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Quote of the day July 31st, 2014

God heals, and the doctor takes the fees.

Benjamin Franklin

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... the 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy. Australian social scientist, quoted by Noam Chomsky in World Orders Old and New.

ALEX CAREY

[C]reative ability and personal responsibility are strongest when the mind is free from supernatural belief and operates in an atmosphere of freedom and democracy..

UNKNOWN

A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election..

BILL VAUGHAN

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

A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy..

ALDOUS HUXLEY

A good politician under democracy is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar..

H. L. MENCKEN

Abraham Lincoln did not go to Gettysburg having commissioned a poll to find out what would sell in Gettysburg. There were no people with percentages for him, cautioning him about this group or that group or what they found in exit polls a year earlier. When will we have the courage of Lincoln?.

ROBERT COLES

America's support for human rights and democracy is our noblest export to the world..

WILLIAM J. BENNETT

An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics..

PLATO

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

GORE VIDAL

As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920.

H. L. MENCKEN

As long as the differences and diversities of mankind exist, democracy must allow for compromise, for accommodation, and for the recognition of differences..

EUGENE MCCARTHY

As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality..

GEORGE WASHINGTON

Citizenship is what makes a republic -- monarchies can get along without it..

MARK TWAIN

Civilization is the process in which one gradually increases the number of people included in the term 'we' or 'us' and at the same time decreases those labeled 'you' or 'them' until that category has no one left in it..

HOWARD WINTERS

Decision by democratic majority vote is a fine form of government, but it's a stinking way to create..

LILLIAN HELLMAN

Demand the ballot as the undeniable right of every man who is called to the poll, and take special care that the old constitutional rule and principle, by which majorities alone shall decide in Parliamentary elections, shall not be violated..

JOHN BRIGHT

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity..

IRVING KRISTOL

Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is ignorant..

JOHN SIMON

Democracy forever teases us with the contrast between its ideals and its realities, between its heroic possibilities and its sorry achievements..

AGNES REPPLIER

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve..

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame..

LAURENCE J. PETER

Democracy is itself, a religious faith. For some it comes close to being the only formal religion they have..

E. B. WHITE

Democracy is not being, it is becoming. It is easily lost, but never finally won..

WILLIAM HASTIE

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

H. L. MENCKEN

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time..

E. B. WHITE

Democracy means not "I am as good as you are" but "You are as good as I am.".

THEODORE PARKER

Democracy, as has been said of Christianity, has never really been tried..

STUART CHASE

Did you, too, O friend, suppose democracy was only for elections, for politics, and for a party name? I say democracy is only of use there that it may pass on and come to its flower and fruit in manners, in the highest forms of interaction between [people], and their beliefs -- in religion, literature, colleges and schools -- democracy in all public and private life.....

WALT WHITMAN

Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world..

PAULO FREIRE

Elections are a good deal like marriages. There's no accounting for anyone's taste. Every time we see a bridegroom we wonder why she ever picked him, and it's the same with public officials..

WILL ROGERS

Everybody's for democracy in principle. It's only in practice that the thing gives rise to stiff objections..

MEG GREENFIELD

Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no protection: they have many friends and few enemies..

WENDELL PHILLIPS

I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master..

THOMAS JEFFERSON

I know of no safe repository of the ultimate power of society but people. And if we think them not enlightened enough, the remedy is not to take the power from them, but to inform them by education..

THOMAS JEFFERSON

I think it is absolutely essential in a democracy to have competition in the media, a lot of competition, and we seem to be moving away from that..

WALTER CRONKITE

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 the government to the utmost..

ARISTOTLE

In 1929 the wise, far-seeing electors of my native Hereford sent me to Westminster and, two years later, the lousy bastards kicked me out..

FRANK OWEN

In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith..

J. WILLIAM FULBRIGHT

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act..

GEORGE ORWELL

In politics, an organized minority is a political majority..

JESSE JACKSON

In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued - they may be essential to survival..

NOAM CHOMSKY

In true democracy every man and women is taught to think for himself or herself..

