H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)
Elections are won by mena and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.
Franklin P. Adams (1881-1960)
Democracy is the name we give people whenever we need them.
Robert, Marquis de Flers (1872-1927) and Armand de Callavert (1869-1915): L'habit vert, 1913
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.
Laurence J Peter (1919 - 1988)
Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
Clement Attlee (1883-1967)
Democracy is no harlot to be picked up in the street by a man with a tommy gun.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Commonly attributed to Winston Churchill, but without attribution and of dubious origin.
People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.
Alan Moore, V for Vendetta
Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
James Bovard, Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty
Sherrin, Ned: Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations. Oxford University Press, 4th edition, 2012
Langworth, Richard M.: Churchill in His Own Words. Ebury Press, 2012