Majority And Minority Quotes by John Adams, Lord Acton, Lysander Spooner, Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain, Ayn Rand and many others.
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.
It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority.
Majorities and minorities cannot rightfully be taken at all into account in deciding questions of justice.
Though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable.
The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority.
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.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).
In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.
the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority.
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.
The minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion.
Democracy is for infidels. A real Muslim is not a democrat because he doesn’t care about the opinions of majorities and minorities don’t interest him. He is only interested in what Islam says.
The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.
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.
What we call a democratic society might be defined for certain purposes as one in which the majority is always prepared to put down a revolutionary minority.