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The better the information it has, the better democracy works. Silence and secrecy are never good for it.

Tags: Good, Silence  ✍ Author: Kate Adie

Be assured, fellow citizens, that in a democracy it is the laws that guard the person of the citizen and the constitution of the state, whereas the despot and the oligarch find their protection in suspicion and in armed guards.

Tags: Laws, State  ✍ Author: Sade Adu

Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.

Tags: Remember, While  ✍ Author: John Adams

Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.

Tags: Remember, Soon  ✍ Author: John Adams

In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.

Tags: Power, Rich  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.

Tags: Men, Respect  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

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

Tags: Men, Politics  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

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

Tags: Idea, Master  ✍ Author: Abraham Lincoln

China has to go along with world trends. That's democracy, liberty, individual freedom. China sooner or later has to go that way. It cannot go backward.

Tags: Freedom, Liberty  ✍ Author: Dalai Lama

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.

Tags: Ignorance, Security  ✍ Author: John F. Kennedy

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.

Tags: Means, Simply  ✍ Author: Oscar Wilde

Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.

Tags: Cannot, God  ✍ Author: Ronald Reagan

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

Tags: Government, Worth  ✍ Author: Ronald Reagan

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

Tags: Government, Others  ✍ Author: 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.

Tags: Him, Keep  ✍ Author: Winston Churchill

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

Tags: Best, Government  ✍ Author: Winston Churchill

Democracy opens new vistas and opportunities. We should use the opportunities it offers to correct past mistakes not to blunder anew.

Tags: Mistakes, Past  ✍ Author: Ibrahim Babangida

The return of democracy in our land has indeed thrown the problems of development into bolder relief.

Tags: Problems, Return  ✍ Author: Ibrahim Babangida

The challenge as we saw in the Nigerian project was to restructure the economy decisively in the direction of a modern free market as an appropriate environment for cultivation of freedom and democracy and the natural emergence of a new social order.

Tags: Free, Freedom  ✍ Author: Ibrahim Babangida

The history of our country is not the history of any other country in the world which is either practicing advanced democracy or struggling to lay the foundation for democracy.

Tags: Country, History  ✍ Author: Ibrahim Babangida

To say that most of us today are purely expansive is only another way of saying that most of us continue to be more concerned with the quantity than with the quality of our democracy.

Tags: Saying, Today  ✍ Author: Irving Babbitt

A democracy, the realistic observer is forced to conclude, is likely to be idealistic in its feelings about itself, but imperialistic about its practice.

Tags: Feelings, Practice  ✍ Author: Irving Babbitt

Democracy is now going forth on a crusade against imperialism.

Tags: Against, Crusade  ✍ Author: Irving Babbitt

If a man went simply by what he saw, he might be tempted to affirm that the essence of democracy is melodrama.

Tags: Might, Simply  ✍ Author: Irving Babbitt

Chile has done a lot to rid itself of poverty, especially extreme poverty, since the return to democracy. But we still have a ways to go toward greater equity. This country does not have a neoliberal economic model anymore. We have put in place a lot of policies that will ensure that economic growth goes hand in hand with social justice.

Tags: Done, Justice  ✍ Author: Michelle Bachelet
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Given political history in Chile, it seemed to me that there was a critical task of consolidating a democracy and creating healthy civic-military and political-military relationships.

Tags: History, Political  ✍ Author: Michelle Bachelet

There does not have to be trade-off between growth and social protection. A democracy does not mean much if it doesn't respond to the needs and will of its people.

Tags: Between, Mean  ✍ Author: Michelle Bachelet

For me, a better democracy is a democracy where women do not only have the right to vote and to elect but to be elected.

Tags: Vote, Women  ✍ Author: Michelle Bachelet

Most people associate reading with laying on the beach. They don't see that it's crucial for a democracy!

Tags: Beach, Reading  ✍ Author: David Baldacci

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

Tags: Fight, Politics  ✍ Author: Roger Nash Baldwin

Our constitutional liberties shall not be sacrificed in our search for greater security, for that is what our enemies and all enemies of freedom and democracy hope to achieve.

