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Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.

Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.
I am a democrat only on principle, not by instinct -- nobody is that. Doubtless some people say they are, but this world is grievously given to lying.
A modern democracy is a tyranny whose borders are undefined; one discovers how far one can go only by traveling in a straight line until one is stopped.
Democracy give every man the right to be his own oppressor.
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike.
It is the American vice, the democratic disease which expresses its tyranny by reducing everything unique to the level of the herd.
Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions -- it only guarantees equality of opportunity.
Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave.
The majority is never right. Never, I tell you! That's one of these lies in society that no free and intelligent man can help rebelling against. Who are the people that make up the biggest proportion of the population -- the intelligent ones or the fools? I think we can agree it's the fools, no matter where you go in this world, it's the fools that form the overwhelming majority.
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
That a peasant may become king does not render the kingdom democratic.
Freedom without obligation is anarchy. Freedom without obligation is democracy.
Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
I confess I enjoy democracy immensely. It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing.
Democracy is also a form of religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses.
The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy.
It is a strange fact that freedom and equality, the two basic ideas of democracy, are to some extent contradictory. Logically considered, freedom and equality are mutually exclusive, just as society and the individual are mutually exclusive.
Democracy without morality is impossible.
It is not enough to merely defend democracy. To defend it may be to lose it; to extend it is to strengthen it. Democracy is not property; it is an idea.
Nor is the people's judgment always true: the most may err as grossly as the few.
The ship of Democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those aboard.
Democracy: In which you say what you like and do what you're told.
The world must be made safe for democracy.
Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles.
America is the place where you cannot kill your government by killing the men who conduct it.
I believe in democracy, because it releases the energies of every human being.
Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.
Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they're both just aspirin.
There is a limit to the application of democratic methods. You can inquire of all the passengers as to what type of car they like to ride in, but it is impossible to question them as to whether to apply the brakes when the train is at full speed and accident threatens.
All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy.
Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is blissfully ignorant.
I talk democracy to these men and women. I tell them that they have the vote, and that theirs is the kingdom and the power and the glory. I say to them You are supreme: exercise your power. They say, That's right: tell us what to do; and I tell them. I say Exercise our vote intelligently by voting for me. And they do. That's democracy; and a splendid thing it is too for putting the right men in the right place.
Democracy is a political method, that is to say, a certain type of institutional arrangement for arriving at political -- legislative and administrative -- decisions and hence incapable of being an end in itself.

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