Favourite Quotes on Elections

Ontario voters to to the polls this week. Here are some favourite “elections” quotes as we consider our choices:

  • The only thing we learn from new elections is we learned nothing from the old. – (American) roverb
  • Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody. — Franklin P. Adams
  • The election is not a time to discuss serious issues. – Kim Campbell
  • No wonder Americans hate politics when, year in and year out, they hear politicians make promises that won’t come true because they don’t even mean them – campaign fantasies that win elections but don’t get nations moving again.  – Bill Clinton
  • Elections are like dictionaries: They’re all about definitions. The candidate who succeeds in defining the contest — and the contestants — wins; the candidate who gets defined, loses. – David Frum
  • In every election in American history both parties have their cliches. The party that has the cliches that ring true wins. – Newt Gingrich
  • The election is not very far off when a candidate can recognize you across the street. – Kim Hubbard
  • An election is like a horse-race, in that you can tell more about it the next day. – Sir John A Macdonald
  • Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods. – H.L. Mencken
  • Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right? – Robert Orben
  • What in fact takes place in an election is that two hand picked candidates are propped up before the citizenry, each candidate having been selected by a very small group of politically active people. A minority of the people… then elects one of these hand picked people to rule itself and the majority. –  Robert J. Ringer
  • Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. – George Bernard Shaw
  • An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Our elections are free–it’s in the results where eventually we pay. – Bill Stern
  • Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates. – Gore Vidal  

The quotes are taken from 1001 Quotes on Politics, Elections, Democracy and Government. Read more on this publication and how to get your own copy here:


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