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Casting our vote is fundamental to our democracy. To past generations who prevailed against fascism and totalitarianism, to women, and to African Americans who fought hard for the right, voting has been a duty and a privilege. Voter turnout tends to hover between 50-60% in presidential elections, with low turnout attributed to apathy, disillusionment, or simply the feeling that’s one’s vote won’t make a difference. But nothing is further from the truth. If you’re looking for a reason to get excited about voting, read on:

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We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

John Adams quote: Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There...

Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.

I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible.

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There cannot be true democracy unless women's voices are heard. There cannot be true democracy unless women are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own lives.

Democracy is a con game. It’s a word invented to placate people to make them accept a given institution. All institutions sing, ‘We are free.’ The minute you hear ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’, watch out… because in a truly free nation, no one has to tell you you’re free.

Democracy is four wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.

Democracy is not just a question of having a vote. It consists of strengthening each citizen's possibility and capacity to participate in the deliberations involved in life in society.

Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.

In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.

You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule—and both commonly succeed, and are right.

Winston Churchill quote: The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

Democracy is "government of, by and for the people".

The real difference between democracy and oligarchy is poverty and wealth. Wherever men rule by reason of their wealth, whether they be few or many, that is an oligarchy, and where the poor rule, that is a democracy.

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The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of democracy.

Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those others that have been

Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but it's something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles.

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51+ Best Democracy Quotes To Inspire Budding Politicians

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Democracy has for long been recognized as the only acceptable form of government in our society.

There can be different kinds of governments established in countries such as monarchy, oligarchy and theocracy. Democracy has been the most preferred style of political rule due to the various freedom it allows its people.

Democracy has been one of the great forms of governance which ensure people their rights and citizens with an avenue to live their life freely. Many countries in the world have adopted this system and have given their people the right to vote. Many great academics around the world have given their own interpretation over what democracy means and what democracy must do for the people. This article has some of the best democracy quotes to help aspiring politicians understand more about it.

If you liked this article on best democracy quotes, also check out the articles on equality quotes and Shirley Chisholm quotes .

Inspiring Quotes On Democracy

Democracy quotes are important.

Democracy is not just the right to vote but is a great system which many nations in the world use. This subcategory has some democracy quotes on why it is good.

1. "If there were a nation of Gods, it would govern itself democratically. A government so perfect is not suited to men."

- Jean-Jacques Rousseau .

2. "The price of democracy is the ongoing pursuit of the common good by all of the people."

- Saul Alinsky .

3. " Democracy is not the law of the majority but protection of the minority."

- Albert Camus.

4. "Democracy is messy, and it's hard. It's never easy."

- Robert Kennedy Jr.

5. "The only way to practice democracy, is to practice democracy."

6. "Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife."

- John Dewey, 'The Middle Works'.

7. "Democracy is not a static thing. It does not stand still."

- Vincent Harding.

8. "Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least."

- Robert Byrne.

9. "Democracy's worst fault is that its leaders are likely to reflect the faults and virtues of their constituents."

- Robert A. Heinlein, ' Stranger In A Strange Land '.

10. "The democratic tradition does not advance a single and agreed ideal of popular rule, but is rather an arena of debate in which the notion of popular rule is discussed."

- Andrew Heywood, 'Political Theory'.

11. "Democracy is a political method, that is to say, a certain type of institutional arrangement for arriving at political - legislative and administrative - decisions and hence incapable of being an end in itself."

- Joseph Schumpeter.

12. "Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely."

- Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Enlightening Quotes About Democracy

Democracy quotes are interesting for politicians.

This subcategory has democracy quotes that explain why it should be spread around the world.

13. "The real safeguard of democracy...is education."

14. "The main problem of participatory democracy is not how to run it, but how to reach it."

- C.B. Macpherson, 'The Life And Times Of Liberal Democracy."

15. "Democracy is not just a question of having a vote. It consists of strengthening each citizen’s possibility and capacity to participate in the deliberations involved in life in society."

- Fernando Cardoso.

16. "Democratic theory is concerned with processes by which ordinary citizens exert a relatively high degree of control over leaders."

