The Government of the absolute majority, instead of the Government of the
people, isbut the Government of the strongest
interests; and when not efficiently checked, it is the most
tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised. John Caldwell Calhoun Speech, US Senate,15 Feb.
A majority is always the best repartee. Benjamin, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield Disraeli Tancred, bk.2, ch.14.
Putting a majority together is like a one-armed man wrapping
cranberries. Bob (RobertJoseph) Dole Quoted in Hedrick
Smith The Power Game (1988).
Today I see more clearly than yesterday that back of the problem of race and
color, lies a greater problem which both obscures and
implements it: and that isthefact that so many civilized
persons are willing to live in comfort even if the price
of this is poverty, ignorance and disease of the majority of
their fellowmen; that to maintain this privilege men have
waged war until today war tends to become universal
and continuous, and the excuse for this war continues
largely to be color and race. W(illiam) E(dward) B(urghardt) Du Bois Preface to reprint
of The Souls of Black Folk (1969).
Flertallet har aldrig retten pafi sin side. Aldrig, siger jeg! Det er en af disse
samfundslÖgnere, som en fri, t½nkende mand
mafi gÖre oprÖr imod. Hvem er det, som udgÖr flertallet af
beboerne i et land? Er det de kloge folk, eller er det
de' dumme? Jeg t½nker, vi fafi r vaere enige om, at dumme
mennesker er tilstede i en ganske forskr½kkelig
overv½ldende majoritet rundt omkring pafi den hele
vide jord. The majority never
has right on its side.Never,I say! That is one of the social
lies that a free, thinking man is bound to rebel
against.Who makes up the majority in any given country? Is it the
wise men or the fools? I think we must agree that the
fools are in a terrible overwhelming majority, all the
wide world over. HenrikJohan Ibsen En folkefiende (An
Enemy of the People), act 4.
Un homme avec Dieu est toujours dans la majorite . One man with God is
always a majority. John Knox Inscription on the
Reformation Monument, Geneva, attributed to Knox.
We consider ourselves to be free because no one in our society is allowed
unlimited powerno leader, faction, party or 'class',
no majority, no government, church, corporation, trade,
or professional association or trade union. The secret
of its freedom is that it is composed of a multitude of
organisations in the constitution of the best of which is
reproduced that diffusion of power which is
characteristic of the whole. Michael Joseph Oakeshott Rationalism in Politics.
Let me say it again, I don't believe in black majority rule ever in Rhodesia.
Not in a thousand years. Ian Douglas Smith Radio broadcast, 20 Mar.
Hain't we got all the fools in town on our side? And ain't that a big enough
majority in any town? Mark pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens Twain TheAdventures of Huckleberry Finn, ch.26.
There was a heated division of opinion in the
lobbies during the interval
but a small conservative majority took the view that
it might be as well to remain in the theatre. Kenneth Tynan Reviewing the play The Glorious Days.
What ismorality inany given time or place? It iswhat
the majority thenand
therehappento like, and immorality is what they dislike. Alfred North Whitehead Conversation, 30 Aug. Collected in Dialogues