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A republic properly understood is a sovereignty of justice, in contradistinction to a sovereignty of will.
      - Thomas Paine

A democracy that is, a government of all the people, by all the people, for all the people.
      - Theodore Parker

Democracy means not 'I am as good as you are,' but 'You are as good as I am.'
      - Theodore Parker

In every village there will arise a miscreant to establish the most grinding tyranny by calling himself the people.
      - Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Baronet

One has the right to be wrong in a democracy.
      - Claude Pepper

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 democratical rather than oligarchical, "Go you," replied the legislator, "and try a democracy in your own house."
      - Plutarch

We must be the great arsenal of democracy.
      - Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
        in a "Fireside Chat" radio broadcast on December 29, 1940

A great democracy must be progressive or it will soon cease to be a great democracy.
      - Theodore Roosevelt

If there were a people consisting of gods, they would be governed democratically. So perfect a government is not suitable to men.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Democracies are prone to war;; and war consumes them.
      - William Henry Seward

Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
      - George Bernard Shaw

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy.
      - Alfred Emanuel Smith,
        in a speech in Albany

As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.
      - Adlai E. Stevenson

It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting.
      - Tom Stoppard

Your little child is the only true democrat.
      - Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe

Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.
      - Margaret Thatcher

"It is a great blessing," says Pascal, "to be born a man of quality, since it brings one man as far forward at eighteen or twenty as another man would be at fifty, which is a clear gain of thirty years." These thirty years are commonly wanting to the ambitious characters of democracies. The principle of equality, which allows every man to arrive at everything, prevents all men from rapid advancement.
      - Alexis de Tocqueville

The idea of bringing all men on an equality with each other has always been a pleasant dream; the law cannot equalize men in spite of nature.
      - Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues

Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
      - Gore Vidal

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.
      - E.B. White

Thunder on! Stride on! Democracy. Strike with vengeful strokes.
      - Walt Whitman,
        Drum-Taps--Rise O Days From Your Fathomless Deep
         (no. 3)

I believe in Democracy because it releases the energies of every human being.
      - Thomas Woodrow Wilson,
        at the Workingman's Dinner in New York

The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. We have no selfish ends to serve. We desire no conquest, no dominion. We seek no indemnities for ourselves, no material compensation for the sacrifices we shall freely make. We are but one of the champions of the rights of mankind. We shall be satisfied when those rights have been made as secure as the faith and the freedom of nations can make them.
      - Thomas Woodrow Wilson,
        in an address to Congress concerning the state of war with Germany

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