can be a moral disaster -
especially if some nations are not democracies.
- Jonah Goldberg

Why should the Negroes ever fight against the only
nations of the world where racial discrimination is prohibited,
and where the people can live freely? Never!
I can assure you, they will never fight against either
the Soviet Union or the peoples' democracies.
- Paul Robeson

And it was under Wilson that the first great propaganda
slogan was coined and emblazoned everywhere,
to make Americans start thinking favorably of democracies
and forget that we had a republic.
- Robert Welch

The purpose cannot be creating self-styled democracies,
but rather encouraging steps that are conducive to
establishing democratic rule at universal standards.
Obviously, this would be a formidable journey.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The three main sources of scepticism are first,
that not every people desires freedom;
second,
that democracy in certain parts of the world would be dangerous;
and third,
that there is little the world's democracies can do
to advance freedom outside their countries.
- Natan Sharansky

Acts of anti-Semitism in countries throughout the world,
including some of the world's strongest democracies,
have increased significantly in frequency and scope
over the last several years.
- Tim Holden

As I understand I took most so-called democratic states
about 200 years on average to build their democracies.
That is why, when we go to sleep under totalitarian
rule and wake up in a democracy,
it makes me laugh.
- Aleksandr Lebed

In the past week it has become clear that the vote
on the final healthcare bill will be very close.
I take this vote with the utmost seriousness.
I am quite aware of the historic fight that has lasted
the better part of the last century to bring America
in line with other modern democracies in providing
single payer health care.
- Dennis Kucinich

In view of China's growing military strength and intentions,
the best way to safeguard Asia's permanent peace and
prosperity is to have all Asian countries join forces
with other democratic countries in the world to form
a global community of democracies.
- Jim Costa

I do not believe that the values which the Western
democracies consider essential to civilization can
survive in a world rent by the international anarchy
of nationalism and the economic anarchy of competitive enterprise.
- Arthur Henderson

In emerging democracies like Russia,
in authoritarian states like Iran or even Yugoslavia,
journalists play a vital role in civil society.
In fact, they form the very basis of those new democracies and civil societies.
- Christiane Amanpour

When we talk about democracy, if the people's
stomach is empty, democracy is also empty.
Democracy can not be installed by fiat;
it must be achieved by the people themselves.
- Jimmy Yen

Information is the currency of democracy.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
- John F. Kennedy

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people
by the people for the people.
- Oscar Wilde

The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing
to be adjusted by abolition of forms.
It requires change of heart.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule,
where fifty-one percent of the people
may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.
- attributed to Thomas Jefferson

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

When the body of the people is possessed of the supreme power,
it is called a democracy.
- Charles de Secondat

Every government is a parliament of whores.
The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.
- P. J. O'Rourke

America and Israel share a special bond.
Our relationship is unique among all nations.
Like America, Israel is a strong democracy,
a symbol of freedom, and an oasis of liberty,
a home to the oppressed and persecuted.
- William J. Clinton

Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections
are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
- Gore Vidal

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
- James Russell Lowell

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
- Jorge Luis Borges

I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work.
Of course it doesn't work.
We are supposed to work it.
- Alexander Woollcott

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some,
are chiefly to be found in democracy,
they will be best attained when all persons alike share
in government to the utmost.
- Aristotle

Memorial Day remains one of America's
most cherished patriotic observances.
The spirit of this day has not changed -
it remains a day to honor those who
died defending our freedom and democracy.
- Doc Hastings

The experience of democracy is like
the experience of life itself -
always changing, infinite in its variety,
sometimes turbulent
and all the more valuable
for having been tested by adversity.
- Jimmy Carter

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?
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
- Robert Byrne

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property,
are the rulers.
- Aristotle

A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens,
who assemble and administer the government in person.
- James Madison

Reading builds the educated and informed electorate
so vital to our democracy.
- Brad Henry

A free America... means just this:
individual freedom for all, rich or poor,
or else this system of government we call democracy
is only an expedient to enslave man
to the machine and make him like it.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

A healthy democracy requires a decent society;
it requires that we are honorable,
generous, tolerant and respectful.
- Charles W. Pickering

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions -
it only guarantees equality of opportunity.
- Irving Kristol

Democracy is the only system that persists in asking
the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
- Sydney J. Harris

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
- Paddy Chayefsky

So long as we have enough people in this country willing
to fight for their rights,
we'll be called a democracy.
- Roger Nash Baldwin

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

In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.
- J. William Fulbright


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