Quotes on Democracy

Quotes on Democracy - "The public have an insatiable...

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"The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands." Oscar Wilde "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." H. L. Mencken "The greatest task of democracy, its ritual and feast - is choice." H.G. Wells "The job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open." Gunther Grass "Democratic institutions form a system of quarantine for tyrannical desires." Friedrich Nietzsche "When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. The minority are right." Eugene V. Debs "Only the educated are free." Epictetus "He who allows oppression, shares the crime." Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles Darwin "As long as the differences and diversities of mankind exist, democracy must allow for compromise, for accommodation, and for the recognition of differences." Eugene McCarthy "Government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advance auction in stolen goods." H.L. Mencken "It is dangerous for a national candidate to say things that people might remember." Eugene McCarthy "The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy; the best weapon of a democracy is openness." Edvard Teller "A government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth." Abraham Lincoln "These are the people we elected and if we are not satisfied we should get new candidates. It is in our hands. It is our country. It is a very simplistic view that politicians are to blame for everything." Robert Stanfield, former Conservative Leader and Premier of Nova Scotia "Liberty is to the collective body what health is to every individual body. Without health, no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society." Thomas Jefferson
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"A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights." Napoleon Bonaparte "Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues." Napoleon Bonaparte "Men take only their needs into consideration - never their abilities." Napoleon Bonaparte "Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter. The audience that hissed yesterday may applaud today, even for the same performance." William O. Douglas "A man younger than 30 who's not a liberal has no heart and a man older than 30 who's not a conservative has no brain." Winston Churchill "Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty." Thomas Jefferson "Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do." Rudolph Giuliani “Compassion is the use of public funds to buy votes.” Thomas Sowell “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may
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This note was uploaded on 08/24/2010 for the course POL 208 taught by Professor Wong during the Winter '08 term at University of Toronto.

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