"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, Chapter 5
"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
"The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face."
- Clare Boothe Luce
"Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption."
- James Garfield
"The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all."
- John F. Kennedy
"If the World Series runs until election day, the networks will run the first one-half inning and project the winner."
- Lindsey Nelson
"Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good: 'Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough U.S. congressmen."
- Author Unknown
"An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry."
- T.S. Eliot
"A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election."
- Bill Vaughan
"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
"It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting."
- Tom Stoppard, Jumpers
"A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation."
- James Freeman Clarke
"Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason."
- Author Unknown
"The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning."
- Adlai E. Stevenson
"Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against."
- W.C. Fields
"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
"Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote."
- George Jean Nathan
"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
"Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right?"
- Robert Orben
"Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you. "
- Author Unknown
"Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least."
- Robert Byrne
"Our political institutions work remarkably well. They are designed to clang against each other. The noise is democracy at work."
- Michael Novak
"I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work. Of course it doesn't work. We are supposed to work it."
- Alexander Woollcott
"A politician should have three hats. One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected."
- Carl Sandburg