30 Democracy Quotes to Inspire Power to the People

Democracy is our right to freedom. It gives us a choice and empowers us to select our leaders and protest acts of injustice. Even more important, it gives the masses the power to be the resistance against the corrupt.

That’s why democracy also comes with responsibility. The duties that need fulfilling don’t only come from our government, it also comes from us. Because we have a voice, we need to use it to seek change if need be, and inspire others to do the same.

These 30 democracy quotes offer thought-provoking ideas about the power of democracy.

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

I believe in democracy, because it releases the energies of every human being. – Woodrow Wilson

Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism. – E. M. Forster

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Have you ever stopped to ponder the amount of blood spilt, the volume of tears shed, the degree of pain and anguish endured, the number of noble men and women lost in battle so that we as individuals might have a say in governing our country? Honor the lives sacrificed for your freedoms. Vote. – Richelle E. Goodrich

Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people. – Harry Emerson Fosdick

democracy conviction quotes

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

If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it. – Mark Twain

Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters. – Abraham Lincoln

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I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer. – Abraham Lincoln

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. – Hubert Humphrey

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

democracy government quotes

The real strength of democracy is that anyone who is not specifically against it must ultimately be for it, while communism suffers from the great tactical liability that anyone who is not specifically for it is eventually forced to oppose it. – Edwin O. Reichauer

If liberty and equality are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost. – Aristotle

I’m tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn’t work. Of course it doesn’t work. We are supposed to work it. – Alexander Woollcott

democracy work quotes

In our democracy we must have a partnership of labor, of business and of government. – Charles H. Percy

Democracy is threatened by the inertia of good people, by the selfishness of most people, and by the evil designs of a few people. – Stanley King

Every election is determined by the people who show up. – Larry J. Sabato

democracy people quotes

A man is judged by the company he keeps, and a company is judged by the men it keeps, and the people of Democratic nations are judged by the type and caliber of officers they elect. – William J. H. Boetcker

We don’t need democratization of privilege. What we need is the self-discipline of democracy. – Thomas I. Parkinson

Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it. – Howard Zinn

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Democratic living is not a station at which people arrive; it is a method of traveling. – Clyde Campbell

Democracy, as I understand it, requires me to sacrifice myself for the masses, not to them. Who knows not that if you would save the people, you must often oppose them? – John C. Calhoun

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

democracy justice quotes

The goal of a great democracy should be fulfillment, not ease. It should be adequacy, not serenity. – Abram Sachar

The chief support of an autocracy is a standing army. The chief support of a democracy is an educated people. – Lotus D. Coffman

An informed people is one of the best guarantees of a continuing democracy. – Harry F. Banks

democracy guarantee quotes

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. – Winston Churchill

The only thing wrong with democratic process is the failure to use it. – Seymour Graubard

democracy failure quotes

Democracy is a way of life. Democracy is sincerity, friendliness, courage and tolerance. If your life and mine do not exemplify these characteristics, we do not have the right to call ourselves full-fledged citizens of the world’s greatest democracy. – Melvin J. Evans

The progress of democracy seems irresistible, because it is the most uniform, the most ancient and the most permanent tendency which is to be found in history. – Alexis de Tocqueville

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