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

—Reinhold Niebuhr, 1944

Democracy cannot be static. Whatever is static is dead.

—Eleanor Roosevelt, 1942

The world is wearied of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.

—Benjamin Disraeli, 1870

So many men, so many opinions.

—Terence, 161 BC

Television is democracy at its ugliest.

—Paddy Chayefsky, 1976

I have always been of the mind that in a democracy, manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie knife.

—James Russell Lowell, 1873

The people are the foundation of the state. If the foundations are firm, the state will be tranquil.

—Classic of History, c. 400 BC

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

—Oscar Wilde, 1891

The worship of opinion is, at this day, the established religion of the United States.

—Harriet Martineau, 1839

If the people be the governors, who shall be governed?

—John Cotton, c. 1636

The most may err as grossly as the few.

—John Dryden, 1681

An electoral choice of ten different fascists is like choosing which way one wishes to die.

—George Jackson, 1971

Vox populi, vox humbug.

—William Tecumseh Sherman, 1863