Tags: Freedom, Hope  ✍ Author: Tammy Baldwin

In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.

Tags: Cruel, Majority  ✍ Author: Edmund Burke

I fully acknowledge the value of the 'jury of three' and conventional A&R-led industry model, but strongly feel the Internet offers a new-style democracy that gives artists greater control of their careers and a different way to break out.

Tags: Control, Three  ✍ Author: John Callahan

The United States is not for democracy in Iraq, it's for setting up a puppet government.

Tags: Government, United  ✍ Author: Peter Camejo

The Greens have every right to run, that's what democracy is, and they should argue their point by saying how they think people should vote, not by telling us to be silent.

Tags: Saying, Vote  ✍ Author: Peter Camejo

I think we need to just be very clear about what we're trying to do in Afghanistan. Frankly, we're not trying to create the perfect democracy. We're never going to create some ideal society. We are simply there for our own national security.

Tags: Society, Trying  ✍ Author: David Cameron

The Oval Office symbolizes... the Constitution, the hopes and dreams, and I'm going to say democracy. And when you have a dress code in the Supreme Court and a dress code on the floor of the Senate, floor of the House, I think it's appropriate to have an expectation that there will be a dress code that respects the office of the President.

Tags: Dreams, President  ✍ Author: Andrew Card

In our system of democracy, our government works on a system of checks and balances. Instead of stripping power from the courts, I believe we should follow the process prescribed in our Constitution - consideration of a Constitutional amendment.

Tags: Government, Power  ✍ Author: Dennis Cardoza

Advertising is the very essence of democracy.

Tags: Essence  ✍ Author: Anton Chekhov

The simplification of anything is always sensational.

Tags: Giving, Politics  ✍ Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton

You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.

Tags: Order, Revolution  ✍ Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton

Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.

Tags: Government, Means  ✍ Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton

Iraq is part of a legitimate American effort not to have democracy everywhere but to have democracy somewhere.

Tags: American, Effort  ✍ Author: Dinesh D\'Souza

Democracy, it appears, is a bit chancy. But its chances also depend on what we do ourselves.

Tags: Bit, Ourselves  ✍ Author: Robert A. Dahl

There is so much that can be done, you see, the assembly is about improving our democracy.

Tags: Done, Improving  ✍ Author: Ron Davies

I have - I have more than an interesting task in piloting Wales into our new democracy, without wanting to exercise draconian powers on behalf of anybody else - I can assure of that.

Tags: Anybody, Else  ✍ Author: Ron Davies

When Bush says democracy, I often wonder what he's referring to.

Tags: Often, Wonder  ✍ Author: Angela Davis

Now undoubtedly, we face some very British challenges when it comes to infrastructure. We rightly cherish our back yards and green spaces, and we'll defend them passionately when projects are announced. We live in a democracy, and we like to debate these things, often for many years.

Tags: Face, Often  ✍ Author: Evan Davis

The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.

Tags: Statesmen, Weary  ✍ Author: Benjamin Disraeli

Democracy don't rule the world, You'd better get that in your head; This world is ruled by violence, But I guess that's better left unsaid.

Tags: Left, Violence  ✍ Author: Bob Dylan

You know, I'm not comfortable with people whose politics are static in a democracy.

Tags: Politics, Whose  ✍ Author: Steve Earle

My objection to the death penalty is based on the idea that this is a democracy, and in a democracy the government is me, and if the government kills somebody then I'm killing somebody.

Tags: Death, Government  ✍ Author: Steve Earle

I think it's obvious that democracy is something that is contagious, and it always has been.

Tags: Contagious, Obvious  ✍ Author: Steve Earle

Democracy doesn't recognize east or west; democracy is simply people's will. Therefore, I do not acknowledge that there are various models of democracy; there is just democracy itself.

Tags: Simply, West  ✍ Author: Shirin Ebadi

Without democracy there is no freedom. Violence, no matter who is using it, is always reactionary.

