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Karl Kraus

Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave.

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Graham Greene

In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock!

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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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Bernardo Bertolucci

A monoculture is not only Hollywood, but Americans trying to export democracy.

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Alexis de Tocqueville

Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

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Kierkegaard

Of all tyrannies democracy is the most agonizing, the most inane, the absolute fall of everything great and elevated.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they're both just aspirin.

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A good novel is one that shows the complexity of individuals, and creates enough space for all these characters to have a voice; in this way a novel is called democratic — not that it advocates democracy but that by nature it is so.

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Alexis de Tocqueville

America is a land of wonders, in which everything is in constant motion and every change seems an improvement. No natural boundary seems to be set to the efforts of man and in his eyes what is not yet done is only what he has not attempted to do. - from Democracy in America

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