Today, Democracy is the most practiced form of governance in the world. But everyone has their own definition of it. Let's read the most famous quotes on Democracy by political leaders.
Famous quotes on democracy by political leaders:
“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
“The first duty of a man is to think for himself”.
- Jose Marti
“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” - Winston Churchill
“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
“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 in the holy name of liberty or democracy?”
- Mahatma Gandhi
“We women of America tell you that America is not a democracy. Twenty million women are denied the right to vote”
“You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker”
― Malcolm X
“Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.”
― James Bovard
“If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it.”
― Mark Twain
“In a room where
people unanimously maintain
a conspiracy of silence,
one word of truth
sounds like a pistol shot.”
― Czesław Miłosz
“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.”
"Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely, to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.”
― Bertrand Russell
“Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.”
― Vladimir Lenin
“You have to remember one thing about the will of the people: it wasn't that long ago that we were swept away by the Macarena.”
― Jon Stewart
“The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution!”
― Albert Einstein
“The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.”
― Leon Trotsky
“Oh God, the terrible tyranny of the majority. We all have our harps to play. And it's up to you to know with which ear you'll listen.”
― Ray Bradbury
“Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.”
― Howard Zinn
"Citizens in a democracy need diverse sources of news and information."
"Customs, traditions, laws should be flexible, within good reason, if that is what it takes to make our democracy work."
"The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion."
"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."
"The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty."
"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 a property; it is an idea."
_Hubert H. Humphrey
"Education and democracy have the same goal: the fullest possible development of human capabilities."
"If we want to preserve the foundation of our democracy, it's vital that we find common ground that allows us to work for the greater good of this nation. This does not mean giving up our values. This does not mean swallowing a bitter compromise."
"The greatest blessing of our democracy is freedom. But in the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves."
"The only way to save the world is through socialism, but a socialism that exists within a democracy; there's no dictatorship here."
"When we address the disparities facing black people, we get a lot closer to a true democracy where all lives matter."
"There is nothing more important to a democracy than an active and engaged press."
_William H. McRaven
"We need to be constantly reminded that this is a representative democracy, and we need to be in tune with what people are talking about."
"Two cheers for Democracy; one because it admits variety, and two because it permits criticism."
_ E. M. Forster
"Democracy is not merely a form of government. It is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience. It is essentially an attitude of respect and reverence towards fellow men."
_B. R. Ambedkar
"Democracy is when people keep a government in check."
_Aung San Suu Kyi
"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."
"Democracy is worth dying for because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man."
"To me, democratic socialism means democracy. It means creating a government that represents all of us, not just the wealthiest people in the country."
"Democracy is still a radical idea in a world where we often confuse images with realities, words with actions."
"A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person."
Going by the above quotes, we can conclude that the words of Abraham Lincon that government by the people, defines democracy in the best way. However, Is democracy workable or can it work for all, still needs to be figured out.