Democracy

"Despotism does not cease to be despotism because it is elective. Nor does despotism become agreeable because the Despots belong to our own kindred. To make it subject to election is no guarantee against despotism. The real guarentee against despotism is to confront it with the possibility of its dethronement, of its being laid low, of its being superseeded by a rival party."
 

Bhimrao Ramji AMBEDKAR
Indian statesman and social reformer (1891-1956)

"When a nation's government becomes more fearful of its citizens' rights than protective of them, that nation's future is only despotism and extinction."
 

ANONYMOUS

"Freedom is when the people can speak, democracy is when the government listens."
 

Alastair FARRUGIA

"The job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open."
 

Günther GRASS
German novelist and Nobel Prize winner (1927-2015)

"Truth is not determined by majority vote."
 

Doug GWYN

"The greatest fallacy of democracy is that everyone's opinion is worth the same."
 

Robert Anson HEINLEIN
American science fiction writer (1907-88)

"Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but it's something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles."
 

Abbie HOFFMAN
U.S. activist (1936-89)

"It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own."
 

Herbert Clark HOOVER
31st President of the United States (1874-1964)

"The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object."
 

Thomas JEFFERSON
3rd US President (1743-1826)

"A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves."
 

Henry de JOUVENEL
French statesman and journalist (1876-1935)

"As a rule, dictatorships guarantee safe streets and terror of the doorbell. In democracy the streets may be unsafe after dark, but the most likely visitor in the early hours will be the milkman."
 

Adam MICHNIK

"Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse."
 

Jawaharlal NEHRU
Indian statesman (1889-1964)

"Intellectual freedom is the only guarantee of a scientific - democratic approach to politics, economic development, and culture."
 

Andrei Dmitrievich SAKHAROV
Soviet nuclear physicist and human-rights advocate (1921-1989)

"A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular."
 

Adlai Ewing STEVENSON
Vice President of the United States (1835–1914)

"The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy; the best weapon of a democracy is openness."
 

Edvard TELLER
American physicist, b. Hungary (1908-)

"In America the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion; within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them."
 

Alexis de TOCQUEVILLE
French politician and writer (1805-1859)

"It's dangerous to be right when the government is wrong."
 

Francois Marie Arouet VOLTAIRE
French philosopher and writer (1694-1778)

Last update: 10 April 2018


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