Quotes and Sayings about Majority



"The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections."
- Lord Acton
(Related: Democracy, Elections, Evil, Force, Fraud, Majority, Party, Tyranny)

"I certainly think that 10 to 20 years from now, clearly the majority of veterinarians will be women."
- Richard Adams
(Related: Women, Majority, Now, Will, Years)

"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."
- Samuel Adams
(Related: Men, Freedom, Majority, Minority)

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds."
- Samuel Adams
(Related: People, Majority, Minority)

"The important thing for the survival of the Thai society is that the majority of those who work, both in the government and the private sector, still strive to work in the same direction; this is why the Thai nation still stands."
- Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Related: Government, Society, Work, Survival, Direction, Majority, Nation)

"You have to look also to the media, where you have a vast majority of the loudest and most influential political voices in America media from people who came from the entertainment world."
- Ben Affleck
(Related: People, America, Entertainment, Majority, Media, World)

"Measurements of the specific ionization of both the positive and negative particles, by counting the number of droplets per unit length along the tracks, showed the great majority of both the positive and negative particles to possess unit electric charge."
- Carl D. Anderson
(Related: Negative, Positive, Majority)

"And we know that once we have a majority that are dependent upon the government, we will lose our freedom; it says we go into bondage. That's the next stage."
- Sharron Angle
(Related: Government, Freedom, Majority, Will)

"In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme."
- Aristotle
(Related: Power, Democracy, Majority, Poor, Will)

"I don't like LA. The majority just seem to be so artificial. Look at how they worship everything they think is fashionable. Isn't it sick?"
- Billie Joe Armstrong
(Related: Majority, Worship)

"I would be very happy to see 3.5 billion humans wiped out from the face of the earth within the next 150 or 200 years and I am quite prepared to go myself with this majority... let us all look forward to the day when the catastrophe strikes us down!"
- John Aspinall
(Related: Day, Earth, Majority, Years)

"I came from a family who believed in, in quotes, the Rights of Man, who believed that in order to justify the sort of luxurious life that the majority of us have, related to the whole world, that you had to do something."
- Richard Attenborough
(Related: Family, Life, Rights, Majority, Man, Order, Quotes, World)

"We are too much accustomed to attribute to a single cause that which is the product of several, and the majority of our controversies come from that."
- Marcus Aurelius
(Related: Cause, Majority)

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane."
- Marcus Aurelius
(Related: Life, Majority)

"At the same, we need to remain sensitive to the reality that we are still an African society in which the majority of the people and communities live under severe deprivations and afflictions that are no fault of theirs."
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Related: Society, People, African, Fault, Majority, Reality)

"To meet the expectations of the majority of our people, and to open up new vistas of economic opportunity so that the aspirations of Nigerians can stand a fair chance of being fulfilled in a lifetime, there must be a truly committed leadership in a democratic Nigeria."
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Related: Leadership, People, Opportunity, Aspirations, Being, Chance, Expectations, Majority, Open)

"The Republican majority will stop at nothing to prevent access to the legal system for those who are hurt."
- Joe Baca
(Related: Legal, Hurt, Majority, Nothing, Republican, Will)

"That a majority of the Abolitionists in this place would patronize a free labor store, in preference to others, I do not doubt; but we do not muster money in Cincinnati."
- Gamaliel Bailey
(Related: Money, Doubt, Labor, Majority)

"The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Husbands, Majority, Play, Trying)

"Most Americans are more concerned about the economy and job creation. And they can't understand why the Obama administration or the Democrat majority in Congress wants to pass a bill like the cap-and-trade tax that will cost us jobs, that will hurt our economy, that will drive up costs for families, as well as for small businesses."
- Haley Barbour
(Related: Americans, Congress, Creation, Economy, Tax, Hurt, Job, Jobs, Majority, Will)

"The vast majority of Americans agree with us. We're doing everything that we can. We're advertising, right now we're on television with an advertisement running in the Washington area. We've got newspaper ads."
- Michael D. Barnes
(Related: Advertising, Americans, Majority, Now, Right, Running, Television, Washington)

"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."
- Glenn Beck
(Related: America, Majority, Minority)

