Phrases with "democratic"

Australia’s a democratic country right enough, but nowhere in the wide, wide world have they a greater respect for money than they have here. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Henry James Village-like they are, and it would be no gross incivility to describe them as large, respectable, prosperous, democratic villages. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Anthony Trollope It removes the Senators far away from the democratic element, and renders them liable to the necessity of no popular canvass. North America by Anthony Trollope

Leon Trotsky First, the Norwegian premier had of course a conversation in regard to my visa with the chief of the secret police, whose competence in democratic principles — I hasten to admit — is unquestioned. My Life by Leon Trotsky

G. K. Chesterton To abolish all terms of dignity is no more specially democratic than the Roman emperor’s wish to cut off everybody’s head at once was specially democratic. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Anthony Trollope In her estimation her brother had been a fast young man, hurried away by a too ardent temperament into democratic tendencies. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis If you have a handle to your name, you have to be so jolly and democratic that you can’t control the mob. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James His attitude was simply the flower of his general good-nature, and a part of his instinctive and genuinely democratic assumption of every one’s right to lead an easy life. The American by Henry James [1877]

Robert Green Ingersoll In other words, is the universe a monarchy, a despotism, or a democracy? I take the democratic side, not in a political sense. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Jean-Jacques Rousseau It is, indeed, the peculiar advantage of democratic government that it can be established in actuality by a simple act of the general will. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Here he was nobody, and very shy, and either a little too arrogant or a little too meek towards our very democratic mannered but still livened waiters. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Virginia Woolf And by what means? Broadly speaking, by protecting the rights of the individual; by opposing dictatorship; by ensuring the democratic ideals of equal opportunity for all. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Henry James Altogether the old man was a prey to suppositions which led him to feel how much he himself had outlived the democratic glow of his prime. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Arnold Bennett She said the girl could always please herself about going to Brindley Edge. Edwin’s democratic sense was gradually growing in force; it disturbed more and more the peace of his inmost mind. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

George Meredith Consider that! Beauchamp’s eyes flashed democratic in reciting this injury to the objects of his warm solicitude—the man, the cow, and the goose. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

G. K. Chesterton But we are not democratic enough to have a dictator. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Edmund Burke There, where men follow their natural impulses, they would not bear the odious maxims of a Machiavelian policy, whether applied to the attainment of monarchical or democratic tyranny. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

George Meredith I shall be getting a democratic orator’s twang, or a crazy parson’s, if I go on much further. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

The ideal nation would consist of not over three or four million souls, with a democratic government. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Rudyard Kipling In an enlightened and democratic age like ours, it is possible to say that, if a man’s skill has not found favour with the public, the blame must lie with the man, or with the skill. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Rumors of its existence, however, became gradually noised abroad, and necessarily attracted the attention of Mr. Atwood’s democratic friends. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Sinclair Lewis Despite their resolution to be democratic they divided into two sets: the men with dress-clothes and the men without. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope A short time before the storming of the Tuilleries he had foreseen that the democratic party was prevailing, and he had joined it. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

D.H. Lawrence The whole drama is the tragedy of the convulsed reaction of the mind from the flesh, of the spirit from the self, the reaction from the great aristocratic to the great democratic principle. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

H. G. Wells Roosevelt started from the standpoint of democratic individualism and Stalin from that of Marxist communism. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Nathaniel Hawthorne At this extra session, it was the purpose of the whig party, under the leadership of Henry Clay, to overthrow all the great measures which the successive democratic administrations had established. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Anthony Trollope One shudders at the absolute absence of true liberty which such a passion throughout a democratic country must engender. North America by Anthony Trollope

Perhaps it is still trying in some places, for it is not many years ago that the President of a Women’s Institute wrote: ‘We are very democratic here. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Nathaniel Hawthorne In October, 1850, a democratic convention, held at Concord, nominated Mr. Atwood as the party’s regular candidate for governor. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

G. K. Chesterton But he was a great person—he knew how to be democratic in the dark. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Henry James Hawthorne was probably but imperfectly conscious of an advantage which familiarity had made stale — the fact that he lived in the most democratic and most virtuous of modern communities. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Leon Trotsky It is true that they have committed themselves to peace on democratic terms. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Anthony Trollope There is nothing more tyrannical than a strong popular feeling among a democratic people. North America by Anthony Trollope

They are more democratic than of old, and have more of a diversity of interests, so that mortals have scarcely the ghost of a chance with them. The Imperishable Ghost by Dorothy Scarborough [1921]