MOHANDAS K. GANDHI

Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work..

VINCE LOMBARDI

It is not the fact of liberty but the way in which liberty is exercised that ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives..

DOROTHY THOMPSON

It seems to me that whereas power usually means power-over, the power of some person or group over some other person or group, it is possible to develop the conception of power-with, a jointly developed power, a co-active, not a coercive power..

MARY PARKER FOLLETT

Of all forms of government and society, those of free men and women are in many respects the most brittle. They give the fullest freedom for activities of private persons and groups who often identify their own interests, essentially selfish, with the general welfare..

DOROTHY THOMPSON

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience..

C. S. LEWIS

So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men..

VOLTAIRE

That's free enterprise, friends: freedom to gamble, freedom to lose. And the great thing -- the truly democratic thing about it -- is that you don't even have to be a player to lose..

BARBARA EHRENREICH

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government..

THOMAS JEFFERSON

The citizen can bring our political and governmental institutions back to life, make them responsive and accountable, and keep them honest. No one else can..

JOHN GARDNER

The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment..

ROBERT M. HUTCHINS

The earth is ready, the time is ripe, for the authoritative expression of the feminine as well as the masculine interpretation of that common social consensus which is slowly writing justice in the State and fraternity in the social order..

ANNA GARLIN SPENCER

The essence of democracy is its assurance that every human being should so respect himself and should be so respected in his own personality that he should have opportunity equal to that of every other human being to show what he was meant to become..

ANNA GARLIN SPENCER

The most effective way to restrict democracy is to transfer decision-making from the public arena to unaccountable institutions: kings and princes, priestly castes, military juntas, party dictatorships, or modern corporations..

NOAM CHOMSKY

The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the party that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections..

LORD ACTON

The only force that can overcome an idea and a faith is another and better idea and faith, positively and fearlessly upheld..

DOROTHY THOMPSON

The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with..

ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON

The price of the democratic way of life is a growing appreciation of people's differences, not merely as tolerable, but as the essence of a rich and rewarding human experience..

JEROME NATHANSON

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously..

HUBERT H. HUMPHREY

The spirit of democracy cannot be established in the midst of terrorism, whether governmental or popular..

MOHANDAS K. GANDHI

The spirit of democracy cannot be imposed from without. It has to come from within..

MOHANDAS K. GANDHI

The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colours breaking through..

ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE

The survival of democracy depends on the renunciation of violence and the development of nonviolent means to combat evil and advance the good..

A. J. MUSTE

The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion..

MOLLY IVINS

The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it. [1941].

EDWARD DOWLING

The unconscious democracy of America is a very fine thing. It is a true and deep and instinctive assumption of the equality of citizens, which even voting and elections have not destroyed..

G. K. CHESTERTON

There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an advantage and security to all, but especially to democracies as against despots. What is it? Distrust..

DEMOSTHENES

Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed..

BARRY GOLDWATER

To safeguard democracy the people must have a keen sense of independence, self-respect, and their oneness..

MOHANDAS K. GANDHI

Voting is one of the few things where boycotting in protest clearly makes the problem worse rather than better..

JANE AUER

We adore titles and heredities in our hearts and ridicule them with our mouths. This is our democratic privilege..

MARK TWAIN

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people..

JOHN F. KENNEDY

We have learned to say that the good must be extended to all of society before it can be held secure by any one person or any one class. But we have not yet learned to add to that statement, that unless all [people] and all classes contribute to a good, we cannot even be sure that it is worth having..

JANE ADDAMS

We preach the virtues of democracy abroad. We must practice its duties here at home. Voting is the first duty of democracy..

LYNDON B. JOHNSON

When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. The minority are right..

EUGENE V. DEBS

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS..

MOHANDAS K. GANDHI

Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government..

THOMAS JEFFERSON

Without general elections, without unrestricted freedom of press and assembly, without a free struggle of opinion, life dies out in every public institution, becomes a mere semblance of life, in which only the bureaucracy remains as the active element..

ROSA LUXEMBURG


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