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Minorities Quotes - Everyday People

Sunday, July 06, 2008


"The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities." - Lord Acton Dalberg

"Shall we then judge a country by the majority, or by the minority? By the minority, surely." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We as a people seem to be losing all sense of respect for ourselves and our fellow men, with the result that in a thoroughly intolerant attitude we hesitate not a minute to secure an organized minority, or even a majority, to attempt by resolution or law to impose our will on a large body of people in matters where no moral wrong is involved and where liberty is curtailed." - John J. Raskob

"What characterizes a member of a minority group is that he is forced to see himself as both exceptional and insignificant, marvelous and awful, good and evil." - Norman Mailer

"No democracy can long survive which does not accept as fundamental to its very existence the recognition of the rights of minorities." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

"The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority." - Will Durant

"It is no dishonor to be in a minority in the cause of liberty and virtue." - Sam Adams

"A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine." - Thomas Jefferson

"Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no protection: they have many friends and few enemies." - Wendell Phillips

"To suppress minority thinking and minority expression would tend to freeze society and prevent progress. Now more than ever we must keep in the forefront of our minds the fact that whenever we take away the liberties of those we hate, we are opening the way to loss of liberty for those we love." - Wendell Lewis Willkie


"Civilization is a slow process of adopting the ideas of minorities." - Unknown

"The test of tolerance comes when we are in a majority; the test of courage comes when we are in a minority." - Ralph W. Sockman

"Liberalism is the supreme form of generosity; it is the right which the majority concedes to minorities and hence it’s the noblest cry that has ever resounded on this planet." - Jose Ortega y Gasset

"Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better." - Martin Luther King Jr.

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