quotes tagged with 'majority'

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.

Author: Samuel Adams, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in war election revolution change majority discussion activism minority debate campaign 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote -- a very different thing.
Author: Walter H. Judd, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in vote election majority decision democracy 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
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).
Author: Ayn Rand, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in liberty freedom rights vote individual majority minority democracy 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
In the United States, the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own.
Author: Alexis de Tocqueville, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in ignorance thought majority opinion 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men.
Author: Henry David Thoreau, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in virtue right popularity majority 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place.
Author: Mahatma Gandhi, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in conscience law majority 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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