- Robert A. Dahl, 'A Preface To Democratic Theory'.

17. "Democracy is four wolves and a sheep voting on dinner."

- Robert A. Heinlein.

18. "A democracy is more than a form of government; it is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience."

- John Dewey.

19. "Liberal constitutional democracy is supposed to ensure that each citizen is free and equal and protected by basic rights and liberties."

- John Rawls .

20. "Democracy: stored up in heaven; but unhappily has not yet been communicated to us."

- Bernard Crick.

21. "The method of democracy is to bring conflicts out into the open where their special claims can be seen and appraised, where they can be discussed and judged."

- John Dewey, 'Political Writings'.

22. "Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy."

- Kofi Annan .

23. "A democracy is a state which recognizes the subjection of the minority to the majority."

- Vladimir Lenin.

24. "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."

- Winston Churchill.

25. "In the strict sense of the term, a true democracy has never existed, and never will exist."

- Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

26. "Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it."

- Alexis de Tocqueville.

Famous Quotes About Democracy By Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, one of the most well-known Presidents of USA was a passionate advocate of democracy.

27. "As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy."

- Abraham Lincoln.

28. "The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done."

29. "The ballot is stronger than the bullet."

30. "Elections belong to the people."

31. "Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity. Democracy will rise superior to the money power."

Democracy In America Quotes

USA is the oldest democracy in the world and aspiring politicians have much to learn from its democratic processes.

32. "Yet among the countries most comparable to the United States and where democratic institutions have long existed without breakdown, not one has adopted our American constitutional system."

- Robert A. Dahl, 'How Democratic Is The American Constitution?'

33. "Those who wish to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it."

- Thomas Paine.

34. "We are Americans because we practice democracy and believe in republican government, not because we practice revealed religion and believe in Bible-based government."

- John Stuart Mill.

35. "Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy."

- Jesse Jackson .

36. "There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

- Isaac Asimov.

37. "Democracy is an unfinished experiment."

- Walt Whitman.

Aristotle Quotes On Democracy

Aristotle's democracy quotes are invaluable as he was one of the first to think, write and discuss it.

38. "Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal."

- Aristotle, 'Politics'.

39. "The real difference between democracy and oligarchy is poverty and wealth. Wherever men rule by reason of their wealth, whether they be few or many, that is an oligarchy, and where the poor rule, that is a democracy."

- Aristotle.

40. "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."

41. "In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme."

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

Quotes About Democracy As A Form of Government

Many political scientists think differently about democracy and its success as a form of government.

43. "The struggle for democracy has to be maintained on as many fronts as culture has aspects: political, economic, international, educational, scientific and artistic."

44. "We must learn to judge our social and economic choices by whether they empower the powerless, protect the earth, and foster true democracy."

- Jim Wallis, 'Soul Of Politics'.

45. "The best cure for the ills of democracy is more democracy."

- Edward Abbety, 'A Voice Crying In The Wilderness'.

46. "Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing."

- Archibald MacLeish.

47. "Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us."

48. "Bureaucracy is not an obstacle to democracy but an inevitable complement to it."

49. "If the greater part of the world in which they live is characterized by peaceful and prosperous liberal democracy, then they will struggle against that peace and prosperity, and against democracy."

- Francis Fukuyama, 'The End Of History And Last Men'.

50. "In a democracy the people choose a leader in whom they trust. Then the chosen leader says, 'Now shut up and obey me.' People and party are then no longer free to interfere in his business."

- Max Weber.

51. "Democracy, which is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike."

- Plato, 'The Republic'.

52. "Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles."

- Woodrow Wilson .

53. "Essentially the fault lies in the fact that the democratic political process is at best regulated rivalry."

- John Rawls.

54. "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."

55. "In a really equal democracy, every section would be represented proportionately."

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Rajnandini is an art lover and enthusiastically likes to spread her knowledge. With a Master of Arts in English, she has worked as a private tutor and, in the past few years, has moved into content writing for companies such as Writer's Zone. Trilingual Rajnandini has also published work in a supplement for 'The Telegraph', and had her poetry shortlisted in Poems4Peace, an international project. Outside work, her interests include music, movies, travel, philanthropy, writing her blog, and reading. She is fond of classic British literature.

