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Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens participate equally—either directly or through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. It encompasses social, economic and cultural conditions that enable the free and equal practice of political self-determination.

Democracy consists of four basic elements:

  1. A political system for choosing and replacing the government through free and fair elections.
  2. The active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and civic life.
  3. Protection of the human rights of all citizens.
  4. A rule of law, in which the laws and procedures apply equally to all citizens.

Read below the Famous Quotes of Democracy.

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. – Winston Churchill

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting. – Charles Bukowski

People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.― Alan Moore

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

An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination. – Voltaire

A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honorable, generous, tolerant and respectful. – Charles W. Pickering

The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness. – Niels Bohr

In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority. – Edmund Burke

To make democracy work, we must be a notion of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain. – Louis L’Amour

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

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. – Winston Churchill

In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme. – Aristotle

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. – H. L. Mencken

Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame.- Bertrand Russell

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. – H. L. Mencken

Democracy don’t rule the world, You’d better get that in your head; This world is ruled by violence, But I guess that’s better left unsaid. – Bob Dylan

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.- Aristotle

Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve. – George Bernard Shaw

Democracy is the road to socialism. – Karl Marx

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.- George Bernard Shaw

Democracy… is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike. – Plato

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. – Oscar Wilde

Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide. – John Adams

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 D. Roosevelt

Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. – Ronald Reagan

The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart. – Mahatma Gandhi

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.- John F. Kennedy

All deductions having been made, democracy has done less harm, and more good, than any other form of government. – Will Durant

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. – Winston Churchill

Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man. ― Bertrand Russell

Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. – Ronald Reagan

The Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. ― Thomas Jefferson

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. ― Winston Churchill

A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. ― Theodore Roosevelt

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. ― James Bovard

You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution. – G. K. Chesterton

Democracy gives every man A right to be his own oppressor. – James Russell Lowell

Democracy is the power of equal votes for unequal minds. – Charles I of England

For in a democracy, every citizen, regardless of his interest in politics, ‘hold office’; everyone of us is in a position of responsibility; and, in the final analysis, the kind of government we get depends upon how we fulfill those responsibilities. We, the people, are the boss, and we will get the kind of political leadership, be it good or bad, that we demand and deserve. -John F. Kennedy,

You may fool all the people some of the time; … some of the people all the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all the time. – Abraham Lincoln

The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy! – H.L. Mencken

Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they’re both just aspirin. – Gore Vidal

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

Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy. – Benito Mussolini

Democracy and socialism are means to an end, not the end itself. – Jawaharlal Nehru

There is no dignity in wickedness, whether in purple or rags; and hell is a democracy of devils, where all are equals. – Herman Melville

Freedom and democracy are dreams you never give up. – Aung San Suu Kyi

As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end. – Adlai E. Stevenson

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

Corruption is nature’s way of restoring our faith in democracy. – Peter Ustinov

The democracy process provides for political and social change without violence. – Aung San Suu Kyi

Democracy is an abuse of statistics. – Jorge Luis Borges

There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship. – Ralph Nader

A full and fair discussion is essential to democracy. – George Soros

The essence of a democracy is a free electorate. – Arlen Specter

When everyone agrees to a single solution and a single plan, there’s nothing more efficient in the world than an efficient democracy. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

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