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A democracy is a government in the hands of men of low birth, no property, and vulgar employments.
      - Aristotle

Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they were equal in any respect, they were equal absolutely.
      - Aristotle

For poets (bear the word)
  Half-poets even, are still whole democrats.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh
         (bk. 4)

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 the shortest to our own.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

I cannot help concurring with the opinion that an absolute democracy, no more than absolute monarchy, is to be reckoned among the legitimate forms of government.
      - Edmund Burke

To govern according to the sense, and agreeably to the interests of the people is a great and glorious object of government. This object cannot be obtained but through the medium of popular election, and popular election is a mighty evil.
      - Edmund Burke

A perfect democracy is therefore the most shameless thing in the world.
      - Edmund Burke,
        Reflections on the Revolution in France

And wrinkles, the d--d democrats, won't flatter.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto X, st. XXIV)

Democracy will itself accomplish the salutary universal change from delusive to real, and make a new blessed world of us by and by.
      - Thomas Carlyle

You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.
      - Gilbert Keith Chesterton,
        Tremendous Trifles--Wind and the trees

At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man, walking into the little booth, with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper. . . .
      - Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (3)

Democracy is the healthful lifeblood which circulates through the veins and arteries, which supports the system, but which ought never to appear externally, and as the mere blood itself.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

There is no force so democratic as the force of an ideal.
      - Calvin Coolidge

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

Caesarism is democracy without liberty.
  [Fr., Le Cesarisme, c'est la democratie sans la liberte.]
      - Taxile Delord,
        Tremendous Trifles--Wind and the Trees

A democracy is more than a form of government; it is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience.
      - John Dewey

We naturally associate democracy, to be sure, with freedom of action, but freedom of action without freed capacity of thought behind it is only chaos.
      - John Dewey

The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Lothair (ch. XVII)

Democracy is on trial in the world, on a more colossal scale than ever before.
      - Charles Fletcher Dole,
        The Spirit of Democracy

Drawn to the dregs of a democracy.
      - John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
         (pt. I, l. 227)

God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love.
      - Mrs. Mary Baker Glover Eddy

Democracy is essentially anti-authoritarian--that is, it not only demands the right but imposes the responsibility of thinking for ourselves.
      - Bergen Evans

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

Democracy which cannot defend itself has no right to exist.
      - Emil Franke

He was a democrat in the best sense, earnestly desiring the elevation of the people to a higher plane of intellectual and moral life, as well as their political emancipation.
      - Philip Gilbert Hamerton

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