"In the final analysis, the whole cause of world revolution hinges on the revolutionary struggles of the Asian, African and Latin American people who make up the overwhelming majority of the world's population."
- Lin Biao
(Related: People, African, American, Cause, Revolution, Majority, Population, World)

"We submit to the majority because we have to. But we are not compelled to call our attitude of subjection a posture of respect."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Attitude, Majority, Respect)

"No Congress ever has seen fit to amend the Constitution to address any issue related to marriage. No Constitutional Amendment was needed to ban polygamy or bigamy, nor was a Constitutional Amendment needed to set a uniform age of majority to ban child marriages."
- Judy Biggert
(Related: Age, Marriage, Congress, Constitution, Majority)

"It's always the minorities who aren't a part of the mainstream who define what the limits... of the majority are going to be."
- Rose E. Bird
(Related: Limits, Majority)

"The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood."
- Otto von Bismarck
(Related: Blood, Day, Decisions, Majority, Questions, Will)

"This majority is working for America, and one of those ways is we have tremendously low unemployment. This economy has created millions of new jobs, and we are expecting growth this first quarter of somewhere higher than 4 percent."
- Marsha Blackburn
(Related: Growth, America, Economy, First, Jobs, Majority, Unemployment)

"It is precisely because the issue raised by this case touches the heart of what makes individuals what they are that we should be especially sensitive to the rights of those whose choices upset the majority."
- Harry A. Blackmun
(Related: Heart, Choices, Rights, Majority)

"The majority of information I gave police was about my wife and her family, which is what they wanted."
- Robert Blake
(Related: Family, Wife, Information, Majority, Police)

"We have a set of sensible policies that are appropriate for the 21st century and which strike a chord of appeal with the silent majority. Perhaps that is why we are welcoming new members every week who have never before been involved in politics."
- Steve Blake
(Related: Politics, Majority)

"The Corporation for Public Broadcasting distributes an annual appropriation that we provide in accordance with a statutory formula, the vast majority of which goes directly to public radio and television stations."
- Earl Blumenauer
(Related: Formula, Majority, Public, Television)

"Clinton was a president who used his office, in creative ways, to try to reinvigorate the federal government to benefit the majority."
- Sidney Blumenthal
(Related: Government, Majority, Office, President)

"The value of the majority lies not in the opportunity to wield great power, but in the chance to use power to do great things."
- John Boehner
(Related: Power, Opportunity, Chance, Lies, Majority, Value)

"But make no mistake, the President will find in our new majority the voice of the American people as they've expressed it tonight: standing on principle, checking Washington's power and leading the drive for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable government."
- John Boehner
(Related: Government, Power, Mistake, People, American, Leading, Majority, President, Voice, Washington, Will)

"The very purpose of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution is to protect minority rights against majority voters. Every court decision that strikes down discriminatory legislation, including past Supreme Court decisions, affirming the fundamental rights to marry the person you love, overrules a majority decision."
- David Boies
(Related: Love, Decision, Purpose, Constitution, Court, Decisions, Rights, Legislation, Majority, Minority, Past)

"For the vast majority of places in America, there is no way you can build a security system such as we have here because of the high priority this rates in terms of terrorist interests."
- Kit Bond
(Related: America, Majority, Security)

"It is quite true - in fact, obvious on the surface - that the vast majority of dramatic shows and comedies, as well, advocate a liberal and humanistic and relativistic lifestyle and concept."
- Pat Boone
(Related: Fact, Liberal, Majority, Obvious)

"Look, all this is about is utilizing the rules of the Senate, using a majority of the senators, to make sure that we get health reform done. We cannot wait another day."
- Barbara Boxer
(Related: Health, Day, Majority, Reform, Rules, Senate, Senators)

"While it's very hard to know exactly how to measure public opinion there, because there's no really good polling, the fact of the matter is that in all the polls I've seen the vast majority of the Iraqis prefer to be free and are pleased that the coalition freed them."
- Paul Bremer
(Related: Fact, Majority, Measure, Opinion, Public, Public opinion)

"It would be a tragic mistake for us out here to imagine that Bush represents the hearts and the minds of the majority of your countrymen. Many of your black and other compatriots must be just as anguished as we are."
- Breyten Breytenbach
(Related: Mistake, Majority)

