Democracy Quotes

One of the achievements of the reform movement is that people realize that they can be democrats and remain faithful Muslims. Democracy is now an established idea. Abdolkarim Soroush

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I think the success of democracy is not really police security; it's the presence of a broad middle class. The stronger the middle class of a people is, the less you have to worry about one group coming in and exploiting the democratic process for its own ends. Abdullah II of Jordan

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We want to be, I think, an example for the rest of the Arab world, because there are a lot of people who say that the only democracy you can have in the Middle East is the Muslim Brotherhood. Abdullah II of Jordan

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Jordan has to show the Arab world that there's another way of doing things. We're a monarchy, yes, but if we can show democracy that leads to a two-, three-, four-party system - left, right and center - in a couple of years' time, then the Muslim Brotherhood will no longer be something to contend with. Abdullah II of Jordan

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It is true that Egypt's attempt at democracy after the 2011 revolution encountered many obstacles in governance and infrastructure. Ahmed Zewail

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Egypt was the first democracy in the Middle East. Women were unveiled in the 1920s. Egypt is a country of civilization, of culture. It shouldn't be suffering. Ahmed Zewail

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Egypt had the first constitution in the Middle East that allowed for liberty. And it had democracy. Ahmed Zewail

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An American parliamentary system with proportional representation wouldn't immediately or inexorably lead to a flourishing social democracy, but it would at least correct the overrepresentation of an ideological minority and cut down on intentional tactical economic sabotage. Alex Pareene

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Every year, the White House Correspondents' Dinner inspires two competing varieties of coverage: celebrity-obsessed fawning and angry tirades about how it represents everything twisted about our broken democracy. It doesn't, really. Alex Pareene

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To declare the Cold War over, and declare democracy has won out over totalitarianism, is a measure of arrogance and wrong-headedness. Alexander Haig

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Don't ever dare to take your college as a matter of course - because, like democracy and freedom, many people you'll never know have broken their hearts to get it for you. Alice Miller

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Journalism is what maintains democracy. It's the force for progressive social change. Andrew Vachss

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Some kind of affirmative action is important in a democracy and for economic competitiveness and national security. The Army was the first to realize that you had to have desegregation of a military to have it working properly. Andrew Young

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Democracy is something that you must learn each generation. It has to be taught. Anthony Kennedy

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We have no desire to permanently rule over millions of Palestinians, who double their numbers every generation. Israel, which wishes to be an exemplary democracy, will not be able to bear such a reality over time. The Disengagement Plan presents the possibility of opening a gate to a different reality. Ariel Sharon

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Israel, an embattled democracy, has been fighting terrorism for over 100 years. Ariel Sharon

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Israel is the only democracy in this part of the world. Ariel Sharon

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If cars and buses were attacked daily by petrol bombs or stones for 16 months in Washington, could you imagine it would be tolerated? It would not, because in the name of democracy, to preserve democracy, steps would be taken. Ariel Sharon

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Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing. What is necessary now is one thing and one thing only that democracy become again democracy in action, not democracy accomplished and piled up in goods and gold. Archibald MacLeish

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This power of democracy is a matter of pride for our country, something which we must always cherish, preserve and further strengthen. Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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Over the course of my life, I have made many transitions - most of them taking me further away from my Somali roots and steadily toward the enlightened mentality of Western democracy. Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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I think the advantage of democracy is that it makes us less dependent on a group of leaders. Azim Premji

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In a democracy, the well-being, individuality and happiness of every citizen is important for the overall prosperity, peace and happiness of the nation. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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Negroes are in no mood to shoulder guns for democracy abroad while they are denied democracy here at home. A. Philip Randolph

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You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists. Abbie Hoffman

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As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Abraham Lincoln

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If the people of Utah shall peacefully form a State Constitution tolerating polygamy, will the Democracy admit them into the Union? Abraham Lincoln

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We see the tendency in the world to criticise democracy and sometimes even to say that authoritarian countries like China are more efficient. That is very short-sighted. China looks efficient only because it can sacrifice most people's rights. This is not something the west should be happy about. Ai Weiwei

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I hope you realize, in a democracy, laughter is assent. Al Franken

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Candor and accountability in a democracy is very important. Hypocrisy has no place. Alan Dershowitz

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