Majority Quotes

Quotes tagged as "majority" (showing 1-30 of 92)
Mark Twain
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”
Mark Twain

Leo Tolstoy
“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.”
Leo Tolstoy, A Confession

Criss Jami
“When you're the only sane person, you look like the only insane person.”
Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

Henrik Ibsen
“I don't imagine you will dispute the fact that at present the stupid people are in an absolutely overwhelming majority all the world over.”
Henrik Ibsen

Bertrand Russell
“The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widely spread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.”
Bertrand Russell, Marriage and Morals

Mahatma Gandhi
“The only tyrant I accept in this world is the 'still small voice' within me. And even though I have to face the prospect of being a minority of one, I humbly believe I have the courage to be in such a hopeless minority.”
Mahatma Gandhi, The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas

Michael Crichton
“I want to pause here and talk about this notion of consensus, and the rise of what has been called consensus science. I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're being had.

Let's be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.

There is no such thing as consensus science. If it's consensus, it isn't science. If it's science, it isn't consensus. Period.”
Michael Crichton

Mahatma Gandhi
“In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.”
Mahatma Gandhi, Anthropology of Morality in Melanesia and Beyond, The. Anthropology and Cultural History in Asia and the Indo-Pacific.

Cornel West
“Of course, the aim of a constitutional democracy is to safeguard the rights of the minority and avoid the tyranny of the majority. (p. 102)”
Cornel West, Race Matters

Criss Jami
“I never feel unsafe except for when the majority is on my side.”
Criss Jami, Healology

George Lincoln Rockwell
“Revolution is a spectators sport. The majority will sit in the stands and watch the factions fight. At the end they will choose side with the team that is winning. ”
George Lincoln Rockwell

Michael Crichton
“I would remind you to notice where the claim of consensus is invoked. Consensus is invoked only in situations where the science is not solid enough. Nobody says the consensus of scientists agrees that E=mc2. Nobody says the consensus is that the sun is 93 million miles away. It would never occur to anyone to speak that way.”
Michael Crichton

Philip K. Dick
“The existence of a majority logically implies a corresponding minority.”
Philip K. Dick, The Minority Report

“He who knows he is a fool is not the biggest fool; he who knows he is confused is not in the worst confusion. The man in the worst confusion will end his life without ever getting straightened out; the biggest fool will end his life without ever seeing the light. If three men are traveling along and one is confused, they will still get where they are going - because confusion is in the minority. But if two of them are confused, then they can walk until they are exhausted and never get anywhere - because confusion is in the majority.”
Zhuangzi, The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu

Christopher Isherwood
“...a minority is only thought of as a minority if it constitutes some kind of threat to the majority, real or imaginary. And no threat is ever quite imaginary...Just ask yourselves: what would this particular minority do if it suddenly became the majority, overnight?
'All right - now along come the liberals - including everybody in the room, I trust - and they say, 'minorities are just people, like us '. Sure, minorities are people, just like us'. Sure, minorities are people; people , not angels. Sure, they're like us - but not exactly like us; that's the all-too-familiar state of liberal hysteria, in which you begin to kid yourself you honestly cannot see a difference between a Negro and a Swede -'
(Why, oh why daren't George say 'between Estelle Oxford and Buddy Sorensen'? Maybe, if he did dare, there would be a great atomic blast of laughter, and everybody would embrace, and the kingdom of heaven would begin, right here in the classroom 278. But then, again, maybe it wouldn't.)
'So,let's face it, minorities are people who probably look and act and think differently from us, and have faults we don't have. We may dislike the way they look and act, and we may hate their faults. And it's better if we admit to disliking and hating them, than if we try to smear out feelings over with pseudo-liberal sentimentality. If we're frank about our feelings, we have a safety-valve; and if we have a safety-valve, we're actually less likely to start persecuting...”
Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man

Anthony  Ryan
“Nobility is a lie. A pretence that high standing comes from anything more than money or martial prowess. Any dolt can play the noble, and as you'll discover in time, daughter, it's mostly dolts who do.”
Anthony Ryan, Tower Lord

“History honors the unique minority the majority cannot forget.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Israelmore Ayivor
“Don't follow the crowd. The side of the majority is the riskiest place to have dust thrown on your uniqueness.”
Israelmore Ayivor, 101 Keys To Everyday Passion

Criss Jami
“But what good is the popular opinion, if the lot of us just process like minions?”
Criss Jami, Healology

Henry David Thoreau
“A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority.”
Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

“A democracy can only be produced if a majority movement is built. The guerilla strategy depends on a collapse of will in the ruling class to produce the social crisis out of which revolution occurs, whether the majority favors it or not.”
Anarchist Communist Collective

“Dictatorships are ramifications of the ignorant and misguided few , which are then imposed upon and suffered, by the many!.”
-Daryavesh Rothmensch

جلجامش نبيل, Gilgamesh Nabeel
“الشعور الديني أو القومي يتصاعد في أوقات المحن التي يشعر فيها أتباع تلك الأديان أو القوميات بالتهديد، هنالك قلة تنبذ المسألة برمتها لتتخلص من التهمة، ولكن الأغلبية تزداد تمسكاً بهويتها، وتعتبرها عنصراً من عناصر بقائها وقوتها. أدركت في تلك المرحلة، بأن الشعور الديني مجرد هوية تتراخى وتقوى وفقاً للظروف، وغالباً ما تكون الفئات المقموعة هي الأكثر تمسكاً بهويتها من أجل الحفاظ عليها، فيما تتراخى مثل تلك المشاعر تدريجاً لدى أتباع الفئات الحاكمة.”
جلجامش نبيل, Gilgamesh Nabeel, صراع الأقنعة

Rosa Luxemburg
“.. the homemade wisdom of the parliamentary nursery: in order to carry anything, you must first have a majority. The same, they say, applies to revolution: first let's become a "majority." The true dialectic of revolutions, however, stands this wisdom of parliamentary moles on its head: not through a majority to revolutionary tactics, but through revolutionary tactics to a majority - that is the way the road runs.”
Rosa Luxemburg, The Russian Revolution

“The afflicted are basically the majority or only set of people who are insulted by injustice in society today.”
Sunday Adelaja, The Mountain of Ignorance

Israelmore Ayivor
“The active minority in the world is the fraction that makes the world a better place for the passive majority.”
Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders' Frontpage: Leadership Insights from 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Thoughts

“There is a view of life which conceives that where the crowd is, there is also truth. There is another view of life which conceives that wherever there is a crowd, there is untruth.”
Soren Kierkegaard

Alexis de Tocqueville
“I regard as impious and detestable the maxim that in matters of government the majority of a people has the right to do everything, and nevertheless I place the origin of all powers in the wishes of the majority. Am I in contradiction with myself?

There exists a general law which has been made, or at least adopted not only by the majority of this or that people but by the majority of all men. This law is justice.

Justice thus forms the limit to the right of each people.”
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Richard Elliott Friedman
“The documentary hypothesis once held (and maybe still holds) the agreement of the majority of scholars. But that is not what made it right. We do not determine truth by a majority vote. The hypothesis held us because its evidence was (and is) strong. None of the new alternatives has replaced it, not only because they have not won over a majority of the field, but because they remain insufficiently defended and because they have not dealt with the evidence that made the documentary hypothesis the standard for a century.
Richard Elliott Friedman, The Exodus

“The weak or the majority choose comfortable chaos, the wise man laughs.”
Chris Morgan (SON)

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