„A country is not born as a democracy. It evolved and matures into a democracy. We are only in the infant stages of the democracy.“

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Ramaswamy Venkataraman
politico indiano 1910 - 2009

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„The trouble with liberal democracy is that it takes a long time to mature.“

—  Mulk Raj Anand, libro The Private Life of an Indian Prince

The Private Life of an Indian Prince (1969)

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„There are many democracies in our Arab and Islamic countries, but unfortunately, they are all false democracies.“

—  Yusuf Qaradawi Egyptian imam 1926

Sheik Youssef Al-Qaradhawi in Favor of Democratic Elections in the Arab World http://www.memritv.org/clip_transcript/en/129.htm June 2004.
Democracy

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Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq photo

„I genuinely feel that the survival of this country lies in democracy and democracy alone.“

—  Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq 6th President of Pakistan 1924 - 1988

As quoted in "Mohammad Zia ul-Haq : Unbending Commander for Era of Atom and Islam" http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DE2D71239F93BA2575BC0A96E948260, The New York Times (18 August 1988).

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„Ours was never a country conceived as a democracy. To arrive at a democracy, we Americans destroyed a republic.“

—  Ilana Mercer South African writer

" Whodunit? Who Meddled With Out Democracy? https://townhall.com/columnists/ilanamercer/2018/02/10/whodunit-who-meddled-with-our-democracy-n2446787" February 10, 2018, Townhall.com
2010s, 2018

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„It may be the communist tyranny; it may be tyranny from the other end. But if you cannot evolve a sound and sane democracy, that will be the fate of the country.“

—  Stanley Baldwin Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1867 - 1947

Speech to the thirtieth anniversary of the Junior Imperial League in Kingsway Hall (19 June 1926), quoted in Our Inheritance (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1938), pp. 17-18.
1926
Contesto: You have to realize that these years in which we are living, the years into which we are entering, are going to be, as no years before have been, the real testing-time of democracy... We in this country may make a fearful mess of it; and if we make a mess of it, we shall get something much worse— we shall get a tyranny of some kind or other. I don't know what form of tyranny it may be. It may be the communist tyranny; it may be tyranny from the other end. But if you cannot evolve a sound and sane democracy, that will be the fate of the country.

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„The last 60 years have seen collapse of many democracies. For a poor country, it is more difficult to sustain a democracy. From poverty, we have come to being a developing nation. Not only did we survive, we have the distinction of becoming world’s largest democracy.“

—  Arun Jaitley Indian politician 1952 - 2019

On the occasion of the Indian Parliament completing 60 years, as quoted in " Democracy is behind our growing global stature says PM http://www.abplive.in/india-news/democracy-is-behind-our-growing-global-stature-says-pm-153064", ABP Live (13 May 2012)

„Universal suffrage is one kind of democracy, but it is not the only way of democracy.“

—  Sonia Chan Macanese politician 1964

Sonia Chan (2019) cited in " Secretary Sonia Chan Backed into Corner Over Political Reform https://macaudailytimes.com.mo/secretary-sonia-chan-backed-into-corner-over-political-reform.html" on Macau Daily Times, 7 August 2019

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„Democracy needs support and the best support for democracy comes from other democracies.“

—  Benazir Bhutto 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan 1953 - 2007

Speech at Harvard University (1989), as quoted in "Born leader who lived and died by her unfailing conviction" in The Scotsman (28 December 2007) http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/world/-Born-leader-who-lived.3624495.jp
Contesto: Democracy needs support and the best support for democracy comes from other democracies. Democratic nations should... come together in an association designed to help each other and promote what is a universal value — democracy.

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„Democracy is not enough. If the culture dies, the country dies.“

—  Patrick Buchanan American politician and commentator 1938

2000s, State of Emergency (2006)

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„It's our duty to honor the dead by bringing democracy to this country.“

—  Jatuporn Prompan Thai television activist 1965

As quoted in "Reds parade coffins as govt accuses "terrorists"" in Bangkok Post (12 April 2010) http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/174496/reds-parade-coffins-as-govt-says-armed-men-among-protesters

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„Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife.“

—  John Dewey American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer 1859 - 1952

The Need of an Industrial Education in an Industrial Democracy (1916)
Misc. Quotes
Contesto: It is no accident that all democracies have put a high estimate upon education; that schooling has been their first care and enduring charge. Only through education can equality of opportunity be anything more than a phrase. Accidental inequalities of birth, wealth, and learning are always tending to restrict the opportunities of some as compared with those of others. Only free and continued education can counteract those forces which are always at work to restore, in however changed a form, feudal oligarchy. Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife.

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„Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 a.C.

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„If a democracy cannot change its mind, it ceases to be a democracy.“

—  David Davis British Conservative Party politician and former businessman 1948

David Davis MP speech "Europe: It's Time To Decide" http://www.daviddavismp.com/david-davis-mp-delivers-speech-on-the-opportunities-for-a-referendum-on-europe/ ( 19 November 2012 https://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2012/11/invitation-to-david-davis-lecture-on-europe.html)
On democracy and referendums

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