Democracy Quotes | Original and Famous Quotes for the International Day of Democracy
Every year, the 15th of September is observed by all member states of the United Nations as International Day of Democracy. The primary purpose of this international day is to advance the principles and values of democracy all over the world.
So in honor of this very important day of the year, we have prepared for you a fine list of original and famous democracy quotes. Use these profound quotes to celebrate this beautiful form of government known as democracy.
Famous Democracy Quotes
- Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge’.
- Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
- Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
- People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people. Alan Moore
- As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Abraham Lincoln
- Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. Ronald Reagan
- Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education. Franklin D. Roosevelt
- The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law. Aristotle
- When Jefferson and the Republicans rallied to the Union and to the existing Federalist organization, the fabric of traditional American democracy was almost completely woven. Herbert Croly
- Democracy must be built through open societies that share information. When there is information, there is enlightenment. When there is debate, there are solutions. When there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability, there is abuse, corruption, subjugation and indignation. Atifete Jahjaga
- If we put our trust in the common sense of common men and ‘with malice toward none and charity for all’ go forward on the great adventure of making political, economic, and social democracy a practical reality, we shall not fail. Henry A. Wallace
- Everybody now seems to be talking about democracy. I don’t understand this. As I think of it, democracy isn’t like a Sunday suit to be brought out and worn only for parades. It’s the kind of a life a decent man leads, it’s something to live for and to die for. Dalton Trumbo
- Freedom of expression — in particular, freedom of the press — guarantees popular participation in the decisions and actions of government, and popular participation is the essence of our democracy. Corazon Aquino
- It’s not unpatriotic to denounce an injustice committed on our behalf, perhaps it’s the most patriotic thing we can do.
- Democracy is a daring concept — a hope that we’ll be best governed if all of us participate in the act of government. It is meant to be a conversation, a place where the intelligence and local knowledge of the electorate sums together to arrive at actions that reflect the participation of the largest possible number of people. Brian Eno
- I don’t have any formula for ousting a dictator or building democracy. All I can suggest is to forget about yourself and just think of your people. It’s always the people who make things happen. Corazon Aquino
- Democracy is the only system capable of reflecting the humanist premise of equilibrium or balance. The key to its secret is the involvement of the citizen. John Ralston Saul
- Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country. Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy. Jesse Jackson
- A great democracy has got to be progressive or it will soon cease to be great or a democracy. Theodore Roosevelt
- Democracy literally means the power of people. Democracy is not about politics, it is about the people. Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj
- At the time of the Civil War, there were six democracies in the face of the planet. Today, there’s 120 and they’ve been inspired by the American exceptionalism. Robert Kennedy, Jr.
- The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution!
- I believe that democracy is the best guarantor for peace and cooperation among nations. Atal Bihari Vajpayee
- Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.
- The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.
Original Democracy Quotes
- There can never be complete democracy without an absolutely free press.
- Finding her way to democracy remains the most important thing my country ever did for herself and her citizens.
- I love Democracy because it gives me the right to enjoy a better life on this planet.
- In countries where the principles of democracy are religiously upheld, governments are afraid of the people and not the other way round.
- Democracy the dictator’s worst nightmare!
- I cherish our democracy as much as I cherish my life.
- Despite being one of mankind’s greatest inventions, it’s sad how democracy is seldom included in the lists of the greatest inventions of all time.
- I’d rather live as a pauper in a democracy than live as a rich man in a dictatorship.
- The beauty of democracy is beyond description.
- The ordinary man who wants to understand the benefits of democracy should spend more time in an authoritarian state.
- Good things happen to nations that embrace democracy.
- Democracy is one of the few things that separate us from the animals in the wild.
- Free speech is the cornerstone of every democracy.
- In my eyes, the poorest nation on earth that practices democracy is richer than the richest nation that doesn’t.
- If democracy were a woman, she would be more beautiful than Marilyn Monroe.
- The lifeblood of democracy is a free and independent press.
- Democracy doesn’t need any makeup to look beautiful. Even in her ugliest form she is a hundred times more beautiful than dictatorship in her most beautiful form.
- Folks, if there’s one thing I have learned over the years, it is to never give up on democracy no matter how tempting giving up becomes.
- Every time I wake up from sleep, the first thing I do is thank my Creator for putting me in a country where democracy is alive.
- I am a firm believer in the fact that even the disadvantages of democracy are better than the advantages of dictatorship.
- I have tasted every form of government that exists in this world and have found out that none tastes as sweet as democracy.
- The stronger the principles of democracy are in a given country, the better the lives of its citizens.
- Democracy, thou art a priceless treasure to the human race.
- The rule of law is what is needed to make democracy flourish.
- Freedom is one of the priceless treasures of the universe. And since democracy guarantees a ton of freedom, I shall love it until my dying days.
- I am blessed because I live in a fully fledged democracy.
- You can take away everything from my country, but not her democracy.
- Democracy is the only system of government I can gladly die for.
- They say too much of everything is bad. The only exception is too much democracy.
- Forever a believer in democracy.
- Democracy means the universe to me. I can therefore not settle for anything less than it.
- Democracy is hard at the beginning, confusing in the middle and sweet at the end.
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