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The oldest account of democracy can be traced back to 508–507 BCC Athens . Today there are over 50 different types of democracy across the world. But, what is the ideal form of democracy ? Why is democracy considered the epitome of freedom and rights around the globe? Let’s explore what self-governance is and how you can write a creative and informative essay on democracy and its significance. 

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Democracy is a form of government in which the final authority to deliberate and decide the legislation for the country lies with the people, either directly or through representatives. Within a democracy, the method of decision-making, and the demarcation of citizens vary among countries. However, some fundamental principles of democracy include the rule of law, inclusivity, political deliberations, voting via elections , etc. 

Did you know: On 15th August 1947, India became the world’s largest democracy after adopting the Indian Constitution and granting fundamental rights to its citizens?

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Democracy where people make decisions for the country is the only known form of governance in the world that promises to inculcate principles of equality, liberty and justice. The deliberations and negotiations to form policies and make decisions for the country is the basis on which the government works, with supreme power to people to choose their representatives, delegate the country’s matters and express their dissent. The democratic system is usually of two types, the presidential system, and the parliamentary system. In India, the three pillars of democracy, namely legislature, executive and judiciary, working independently and still interconnected, along with a free press and media provide a structure for a truly functional democracy. Despite the longest-written constitution incorporating values of sovereignty, socialism, secularism etc. India, like other countries, still faces challenges like corruption, bigotry, and oppression of certain communities and thus, struggles to stay true to its democratic ideals.

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As Abraham Lincoln once said, “democracy is the government of the people, by the people and for the people.” There is undeniably no doubt that the core of democracies lies in making people the ultimate decision-makers. With time, the simple definition of democracy has evolved to include other principles like equality, political accountability, rights of the citizens and to an extent, values of liberty and justice. Across the globe, representative democracies are widely prevalent, however, there is a major variation in how democracies are practised. The major two types of representative democracy are presidential and parliamentary forms democracy. Moreover, not all those who present themselves as a democratic republic follow its values.

Many countries have legally deprived some communities to live with dignity and protect their liberty, or are practising authoritarian rule through majoritarianism or populist leaders. Despite this, one of the things that are central and basic to all is the practice of elections and voting. However, even in such a case, the principles of universal adult franchise and the practice of free and fair elections are theoretically essential but very limited in practice, for a democracy. Unlike several other nations, India is still, at least constitutionally and principally, a practitioner of an ideal democracy.

With our three organs of the government, namely legislative, executive and judiciary, the constitutional rights to citizens, a multiparty system, laws to curb discrimination and spread the virtues of equality, protection to minorities, and a space for people to discuss, debate and dissent, India has shown a commitment towards democratic values. In recent times, with challenges to freedom of speech, rights of minority groups and a conundrum between the protection of diversity and unification of the country, the debate about the preservation of democracy has become vital to public discussion.

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Democracy originated from the Greek word dēmokratiā , with dēmos ‘people’ and Kratos ‘rule.’ For the first time, the term appeared in the 5th century BC to denote the political systems then existing in Greek city-states, notably Classical Athens, to mean “rule of the people.” It now refers to a form of governance where the people have the right to participate in the decision-making of the country. Majorly, it is either direct democracy where citizens deliberate and make legislation while in representative democracy, they choose government officials on their behalf, like in a parliamentary or presidential democracy.

The presidential system (like in the USA) has the President as the head of the country and the government, while the parliamentary system (like in UK and India) has both a Prime Minister who derives its legitimacy from a parliament and even has a nominal head like a monarch or a President.

The notions and principle frameworks of democracy have evolved with time. At the core, lies the idea of political discussions and negotiations. In contrast to its alternatives like monarchy, anarchy, oligarchy etc., it is the one with the most liberty to incorporate diversity. The ideas of equality, political representation to all, active public participation, the inclusion of dissent, and most importantly, the authority to the law by all make it an attractive option for citizens to prefer, and countries to follow.

