Selected Quotes about Majorities

When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. The minority are right. -- Eugene V. Debs

Shall we then judge a country by the majority, or by the minority? By the minority, surely. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Liberalism is the supreme form of generosity; it is the right which the majority concedes to minorities and hence itis the noblest cry that has ever resounded on this planet. -- Jose Ortega y Gasset

In politics, an organized minority is a political majority. -- Jesse Jackson

The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society. -- Thomas Jefferson

Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinionand who, therefore, in the next instant (when it is evident that the minority is the stronger) assume its opinion ... while Truth again reverts to a new minority. -- Soren Kierkegaard

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. -- Henry David Thoreau

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