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.
Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority.
In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the 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 politics, an organized minority is a political majority.
The time is long overdue to stop looking for progress through racial or ethnic leaders. Such leaders have too many incentives to promote polarizing attitudes and actions that are counterproductive for minorities and disastrous for the country.
A minority is always compelled to think. That is the blessing of being in the minority.
Historically, the judicial branch has often been the sole protector of the rights of minority groups against the will of the popular majority.
In making the great experiment of governing people by consent rather than by coercion, it is not sufficient that the party in power should have a majority. It is just as necessary that the party in power should never outrage the minority.
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
I voted for the Defense of Marriage Act but I do not believe we should institutionalize a form of discrimination against any minority by amending the Constitution.
The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the 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.
The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.
And that is my definition of democracy, the right to be in a minority and not be suppressed
The minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion.
Our father died when we were very young, so our mother raised six kids. We saw the world filtered through her eyes, being a minority woman raising six kids.
Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.
Though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable.
The majority does not rule in America, but the minority shouldn't hijack it. And it's because we're afraid. They have isolated us and made us feel as though we're alone. We're not.
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