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Democracy is a form of government in which it is permitted to wonder
aloud what the country could do under first-class management.
-- Senator Soaper
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Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the
incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
-- George Bernard Shaw
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Democracy is a government where you can say what you think even if you
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Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by
-- H. L. Mencken
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Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse.
-- Jawaharlal Nehru
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Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people
are right more than half of the time.
-- E. B. White
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A government of the masses. Authority derived through mass
meeting or any other form of direct expression. Results in mobocracy.
Attitude toward property is communistic... negating property rights.
Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate,
whether it is based upon deliberation or governed by passion,
prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences.
Result is demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy.
-- U. S. Army Training Manual No. 2000-25 (1928-1932),
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Demographic polls show that you have lost credibility across the
board. Especially with those 14 year-old Valley girls.
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A Prestidigitator who, putting metal in one's mouth, pulls
coins out of one's pockets.
-- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary"
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Despising machines to a man,
The Luddites joined up with the Klan,
And ride out by night
In a sheeting of white
To lynch all the robots they can.
-- C. M. and G. A. Maxson