"The majority of them give the impression of being men who have been drafted into the job during a period of martial law and are only waiting for the end of the emergency to get back to a really congenial occupation such as slum demolition or debt collecting."
- Alan Brien
(Related: Men, Impression, Being, Debt, End, Job, Law, Majority, Occupation, Waiting)

"I see the effects of sexual and gender liberation all around me, just like you do, but I don't have a sense of being in the majority."
- Susie Bright
(Related: Being, Gender, Majority, Sense)

"If you are cast in a different mould to the majority, it is no merit of yours: Nature did it."
- Charlotte Bronte
(Related: Nature, Majority, Merit)

"FDR created today's 30 percent coalition. Obama wants to finish the job by turning it into a permanent ruling majority. There's nothing new about the Obama Narrative. It is the FDR Narrative on steroids. It is intended to lead to greater statism and political gain."
- Arthur C. Brooks
(Related: Gain, Job, Majority, Nothing, Today)

"Fortuitous circumstances constitute the moulds that shape the majority of human lives, and the hasty impress of an accident is too often regarded as the relentless decree of all ordaining fate."
- Olympia Brown
(Related: Accident, Circumstances, Fate, Majority)

"While there are many wonderful police investigators out there doing some very fine work, the majority of the time it is not brains that catches serial killers."
- Pat Brown
(Related: Time, Work, Majority, Police)

"The vast majority of politicians think they are functioning on high principle."
- George E. Brown, Jr.
(Related: Majority, Politicians)

"It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people."
- Giordano Bruno
(Related: Change, Truth, People, Majority, Mind, Proof)

"Never be afraid to stand with the minority when the minority is right, for the minority which is right will one day be the majority."
- William Jennings Bryan
(Related: Day, Majority, Minority, Right, Will)

"The majority of the senior class of Vassar does not desire my company and I must confess, having read specimens of their thought and sentiments, that I do not desire the company of the majority of the senior class of Vassar."
- William F. Buckley, Jr.
(Related: Thought, Class, Company, Desire, Majority)

"From watching the news one would think the Iraqis want us out of their country. But an overwhelming majority of Iraqis support our involvement there. Our freedom is contagious and we helped liberate them."
- Jim Bunning
(Related: Country, Freedom, Majority, News, Support, Want)

"There can be no assumption that today's majority is "right" and the Amish and others like them are "wrong." A way of life that is odd or even erratic but interferes with no rights or interests of others is not to be condemned because it is different."
- Warren E. Burger
(Related: Life, Rights, Majority, Today)

"In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority."
- Edmund Burke
(Related: Democracy, Majority, Minority)

"We, unlike Nazi Germany or Mussolini's Italy, have never stopped being a nation of laws, not of men. But witness how men with motives and a majority can manipulate law to cruel and unjust ends."
- Robert Byrd
(Related: Men, Being, Germany, Italy, Law, Laws, Majority, Motives, Nation)

"The Government of the absolute majority instead of the Government of the people is but the Government of the strongest interests; and when not efficiently checked, it is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised."
- John C. Calhoun
(Related: Government, People, Majority)

"The Green Party represents that majority point of view within the U.S."
- Peter Camejo
(Related: Majority, Party)

"Look, we know we screwed up when we were in the majority. We fell in love with power. We spent way too much money - especially on earmarks. There was too much corruption when we ran this place. We were guilty. And that's why we lost."
- Eric Cantor
(Related: Love, Money, Power, Corruption, Majority)

"The issue for us is rebuilding a governing majority that is comfortable with differences that can transcend the divisiveness and unify behind the principles that we know our party has succeeded on."
- Eric Cantor
(Related: Majority, Party, Principles)

"I have no way of knowing how people really feel, but the vast majority of those I meet couldn't be nicer. Every once in a while someone barks at me. My New Year's resolution is not to bark back."
- Tucker Carlson
(Related: People, Majority, New year, Resolution)

"History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion."
- Thomas Carlyle
(Related: History, People, Majority, Youth)

"Lyndon Johnson, as majority leader of the United States Senate, he made the Senate work."
- Robert Caro
(Related: Work, Leader, Majority, Senate, states, United)

