Quotations about democracy

To destroy this invisible government, this unholy alliance between corrupt businesses and corrupt politics, is the first task in the democracy of today. Theodore Roosevelt

Let us not be afraid to help each other – 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 Delano Roosevelt

The stakes are too high for government to be a spectator sport. Barbara Jordan

Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. James Baldwin

All events are secretly interrelated; the sweep of all we are doing reaches beyond the horizon of our comprehension. Abraham Joshua Heschel

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. Isaac Asimov

Democracy is not simply a political system; it is a moral movement and it springs from adventurous faith in human possibilities. Harry Emerson Fosdick

Power abdicates only under stress of counter-power. Martin Buber

We can have Democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few…but we can’t have both. Louis D. Brandeis

Leaders are indispensable, but to produce a major social change many ordinary people must also be involved. Anne Firor Scott

It is the evil in man that makes democracy necessary, and man’s belief in justice that makes democracy possible. Reinhold Neibuhr

Democracy doesn’t work without citizen activism and participation, starting at the community…What’s right and good doesn’t come naturally. You have to stand up and fight for it – as if the cause depends on you, because it does. Bill Moyers

Everybody’s for democracy in principle. It’s only in practice that the thing gives rise to stiff objections.  Meg Greenfield 

I never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence. Abraham Lincoln

Democracy is no easy form of government. Few nations have been able to sustain it. For it requires that we take the chances of freedom; that the liberating play of reason be brought to bear on events filled with passion; that dissent be allowed to make its appeal for acceptance; that men chance error in their search for the truth. Robert F. Kennedy

I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. Thomas Jefferson

If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Frederick Douglass

Education and democracy have the same goals: the fullest possible development of human capabilities. Paul Wellstone

America has no functioning democracy. Jimmy Carter July 16, 2013

The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic State itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group or by any controlling private power. Franklin D. Roosevelt

To destroy this invisible government, this unholy alliance between corrupt businesses and corrupt politics, is the first task in the democracy of today. Theodore Roosevelt

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. Susan B Anthony

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