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.
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.
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
Minorities have never been given their rights. They have always had to wage a political and legal battle to win them.
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.
Everything great and intelligent is in the minority
It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority.
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.
My non-violence bids me dedicate myself to the service of the minorities.
Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no protection: they have many friends and few enemies.
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.
Its always the minorities who arent a part of the mainstream who define what the limits... of the majority are going to be.
Never be afraid to stand with the minority when the minority is right, for the minority which is right will one day be the majority.
No democracy can long survive which does not accept as fundamental to its very existence the recognition of the rights of minorities.
Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority.
The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.
Democracy cannot survive without the guidance of a creative minority.
Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
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).
In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.
Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.
The minority, the ruling class at present, has the schools and press, usually the Church as well, under its thumb. This enables it to organize and sway the emotions of the masses, and make its tool of them.
And that is my definition of democracy, the right to be in a minority and not be suppressed
Though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable.
When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong.
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