"It is the purpose of the majority of the Immigration Committee to encourage assimilation, yet this bill has already done more than anything I know of to bring about discord among our resident aliens."
- Emanuel Celler
(Related: Purpose, Committee, Majority)

"That a majority of women do not wish for any important change in their social and civil condition, merely proves that they are the unreflecting slaves of custom."
- Lydia M. Child
(Related: Change, Women, Custom, Majority)

"We tell them that we believe it will be beautiful because that is our specialty, we only create joy and beauty. We have never done a sad work. Through the drawings, we hope a majority will be able to visualize it."
- Christo
(Related: Beauty, Work, Hope, Joy, Majority, Will)

"When one is required to preside over the Church, and be entrusted with the care of so many souls, the whole female sex must retire before the magnitude of the task, and the majority of men also."
- John Chrysostom
(Related: Men, Sex, Church, Care, Majority)

"In a republic this rule ought to be observed: that the majority should not have the predominant power."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Power, Majority)

"My sense is that the majority of Conservatives share my reservations about how we got into Iraq."
- Kenneth Clarke
(Related: Iraq, Majority, Sense)

"The majority of work I do is in independent films, where you're lucky if you have five takes."
- Patricia Clarkson
(Related: Work, Majority)

"I am told that the majority of Iraqis wanted Saddam removed from power, but they were unwilling and were incapable of doing the job themselves because they feared Saddam and knew the pain and torture he was capable of inflicting upon them."
- Howard Coble
(Related: Power, Job, Majority, Pain)

"To be sure, the vast majority of people who are untrained can accept the results of science only on authority."
- Morris Raphael Cohen
(Related: Science, People, Authority, Majority, Results)

"In a high school, the norms act to hold down the achievements of those who are above average, so that the school's demands will be at a level easily maintained by the majority."
- James S. Coleman
(Related: Act, Majority, School, Will)

"A majority of American citizens are now becoming skeptical of the claim that our carbon footprints, resulting from our use of fossil fuels, are going to lead to climatic calamities. But governments are not yet listening to the citizens."
- John Coleman
(Related: American, Listening, Majority, Now)

"Congress is functioning the way the Founding Fathers intended-not very well. They understood that if you move too quickly, our democracy will be less responsible to the majority."
- Barber B. Conable, Jr.
(Related: Congress, Democracy, Fathers, Founding, Majority, Will)

"According to recent opinion polls, a large majority of Iraqis believe that the U.S. military has no intention to leave Iraq, and that it would stay even is asked by the Iraqi government to leave."
- John Conyers
(Related: Government, Intention, Iraq, Majority, Military, Opinion)

"One with the law is a majority."
- Calvin Coolidge
(Related: Law, Majority)

"The disposition of all power is to abuses, nor does it at all mend the matter that its possessors are a majority."
- James F. Cooper
(Related: Power, Majority)

"If there is a nuclear tactic being used here, I submit it is the use of that obstruction where a willful minority blocks a bipartisan majority from voting on the President's judicial nominees."
- John Cornyn
(Related: Being, Majority, Minority, President, Voting)

"A country can truly call itself sporting when the majority of its people feel a personal need for sport."
- Pierre de Coubertin
(Related: People, Country, Majority)

"I don't know the vast majority of you personally, and it may sound kind of corny, but I really feel as if we've become friends through the years. And you've been with me during a lot of good times and some very difficult ones. I can't tell you how grateful I am."
- Katie Couric
(Related: Friends, Majority, May, Sound, Years)

"Except when war is waged in a desert, noncombatants, also known as civilians or "the people," constitute the great majority of those affected."
- Martin Van Creveld
(Related: War, People, Majority)

"Unless the great majority of Americans not only have, but believe they have, a fair chance, the better American future will be dangerously compromised."
- Herbert Croly
(Related: American, Americans, Chance, Future, Majority, Will)

"Americans of our own time - minority and majority Americans alike - need the continued guidance that the Voting Rights Act provides. We have come a long way, but more needs to be done."
- Elijah Cummings
(Related: Time, Act, Americans, Rights, Guidance, Majority, Minority, Needs, Voting)

