In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
Elections are a good deal like marriages. There's no accounting for anyone's taste. Every time we see a bridegroom we wonder why she ever picked him, and it's the same with public officials.
Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the same category as Santa Claus.
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.
Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.
The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.
A shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.
He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
One man's style must not be the rule of another's.