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Democracy is the theory that the common people know what They want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
~ H. L. Mencken

 

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Democracy is the wholesome and pure air without which a socialist public organization cannot live a full-blooded life.
~ Mikhail Gorbachev

 

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Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

 

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Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
~ Oscar Wilde

 

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Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave.
~ Karl Kraus

 

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Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
~ George Bernard Shaw

 

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Democracy with its semi-civilization sincerely cherishes junk. The artist's power should be spiritual. But the power of the majority is material. When these worlds meet occasionally, it is pure coincidence.
~ Paul Klee

 

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Democracy without morality is impossible.
~ Jack Kemp

 

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Democracy! Bah! When I hear that word I reach for my feather Boa!
~ Allen Ginsberg

 

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Democracy: In which you say what you like and do what you're told.
~ Dave Barry

 

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Everybody's for democracy in principle. It's only in practice that the thing gives rise to stiff objections.
~ Meg Greenfield

 

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Everything that is right or natural pleads for separation. The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, 'Tis time to part.
~ Thomas Paine

 

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Freedom without obligation is anarchy. Freedom without obligation is democracy.
~ Earl Riney

 

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I am a democrat only on principle, not by instinct -- nobody is that. Doubtless some people say they are, but this world is grievously given to lying.
~ Mark Twain

 

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I believe in democracy, because it releases the energies of every human being.
~ Woodrow T. Wilson

 

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I confess I enjoy democracy immensely. It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing.
~ H. L. Mencken

 

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I swear to the Lord, I still can't see, why Democracy means, everybody but me.
~ Langston Hughes

 

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I talk democracy to these men and women. I tell them that they have the vote, and that theirs is the kingdom and the power and the glory. I say to them ''You are supreme: exercise your power.'' They say, ''That's right: tell us what to do;'' and I tell them. I say ''Exercise our vote intelligently by voting for me.'' And they do. That's democracy; and a splendid thing it is too for putting the right men in the right place.
~ George Bernard Shaw

 

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In a democracy everybody has a right to be represented, including the jerks.
~ Chris Patten

 

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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.
~ Winston Churchill

 

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