"If freedom's best friends cannot unify around a realistic, actionable program of fundamental change, one that attracts and persuades a broad majority of our fellow citizens, big change will not come."
- Mitch Daniels
(Related: Change, Freedom, Friends, Majority, Will)

"Even though the vast majority of my work was outside television, the amount of creation and inventing that went into the TV shows was non stop and, unknown to me, a great strain."
- Paul Daniels
(Related: Work, Creation, Majority, Television)

"When you're in the minority, it doesn't matter what you're agenda is, you're not going to have the degree of freedom that you have as a member of the majority."
- Tom Daschle
(Related: Freedom, Majority, Minority)

"This nation was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the principle - among others - that honest men may honestly disagree; that if they all say what they think, a majority of the people will be able to distinguish truth from error."
- Elmer Davis
(Related: Men, Truth, People, Error, Liberty, Majority, May, Nation, Will)

"Neither current events nor history show that the majority rule, or ever did rule."
- Jefferson Davis
(Related: History, Events, Majority)

"It's a democracy and if I am outvoted, I have to accept the majority decisions."
- Moshe Dayan
(Related: Decisions, Democracy, Majority)

"Freddie and Brian tend to write the majority of the material."
- John Deacon
(Related: Majority)

"On the other hand, the vast majority of all westernized countries, including every single European country along with Israel and Japan, do not offer birthright citizenship."
- Nathan Deal
(Related: Citizenship, Countries, Country, Israel, Majority)

"When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong."
- Eugene V. Debs
(Related: History, Majority, Principles, Wrong)

"Even the majority of the Sunnis have grown tired of foreign terrorists operating in Iraq."
- Peter DeFazio
(Related: Iraq, Majority)

"While the vast majority of hackers may be disinclined towards violence, it would only take a few to turn cyber terrorism into reality."
- Dorothy Denning
(Related: Majority, May, Reality, Terrorism, Violence)

"The overwhelming majority of theories are rejected because they contain bad explanations, not because they fail experimental tests."
- David Deutsch
(Related: Explanations, Majority, Tests, Theories)

"The American people are going to judge the majority party here today. If they go out here and vote for this rule that allows this provision to be stricken, they are voting against the men and women in the military of our country."
- Norm Dicks
(Related: Men, Women, People, American, Country, Majority, Military, Party, Today, Vote, Voting)

"A majority is always better than the best repartee."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Majority)

"As for our majority... one is enough."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Majority)

"I realize that the majority of people in the entertainment business happen to be Democrats. I have no problem with that. And they should have no problem with the fact that I'm a Republican."
- Shannen Doherty
(Related: Business, People, Democrats, Entertainment, Fact, Majority, Republican)

"There are some liberals eager to embrace a culture void of morals, but the majority of America is made up of honest, hard-working families who turned out in droves to protect the traditional way of life."
- John Doolittle
(Related: Life, America, Culture, Liberals, Majority, Morals)

"One and God make a majority."
- Frederick Douglass
(Related: God, Majority)

"The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority."
- Will Durant
(Related: Acting, Machine, Majority, Minority, United)

"The majority of my work is from life. I spend most fine days from May to October painting outside."
- John Dyer
(Related: Work, Life, Majority, May, October, Painting)

"I think that might have been an element in it, and people have asked me that very thing. Remember, Disney is the majority shareholder, but it is not an operating division of Disney."
- Gregg Easterbrook
(Related: People, Disney, Majority)

"I think that the majority of messages are validating messages to confirm the survival of conscious. And many times that validation message is negative or sad."
- John Edward
(Related: Negative, Survival, Majority)

"What is more comforting to the terrorists around the world: the failure to pass the 9/11 legislation because we lacked 'a majority of the majority,' or putting aside partisan politics to enact tough new legislation with America's security foremost in mind?"
- Rahm Emanuel
(Related: Politics, Failure, America, Legislation, Majority, Mind, Security)

"My main objective is to prepare candidates for professional baseball; however, the majority of our graduates will go home as much better qualified amateurs."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Home, Baseball, Majority, Will)

"The vast majority of people who watch baseball can properly call 95% of all plays that happen on the field. My job is to teach you how to call the other 5%."
- Jim Evans
(Related: People, Baseball, Job, Majority)

