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#1 Mr Alpha

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 05:07 AM

I'm writing a paper on democracy and I would need a good quote to start it out with. Anybody have any good suggestions?
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Posted 27 April 2007 - 05:20 AM

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
--George Bernard Shaw:

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.
--Thomas Jefferson

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
--Winston Churchill
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven't got it.

—George Bernard Shaw

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 08:32 AM

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 arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.
-Aristotle

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

The processes of democracy may be messy, imprecise, and frustratingly slow.
-Lee H. Hamilton
"Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal." -Albert Camus
"Chance favors the prepared mind." -Louis Pasteur
"If a man does his best, what else is there?" -George S. Patton

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 08:46 AM

"Democracy should be lived, not written about."

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 08:54 AM

Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear.
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Posted 27 April 2007 - 06:23 PM

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.
-Benjamin Franklin

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 06:59 PM

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

Oscar Wilde

"Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates."

Gore Vidal

"Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism."

E.M. Forster

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

Reinhold Niebuhr
Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one should be silent.




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