„If Voting Changed Anything They'd Abolish It“

Title of his autobiography (1987)
A variant of a slightly earlier quote: "If voting could change anything, it would be illegal" ( 1978 https://books.google.com/books?id=RPgcAQAAMAAJ&q=%22if+voting+could+change+anything%22&dq=%22if+voting+could+change+anything%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjg4IDksJHMAhVPxWMKHc7sBikQ6AEIJTAC)
Variant: If voting changed anything, they'd abolish it.

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„If voting changed anything, it would be made illegal“

—  Emma Goldman anarchist known for her political activism, writing, and speeches 1868 - 1940

Variants:
"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal."
"If voting changed anything it would be illegal."
"If voting made a difference it would be illegal."
"If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it." - also incorrectly attributed to American humorist Mark Twain or American peace activist Philip Berrigan..
Although often attributed to Goldman, there is no evidence that she made this statement. The earliest known example of this quote is from a 1976 newspaper opinion piece: "If voting could change anything, it would be made illegal".
Disputed
Source: Snopes.com - Election Dissection http://www.snopes.com/mark-twain-voting-quote/
Source: Borden, Robert S., "Voting is Dishonest and Fraudulent" https://www.newspapers.com/clip/5211342/if_voting_could_change_anything_it/, The Sun (Lowell, Massachusetts), 1976-09-24, p. 7

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„The English never abolish anything. They put it in cold storage.“

—  Alfred North Whitehead English mathematician and philosopher 1861 - 1947

Source: Attributed from posthumous publications, Dialogues of Alfred North Whitehead (1954), Ch. 36, January 19, 1945.

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„The definition of throwing your vote away is to go into that voting booth and vote for one of two parties that will not change the direction this country's going in.“

—  Bob Barr Republican and Libertarian politician 1948

Concord Monitor, (22 July 2008) Libertarian appeals to decisive voters http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080723/FRONTPAGE/807230305, Concord Monitor, 22 July 2008.
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„I, on the other hand, deny that the Constitution guarantees the right to hold property in man, and believe that the way to abolish slavery in America is to vote such men into power as well use their powers for the abolition“

—  Frederick Douglass American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman 1818 - 1895

1860s, The Constitution of the United States: Is It Pro-Slavery or Anti-Slavery? (1860)
Context: I, on the other hand, deny that the Constitution guarantees the right to hold property in man, and believe that the way to abolish slavery in America is to vote such men into power as well use their powers for the abolition of slavery. This is the issue plainly stated, and you shall judge between us.

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„Either Man will abolish war, or war will abolish Man.“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970

Fact and Fiction (1961), Part IV, Ch. 10: "Can War Be Abolished?", p. 276
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„It is virtually impossible for what you are voting on to remain as it is currently. There could be huge changes to the [EU fiscal] treaty and there could be huge changes to the euro zone itself.“

—  Nigel Farage British politician and former commodity broker 1964

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„Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.“

—  George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950

Everybody's Political What's What? (ebook, must be borrowed) https://openlibrary.org/books/OL24979564M/Everybody's_political_what's_what (1944), Chapter XXXVII: Creed and Conduct, p. 330
1940s and later
Variant: Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
Context: Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. Creeds, articles, and institutes of religious faith ossify our brains and make change impossible. As such they are nuisances, and in practice have to be mostly ignored.

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„Anything but a yes vote to this question would do injury to our reputation among fair-minded people everywhere.“

—  Harold Holt Australian politician, 17th Prime Minister of Australia 1908 - 1967

statement on the referendum on Aboriginal Australians, 26 May 1967
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Source: The Life and Death of Harold Holt, p. 213.

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„If I were to run, I'd run as a Republican. They're the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they'd still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific.“

—  Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946

There is no record of Trump ever saying this; sometimes "People magazine, 1998" is incorrectly given as the "source" of this quotation — snopes.com http://www.snopes.com/1998-trump-people-quote/; truthorfiction.com https://www.truthorfiction.com/donald-trump-said-republicans-are-the-dumbest-group-of-voters/
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