Thoughts on voting

“Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.”
Gore Vidal

“The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.”
Charles Bukowski

“A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”
Emma Goldman

“I have never voted in my life … I have always known and understood that the idiots are in a majority so it’s certain they will win.”
Louis-Ferdinand Celine

“Those who vote decide nothing. Those who count the vote decide everything.”
Joseph Stalin

“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.”
George Jean Nathan

“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

“All we have to do is get out and vote, while it’s still legal, and we will wash those crooked warmongers out of the White House.”
Hunter S. Thompson

“Thinking is not to agree or disagree. That’s voting.”
Robert Frost

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
Winston Churchill

“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'”
Isaac Asimov

“In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill … we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.”
Plato

“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