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: 1884 TheAdventures of Huckleberry Finn, ch.26.
Let me say it again, I don't believe in black majority rule ever in Rhodesia. Not in a thousand years.Ian Douglas Smith: 1976 Radio broadcast, 20 Mar.
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.1833 Speech, US Senate,15 Feb.
What ismorality inany given time or place? It iswhat the majority thenand therehappento like, and immorality is what they dislike.Alfred North Whitehead: 1941 Conversation, 30 Aug. Collected in Dialogues (1954).
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: 1882 En folkefiende (An Enemy of the People), act 4.
A majority is always the best repartee.Disraeli, Benjamin, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield: 1847 Tancred, bk.2, ch.14.
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: 1962 Rationalism in Politics.
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.
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).
Putting a majority together is like a one-armed man wrapping cranberries.Bob (RobertJoseph) Dole: Quoted in Hedrick Smith The Power Game (1988).