Top 10 Movie Quotes to Celebrate Democracy

It’s election season. This week’s Top 10 Tuesday listing is inspired by the forthcoming political nominations.

1. “Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say: I’m free to think and to speak.”Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)

2. “You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.Then, in the name of democracy, let us use that power.”The Great Dictator (1940)

3. “It is not only permissible to question our leaders, it’s our responsibility.”The American President (1995)

4. “All men are created equal. No matter how hard you try, you can never erase those words.”Milk (2008)

5. “There is a great, invisible strength in a people’s union.”Lincoln (2012)

6. “We are free from tyranny as long as each one of us remembers his or her duty as a citizen.”Fair Game (2010)

7. “It isn’t about dedication and loyalty, it’s about belief in what we do.”The Good Shepherd (2006)

8. “The very essence o democracy is rooted in a belief in the worth of the individual, that life has meaning that transcends any man-made system.”J. Edgar (2011)

9. “The church I go to is the one that emancipated the slaves, that gave women the right to vote, that gave us every freedom that we hold dear.” The Contender (2000)

10. “You are incapable of secrecy because you are a democracy.”The Recruit (2003)


Amy Nguyen is a 24 year writer in Calgary, Canada who currently works in the film industry, primarily in exhibition, and runs a blog on tumblr called “Wicked Pop Culture.”


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