The largest democracy in the world, India with the lengthiest constitution has tried and to an extent, successfully achieved incorporating the framework to be a functional democracy. It is a parliamentary democratic republic where the President is head of the state and the Prime minister is head of the government. It works on the functioning of three bodies, namely legislative, executive, and judiciary. By including the principles of a sovereign, socialist, secular and democratic republic, and undertaking the guidelines to establish equality, liberty and justice, in the preamble itself, India shows true dedication to achieving the ideal.

It has formed a structure that allows people to enjoy their rights, fight against discrimination or any other form of suppression, and protect their rights as well. The ban on all and any form of discrimination, an independent judiciary, governmental accountability to its citizens, freedom of media and press, and secular values are some common values shared by all types of democracies.

Across the world, countries have tried rooting their constitution with the principles of democracy. However, the reality is different. Even though elections are conducted everywhere, mostly, they lack freedom of choice and fairness. Even in the world’s greatest democracies, there are challenges like political instability, suppression of dissent, corruption , and power dynamics polluting the political sphere and making it unjust for the citizens. Despite the consensus on democracy as the best form of government, the journey to achieve true democracy is both painstaking and tiresome. 


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Democracy is a process through which the government of a country is elected by and for the people.

Yes, India is a democratic country and also holds the title of the world’s largest democracy.

Direct and Representative Democracy are the two major types of Democracy.

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Essay on democracy for matric, intermediate and graduation | merits and demerits.

In this essay on democracy , we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of democracy in any country. We will try to find out that, is Democracy is the best form of Government? Democracy Essay is also very important for the Examinations of 10th class, 2nd Year and Graduation Annual Exams. Here you will find 2 examples of Essay For more English Essays you can go here .

Essay on Democracy Vs Dictatorship with Quotations and Outline

Democracy is a successful popular form of government in modern times. It is a modern type of government where the “Public Will” is expressed. The dictum, “ Some are born to rule and others to obey.” is rejected. Abraham Lincoln once defined democracy as:

 “Government of the people, by the people, for the people,  shall not perish from the Earth.”

Democracy is a mechanism through which people choose their representatives by voting their political parties in a democratic country. The party which wins by the majority of the opposition in the “Legislative Assembly. In the assembly, important, issues are put up, discussed and decided by voting.

In a democratic system, people elect their own rulers. If they do not serve them well for one term, they will not be elected again. The ministers are responsible for the legislature and as soon as they lose trust, they are made to resign. Thus, a change in government is brought about by peaceful methods.

“The voice of the people is the voice of God”

In a civil society, democracy is the guardian of equality, liberty and the fundamental tighs of the people. It makes all the citizens interested in national affairs by giving them a feeling of participation and a sense of responsibility. Everyone enjoys freedom of thought, action and speech. The four pillars of democracy are the rule of law, freedom of opinion, freedom of association and freedom of the press. Bernard Shaw has defined democracy as:

“A social order aiming at the greatest available welfare of the whole  population and not for a class.”

Unfortunately, democracy could not flourish in Pakistan because of political immaturity, economic insecurity and institutional instability. Sectarianism, illiteracy a caste system have deteriorated our social and political system. At the time of elections, the voters are either bribed or threatened to give their votes in favour of illegible and irresponsible candidates. Power is abused for the promotion of selfish ends. Corruption and favouritism are rampant. In this way, the lawmakers become law-breakers. Moreover, the continual military interventions also destabilize the democratic system of the country.

                        “The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy.”

Dictatorship is the rule of one man who exercises absolute power. The dictators usually belong to well-organised political parties or the security forces of the country. They come to rescue the people but make them more miserable than before. In a dictatorship, the fundamental rights of civil society are suspended. Criticism is silenced and the opposition is ruthlessly suppressed. In this way, it creates frustration suffocation in society.

In spite of its demerits, democracy is a reasonable, useful and successful system of government. It is based on consent and not force, persuasion and not dictation. On the other hand, in spite of a few merits dictatorship is a curse to humanity.

