10 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Vote

Your voice, your vote.

Feeling indifferent and perhaps detached from politics can be a common theme, especially in young people. At times we don’t understand the power we hold and the significant change we can create. Speaking up through our civic duty of voting crafts something bigger than ourselves, and elevates the truths we hold most dearly.

Every voice matters, and every vote counts. Revel in your influence. Reach for what you believe in.

Today marks the 2018 Midterm Elections, and the Graduate School has put together a list of quotes that portrays the true meaning and importance of voting. If you haven’t yet voted, you can look up your polling location and hours by texting LOCATION to 21333. 


1. “The biggest hurdle that our communities have is cynicism—saying it's a done deal, who cares; there's no point to voting. If we can get somebody to care, it's a huge victory for the movement and the causes we're trying to advance.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
2. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Abraham Lincoln
3. "For it isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” Eleanor Roosevelt
4. “Thinking isn’t agreeing or disagreeing. That’s voting.” Robert Frost 
5. ”Do not wait for the perfect message, don’t wait to feel atingle in your spine because you’re expecting politicians to be so inspiringand poetic and moving that somehow, ‘OK, I’ll get off my couch after all and gospend the 15-20 minutes it takes for me to vote… If we don’t vote, then thisdemocracy doesn’t work.” Barack Obama
6. “Half the American people never read a newspaper. Half never vote for President—the same half?” Gore Vidal 
7. “There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” Audre Lorde 
8. “Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process.” Hillary Clinton
9. "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember,you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman
10. “If you don’t vote, you don’t count.” Nancy Pelosi 


Written by Danniah Daher, graduate assistant to the graduate school office.