Democracy: Principle Quotations Relating to the Great Idea

Democracy: Principle Quotations Relating to the Great Idea

Pericles Funeral Oration, Athens

Pericles Funeral Oration, Athens

“(Democracy) is the worst of all lawful governments, and the best of all lawless ones.”

“When the representative is one man, then is the commonwealth a monarchy; when an assembly of all that will come together, then it is a democracy, or popular commonwealth; when an assembly of a part only, then it is called an aristocracy.”
-Thomas Hobbes

“The ideally best form of government is that in which the sovereignty, or supreme controlling power in the last resort, is vested in the entire aggregate of the community, every citizen not only having a voice in the exercise of that ultimate sovereignty, but being, at least occasionally, called on to take an actual part in the government, by the personal discharge of some public function, local or general.”
-John Stewart Mills

“(In democracy) the whole power of education is required.”

“Bureaucracy inevitably accompanies modern mass democracy in contrast to the democratic self-government of small homogeneous units.”
-Max Weber

“It is only the Athenians, who, fearless of consequences, confer their benefits not from calculations of expediency, but in the confidence of liberality.”

“The violent destruction of life and property[…]”
Excerpt From: Dr. Chad Redwing. “Culture and Values of the Western World: Syntopical Course Guide.” Available for purchase at iBookstore and Kobo.

Rodney Marshall

Rodney J. Marshall, Ed.D., is Editor-in-Chief of Confluence Courseware, LLC.

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