"This program that the Republican majority has taken us toward as a country is leading us to fiscal bankruptcy."
- Chaka Fattah
(Related: Country, Leading, Majority, Republican)

"Now, so, if you want to blame someone for wasteful spending, the Republicans are in the majority."
- Chaka Fattah
(Related: Blame, Majority, Now, Republicans, Want)

"There is little doubt that the majority of Mr. Mill's supporters in 1865 did not know what his political opinions were, and that they voted for him simply on his reputation as a great thinker."
- Millicent Fawcett
(Related: Doubt, Majority, Opinions, Reputation)

"Both the historian and the novelist view history as the struggle of a tiny minority, able and determined to make judgments, which is up against a vast and densely packed majority of the blind, who are led by their instincts and unable to think for themselves."
- Lion Feuchtwanger
(Related: History, Blind, Majority, Minority, Struggle)

"The crusades of Vietnam and Watergate seemed like a good idea at the time, even a noble one, not only to the press but perhaps to a majority of Americans."
- Howard Fineman
(Related: Time, Idea, Americans, Majority, Press, Vietnam)

"As there is oppression of the majority such oppression will be fought with increasing hatred."
- Bram Fischer
(Related: Hatred, Majority, Oppression, Will)

"Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper."
- Larry Flynt
(Related: Rights, Majority, Sheep, Voting)

"I'm like a twenty-two-year-old kid in a new band trying to get noticed and break through, because the vast majority of people have never seen me play live."
- John Fogerty
(Related: People, Majority, Play, Trying)

"Well, many of us believe that excessive media concentration is a subject that ought to be addressed, and it is, of course, the intention of the majority party not to allow that to be discussed."
- Barney Frank
(Related: Intention, Majority, Media, Party)

"I'm used to being in the minority. I'm a left-handed gay Jew. I've never felt, automatically, a member of any majority."
- Barney Frank
(Related: Being, Gay, Majority, Minority)

"In this view, the role of the great majority of Americans is simply to buy the products produced, work happily for their wages, and leave all of the significant economic decisions to the capitalists."
- Barney Frank
(Related: Work, Americans, Decisions, Majority, Wages)

"Columbus did not seek a new route to the Indies in response to a majority directive."
- Milton Friedman
(Related: Columbus, Majority)

"There is something wonderful in seeing a wrong-headed majority assailed by truth."
- John Kenneth Galbraith
(Related: Truth, Majority, Wrong)

"There's a certain part of the contented majority who love anybody who is worth a billion dollars."
- John Kenneth Galbraith
(Related: Love, Majority, Worth)

"In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone."
- John Kenneth Galbraith
(Related: Majority, Right, Wrong)

"In economics, the majority is always wrong."
- John Kenneth Galbraith
(Related: Economics, Majority, Wrong)

"Democratic forms of government are vulnerable to mass prejudice, the so-called tyranny of the majority."
- Maggie Gallagher
(Related: Government, Majority, Prejudice, Tyranny)

"The whole of the Bill is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals... It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of."
- Albert Gallatin
(Related: People, Rights, Majority)

"In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Conscience, Law, Majority)

"The overwhelming majority of my rated wealth consists of investments in companies that produce goods and services."
- Paul Getty
(Related: Wealth, Majority)

"It is commercial pop that the majority of people understand. A working man's daughter would not understand blues."
- Barry Gibb
(Related: Daughter, People, Majority, Man)

"The funny thing is, people's perceptions of what a song is about is usually wrong a majority of the time. But they're still going to read what they want to into it."
- Vince Gill
(Related: Funny, Time, People, Majority, Perceptions, Song, Want, Wrong)

"What is the primary purpose of a political leader? To build a majority. If voters care about parking lots, then talk about parking lots."
- Newt Gingrich
(Related: Leader, Purpose, Care, Majority, Talk)

"The majority of the time I'm at home with my family, I play football three times a week."
- Martin Gore
(Related: Home, Time, Family, Football, Majority, Play)

"As long as we're in a democracy, I have to give what I think the majority of people will enjoy."
- Norman Granz
(Related: People, Democracy, Majority, Will)

"The majority of surveys throughout this Nation show that the American people are advocating for a comprehensive and realistic approach to immigration reform."
- Raul Grijalva
(Related: People, American, Majority, Nation, Reform)

