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DEMOCRACY
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While democracy must have its organization and controls, its vital breath is individual liberty.
      - Charles Evans Hughes

Democracy has not failed; the intelligence of the race has failed before the problems the race has raised.
      - Robert Maynard Hutchins

Democracy shows not only its power in reforming governments, but in regenerating a race of men and this is the greatest blessing of free governments.
      - Andrew Jackson

Democracy as we conceive it in the US will not survive in Britain or France after the war.
      - Joseph P. Kennedy,
        in Lend Me Your Ears by Boris Johnson

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions--it only guarantees equality of opportunity.
      - Irving Kristol

Democracy is always the work of kings. Ashes, which in themselves are sterile, fertilize the land they are cast upon.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.
      - Abraham Lincoln

This country with its institutions belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.
      - Abraham Lincoln, in his first inaugural

A father of the church said that property was theft, many centuries before Proudhon was born. Bourdaloue reaffirmed it. Montesquieu was the inventor of national workshops and of the theory that the state owed every man a living. Nay, was not the church herself the first organized democracy?
      - James Russell Lowell

Christ was the first true democrat that ever breathed, as the old dramatist Dekkar said he was the first true gentleman.
      - James Russell Lowell

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
      - James Russell Lowell

Puritanism, believing itself quick with the seed of religious liberty, laid, without knowing it, the egg of democracy.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        Among My Books--New England Two Centuries Ago

Democ'acy gives every man
  A right to be his own oppressor.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Biglow Papers
         (series 2, no. 7)

To one that advised him to set up a democracy in Sparta, "Pray," said Lycurgus, "do you first set a democracy in your own house."
      - Lycurgus,
        in Plutarch's "Apophthegms of Kings and Great Commanders"

Thus our democracy was from an early period the most aristocratic, and our aristocracy the most democratic.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay, History
         (vol. I, p. 20)

Republics have a longer life and enjoy better fortune than principalities, because they can profit by their greater internal diversity. They are the better able to meet emergencies.
      - Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli),
        Discourses on Livy

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

Government under democracy is thus government by orgy, almost by orgasm.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

Only a government that is rich and safe can afford to be a democracy, for democracy is the most expensive and nefarious kind of government ever heard of on earth.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

In Europe democracy is a falsehood.
      - Prince Clemens Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar Metternich

A love of the republic in a democracy is a love of the democracy, as the latter is that of equality. A love of the democracy is likewise that of frugality. Since every individual ought here to enjoy the same happiness, and the same advantages, they should consequently taste the same pleasures and form the same hopes, which cannot be expected but from a general frugality.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

The love of democracy is that of equality.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

There is still another inconvenieney in conquests made by democracies; their government is ever odious to the conquered states. It is apparently monarchical, but in reality it is more oppressive than monarchy, as the experience of all ages and countries evinces.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy.
      - Benito Mussolini

Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
      - Reinhold Niebuhr,
        Children of Light and Children of Darkness
         (foreward)


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