The foundation of democracy is the sense of spiritual independence which nerves the individual to stand alone against the powers of this world.

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

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

The purpose of democracy… is, through many transmigrations, and amid endless ridicules, arguments and ostensible failure, to illustrate, at all hazards, this doctrine or theory that man, properly train’d in sanest, highest freedom, may and must become a law, and series of laws, unto himself.

National leaders who find themselves wilting under the withering criticisms by members of the media, would do well not to take such criticism personally but to regard the media as their allies in keeping the government clean and honest, its services efficient and timely, and its commitment to democracy strong and unwavering.

In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.

What makes the United States special in the history of nations is our commitment to the rule of law and our carefully constructed system of checks and balances. Our national distrust of concentrated power and our devotion to openness and democracy are what have led us as a people to consistently choose good over evil in our collective aspirations.

Americans often pride themselves on being members of the largest, most enduring, and most successful democracy in the world. Yet their lives, to a great degree, are channeled, shaped, and determined by the decisions of a very few people sitting in the board rooms and executive suites of the giant corporations, over whom they exercise little control.

Self-criticism is the secret weapon of democracy.

Self-criticism is the secret weapon of democracy.

Self-criticism is the secret weapon of democracy.

All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy.

The task of democracy is to relive mass misery and yet preserve the freedom of the individual.

Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.

The end of democracy is freedom; of oligarchy, wealth; of aristocracy, the maintenance of education and national institutions; of tyranny, the protection of the tyrant.

The first rule of democracy is to distrust all leaders who begin to believe their own publicity.

A fanatical belief in democracy makes democratic institutions impossible.

If one man offers you democracy and another offers you a bag of grain, at what stage of starvation will you prefer the grain to the vote?

The test of democracy is freedom of criticism.