Henry Handel Richardson John, who was in his most democratic mood, was humorous at the expense of Henry, and declared the latter should rather wish his father joy of coming to such a fine, bouncing young wife in his old age. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Theodore Dreiser Cowperwood was innately and primarily an egoist and intellectual, though blended strongly therewith, was a humane and democratic spirit. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Rudyard Kipling In democratic England, if you make noise enough in public, someone, official or unofficial, will attend to your wants. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

John Morley We must beware of interpreting this phrase in the modern democratic sense. Burke by John Morley [1879]

D. H. Lawrence And the ideal democratic liberty is an exploded ideal. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

John Galsworthy How can it? That’s not a democratic function. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

G. K. Chesterton The democratic John Braintree followed with a faint reluctance and some affectation of carelessness. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Leon Trotsky On December 28, a huge demonstration was held in Petrograd, in honor of democratic peace. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Sinclair Lewis Apparently an official in a democratic state has to do those things. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Further, its sympathies, of course, are with democratic France. I can imagine that you and the President of the United States would represent opposite poles of thought. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

D. H. Lawrence East-north-east then, into the democratic Atlantic of PERFECT companionship. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing And this kind of thing is going on in numberless houses—an utterly incompetent mistress and a democratic maid in spirited revolt. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Olaf Stapledon Consequently this final dictatorship is transitional toward a class-less and truly democratic and communistic society. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Theoretically all Socialist parties in Russia were in favour of the earliest possible peace on democratic terms. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

H. G. Wells Maybe we overestimate the value of that idle and safe, slack, do-as-you-please discussion that we English-speaking folk enjoy under our democratic regime. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Anthony Trollope And the laws, too, by which hunting is governed, if there be laws, are thoroughly democratic in their nature. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Henry James Like almost all people who possess in a strong degree the storytelling faculty, Hawthorne had a democratic strain in his composition and a relish for the commoner stuff of human nature. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

At present the Provisional Government obstructs the action of the local democratic will, just as the Tsar’s Government did. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

John Galsworthy Given the reputation of the titled in democratic countries, Hallorsen probably thought the worst. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells My theoretical dissent from modern democratic theory was contradicted very flatly by some of my actions. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Form local Committees for Salvation of Country and Revolution, who will unite all democratic forces, so as to aid the All–Russian Committee for Salvation in the tasks which it has set itself. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

G. K. Chesterton It is the old democratic and even uneducated Dickens who is writing here. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Sinclair Lewis He heard McKelvey say to Max Kruger, the banker, “Yes, we’ll put up Sir Gerald Doak.” Babbitt’s democratic love for titles became a rich relish. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

It is curious how persistently, in The Managerial Revolution, he ignores the advantages, military as well as social, enjoyed by a democratic country. James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution by George Orwell [1946]

Theodore Dreiser I’m as democratic in spirit as any woman. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Ford Madox Ford Of course Tietjens was a Tietjens of Groby; but was that going to be enough to live on for ever? Times were changing, and Macmaster imagined this to be a democratic age. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

H. G. Wells It is impossible to say as yet how far it may wake up again, and what sort of democratic corrective to hard, ruthless, slightly disingenuous pseudo-efficiency it may evoke. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Anthony Trollope Massachusetts, as we all know, is democratic in its tendencies, but South Carolina is essentially aristocratic. North America by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton In truth, of course, tradition is the most democratic of all things, for tradition is merely a democracy of the dead as well as the living. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

G. K. Chesterton However democratic they may be, they are only concerned with the minority. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Leon Trotsky In politics, recollections carry as little weight as democratic principles. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Elizabeth Gaskell It is quite enough to have dear papa with democratic tendencies. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Anthony Trollope He would not at all allow that what Charley said was law, entertained fearfully democratic principles of his own, and was not at all the gentleman. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Leon Trotsky The principle of state econ omy — also one of the indisputable democratic principles — proved this time to be in irreconcilable opposition to the right of asylum. My Life by Leon Trotsky

H. G. Wells We are laying out a revolution in a democratic country. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Arnold Bennett Here was the oligarchy which, behind the appearances of democratic government, effectively managed, directed, and controlled the town. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Every thing about him bespoke the utmost unconsciousness and democratic plainness of life, so that I could readily believe a story I heard of him. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Olaf Stapledon Sometimes the truly socialistic and democratic forces dominated, sometimes the totalitarian and despotic. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

For here at last, apparently, was democracy standing up to Fascism. For years past the so-called democratic countries had been surrendering to Fascism at every step. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Already you are isolated, and your Government is without the support of a single other democratic group. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

G. K. Chesterton They were old-fashioned in not pretending to be any more democratic than they were. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

E. Phillips Oppenheim France has not the temperament of a people who will remain for ever faithful to a democratic form of government. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