Tags: Freedom, Matter  ✍ Author: Friedrich Ebert

And it is essential that in fighting terrorism, sacrifices should not be made on democracy.

Tags: Fighting, Terrorism  ✍ Author: Tamara Ecclestone

Although we dealt decisively with all terrorist organizations, we at the same time not only maintained, preserved our democracy, but kept improving it.

Tags: Kept, Time  ✍ Author: Tamara Ecclestone

Bosses are no more inevitable in state and local governments than dictators are in national governments. They will arise and prosper, nevertheless, if true believers of democracy - citizens devoted to the democratic ideals - do not constantly oppose them.

Tags: State, True  ✍ Author: Charles Edison

Our democracy poses problems and these problems must and shall be solved by courageous leadership.

Tags: Leadership, Problems  ✍ Author: Charles Edison

Greece isn't a democracy now it's run through a troika - three foreign officials that fly into Athens airport and tell the Greeks what they can and can't do.

Tags: Tell, Three  ✍ Author: Nigel Farage

British chancellor is telling the rest of Europe it must abandon democracy. It's appalling.

Tags: Europe, Rest  ✍ Author: Nigel Farage

Democracy derailed is democracy denied.

Tags: Denied  ✍ Author: Chaka Fattah

The idea of allowing corporations to have unlimited influence on our democracy is very dangerous, obviously.

Tags: Dangerous, Idea  ✍ Author: Russ Feingold

A basic tenet of a healthy democracy is open dialogue and transparency.

Tags: Healthy, Open  ✍ Author: Leo Fender

The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.

Tags: Dream, Stupidity  ✍ Author: Gustave Flaubert

Few businessmen are capable of being in politics, they don't understand the democratic process, they have neither the tolerance or the depth it takes. Democracy isn't a business.

Tags: Business, Politics  ✍ Author: Malcolm Forbes

Two cheers for Democracy; one because it admits variety, and two because it permits criticism.

Tags: Criticism, Variety  ✍ Author: E. M. Forster

So, two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.

Tags: Criticism, Variety  ✍ Author: E. M. Forster

The new social question is: democracy or the rule of the financial markets. We are currently witnessing the end of an era. The neoliberal ideology has failed worldwide. The U.S. movement Occupy Wall Street is a good example of this.

Tags: End, Good  ✍ Author: Sigmar Gabriel

There is no state with a democracy except Libya on the whole planet.

Tags: State, Whole  ✍ Author: Hans-Georg Gadamer

In Europe, it appears that in the name of democracy, elites are pursuing an autocratic, centralized power, seeking economic control and social regimentation.

Tags: Control, Power  ✍ Author: Liam Gallagher

The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart.

Tags: Change, Heart  ✍ Author: Mahatma Gandhi

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?

Tags: Liberty, Mad  ✍ Author: Mahatma Gandhi

For centuries, America has led the world on a long march toward freedom and democracy. Let's reclaim our clean energy leadership and lead the world toward clean energy independence.

Tags: Freedom, Leadership  ✍ Author: John Garamendi

Well the protester I think is a very powerful thing. It's basically a mechanism of democracy that, along with capitalism, scientific innovation, those things have built the modern world. And it's wonderful that the new tools have empowered that protestor so that state secrets, bad developments are not hidden anymore.

Tags: Bad, Powerful  ✍ Author: Bill Gates

I think it is very important for any U.S. administration to be clear that America stands on the side of freedom and democracy and respect for individual rights.

Tags: Freedom, Respect  ✍ Author: Stephen Hadley

Let's remember that the revolution in Tahrir Square was not anti-American, it was not anti-Israeli, it was for democracy and freedom. That's a good thing.

Tags: Freedom, Good  ✍ Author: Stephen Hadley

Imposing democracy through force is a roll of the dice.

Tags: Dice, Force  ✍ Author: Chuck Hagel

Our alliances should be understood as a means to expand our influence, not as a constraint on our power. The expansion of democracy and freedom in the world should be a shared interest and value with all nations.

