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Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either [aristocracy or monarchy]. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
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All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy (speech in Albany, 27 June 1933)
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Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
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A democracy in the Middle East must be more than a democracy in name only - it must live out its principles.
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Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
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Everybody's for democracy in principle. It's only in practice that the thing gives rise to stiff objections. [True, which is why we never have in practice anything like true democracy]
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The first reference I can find to this quotation seems to be in 'The St Catharines Standard' (St Cathariens, Ontario, Canada (Osprey Press)) Ocober 13, 2000.

A Canadian politician William Peter Randall was lamenting on the lack of election races and apparent public lack of interest.

He said, 'Acclamation is not democracy, it is apathy'.

You can find more about him in Wikipedia etc.

I have seen the quotation used a few times since then and belive it may be a good addition to your database.


Acclamation is not democracy, it is apathy.

-Willam Peter Randall
Canadian Politician, Quotiation circa 2000
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I like the noise of democracy.
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After each war there is a little less democracy to save (Once Around the Sun)
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One has the right to be wrong in a democracy.
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Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor
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It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting.
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The love of democracy is that of equality.
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Democracy is the road to socialism.
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"Democracy is too good to share with just anybody."
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Television is Democracy at it's ugliest.
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Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse.
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Either we are all free, or we fail; democracy must belong to all of us.
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Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave.
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I sow; my successor reaps. This is the majesty of democracy.
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