"How many times will this Congress waste time on an issue that a majority of Americans do not want?"
- Raul Grijalva
(Related: Time, Americans, Congress, Majority, Want, Waste, Will)

"Because the majority of my readers are women, I feel that one public service I can provide to them is to spread the message of regular mammograms and early detection within the strip."
- Cathy Guisewite
(Related: Women, Majority, Public, Service)

"Our generals talk a good game about taking care of their grunts, and the majority of our Beltway politicians bay with moralistic fervor about how they, too, support the troops."
- David Hackworth
(Related: Care, Majority, Politicians, Support, Talk, Troops)

"The majority of Aboriginals do not want handouts because they realise that welfare is killing them."
- Pauline Hanson
(Related: Killing, Majority, Want, Welfare)

"The only kind of coercion I recommend is mutual coercion, mutually agreed upon by the majority of the people affected."
- Garrett Hardin
(Related: People, Majority)

"It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that."
- G. H. Hardy
(Related: Time, People, Majority, Man, Worth)

"I love the ACLU and I'm concerned now, especially when it comes to our rights, with current politics and the religious community and the Conservative majority or minority - I don't know who they are."
- Debbie Harry
(Related: Love, Politics, Community, Conservative, Rights, Majority, Minority, Now, Religious)

"We are the only ones who really can care about the preservation Foreigners who come to excavate, maybe some of them care about preservation, but the majority care about discoveries."
- Zahi Hawass
(Related: Care, Foreigners, Majority)

"We in the majority have worked hard to empower people to create opportunities, to make jobs, to do things that turn America into a place where people can achieve their dreams."
- Robin Hayes
(Related: Dreams, People, America, Jobs, Majority)

"So, yes, we do celebrate America today because the majority will stand up and empower the American people to live that American Dream and to be part of making a better, freer, and safer world."
- Robin Hayes
(Related: People, Dream, America, American, Majority, Today, Will, World)

"Before success comes in any man's life, he's sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That's exactly what the majority of men do."
- Napoleon Hill
(Related: Men, Success, Life, Defeat, Majority, Man)

"The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail."
- Napoleon Hill
(Related: Men, Failure, Majority, Persistence)

"A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: Dissent, Majority, Minority, Will)

"The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: History, Majority)

"The Constitution gives the president the power to appoint, upon the advice and consent of a majority of the Senate, and it plainly does not give a minority of senators any right to interfere with that process."
- John Jay Hooker
(Related: Power, Advice, Constitution, Majority, Minority, President, Right, Senate, Senators)

"Now I have known Sen. Bill Frist, the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, since he was born."
- John Jay Hooker
(Related: Leader, Majority, Now, Senate, states, United)

"The basic policy of the British Government was that since the majority of people in Northern Ireland wished to remain in the United Kingdom, that was that. We asked what would happen if the majority wanted something else, if the majority wanted to see Irish unity."
- John Hume
(Related: Government, People, Policy, Ireland, Irish, Majority, United, Unity)

"In fact, a large majority of those have died and of those expected to die of AIDS, as well as of those who are infected with the virus, are in sub-Saharan Africa."
- Claudio Hummes
(Related: Fact, Majority)

"No part of the world can be truly understood without a knowledge of its garment of vegetation, for this determines not only the nature of the animal inhabitants but also the occupations of the majority of human beings."
- Ellsworth Huntington
(Related: Nature, Knowledge, Majority, Occupations, World)

"We respect opposition to any position or policy. But we believe that the opinion that should prevail and be respected is that of the majority."
- King Hussein I
(Related: Policy, Majority, Opinion, Opposition, Respect)

"Without peace and without the overwhelming majority of people that believe in peace defending it, working for it, believing in it, security can never really be a reality."
- King Hussein I
(Related: Peace, People, Majority, Reality, Security)

"A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Death, Knowledge, Belief, Ambition, Frustration, Hell, Majority, Rumor)

"The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar... Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Appearance, First, Fools, Majority)

"The majority is always wrong; the minority is rarely right."
- Henrik Ibsen
(Related: Majority, Minority, Right, Wrong)

"The worst enemy of truth and freedom in our society is the compact majority."
- Henrik Ibsen
(Related: Society, Truth, Enemy, Freedom, Majority)

