Majority And Minority Quotes by Thomas Jefferson, Lysander Spooner, Henrik Ibsen, Walter Lippmann, Mark Twain, Lord Acton and many others.
All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
Majorities and minorities cannot rightfully be taken at all into account in deciding questions of justice.
The majority is always wrong; the minority is rarely right.
In making the great experiment of governing people by consent rather than by coercion, it is not sufficient that the party in power should have a majority. It is just as necessary that the party in power should never outrage the minority.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority.
Shall we then judge a country by the majority, or by the minority? By the minority, surely.
A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight.
Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority.
the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.
The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.
The minority yields to the majority!
It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.
When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong.
Though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable.
That the desires of the majority of the people are often for injustice and inhumanity against the minority, is demonstrated by every page of the history of the world.