| "The vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have."
— John Lewis
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."
"I know that we will be the sufferers if we let great wrongs occur without exerting ourselves to correct them."
— Eleanor Roosevelt
"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won't take an interest in you."
"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."
— H. L. Mencken
"People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do."
— Dorothy Day
"Thinking isn't agreeing or disagreeing. That's voting."
— Robert Frost
"Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting."
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
"By all means stay home if you want, but don't bullshit yourself that you're not voting. 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
"It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting."
— Tom Stoppard
"It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. And we formed it, not to give the blessings of liberty, but to secure them; not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people - women as well as men. And it is a downright mockery to talk to women of their enjoyment of the blessings of liberty while they are denied the use of the only means of securing them provided by this democratic-republican government - the ballot."
— Susan B. Anthony
"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
"If you don’t vote, you lose the right to complain."
— George Carlin
"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
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
"We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate."
— Thomas Jefferson
"Democracy is not just the right to vote, it is the right to live in dignity."
— Naomi Klein
"The average man votes below himself; he votes with half a mind or a hundredth part of one. A man ought to vote with the whole of himself, as he worships or gets married. A man ought to vote with his head and heart, his soul and stomach, his eye for faces and his ear for music; also (when sufficiently provoked) with his hands and feet. If he has ever seen a fine sunset, the crimson color of it should creep into his vote. The question is not so much whether only a minority of the electorate votes. The point is that only a minority of the voter votes."
— G. K. Chesterton
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."
— Alice Walker
"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
"The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter."
— Dwight Eisenhower
"Don't boo. Vote."
— Barack Obama
"Somewhere inside of all of us is the power to change the world."
— Roald Dahl