20 quotes on voting

  • “Every election is determined by the people who show up.” – Larry J. Sabato
  • “We don’t vote for people because they are the exact embodiment of our values, but because they are likely to be the most responsive to them.” – Charles M. Blow
  • “That we have the vote means nothing. That we use it in the right way means everything.” – Lou Henry Hoover
  • “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” – John Quincy Adams
  • “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” – Abraham Lincoln
  • “Vote for the man who promises least; he’ll be the least disappointing.” – Bernard Baruch
  • “Anything important is never left to the vote of the people. We only get to vote on some man; we never get to vote on what he is to do.” – Will Rogers
  • “Voters don’t decide issues, they decide who will decide issues.” – George F. Will
  • “…they say if you don’t vote, you get the government you deserve, and if you do, you never get the results you expected.” – E.A. Bucchianeri
  • “Scoundrels will be corrupt and unconcerned citizens apathetic under even the best constitution.” – William Earl Maxwell
  • “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • “Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.” – George Jean Nathan
  • “Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.” – H.L. Menken
  • “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” – Winston Churchill
  • “We are not educated well enough to perform the necessary act of intelligently selecting our leaders.” – Walter Cronkite
  • “If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties… By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.” – David Foster Wallace
  • “All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong.” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “Voter apathy is a civic abdication.” – Charles M. Blow
  • “Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” – Pericles


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