Your search for "democracy" returned 19 results from 11 Founders.
John Adams:"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."source: letter to John Taylor, April 15, 1814. Can be found in "The Works of John Adams", ed. Charles Francis Adams, vol. 6, p. 484Democracy, Bad Government
Fisher Ames:"A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption and carry desolation in their way."source: Fisher Ames, Works of Fisher Ames (Boston: T. B. Wait & Co., 1809), p. 24, Speech on Biennial Elections, delivered January, 1788.Democracy, Bad Government, anarchy
Gouverneur Morris:"We have seen the tumult of democracy terminate . . . as [it has] everywhere terminated, in despotism. . . . Democracy! savage and wild. Thou who wouldst bring down the virtuous and wise to thy level of folly and guilt."source: An Oration Delivered on Wednesday, June 29, 1814, at the Request of a Number of Citizens of New-York, in Celebration of the Recent Deliverance of Europe from the Yoke of Military Despotism (New York: Van Winkle and Wiley, 1814), pp. 10, 22.Democracy, Bad Government, anarchy
John Quincy Adams:"The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived."source: The Jubilee of the Constitution. A Discourse Delivered in the City of New York on Tuesday, April 30th, 1839; (New York: Samuel Colman, 1839), p. 53.Democracy, Bad Government, anarchy
Benjamin Rush:"A simple democracy . . . is one of the greatest of evils."source: The Letters of Benjamin Rush, L. H. Butterfield, editor (Princeton: Princeton University Press for the American Philosophical Society, 1951), Vol. I, p. 523, to John Adams on July 21, 1789.Democracy, Bad Government, anarchy
John Witherspoon:"Pure democracy cannot subsist long nor be carried far into the departments of state, it is very subject to caprice and the madness of popular rage."source: The Works of John Witherspoon (Edinburgh: J. Ogle, 1815), Vol. VII, p. 101, Lecture 12 on Civil Society.Democracy, Bad Government, anarchy
Zephaniah Swift:"It may generally be remarked that the more a government resembles a pure democracy the more they abound with disorder and confusion."source: Zephaniah Swift, A System of the Laws of the State of Connecticut (Windham: John Byrne, 1795), Vol. I, p. 19. Democracy, Bad Government, anarchy

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