"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
- Winston Churchill
"Many forms of Government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."
- Churchill, again
"Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few."
- George Bernard Shaw
"I am a democrat only on principle, not by instinct, nobody is that. Doubtless some people say they are, but this world is grievously given to lying."
- Mark Twain
"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."
- John Adams