What Are Some Famous Voting Quotes?


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Two famous voting quotes from former U.S. presidents are "A man without a vote is a man without protection," by Lyndon B. Johnson, and "Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets," by Abraham Lincoln. Lyndon B. Johnson was the 36th president of the United States, serving from 1963 to 1969, and Abraham Lincoln was the nation's 16th president, serving from 1861 to 1865.

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Pericles, a Greek statesman, famously said, "Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you." His quote emphasizes the impact of politics on all citizens' lives regardless of whether they feel it necessary to vote and keep informed on political happenings. Gore Vidal also expressed his opinion on citizens who opt not to vote in his novel "Screening History," in which he says, "Half the American people never read a newspaper. Half never vote for President — the same half?"

Comedian W. C. Fields offered a cynical take on voting when he stated, "I never voted for anybody. I always voted against." The quote expresses his disillusionment with the political system, insinuating that there was never a candidate in any election whom he liked enough to give his vote. Rather, he saw every election as an opportunity to vote against the candidate he saw as the greatest evil.

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