H.G. Wells Only a popular bishop living in a democratic age, a bishop who was still half a pedagogue, could have written such a letter. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Virginia Woolf It would have caused more bother than it was worth — asserting the democratic principle; standing in the crowd at the table. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Virginia Woolf It appears, then, that we are to aim at a democratic simplicity. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Leon Trotsky At first, it may seem difficult to discover exactly what German diplomacy was aiming at when it proposed its democratic formulas on December 25, only to uncover its wolfish appetites a few days later. My Life by Leon Trotsky

The new Workers’ and Peasants’ Government will propose immediately a just and democratic peace to all the belligerent countries. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

H. G. Wells The explicit repudiation of democratic control by the Technologists at that date is very notable. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Joseph Furphy For there is no such thing as a democratic gentleman; the adjective and noun are hyphenated by a drawn sword. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Charles Kingsley Some dislike it, because they think that it endangers the modern notions of democratic equality. The Natural Theology of the Future by Charles Kingsley

Anthony Trollope It arises, I believe, entirely from that want of courtesy which democratic institutions create. North America by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton As he once remarked, such a democratic mob can deploy. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

There is nothing in that against the purest democratic principles; but that you, Rita, should elect to throw so much of your life away for the sake of a Royal adventurer, it really knocks me over. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

George Gissing The democratic education he had received told him that though this man might be wealthy, he was not necessarily an object of awe, or even of respect. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing Your democratic furor has in time burnt itself out, and you feel distressed at your lack of stability. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing All his writing foretold such a possibility, though on the other hand it exhibited devotion to forms of culture which do not as a rule predispose to democratic agitation. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was only a single critical passage in it, and it was one which he had written with a sense both of journalistic and of democratic satisfaction. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

G. K. Chesterton With these he was engaged in doing his democratic duty with almost a painful care and patience. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

George Gissing I almost believe that he would like to take some active part in democratic politics. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

G. K. Chesterton Alone of all such movements the democratic movement of the last two centuries has not frozen, but loosened and liquefied. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

George Meredith Alas! it was almost a democratic outcry they made her guilty of; but she was driven past patience. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Andrew Lang Burns’s democratic independence was “in the air,” and had been, in Scotland, since Elder remarked on it in a letter to Ingles in 1515. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

John Galsworthy Gives the impression that we serve Time — which, with our democratic system, by the way, we generally do. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

When asked why he belonged to it, he answered that he lived in a democratic country. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

H. G. Wells He had framed some vague sentence of democratic sentiment when suddenly doubts overwhelmed him. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Nathaniel Hawthorne A democratic convention nominated him for governor, but could not obtain his acquiescence. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Leon Trotsky At the outset, our delegation made a formal declaration stating the principles of democratic peace. My Life by Leon Trotsky

G. K. Chesterton Previous ages were often, alas, aristocratic in politics or clericalist in religion; but they were always democratic in philosophy; they appealed to man, not to particular men. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Olaf Stapledon Several countries were subjected to tyrants of this type, and in the so-called democratic states the same type was much favored by popular taste. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Leon Trotsky The democratic simpletons felt as if they were walking on air, so elated were they at the thought of the two stalwart firms of Hohenzollern and Hapsburg taking them seriously. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Olaf Stapledon But in many cases there was no democratic machinery, no legal channel for the expression of world-opinion. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing And these are the people who really direct the democratic movement. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Rudyard Kipling His father was worth perhaps half a million sterling, but India is the only democratic land in the world. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Goering could say ‘Guns before butter’, while his democratic opposite numbers had to wrap the same sentiment up in hundreds of hypocritical words. In Front of Your Nose by George Orwell [1946]

George Gissing I should feel I was doing a baser thing if I talked vulgar Toryism than in roaring the democratic note. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Leon Trotsky One need add only that revolution in Russia may place a democratic workers’ government in power. My Life by Leon Trotsky

F. Scott Fitzgerald Scarcely an executive but is being gnawed at by some insoluble problem and in a democratic way he will let you in on it, with no charge. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

H. G. Wells He sent it to the office of the Liberal. He points out how undesirable it is and how unnecessary for China to pass through a phase of democratic politics on the western model. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

I’ve no patience with our modern democratic modesty. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

His fancy is a typist in an office in the city, and so you see we are being democratic in our choices and going for neither position nor money. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

The Congress of 1854, after passing the Kansas–Nebraska bill, resolved, in order to prove its democratic spirit, to economize in the representation of our government to foreign powers. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Edith Wharton Leila carried off her own regrettable origin by professing a democratic scorn of ancestors in general. The Spark by Edith Wharton