                        “Democracy isn’t perfect, I just  don’t know a better system.” (Winston Churchill)

2. Advantages and Disadvantages of Democracy Essay for Class 10, 2nd Year and Graduation

Democracy may be defined in the words of Abraham Lincoln:

“Government of the people, for the people and by the people.”

Thus democracy is a public kind of government. All classes of people from a layman to a lord take part in democracy. That is why this form of government is widely liked by nations all over the world. It is the most favourite form of government of this age. Many people like democracy for its favourable features. They are as follows.

Advantages of Democracy

Democracy impedes the way of cruel rulers. As people themselves elect their rulers, they do not vote for stern savages. They try to elect those people who are polite and cultured. Then these kind rulers ever try to solve the problems of their voters. They work for the welfare of the state.

Democracy prevents wars. War is a necessary evil. But in this age of nuclear weapons, a war would mean a wholesale killing of humans. Democratic rulers do not take the risk of wars. Rather they try to resolve their disputes through diplomatic dialogues. Thus democracy indirectly prevents wars.

Democracy brings about the prosperity of the state. The elected members of the ruling class know that they have come to the throne by the votes of the masses. Therefore, they try to satisfy their voters otherwise they know that people would not cast their votes in favour of them in the next election.

Democracy tends to foster human development. It works for the better health of the masses. It generates opportunities for education. It tries to enhance human facilities. It tries to promote better living conditions.

Democracy promotes political culture and democratic values. People know the power of their votes. They participate effectively in the political process. They make their views about the political policies of various political parties. They have got full right to accept or reject policy. Thus the democratic process is decided by the people and not by the political organizations.

Democracy safeguards the fundamental interest of people. It helps people to exercise their legal and political rights. It creates a sense of pride in the masses that they are living under the laws of their own choice. Thus, people become law-abiding. Democracy also creates an environment of political equality. All citizens enjoy equal rights and privileges.

Disadvantages of Democracy

Being popular is no guarantee for a thing to be asserted as good. So, we cannot say that democracy is the only form of good government. It has advantages as well as disadvantages. Some of the disadvantages of democracy are discussed below.

Democracy brings about inequalities in economic and social resources. People with greater resources naturally win the election and come to power. They influence the political system and the economic policies of the state to their advantage. Thus they hinder a satisfactory level of political equality. They try to oblige the workers of their political party. Thus democracy causes inequality and injustice.

Democracy is also dangerous when the majority of corrupt and dishonest people come into power. They misuse their powers and authority. They have won the election by the dint of their social status and wealth. Thus their first preference is to earn money many times greater than the money they have spent during the election.

If we analyze democracy from the point of view of our country, we come to know that it has never been successful in our country. The main reasons are lack of education, the lack of political sense and interruption from non-political elements. No government has ever been given a chance to run its affairs smoothly. But in spite of all this, if our political leaders pay some heed to the golden rules of Islamic democracy, they would be successful rulers indeed.

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In the line of 45 U.S. presidents, there have been highs and lows. For some, history has been kind; for others, the stories in textbooks are complicated. Nevertheless, it has been a long and successful journey of presidential democracy. Here is a collection of famous presidential quotes that will inspire you. 

Andrew Jackson:

"Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error."

William Henry Harrison:

"There is nothing more corrupting, nothing more destructive of the noblest and finest feelings of our nature, than the exercise of unlimited power."

Abraham Lincoln:

"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God, cannot long retain it."

Ulysses S. Grant:

"Labor disgraces no man, but occasionally men disgrace labor."

Rutherford B. Hayes:

"One of the tests of the civilization of people is the treatment of its criminals."

Benjamin Harrison:

"Have you not learned that not stocks or bonds or stately houses, or products of the mill or field are our country? It is a spiritual thought that is in our minds."

William McKinley:

"The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation."

Theodore Roosevelt:

"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life, we get nothing save by effort."

William H. Taft:

"Don't write so that you can be understood; write so that you can't be misunderstood."

Woodrow Wilson:

"No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation."

Warren G. Harding:

"I don't know much about Americanism, but it's a damn good word with which to carry an election."

Calvin Coolidge:

"Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery."

