Quotes about democracy

A collection of quotes on the topic of democracy, people, can, governance.

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

—  George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950

1900s, Maxims for Revolutionists (1903)

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„The principle of democracy is a recognition of the sovereign, inalienable rights of man as a gift from God, the Source of law.“

—  Fulton J. Sheen Catholic bishop and television presenter 1895 - 1979

Whence Come Wars (1940), p. 60

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„If the prophets were to be elected by the "popular votes" of democracy, then no prophet could have ever been a prophet.“

—  Muhammad Asadullah Al-Ghalib Bangladeshi academic 1948

Speech in a workshop, Rajshahi, 2013, (English Translation).[citation needed]
From Speeches

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„And the ability of citizens to organize and advocate for change -- that's the oxygen upon which democracy depends.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961

2015, Remarks to the Kenyan People (July 2015)

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

—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963

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„Every legally cast vote should be counted. Every illegally cast vote should not. This should not be controversial. This is not a partisan statement — free and fair elections are the foundation of our democracy“

—  Ivanka Trump American businesswoman, socialite, fashion model and daughter of Donald Trump 1981

via tweet https://twitter.com/IvankaTrump/status/1324720284948193285 On November 6, 2020

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„Kids must be educated to disrespect authority or else democracy is a farce.“

—  Abbie Hoffman American political and social activist 1936 - 1989

Source: Soon to be a Major Motion Picture (1980), p. 64.
Context: My critique of democracy begins and ends with this point. Kids must be educated to disrespect authority or else democracy is a farce.

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„At the moment of a revolution there is no question of setting up a democracy like that in America. If they accuse me of dictatorship, I accept. I am creating a nation. Liberty must be suppressed until the end of the war in Algeria—until the nation becomes homogeneous.“

—  Habib Bourguiba Tunisian politician 1903 - 2000

[TUNISIA: No Time for Democracy, TIME, Monday, Sept. 29, 1958, 1, http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,821168,00.html, September 6, 2011]

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„Democracy is a state in which the sovereign people, guided by laws which are its own work, does for itself all that it can do properly, and through delegates all that it cannot do for itself.“

—  Maximilien Robespierre French revolutionary lawyer and politician 1758 - 1794

"On the Principles of Political Morality that Should Guide the National Convention in the Domestic Administration of the Republic" (5 February 1784/18 Ploviôse Year 2)

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„In capitalist society, providing it develops under the most favorable conditions, we have a more or less complete democracy in the democratic republic. But this democracy is always hemmed in by the narrow limits set by capitalist exploitation and consequently always remains, in effect, a democracy for the minority, only for the propertied classes, only for the rich. Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in the ancient Greek republics: freedom for the slaveowners. Owing to the conditions of capitalist exploitation, the modern wage slaves are so crushed by want and poverty that “they cannot be bothered with democracy,” “cannot be bothered with politics”; in the ordinary, peaceful course of events, the majority of the population is debarred from participation in public and political life. The“

—  Vladimir Lenin Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924

Source: The State and Revolution (1917), Ch. 5
Context: Democracy for an insignificant minority, democracy for the rich – that is the democracy of capitalist society. If we look more closely into the machinery of capitalist democracy, we see everywhere, in the "petty" – supposedly petty – details of the suffrage (residential qualifications, exclusion of women, etc.), in the technique of the representative institutions, in the actual obstacles to the right of assembly (public buildings are not for "paupers"!), in the purely capitalist organization of the daily press, etc., etc., – we see restriction after restriction upon democracy. These restrictions, exceptions, exclusions, obstacles for the poor seem slight, especially in the eyes of one who has never known want himself and has never been in close contact with the oppressed classes in their mass life (and nine out of 10, if not 99 out of 100, bourgeois publicists and politicians come under this category); but in their sum total these restrictions exclude and squeeze out the poor from politics, from active participation in democracy.

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