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If there were a people consisting of gods, they would be governed democratically; so perfect a government is not suitable to men.

If you want to understand democracy, spend less time in the library with Plato, and more time in the buses with people.

In a democracy, the opposition is not only tolerated as constitutional, but must be maintained because it is indispensable.

In Afghanistan, terrorists have done everything they can to intimidate people - yet more than 10 million citizens have registered to vote in the October presidential election - a resounding endorsement of democracy.

In every village there will arise some miscreant, to establish the most grinding tyranny by calling himself the people.

Intellectual superiority is so far from conciliating confidence that it is the very spirit of a democracy, as in France, to proscribe the aristocracy of talents! To be the favorite of an ignorant multitude, a man must descend to their level; he must desire what they desire, and detest all they do not approve: he must yield to their prejudices, and substitute them for principles. Instead of enlightening their errors, he must adopt them, and must furnish the sophistry that will propagate and defend them.

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

It is the most beautiful truth in morals that we have no such thing as a distinct or divided interest from our race. - In their welfare is ours; and by choosing the broadest paths to effect their happiness, we choose the surest and shortest to our own.

It would be folly to argue that the people cannot make political mistakes. They can and do make grave mistakes. They know it, they pay the penalty, but compared with the mistakes which have been made by every kind of autocracy they are unimportant.

Knowledge and goodness - these make degrees in heaven, and they must be the graduating scale of a true democracy.

Lycurgus being asked why he, who in other respects appeared to be so zealous for the equal rights of men, did not make his government democratic rather than an oligarchy, replied, "Go you, and try a democracy in your own house."

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.

So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.

The devil was the first democrat.

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

The greatest blessing of our democracy is freedom. But in the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves.

The history of the gospel has been the history of the development and growth of Christian democratic ideas.

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

The love of democracy is that of equality.

The progress of democracy seems irresistible, because it is the most uniform, the most ancient, and the most permanent tendency which is to be found in history.


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