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Quotes on Democracy

Updated on February 22, 2014

Many famous people have weighed in with their opinions on democracy over the years. Some of them think America's democracy is the best system of government ever. Others disagree. Here are some of my favorite quotes about democracy...

Be sure to add your own favorite quotes in he comments section!

Quotes about Democracy...

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

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.

~George Bernard Shaw

On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does.

~Will Rogers

Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear.

~Alan Corenk

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.

~H. L. Mencken

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.


Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.

~Laurence J. Peter

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time.

~E. B. White

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

~Gustave Flaubert

Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.

~Clement Atlee

More Quotes on Democracy...

The idea of an election is much more interesting to me than the election itself...The act of voting is in itself the defining moment. ~Jeff Melvoin

Democracy is the name we give the people whenever we need them.

~Marquis de Flers Robert and Arman de Caillavet

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

~Tom Stoppard

Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

~Sir Winston Churchill

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.

~H. L. Mencken

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

~George Bernard Shaw

In Democracy it's your vote that counts; In feudalism it's your count that votes. ~Mogens Jallberg

Did I miss your favorite quote? - Tell me what it is, and I'll add it to the list!

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Gotta love those quotes.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Great quotes, appropriate for Flag Day!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't have a quote to add. Great lens. God bless!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Enjoyed reading all the quotes.

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      gamecheathub 6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading the quotes you listed. Perfect timing during Veteran's Day. Gives me time to reflect.