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Quotations for Election Day



SEE ALSO:  POLITICS VOTING GOVERNMENT


An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry. ~George Eliot, Felix Holt, 1866


Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish is to give a "fairy-tale ball" at Newport. Somebody should go as a campaign promise. ~Poems and Paragraphs by Robert Elliott Gonzales, 1918


...the politicians... talked themselves red, white, and blue in the face... ~Clare Boothe, Europe in the Spring, 1940


Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the Powers That Be whether they are the Powers That Ought to Be. ~Sydney J. Harris, Publishers-Hall Syndicate, as quoted by The Reader's Digest, 1972


During a political campaign the air is full of speeches — and vice versa. ~20,000 Quips & Quotes, compiled by Evan Esar, 1968


Wise politicians don't try to fool the people all the time, but only when votes are needed. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor


It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting... ~Tom Stoppard, Jumpers, 1972  [Dotty —tg]


Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently and all for the same reason. ~José Maria de Eça de Queirós, translated from Portuguese


I like the smell of a dunged field, and the tumult of a popular election. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right? ~Robert Orben


Vote like your rights depend on it — they do. ~Author unknown


Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least. ~Robert Byrne, The Third — and Possibly the Best — 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said, 1986


People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote — a very different thing. ~Walter H. Judd


BALLOT BOX.  The altar of democracy. ~H. L. Mencken


A mugwump is a man in politics who never votes for anybody, but who is always voting against somebody. ~Richard Croker, 1890s


In this country people don't vote for, they vote against. ~Will Rogers (1879–1935)


Hell, I never vote for anybody. I always vote against. ~W. C. Fields (1880–1946)


Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~George Jean Nathan, unverified


The right to vote is the fundamental citizenship right that protects all other rights. ~Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., 2005


How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America? ~Author unknown


Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. ~Oscar Ameringer


Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it. ~Author unknown


Lucy: Life is a mystery, Charlie Brown… Do you know the answer?
Charlie Brown: Be kind, don't smoke, be prompt, smile a lot, eat sensibly, avoid cavities and mark your ballot carefully…
~Charles M. Schulz, Peanuts, 1969


Our political leaders will know our priorities only if we tell them, again and again, and if those priorities begin to show up in the polls. ~Peggy Noonan, Patriotic Grace: What It Is and Why We Need It Now, 2008


Many forms of government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time... ~Winston Churchill


Voting is the language of democracy. ~Wade Henderson


There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough U.S. congressmen. ~20,000 Quips & Quotes, compiled by Evan Esar, 1968


People on whom I do not bother to dote
Are people who do not bother to vote...
And excuse themselves by saying What's the difference of one vote in fifty million?
They have such refined and delicate palates
That they can discover no one worthy of their ballots,
And then when someone terrible gets elected
They say, There, that's just what I expected!...
Oh let us cover these clever people very conspicuously with loathing,
For they are un-citizens in citizens' clothing...
~Ogden Nash (1902–1971), "Election Day Is a Holiday"


There's no such thing as a vote that doesn't matter. It all matters. ~Barack Obama, 2016


Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country — and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians. ~Charles Krauthammer, 1994


Our presidential race is beginning to sound more and more like Harry Potter's duel with the Ministry of Magic. ~David J. Beard (1947–2016), @Raqhun, tweet, 2008


Shape tomorrow by voting today. ~Author unknown


If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress? ~Author unknown


And that conviction will, I dare say, be backed up by the greatest torrent of money ever poured out to influence an American election — poured out by the men who fear nothing so much as change and who want everything to stay as it is — only more so. This idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal — that you can gather votes like box-tops — is, I think, the ultimate indignity to the democratic process. ~Adlai E. Stevenson, 1956


Political campaigns are designedly made into emotional orgies which endeavor to distract attention from the real issues involved, and they actually paralyze what slight powers of cerebration man can normally muster. ~James Harvey Robinson, c. 1930


Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong. ~Richard Armour, unverified


Make no mistake, here in our time, it's more important than ever that we show up to vote, not just this year, but every year and in every election. Every voice must be heard and every vote must be counted. ~Michelle Obama, 2012


Not voting is not a protest — it is a surrender. ~Keith Ellison, 2016


Why can we land people on the Moon, machines on Mars and transfer trillions internationally, but can't figure out how to run efficient, accurate and fair elections? ~Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., 2004


Why pay money to have your family tree traced; just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you. ~20,000 Quips & Quotes, compiled by Evan Esar, 1968


I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. ~Adlai E. Stevenson, 1952


Your vote is your voice. ~Author unknown


A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation. ~James Freeman Clarke


The right to vote is the crown jewel of American liberties, and we will not see its luster diminished. ~Ronald Reagan, 1981


When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. I'm beginning to believe it. ~Clarence Darrow


If Voting Changed Anything, They'd Abolish It  ~Ken Livingstone, 1987


If you don't vote, you lose the right to complain. ~George Carlin, unverified


We'd all like to vote for the best man, but he's never a candidate. ~Kin Hubbard  [spelling standardized —tg]


Vote like you understand that someone died for your right to do so. ~Author unknown


You can either vote by voting or vote by not voting. If you don't vote, someone else's vote counts more. ~Author unknown





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