Election Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old election quotes, election sayings, and election proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Elections are not a beauty contest. It is all about tolerance. Vladimir Franz
Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods. H. L. Mencken
Free election of masters does not abolish the masters or the slaves. Herbert Marcuse
Winning or losing of the election is less important than strengthening the country. Indira Gandhi
The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything. Joseph Stalin
If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it. Mark Twain
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
Leadership is not about the next election, it's about the next generation. Simon Sinek
People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election. Otto von Bismarck
Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men George Bernard Shaw
This election could come down to just a handful of votes. It could come down to just one vote. Vicky Hartzler
The election is not very far off when a candidate can recognize you across the street. Kin Hubbard
An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry. George Eliot
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
In an election, one needs both hope and audacity. Francois Hollande
We elected a man who knows how to build walls when we needed someone who knows how to build bridges. DaShanne Stokes
Elections determine who is in power, but they do not determine how power is used. Paul Collier
In elections, the undecided vote is usually the deciding factor. Evan Esar
In elections, you can't tell the outcome until you open the ballot boxes. Katsuya Okada
To finalize, the purpose of an election is to hear the will of the people, not to fabricate votes. Lincoln Diaz-Balart
During an election campaign the air is full of speeches and vice versa. Henry Adams
Elections are about the future. Nancy Pelosi
We deserve elections we can trust. Jill Stein
An election cannot give a country a firm sense of direction if it has two or more national parties which merely have different names, but are as alike in their principals and aims as two peas in the same pod. Franklin D. Roosevelt
An election is an opportunity for a new consensus. Martin O'Malley
The right of election is the very essence of the constitution. Junius
If elections really changed anything, they would be outlawed. Emma Goldman
People are what this election is all about. Patty Berg
Every election is determined by the people who show up. Larry J. Sabato
You cannot win an election without a fight. Tony Abbott
A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation. James Freeman Clarke
Politics resemble religion; attempting to divest either of ceremony is the most certain mode of bringing either into contempt. Goldsmith
Great political questions stir the deepest nature of one half the nation; but they pass far above and over the heads of the other half. Wendell Phillips
A politician weakly and amiably in the right is no match for a politician tenaciously and pugnaciously in the wrong. Whipple
We go by the major vote, and if the majority are insane, the sane must go to the hospital. Horace Mann
The universe would not be rich enough to buy the vote of an honest man. St. Gregory
The men I am afraid of are the men who believe everything, subscribe to everything, and vote for everything. Bishop Shipley
We cannot, and we must not do away with democracy at any level. For democracy is not merely political institution. It is a way of life. Bidhan Nagar
Election, lest it be realized, is just the beginning of democracy. Bidhan Nagar
Voters are not a common mass of men and women. They belong to so many distinctive functional groups with diverse and often conflicting interests. Bidhan Nagar
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
To vote is like the payment of a debt, a duty never to be neglected, if its performance is possible. Rutherford B. Hayes
He who uses the office he owes to the voters wrongfully and against them is a thief. Jose Marti
Some people including colonists who founded America think voting is the most important right a citizen of a democracy can have. Yet when America was founded, only white male landowners age twenty-one and over had the right to vote. Susan Buckley
It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting. Tom Stoppard
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. George Bernard Shaw
When you turn an election into a three-ring circus, there’s always a chance that the dancing bear will win. Nancy Isenberg
Contrary to popular opinion, leadership is not a reserved position for a particular group of people who were elected or appointed, ordained or enthroned. Leadership is self-made, self-retained, self-inculcated and then exposed through a faithful, sincere and exemplary life. Israelmore Ayivor
It is morally permissible to sell one's vote to another person such that the seller acquires another vote. Jason Brennan
Philosophers believe that we have a duty not merely to vote but to vote well. Jason Brennan
Citizens typically have no duty to vote. However, if citizens do vote, they must vote well, on the basis of sound evidence for what is likely to promote the common good. Jason Brennan
Citizens who lack the motive, knowledge, rationality, or ability to vote well should abstain from voting. Jason Brennan
Having the right to vote is important, even if it is not always important to exercise that right. Jason Brennan
The popular wisdom is that voting is a freedom that citizens have a right to exercise or not to exercise. Julia Maskivker
It is common to encounter the belief that democracy affords us the freedom to have our voice heard. It also offers us the freedom not to care about being heard. Julia Maskivker
When members of a group of people each make a choice and each person's choice is counted, that's voting. Kristen Rajczak Nelson
You may have voted by simply raising your hand in class to pick what move to watch. Kristen Rajczak Nelson
Some TV shows let fans call in, text or visit a website to vote for winners each week. Kristen Rajczak Nelson
Voting contributes to a collective outcome, rather than affecting us purely as individuals. Jocelyn A J Evans
Even in the most anodyne of situations, voting matters. Jocelyn A J Evans