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The Little Retreat Quotes: Fear
The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.
James Fenimore Cooper

Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
Bernard Shaw

Every country has the government it deserves.
Joseph Marie de Maistre

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
George Bernard Shaw

As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
H.L. Mencken, 1920

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
James Bovard

The opinions of ten thousand men are of no value, if none of them know anything about the subject.
Marcus Aurelius

A constitutional statesman is in general a man of common opinions and uncommon abilities.
Walter Bagehot

There are some acts of injustice which no national interest can excuse.
J.A. Froude

Failure to protest the policy may imply a willingness to condone it.
The American heritage college thesaurus

Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.
Paulo Freire

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