People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.
V in V for Vendetta9
The day we stop believing democracy can work is the day we lose it.
Jamillia in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones2
Democracy isn't just there. We have to work for it together - every day.
Angela Merkel - October 2021, during the 31st Day of German Unity1
The right to work is a slogan which should be accepted by every democracy.
Pretty much all I say politically is I encourage people to register to vote.
Democracy functions best when we have an active citizenry.
Democracy is too important to leave up to the votes of the people.
Democracy is complicated. It enables openness, it values debates, free thoughts and arguments. That's why it's vulnerable - from the inside and outside.
Annalena Baerbock - August 2022
Democracy has the power to quickly spread. But its erosion can happen just as fast. Democracy is freedom. We need to stand up for it.
Ursula von der Leyen - December 2021
Democracy is based upon empathy and the recognition that some decisions are solely for the community's benefit without regard to one's own narrow self-interest.
Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
Human beings do want peace, stability and harmony and that comes through democracy.
Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn't grow up can be vice president.
Democracy is not static. It is a living force. Every new idea, every new invention offers opportunity for both good and evil.
A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess.
Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.
When you become part of something, in some way you count. It could be a march; it could be a rally, even a brief one. You're part of something, and you suddenly realize you count. To count is very important.
I like the noise of democracy.
I will stand strong to defend people even if I don't agree with them.
A free press is the cornerstone of democracy; there is no question about that.
Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.
Too many people expect wonders from democracy, when the most wonderful thing of all is just having it.
For me, democracy must deliver a better life for the people.
Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy.
Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.
Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth.
Barack Obama - Inauguration Speech, 21st January 2013
Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.
Abraham Lincoln (Inaugural Address) - 1861
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War is young men dying and old men talking. You know this. Ignore the politics.
Odysseus in Troy3
Equations are more important to me, because politics is for the present, but an equation is something for eternity.
Finance is a gun. Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger.
Don Lucchesi in The Godfather - Teil 33
Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.
A vote is like a rifle, its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
Nations whose nationalism is destroyed are subject to ruin.
Without freedom of speech, there is no modern world, just a barbaric one.
Ai Weiwei - Oktober 2009
Remember, remember ...the fifth of november
V in V for Vendetta8
I believe in Europe. I am convinced by Europe. Not only as a heritage from the past, but as hope and a vision for the future.
Angela Merkel (as Chancellor of Germany) - July 2020, Speech at the European Parliament2
My aim remains, if history approves, to unite our country.
What did I learn in 2021? I learned that nobody learned anything in 2020.
Penn Parker in Death to 2021
The British electors will not vote for a man who does not wear a hat.