He became learned in science, circumspect, democratic in sympathy, endlessly patient, and above all, happy. Memories and Studies by William James

He then wandered about practising his profession, and expounding democratic theories which got him into trouble. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

The public cannot be forced to support what it neither understands nor admires, and, in a democratic state, the Government is bound to consult the taste of its masters. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

H. G. Wells This is the selection, upon strictly democratic lines, with a suffrage that includes every permanent resident in the Lucerne ward over the age of fifteen, of the ugliest local building. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

John obliged Lindo, whom he suspected of democratic tendencies, to make a bow also. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Rudyard Kipling Yes, sir; seventy-five an hour! But he’ll talk to you in the roundhouse just as democratic as I would And I— cuss — my wheel-base! — I’d kick clean off the track at half his gait. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, AGAINST totalitarianism and FOR democratic socialism, as I understand it. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Rudyard Kipling Science tells us that man did not begin life on the ground, but lived first among treetops — a platform which does not offer much room for large or democratic assemblies. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Thus the authority of example was taken away from rank, and given to the lot on a democratic principle. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

G. K. Chesterton His great defect was and is the lack of democratic sentiment. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

In practice the democratic ‘revolutionary’ type of discipline is more reliable than might be expected. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Thus, for example, thanks, battleships and bombing planes are inherently tyrannical weapons, while rifles, muskets, long-bows and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Nathaniel Hawthorne Thus, in all points, the newspaper is a type of the times, far more fit for the rough hands of a democratic mob, than for our own delicate, though bony fingers. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

D. H. Lawrence We’re pot-bound inside democracy and the democratic feeling. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope The theory of the most democratic among the Americans of that day was in favor of self-government carried to an extreme. North America by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells A further bad result of this ineradicable democratic taint of the Soviet system was the widening estrangement of the Russian process from Western creative effort. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Indeed, democratic as she was in theory, the dear soul was in practice a little snobbish. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Riabtsev, Commandant of the city, a man of democratic instincts, had hesitated about opposing the Military Revolutionary Committee; but the Duma had forced him. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

H. G. Wells That turn of democratic sentiment in decay, that ugly pride of menial souls, which renders equals loth to wait on one another, was very strong he found among these people. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Leon Trotsky Neither the liberals nor the democratic intelligentsia will be able to do so; their historical time has passed. My Life by Leon Trotsky

H. G. Wells Whatever a democratic man may be, Prothero and he had decided that an aristocratic man is a public man. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

H. G. Wells You would be alien in any of these dismal democratic countries. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Arthur Conan Doyle The professional silkiness was gone, and his bearing was all that the most democratic could desire. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

John Stuart Mill There is confessedly a strong tendency in the modern world towards a democratic constitution of society, accompanied or not by popular political institutions. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

The constitution given in 1876 had entirely failed to establish Parliament on a democratic basis. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

There was no one more democratic than the author of Crooks and Coronets when she approached the literary class. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

G. K. Chesterton These are the peculiar province of poetry; poetry, like religion, is always a democratic thing, even if it pretends the contrary. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

H. G. Wells Commonly he clutched a big rattle, and sometimes he went along hailing the bus-drivers and policemen along the road outside the railings as “Dadda!” and “Babba!” in a sociable, democratic way. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Virginia Woolf Liberty has made her abode in England. England is the home of democratic institutions . Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

John Galsworthy A democratic England — dishevelled, hurried, noisy, and seemingly without an apex. To Let by John Galsworthy

Leon Trotsky The democratic right of asylum obviously does not consist in a government’s showing hospitality to people who hold views similar to its own — even Abdul Hamid did that. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Anthony Trollope They have learned to understand that democratic institutions have given them liberty, and on that subject they entertain a strong conviction which is universal. North America by Anthony Trollope

It is a system as democratic as it is natural and logical. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

George Gissing Yet the few persons who enjoyed close acquaintance with her knew that, at heart, she still nourished the pride of her Tank, and that she had little if any genuine sympathy with democratic principles. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

George Gissing That it is gratitude from afar, that I never was, and never shall be, capable of democratic fervour, is a characteristic of my mind which I long ago accepted as final. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Henry James The air of his journals and his tales alike are full of the genuine democratic feeling. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

D. H. Lawrence He had not even remembered it, in India. Only in the quiet of Coo-ee, strangely enough, it had come back in spasms: the dread, almost the horror, of democratic society, the mob. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang It is a democratic form of disbelief. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

There is going to be peace, but not permanent peace-not a democratic peace. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Nathaniel Hawthorne Inflexibly democratic in his political faith, however, Major Pierce refused to be implicated in a policy which he could not approve. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]