"If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."
"So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy."
"Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what it is you want to hear."
"As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy."
Democracy, finally, rests on a higher power than Parliament. It rests on an informed and cultivated and alert public opinion. The Members of Parliament are only representatives of the citizens. They cannot represent apathy and indifference. They can play the part allotted to them only if they represent intelligence and public spiritness.
"Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates."
"The ballot is stronger than bullets."
"It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny."
"...Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth."
"In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects."
Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time.
"The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity."
"The legacy of Democrats and Republicans approaches: Libertarianism by bankruptcy."
"I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences."
I swear to the Lord
I still can't see
Why Democracy means
Everybody but me.