Quotes, Sayings and Thoughts

That a peasant may become king does not render the kingdom democratic.

- Woodrow Wilson


High hopes were once formed of democracy, but democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people, by the people, for the people.

- Oscar Wilde

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

- George Bernard Shaw

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

- Laurence J. Peter

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.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

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

- Henry Lewis Mencken

Democracy is a form of religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.

- James Russell Lowell


The death of democracy is not likely to be assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference and under-nourishment.

- Robert M. Hutchins


The difference between a Democracy and a Dictatorship is that in a Democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a Dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.

- Charles Bukowski


Democracy: in which you say what you like and do what you're told.

- Gerald Barry


Democracy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.

- Wynn Catlin


Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.

- G. K. Chesterton

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

- Alan Coren


Democracy becomes a government of bullies, tempered by editors.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson