democracy

A Quote by Walt Whitman on anger, democracy, and history

I cannot too often repeat that Democracy is a word the real gist of which still sleeps, quite unawakened, notwithstanding the resonance and the many angry tempests out of which its syllables have come, from pen or tongue. It is a great word, whose history, I suppose, remains unwritten because that history has yet to be enacted.

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

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A Quote by U.S. Supreme Court on absence, censorship, contentment, democracy, freedom, ideas, interest, society, speech, and traditions

As a matter of constitutional tradition, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, we presume that governmental regulation of the content of speech is more likely to interfere with the free exchange of ideas than to encourage it. The interest in encouraging freedom of expression in a democratic society outweighs any theoretical but unproven benefit of censorship.

U.S. Supreme Court

Source: 1997, Janet Reno et al. v. ACLU et al.

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A Quote by unknown on democracy, needs, and students

I don't know exactly what democracy is. But we need more of it. (Anonymous Chinese Student), during protests in Tianamen Square, Beijing, 1989

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Source: during protests in Tianamen Square, Beijing, 1989

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A Quote by unknown on democracy and government

Democracy is a government where you can say what you think even if you don't think.

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A Quote by unknown on america, democracy, military, politics, spirituality, and strength

America's strength is not basically political; nor is it industrial nor military. The foundation of this land is spiritual. When that foundation is weakened, democracy itself is threatened. We cannot allow that to happen.

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Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by unknown on blessings, democracy, god, and intention

The preservation of our democracy is the intention of the Lord, but if we fight against God or ignore him, he will withdraw his blessings, and will wipe the wicked off this continent as he has done before.

unknown

Source: Editorial page, newspaper clipping, Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by Thucydides on achievement, authority, constitution, control, democracy, excellence, funerals, justice, laws, life, obedience, oppression, play, privacy, reason, security, shame, spirit, and talent

Our constitution is named a democracy, because it is in the hands not of the few but of the many. But our laws secure equal justice for all in their private disputes, and our public opinion welcomes and honors talent in every branch of achievement, not for any sectional reason but on grounds of excellence alone. And as we give free play to all in our public life, so we carry the same spirit into our daily relations with one another. . . . Open and friendly in our private intercourse, in our public acts we keep strictly within the control of law. We acknowledge the restraint of reverence; we are obedient to whomsoever is set in authority, and to the laws, more sepecially to those which offer protection to the oppressed and those unwritten ordinances whose transgression brings admitted shame. lb. II, Funeral Oration of Pericles, 37

Thucydides (c.460 - 400 BC)

Source: The History of the Peloponnesian War, 431—413 BC., bk. II, Funeral Oration of Pericles, 37

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on democracy and work

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on democracy and information

Information is the currency of democracy.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas I. Parkinson on democracy, discipline, needs, and privilege

We don't need democratization of privilege. What we need is the self-discipline of democracy.

Thomas I. Parkinson

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