The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.
I think Russians today have a distorted picture of capitalism, liberal democracy and market economy.
Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.
The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.
Maintain democracy or go to dictatorship: that is what is at stake in these elections.
I think that it's a vital moment now for Russian democracy to convince people that it's only our actions, our joined actions and protests that could force Kremlin to reconsider its plans to abolish presidential elections.
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.
The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.
An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.
Jeans represent democracy in fashion.
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
There is no dignity in wickedness, whether in purple or rags; and hell is a democracy of devils, where all are equals.
Be assured, fellow citizens, that in a democracy it is the laws that guard the person of the citizen and the constitution of the state, whereas the despot and the oligarch find their protection in suspicion and in armed guards.
The ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.
A monoculture is not only Hollywood, but Americans trying to export democracy.
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 government to the utmost.
Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an advantage and security to all, but especially to democracies as against despots - suspicion.
Democracy is a process by which people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.
The Communists automatically violated the daily practices of democracy to which I was accustomed.
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.
Christianity is the root of all democracy, the highest fact in the rights of men.
If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: "Thou shalt not ration justice."
The more I see of democracy the more I dislike it. It just brings everything down to the mere vulgar level of wages and prices, electric light and water closets, and nothing else.
I tell you, in my opinion, the cornerstone of democracy is free press - that's the cornerstone.