Democracy is the name we give the people whenever we need them.
Marquis de Flers Robert and Arman de Caillavet
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy - but that could change.
Dan Quayle (1947 - ), 5/22/89
On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does.
Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Man and Superman (1903) "Maxims for Revolutionists"
In democracy its your vote that counts.; In feudalism its your count that votes.
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.
H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time.
E. B. White (1899 - 1985), New Yorker, July 3, 1944
The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.
Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn't grow up can be vice president.
Johnny Carson (1925 - )
Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.
Laurence J. Peter (1919 - 1988)
It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting.
Tom Stoppard (1937 - ), Jumpers (1972) act 1
Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear.