Democracy Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old democracy quotes, democracy sayings, and democracy proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.     

Winston Churchill

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!     

Benjamin Franklin

Democracy works when people claim it as their own.     

BILL MOYERS

Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear.     

ALAN COREN

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

E.B. WHITE

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.     

Henry Louis Mencken

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

Aristotle

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

Plato

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.     

Henry Louis Mencken

Democracy, like liberty, justice and other social and political rights are not given. They are earned through courage, resolution and sacrifice.     

Aung San Suu Kyi

Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame.     

Bertrand Russell

Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.     

James Russell Lowell

Democracy is the art of thinking independently together.     

Alexander Meiklejohn

A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption and carry desolation in their way.     

Fisher Ames

Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.     

Clement Atlee

Democracy means not 'I am as good as you are' but 'You are as good as I am.     

Theodore Parker

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

Irving Kristol

Democracy is 51% of the people taking away the rights of the other 49%.     

Thomas Jefferson

Democracy is like a hobby horse: It will carry you nowhere unless you use your own legs.     

Herbert Samuel

Democracy is not a fragile flower; still it needs cultivating.     

Ronald Reagan

Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn't grow up can be vice president.     

Johnny Carson

The ship of democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those on board.     

Grover Cleveland

Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.     

Harry Emerson Fosdick

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.     

George Bernard Shaw

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.     

George Bernard Shaw

Democracy: The state of affairs in which you consent to having your pocket picked, and elect the best man to do it.     

Benjamin Lichtenberg

Democracy is like a raft: It won't sink, but you will always have your feet wet.     

Russell B. Long

Democracy cannot flourish half rich and half poor, any more than it can flourish half free and half slave.     

Felix G. Rohatyn

Democracy is an experiment, and the right of the majority to rule is no more inherent than the right of the minority to rule; and unless the majority represents sane, righteous, unselfish public sentiment, it has no inherent right.     

William Allen White

The primal principle of democracy is the worth and dignity of the individual.     

Edward Bellamy

Democracy is not the law of the majority but the protection of the minority.     

Albert Camus

In a democracy, the individual enjoys not only the ultimate power but carries the ultimate responsibility.     

Norman Cousins

I understand democracy as something that gives the weak the same chance as the strong.     

Mohandas K. Gandhi

A great democracy must be progressive or it will soon cease to be a great democracy.     

Theodore Roosevelt

Democracy is constructed like an edifice, freedom by freedom, right by right, until it reaches its snapping point.     

Abdoulaye Wade

The whole purpose of democracy is that we may hold counsel with one another, so as not to depend upon the understanding of one man.     

Woodrow Wilson

In our so-called democracy we are accustomed to give the majority what they want rather than educate them to understand what is best for them.     

Carter Woodson

Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.     

Abraham Lincoln

Democracy is the most demanding of all forms of government in terms of the energy, imagination, and public spirit required of the individual.     

George C. Marshall

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

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Democracy is supposed to give you a feeling of choice, like painkiller x and painkiller y. But they're both just aspirin.     

Gore Vidal

Adultery is the application of democracy to love.     

H. L. Mencken

Democracy is only an experiment in government, and it as the obvious disadvantage of merely counting votes instead of weighing them.     

Dean Inge

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.     

Jorge Luis Borges

The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.     

Art Spander

Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is ignorant.     

John Simon

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.     

H.L. Mencken

Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.     

Ronald Reagan

Democracy is the power of equal votes for unequal minds.     

Charles I of England

Democracy has nothing to do with freedom. Democracy is a soft variant of communism, and rarely in the history of ideas has it been taken for anything else.     

Hans-Hermann Hoppe