2) The people who own the country ought to govern it. -John Kay
3) A great democracy must be progressive or it will soon cease to be a great democracy. -Theodore Roosevelt
4) There cannot be daily democracy without daily citizenship. -Ralph Nader
5) Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing. -Archibald MacLeish
6) The lesson of history is clear: democracy always wins in the end. -Marjorie Kelly
7) It is my principle that the will of the majority should always prevail. -Thomas Jefferson
8 ) I understand democracy as something that gives the weak the same chance as the strong. -Mohandas Gandhi
9) The primal principle of democracy is the worth and dignity of the individual. -Edward Bellamy
10) In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, the will of the majority is supreme. -Aristotle
11) Democracy is not the law of the majority but protection of the minority. -Albert Camus
12) In a democracy, the individual enjoys not only the ultimate power but carries the ultimate responsibility. -Norman Cousins
13) 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
14) The road to democracy may be winding and is like a river taking many curves, but eventually the river will reach the ocean. – Chen Shui-bian
15) Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles. -Woodrow Wilson
Since the 4th of July is over now, how did you spend your time? What did you do to celebrate?
While we’re at it, do you have any democracy quotes of your own to share? Which one’s above did you like the most?
As always, please share your answers to these questions in the comments section below.
PS: did you know Canada’s birthday was on July 1st? We just had Wednesday off work and we spent the day at a family member’s cottage in Bancroft (2.5 hours north east of Toronto). Today, we were at our friend’s cottage up in Fenelon Falls which is about 2 hours NE of Toronto; awesome place. I’m a bit sunburned.
PPS: any other country’s birthdays I’ve missed?