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    democracy Quotes

    Frankly, I don't think you should perform in a plaza where thousands of Cubans have been subjected to the death penalty, by firing squad, including three young black men in 2003. What is needed in Cuba is a concert in favor of democracy, civil liberties for the people, the freedom of political prisoners, free elections and the expulsion of dictatorial power.
    — Zoe Valdes
    There are a lot of great organizations who are fighting for food and environmental safety in this country. The Environmental Working Group, Just Label It, Food Democracy Now, and the Center for Food Safety, to name a few.
    — Zoe Lister-Jones
    tags: food  fighting  democracy 
    The parliament is the supreme decision-making and legislative body in any democracy. It reflects the collective desires of the citizens and makes laws.
    — Ziauddin Sardar
    tags: desires  law  body  democracy 
    Chinese no longer crave so much for food and accommodation, but they do crave democracy. I stand by that. I don't know which model China will follow.
    — Zhang Xin
    tags: food  democracy 
    If those people in power never made any mistakes, we'd be done for as a democracy. But people keep making mistakes. History is a series of mistakes.
    — Zephyr Teachout
    There is a long American tradition of suspicion of concentrated economic power because of its tendency to corrupt government and turn it from a democracy into a plutocracy.
    — Zephyr Teachout
    Russia can be either an empire or a democracy, but it cannot be both. . . . Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be an empire, but with Ukraine suborned and then subordinated, Russia automatically becomes an empire.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    tags: democracy  russia 
    Today, with America being a beleaguered global power, in part because of its own mistakes, it is absolutely essential that the American democracy refocuses its concerns towards global issues and does not approach its own specific problems on the basis of, to some extend, self-induced fear.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    War on terrorism defines the central preoccupation of the United States in the world today, and it does reflect in my view a rather narrow and extremist vision of foreign policy of the world's first superpower, of a great democracy, with genuinely idealistic traditions.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    Foreign policy of a pluralistic democracy like the United States should be based on bipartisanship because bipartisanship is the means and the framework for formulating policies based on moderation and on the recognition of the complexity of the human condition. That has been the tradition since the days of Truman and Vandenberg all the way until recent times.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    tags: time  human  democracy 
    We don't want peace over freedom. We will choose freedom over peace. We will go on with our fight for self-determination and democracy. But if things continue the way they are, I expect the situation to become more violent.
    — Zainab al-Khawaja
    Brothers and sisters, our democracy has been hijacked. Brothers and sisters, all electoral freedoms in this country are over so long as it's controlled by corporations. Brothers and sisters, we are not going to allow these streets to be taken over by the Democrats or the Republicans. Because it's all of us who have built this city, and we can tear it down unless they give us what we need.
    — Zack de la Rocha
    tags: freedom  tears  democracy 
    There are many democracies in our Arab and Islamic countries, but unfortunately, they are all false democracies.
    — Yusuf al-Qaradawi
    tags: democracy 
    Ukraine is a vital link for Europe: our energy transportation networks; our location between the European Union and Eurasia. We're the melting pot of Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity. The democracy we founded with the Orange Revolution has to be an example for other post-Soviet states.
    — Yulia Tymoshenko
    Senegal needs to free itself, to rediscover its democracy.
    — Youssou N'Dour
    tags: democracy 
    We are a democratic - we are living in democracy.
    — Yasser Arafat
    tags: living  democracy 
    The many refugees are not a Greek or German problem. They are a European problem. We should therefore develop a common strategy. That's why I am launching a cross-border movement for more democracy.
    — Yanis Varoufakis
    When we talk about democracy, if the people's stomach is empty, democracy is also empty. Democracy can not be installed by fiat; it must be achieved by the people themselves.
    — Y. C. James Yen
    tags: people  democracy 
    I have absolutely no idea what my generation did to enrich our democracy. We dropped the ball. We entered a period of complacency and closed our eyes to the public corruption of our democracy.
    — Wynton Marsalis
    tags: eyes  democracy  ideas 
    We always hear about the rights of democracy, but the major responsibility of it is participation.
    — Wynton Marsalis
    Jazz is democracy in music.
    — Wynton Marsalis
    tags: music  democracy 
    It's important to address young people in the reopening of New Orleans. In rebuilding, let's revisit the potential of American democracy and American glory.
    — Wynton Marsalis
    There's so much spirit of integration and democracy in jazz.
    — Wynton Marsalis
    tags: democracy  spirit 
    The black hole in democracy is integrity. The great unspoken is integrity. When integrity is not first and foremost, it's quite palpable but not visible. It's always there. Jazz highlights it because musicians and jazz always represented a high level of integrity.
    — Wynton Marsalis
    Democracy in China is maybe like a democracy that is separated, distributed. But in the West, maybe it's something you go to the supermarket to buy.
    — Wu Shanzhuan
    tags: democracy 
    The government may change faces from time to time, but it's not like we fight wars for democracy - we fight wars for capitalism and for oil.
    — Woody Harrelson
    The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    The whole purpose of democracy is that we may hold counsel with one another, so as not to depend upon the understanding of one man.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    In fundamental theory socialism and democracy are almost if not quite one and the same. They both rest at bottom upon the absolute right of the community to determine its own destiny and that of its members. Men as communities are supreme over men as individuals. Limits of wisdom and convenience to the public control there may be: limits of principle there are, upon strict analysis, none.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    I believe in Democracy because it releases the energies of every human being.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    My own ideals for the university are those of a genuine democracy and serious scholarship. These two, indeed, seem to go together.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    ...to make the world safe for democracy.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    tags: world  democracy 
    The commands of democracy are as imperative as its privileges and opportunities are wide and generous. Its compulsion is upon us.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of Democracy
    — Woodrow Wilson
    tags: democracy 
    Democracy is our most valuable possession. Upholding it is our duty and our responsibility. This means a continuous, decisive and self-confident argument; it means effort and endeavor to reach compromise and long-lasting consensus. These form the cornerstones of the only form of political system that can guarantee freedom.
    — Wolfgang Thierse
    The war against ISIS will pose many new challenges for the next commander-in-chief. The last two presidents [George W. Bush and Barack Obama] pursued a Middle East policy that supported toppling dictators to try to promote democracy.
    — Wolf Blitzer
    tags: challenge  democracy  war 
    If we can implant in our people the Christian virtues which we sum up in the word character, and, at the same time, give them a knowledge of the line which should be drawn between voluntary action and governmental compulsion in a democracy, and of what can be accomplished within the stern laws of economics, we will enable them to retain their freedom, and at the same time, make them worthy to be free.
    — Winthrop W. Aldrich
    Although the frankfurter originated in Frankfurt, Germany, we have long since made it our own, a twin pillar of democracy along with Mom's apple pie. In fact, now that Mom's apple pie comes frozen and baked by somebody who isn't Mom, the hot dog stands alone. What it symbolizes remains pure, even if what it contains does not.
    — William Zinsser
    tags: alone  facts  dog  democracy 
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