Selected Quotes about Minorities

The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities. -- Lord (John Emerich Edward Dalberg) Acton

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

My non-violence bids me dedicate myself to the service of the minorities. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine. -- 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

Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no protection: they have many friends and few enemies. -- Wendell Phillips

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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