Herbert Hoover:

"America—a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose."

Franklin D. Roosevelt:

"The only thing we have to fear is...fear itself."

Dwight D. Eisenhower:

"When you are in any contest, you should work as if there were—to the very last minute—a chance to lose it."

John F. Kennedy:

"Let us resolve to be masters, not the victims, of our history, controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions and emotions."

Lyndon B. Johnson:

"For this is what America is all about: It is the uncrossed desert and the unclimbed ridge. It is the star that is not reached and the harvest that is sleeping in the unplowed ground."

Richard Nixon:

"A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits."

Jimmy Carter:

"Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease."

Bill Clinton:

"We must teach our children to resolve their conflicts with words, not weapons."

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Democracy is derived from the Greek word demos or people. It is defined as a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people. Democracy is exercised directly by the people; in large societies, it is by the people through their elected agents. In the phrase of President Abraham Lincoln, democracy is the “Government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” There are various democratic countries, but India has the largest democracy in the world. This Democracy Essay will help you know all about India’s democracy. Students can also get a list of CBSE Essays on different topics to boost their essay-writing skills.

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India is a very large country full of diversities – linguistically, culturally and religiously. At the time of independence, it was economically underdeveloped. There were enormous regional disparities, widespread poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, and a shortage of almost all public welfare means. Since independence, India has been functioning as a responsible democracy. The same has been appreciated by the international community. It has successfully adapted to challenging situations. There have been free and fair periodic elections for all political offices, from the panchayats to the President. There has been a smooth transfer of political power from one political party or set of political parties to others, both at national and state levels, on many occasions.

India: A Democratic Country

Democracy is of two, i.e. direct and representative. In a direct democracy, all citizens, without the intermediary of elected or appointed officials, can participate in making public decisions. Such a system is only practical with relatively small numbers of people in a community organisation or tribal council. Whereas in representative democracy, every citizen has the right to vote for their representative. People elect their representatives to all levels, from Panchayats, Municipal Boards, State Assemblies and Parliament. In India, we have a representative democracy.

Democracy is a form of government in which rulers elected by the people take all the major decisions. Elections offer a choice and fair opportunity to the people to change the current rulers. This choice and opportunity are available to all people on an equal basis. The exercise of this choice leads to a government limited by basic rules of the constitution and citizens’ rights.

Democracy is the Best Form of Government

A democratic government is a better government because it is a more accountable form of government. Democracy provides a method to deal with differences and conflicts. Thus, democracy improves the quality of decision-making. The advantage of a democracy is that mistakes cannot be hidden for long. There is a space for public discussion, and there is room for correction. Either the rulers have to change their decisions, or the rulers can be changed. Democracy offers better chances of a good decision. It respects people’s own wishes and allows different kinds of people to live together. Even when it fails to do some of these things, it allows a way of correcting its mistakes and offers more dignity to all citizens. That is why democracy is considered the best form of government.

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Winston Churchill's Quote on Democracy "Many forms of government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others that have been tried from time to time." - Winston Churchill, 1947. This quote represents the views of Winston Churchill, the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, not only on democracy, but on government as a whole. By this quote Churchill meant that democracy is not perfect, and no government created so far is. Every form of government no matter how successful it is has flaws. According to Webster's Dictionary the definition of government is: 1 : "a government by the people; esp : rule of the majority 2 : a government in which the supreme power is held by the people." Democracy cannot function without the people, especially if the people are ignorant, ill- informed, or only care about their own interests. Building an effective democracy takes time, the people must be educated to make effective and well-informed decisions. This is one reason why democracy is failing in Russia, and one of democracy's flaws. Democracy is also a very slow process; the checks and balances that help make democracy effective also makes it inefficient. Before a law is passed it spends a great deal of time in the hands of officials in Congress, and even in the hands of the president. " Democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse out of the public treasury."- Alexander Tyler. While this quote is not completely realistic, the idea behind it is very true. It is often said that democracy is just a tyranny of the majority. This can seem true at times, because the thoughts and ideas of a minority are not always fairly represented. In fact in a few ways a dictatorship has advantages over democracy it's more efficient. A dictatorship is a very efficient form of government, and so is a oligarchy, but in those governments it can be very difficult for the views and opinions of the people to be heard. For these reasons democracy is the

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Of all the thousands upon thousands of stories and projects produced by American media last year, perhaps the one most-talked about was The New York Times Magazine’s ambitious “The 1619 Project,” which recognized the 400th anniversary of the moment enslaved Africans were first brought to what would become the United States and how it forever changed the country.

