- Politics is the art by which politicians obtain campaign contributions from the rich and votes from the poor on the pretext of protecting each from the other.
If You Don’t Weaken (1940) 1870–1943 American humorist and socialist:
- As Maine goes, so goes the nation.
c.1840; see Farley: American political saying,
- It's The Sun wot won it.
following the 1992 general election
Sun 11 April 1992: headline in
- Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.
New York (1960) 1870–1965 American financier and presidential adviser: Meyer Berger
- The accursed power which stands on Privilege
(And goes with Women, and Champagne, and Bridge)
Broke—and Democracy resumed her reign:
(Which goes with Bridge, and Women and Champagne).
1870–1953 British poet, essayist, historian, novelist, and Liberal politician: ‘On a Great Election’ (1923)
- You’re joking? Not another one. Oh for God’s sake, I can’t stand this.
on hearing that Theresa May had called a General Election British pensioner: interviewed by BBC News, 18 April 2017
- The American people have spoken—but it's going to take a little while to determine exactly what they said.
on the US presidential election of 2000
Mail on Sunday 12 November 2000; see Salisbury 1946– American Democratic statesman, 42nd President 1993–2001: in
- You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.
New Republic, Washington, DC, 8 April 1985 1932–2015 American Democratic politician: in
- An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.
Felix Holt (1866) ch. 5 1819–80 English novelist:
- Hell, I never vote for anybody. I always vote against.
W. C. Fields (1950); see Adams 1880–1946 American humorist: Robert Lewis Taylor
- Don't buy a single vote more than necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide.
Honey Fitz (1962) 1917–63 American Democratic statesman, 35th President 1961–3: telegraphed message from his father, read at a Gridiron dinner in Washington, 15 March 1958, and almost certainly JFK's invention; J. H. Cutler
- To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary.
often quoted as, ‘The ballot is stronger than the bullet’ 1809–65 American statesman, 16th President 1861–5: speech, 18 May 1858
- If voting changed anything, they'd abolish it. 1945– British Labour politician: title of book, 1987
- If there had been any formidable body of cannibals in the country he would have promised to provide them with free missionaries fattened at the taxpayer's expense.
of Harry Truman's success in the 1948 presidential campaign
Baltimore Sun 7 November 1948 1880–1956 American journalist and literary critic: in
- ‘Vote early and vote often,’ the advice openly displayed on the election banners in one of our northern cities. 1822–96 American Confederate politician: in the House of Representatives, 31 March 1858
- The English people believes itself to be free; it is gravely mistaken; it is free only during the election of Members of Parliament; as soon as the Members are elected, the people is enslaved; it is nothing.
Du Contrat social (1762) 1712–78 French philosopher and novelist:
- One of the nuisances of the ballot is that when the oracle has spoken you never know what it means.
Salisbury: Victorian Titan (1999); see Clinton (3rd Marquess of Salisbury) 1830–1903 British Conservative statesman; Prime Minister 1855–6, 1886–92, 1895–1902: after the Renfrew by-election of October 1877; Andrew Roberts
- You won the elections, but I won the count.
replying to an accusation of ballot-rigging
Guardian 17 June 1977; see Stoppard 1925–80 Nicaraguan dictator: in
- I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this—who will count the votes, and how.
The Memoirs of Stalin's Former Secretary (1992); see Stoppard 1879–1953 Soviet dictator: said in 1923; Boris Bazhanov
- The people have spoke—the bastards.
after being defeated in the California Senate primary c.1962; usually quoted as ‘The people have spoken—the bastards’
Time 13 August 1973 1924– American Democratic politician: in