quotes tagged with 'minority'
Author: Herbert Spencer, Source: Unknown
However insignificant the minority, and however trifling the proposed trespass against their rights, no such trespass is permissible.
Author: Samuel Adams, Source: Unknown
It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.
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: Unknown
Although it provides that all men shall enjoy religious freedom, yet it does not provide the manner by which that freedom can be preserved, nor for the punishment of Government officers who refuse to protect the people in their religious rights, or punish those mobs, states, or communities who interfere with the rights of the people on account of their religion. Its sentiments are good, but it provides no means of enforcing them. It has but this one fault. Under its provision, a man or a people who are able to protect themselves can get along well enough; but those who have the misfortune to be weak or unpopular are left to the merciless rage of popular fury.Author: Joseph Smith, Jr., Source: DHC 6:56-7
"The Constitution should contain a provision that every officer of the Government who should neglect or refuse to extend the protection guaranteed in the Constitution should be subject to capital punishment; and then the president of the United States would not say, "Your cause is just, but I can do nothing for you."
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.Author: Ayn Rand, Source: Atlas Shrugged, p. 385