It was a phenomenal piece of journalism.

And while the project in its entirety did not make the list of Pulitzer Prize finalists, the introductory essay by Nikole Hannah-Jones , the creator of the landmark project, was honored with a prestigious Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

After the announcement that she has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Hannah-Jones told the Times’ staff it was “the most important work of my life.”

While nearly impossible, and almost insulting, to try and describe in a handful of words or even sentences, Hannah-Jones’ essay was introduced with this headline: “Our Democracy’s Founding Ideals Were False When They Were Written. Black Americans Have Fought to Make Them True.”

In her essay, Hannah-Jones wrote, “But it would be historically inaccurate to reduce the contributions of black people to the vast material wealth created by our bondage. Black Americans have also been, and continue to be, foundational to the idea of American freedom. More than any other group in this country’s history, we have served, generation after generation, in an overlooked but vital role: It is we who have been the perfecters of this democracy.”

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Hannah-Jones’ and “The 1619 Project,” however, were not without controversy. There was criticism of the project, particularly from conservatives. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich called it “propaganda.” A commentator for The Federalist tweeted the goal of the project was to “delegitimize America, and further divide and demoralize its citizenry.”

But the most noteworthy criticism came from a group of five historians. ln a letter to the Times , they wrote that they were “dismayed at some of the factual errors in the project and the closed process behind it.” They added, “These errors, which concern major events, cannot be described as interpretation or ‘framing.’ They are matters of verifiable fact, which are the foundation of both honest scholarship and honest journalism. They suggest a displacement of historical understanding by ideology.”

Wall Street Journal assistant editorial features editor Elliot Kaufman wrote a column with the subhead: “The New York Times tries to rewrite U.S. history, but its falsehoods are exposed by surprising sources.”

In a rare move, the Times responded to the criticism with its own response . New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Jake Silverstein wrote, “Though we respect the work of the signatories, appreciate that they are motivated by scholarly concern and applaud the efforts they have made in their own writings to illuminate the nation’s past, we disagree with their claim that our project contains significant factual errors and is driven by ideology rather than historical understanding. While we welcome criticism, we don’t believe that the request for corrections to The 1619 Project is warranted.”

That was just a portion of the rather lengthy and stern, but respectful response defending the project.

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In the end, the 1619 Project — and Hannah-Jones’ essay, in particular — will be remembered for one of the most impactful and thought-provoking pieces on race, slavery and its impact on America that we’ve ever seen.

And maybe there was another reason for the pushback besides those questioning its historical accuracy.

As The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer wrote in December , “U.S. history is often taught and popularly understood through the eyes of its great men, who are seen as either heroic or tragic figures in a global struggle for human freedom. The 1619 Project, named for the date of the first arrival of Africans on American soil, sought to place ‘the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.’ Viewed from the perspective of those historically denied the rights enumerated in America’s founding documents, the story of the country’s great men necessarily looks very different.”

There’s no question that Hannah-Jones’ essay, which requires the kind of smart thinking and discussion that this country needs to continue having, deserved to be recognized with a Pulitzer as the top commentary of 2019. After all, and this is not hyperbole, it’s one of the most important essays ever.

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Jenkins continues to be among the best sports columnists in the country. Meanwhile, has any writer done more to shine a light on homelessness than Lopez? This is the third time in the past four years (and fourth time overall) that Lopez has been a finalist in the commentary category.

In any other year, both would be deserving of Pulitzer Prizes. But 2019 will be remembered for Nikole Hannah-Jones’ powerful essay and project.