Tags: Freedom, Power  ✍ Author: Chuck Hagel

We are not directly involved in Syria. But we will be working with our partners in the European Union and at the United Nations to see if we can persuade the Syrian authorities to go, as I say, more in that direction of respect for democracy and human rights.

Tags: Human, Respect  ✍ Author: William Hague

I regard freedom of expression as the primary right without which one can not have a proper functioning democracy.

Tags: Expression, Freedom  ✍ Author: Lord Hailsham

In a democracy, you don't need anyone's permission to form a new political party, publish a politically charged article, or organize a 'tea party.' And in open markets, individuals are free to buy and invest as they see fit.

Tags: Free, Political  ✍ Author: Ayumi Hamasaki

In a well-functioning democracy, citizens have the option of voting their political masters out of office. Not so in most companies.

Tags: Political, Voting  ✍ Author: Ayumi Hamasaki

Democracy, if it meant what our forefathers said, that would be great, but unfortunately it's been corrupted by this funding and funding of campaigns. There's a much better way to do it. There could be a small amount of money given by every taxpayer to be dedicated to candidates.

Tags: Great, Money  ✍ Author: George Hamilton

Our democracy is not a product but a continual process. It is preserved not by monuments but deeds. Sometimes it needs refining; sometimes it needs amending; sometimes it needs defending. Always, it needs improving.

Tags: Process, Sometimes  ✍ Author: Lee H. Hamilton

We should insist that governments receiving American aid live up to standards of accountability and transparency, and we should support countries that embrace market reforms, democracy, and the rule of law.

Tags: American, Law  ✍ Author: Lee H. Hamilton

But despite this breathtaking pace, I believe in the capacity of our democracy to meet these challenges.

Tags: Challenges, Meet  ✍ Author: Lee H. Hamilton

Democracy fascinates me.

Tags: Fascinates  ✍ Author: Lee H. Hamilton

Democracy makes us articulate our views, defend them, and refine them.

Tags: Defend, Makes  ✍ Author: Lee H. Hamilton

If we are to keep democracy, there must be a commandment: Thou shalt not ration justice.

Tags: Justice, Keep  ✍ Author: Learned Hand

It is not enough to merely defend democracy. To defend it may be to lose it; to extend it is to strengthen it. Democracy is not property; it is an idea.

Tags: Enough, May  ✍ Author: Hubert H. Humphrey

A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.

Tags: Country, War  ✍ Author: Aldous Huxley

You would like me to say that the veil will be ripped from the voters' eyes sometime between now and November, thereby restoring the proper version of Democracy to the House and Senate. I won't say that, of course. The simple reason is, I don't know.

Tags: Eyes, Simple  ✍ Author: Gwen Ifill

But I think we need to remember that democracy everywhere is by its nature incomplete, a work in progress.

Tags: Nature, Work  ✍ Author: Daisaku Ikeda

Having lived through the transition from totalitarianism, I am acutely mindful of the need to never take for granted the basic freedoms of thought, expression and belief that democracy brings.

Tags: Belief, Thought  ✍ Author: Daisaku Ikeda

In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave.

Tags: Dead, Men  ✍ Author: John James Ingalls

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

Tags: Government, Obvious  ✍ Author: Dean Inge

We must never forget that many around the globe are denied the basic rights we enjoy as Americans. If we are to continue enjoying these privileges and freedoms we must accept our mission of expanding democracy around the globe.

Tags: Enjoy, Forget  ✍ Author: James Inhofe

The need to help spread democracy and the ability to do that will be much greater if we break this addiction to oil, which gives the oil princes and sultans the power in the Mideast.

Tags: Help, Power  ✍ Author: Jay Inslee

My submission to you is we're fighting the war on terror not overseas but in our own streets, and we'd be spending vast more fortunes to try to be a defensive country to protect ourselves rather than an offensive country to spread democracy wherever people yearn for it.

Tags: Country, War  ✍ Author: Johnny Isakson
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