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.
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority.
No democracy can long survive which does not accept as fundamental to its very existence the recognition of the rights of minorities.
It is always the minorities that hold the key of progess; it is always through those who are unafraid to be different that advance comes to human society.
A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority.
In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.
Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority.
The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.
Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
A minority is always compelled to think. That is the blessing of being in the minority.
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).
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.
Everything great and intelligent is in the minority
My non-violence bids me dedicate myself to the service of the minorities.
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent.
We must overcome...all forms of racism. The problem of intolerance should be dealt with as a whole: every time a minority is persecuted and marginalized...the good of the whole society is in danger.
As far as I know, only a small minority of mathematicians, even of those with Platonist views, accept the idea that there may be mathematical facts which are true but unknowable.
When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong.
Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.
When you put a tiny and despised minority up for a popular vote, the minority usually loses.
When you're in the minority, it doesn't matter what you're agenda is, you're not going to have the degree of freedom that you have as a member of the majority.
We cannot discuss the state of our minorities until we first have a sense of what we are, who we are, what our goals are, and what we take life to be.
Women and minorities have excelled beautifully in comedy, but very few women are the lead in a drama.
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