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  1. Democracy Quotes (2321 quotes)

    "As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." ― H.L. Mencken, On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe

  2. Inspiring Quotes About Democracy

    Casting our vote is fundamental to our democracy. To past generations who prevailed against fascism and totalitarianism, to women, and to African Americans who fought hard for the right, voting...

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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. John Adams There can be no democracy without truth. There can be no truth without controversy, there can be no change without freedom. Without freedom there can be no progress. Andrew Young

  4. TOP 25 DEMOCRACY QUOTES (of 1000)

    In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme. Aristotle Power, Democracies Have, Majority 27 Copy quote You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution. Gilbert K. Chesterton

  5. 51+ Best Democracy Quotes To Inspire Budding Politicians

    "The price of democracy is the ongoing pursuit of the common good by all of the people." - Saul Alinsky. 3. " Democracy is not the law of the majority but protection of the minority." - Albert Camus. 4. "Democracy is messy, and it's hard. It's never easy." - Robert Kennedy Jr. 5. "The only way to practice democracy, is to practice democracy."

  6. Top 25 Quotations for Democracy Essay

    "Be not overcome by evil but overcome evil by good." (Romans) "In a democracy, the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme." (Aristotle) "Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve". (G.B.Shaw)

  7. Essay on Democracy for Students [100, 250 & 500 words ...

    Sample Essay on Democracy (250 to 300 words) As Abraham Lincoln once said, "democracy is the government of the people, by the people and for the people." There is undeniably no doubt that the core of democracies lies in making people the ultimate decision-makers.

  8. Essay on Democracy with Outline and Quotations

    "The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy." Dictatorship is the rule of one man who exercises absolute power. The dictators usually belong to well-organised political parties or the security forces of the country. They come to rescue the people but make them more miserable than before.

  9. Democracy Essay for Students and Children

    Significance of a Democracy Democracy is very important for human development. When people have free will to live freely, they will be happier. Moreover, we have seen how other forms of government have turned out to be. Citizens are not that happy and prosperous in a monarchy or anarchy. Furthermore, democracy lets people have equal rights.

  10. Democracy in America Quotes by Alexis de Tocqueville

    Democracy in America Quotes Showing 1-30 of 363 "I do not know if the people of the United States would vote for superior men if they ran for office, but there can be no doubt that such men do not run." ― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America tags: democracy 258 likes Like

  11. 50 Democracy Quotes on the International Day of Democracy

    Original Democracy Quotes If you live in a democratic society, you should consider yourself absolutely privileged. A functioning democracy is the most important asset of a nation since it is all that society needs to live in prosperity. Happy are those who choose the path of democracy.

  12. Famous Quotes From America's Legendary Presidents

    "It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life, we get nothing save by effort." William H. Taft: "Don't write so that you can be understood; write so that you can't be misunderstood." Woodrow Wilson: "No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation." Warren G. Harding:

  13. Democracy Essay

    Democracy offers better chances of a good decision. It respects people's own wishes and allows different kinds of people to live together. Even when it fails to do some of these things, it allows a way of correcting its mistakes and offers more dignity to all citizens. That is why democracy is considered the best form of government.

  14. You may not know these 7 quotes on democracy

    "A functioning, robust democracy requires a healthy, educated, participatory followership, and an educated, morally grounded leadership." Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian novelist, poet, and critic who is regarded as a dominant figure in modern African literature. 2. "Everybody counts in applying democracy.

  15. Winston Churchill's Quote on Democracy

    In this essay, the author. Explains that democracy isn't perfect; like any other political system, it's subject to a plethora of flaws. Compares the average citizen in a democratic nation, like the united states, to that of non-democratic nations like egypt. it is paradoxical that democracy, so inherently flawed in theory, can lead to such successful outcomes in practice.

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  17. Democracy in America Summary and Study Guide

    Thanks for exploring this SuperSummary Study Guide of "Democracy in America" by Alexis de Tocqueville. A modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, SuperSummary offers high-quality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics.

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    Hannah-Jones' essay was introduced with this headline: "Our Democracy's Founding Ideals Were False When They Were Written. Black Americans Have Fought to Make Them True."