... government that "substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.

Democracy ... is a system of self-determination. It's the right to make the wrong choice.

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity.

Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is ignorant.

Democracy is a form of government in which it is permitted to wonder aloud what the country could do under first-class management.

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

Democracy is a government where you can say what you think even if you dont think.

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

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

Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.

Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.

Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse.

Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the same category as Arcadia, Santa Claus, and Heaven.

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.

Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.

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

Democracy, I do not conceive that ever God did ordain as a fit government either for church or commonwealth. If the people be governors, who shall be governed?

In a democracy, the individual enjoys not only the ultimate power but carries the ultimate responsibility.

In free countries, every man is entitled to express his opinions and every other man is entitled not to listen.

It is by the fortune of God that, in this country, we have three benefits: freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and the wisdom never to use either.

Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.

Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those others that have been

Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.

The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.

The best example of democracy I can recall is five wolves sitting down to dinner with one sheep.

Too many people expect wonders from democracy, when the most wonderful thing of all is just having it.

You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.