"A minority may be right, and a majority is always wrong."
- Henrik Ibsen
(Related: Majority, May, Minority, Right, Wrong)

"There was a very convincing argument made that the extremists have won and the aggression is now supported by the majority, therefore fighting until surrender was the only alternative."
- Joichi Ito
(Related: Aggression, Argument, Fighting, Majority, Now, Surrender)

"One man with courage makes a majority."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: Courage, Majority, Man)

"Our government is founded upon the intelligence of the people. I for one do not despair of the republic. I have great confidence in the virtue of the great majority of the people, and I cannot fear the result."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: Government, Intelligence, People, Fear, Virtue, Confidence, Despair, Majority, Result)

"There cannot be found in the animal kingdom a bat, or any other creature, so blind in its own range of circumstance and connection, as the greater majority of human beings are in the bosoms of their families."
- Helen Hunt Jackson
(Related: Blind, Circumstance, Connection, Majority)

"In politics, an organized minority is a political majority."
- Jesse Jackson
(Related: Politics, Majority, Minority)

"We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Country, Majority, May, Nation, Right, Will)

"All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Rights, Law, Majority, Mind, Minority, Oppression, Will)

"One man with courage is a majority."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Courage, Majority, Man)

"I would sooner play in a good British picture than in the majority of American pictures I have seen."
- Glynis Johns
(Related: American, Majority, Play)

"The restriction of religion to private life therefore does not necessarily threaten the vital interests of the majority religion, if there is one, and it protects minority religions from tyranny of the majority."
- Phillip E. Johnson
(Related: Life, Religion, Majority, Minority, Tyranny)

"I guess the President says the majority of the people didn't elect him, he doesn't have to listen to 'em anyway."
- Star Jones
(Related: People, Majority, President)

"Furthermore, it is not distorting history to say that it was largely through the efforts and propaganda of our International Federation that the government of the U.S.S.R. was recognized by the majority of the great powers."
- Leon Jouhaux
(Related: Government, History, Majority, Propaganda)

"The vast majority of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, even after interrogation, had no further intel value whatsoever."
- Janis Karpinski
(Related: Majority, Value)

"I am sure the majority of Iranians want a peace agreement with Israel and want Iran to integrate with the international community and accept its universal values."
- Moshe Katsav
(Related: Peace, Values, Agreement, Community, Israel, Majority, Want)

"Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged."
- Helen Keller
(Related: Men, Majority)

"Thus, the controversy about the Moral Majority arises not only from its views, but from its name - which, in the minds of many, seems to imply that only one set of public policies is moral and only one majority can possibly be right."
- Edward Kennedy
(Related: Controversy, Majority, Name, Public, Right)

"Right now, a majority of the debt is owed to foreign interests, Japan being the largest purchaser of government debt today, soon to be surpassed by China as the number one purchaser of our debt in this Nation."
- Ron Kind
(Related: Government, Being, Debt, Majority, Nation, Now, Right, Today)

"But 85 percent of the mosques have extremist leadership in this country. Most Muslims, the overwhelming majority of Muslims, are loyal Americans."
- Peter King
(Related: Leadership, Americans, Country, Majority)

"Finally, I want to make the point that we are Republicans. We are the majority. It is going to be a little more difficult because we have to govern and come up with ideas."
- Jack Kingston
(Related: Ideas, Majority, Republicans, Want)

"A man with God is always in the majority."
- John Knox
(Related: God, Majority, Man)

"Although charismatic, James Dean is no Harrison Ford. In the majority of his movies, sooner or later he got the crap beaten out of him."
- Dean Koontz
(Related: Movies, Majority)

"To be in the EU, it means to have same rules of... for economy, for social life, to be together in the majority of European countries."
- Aleksander Kwasniewski
(Related: Life, Countries, Economy, Majority, Rules)

"Why, so soon as French Canadians, who are in a minority in this House and in the country, were to organise as a political party, they would compel the majority to organise as a political party, and the result must be disastrous to themselves."
- Wilfrid Laurier
(Related: Country, Majority, Minority, Party, Result)

"The majority of people in Angola were not provided with any kind of schooling and were completely illiterate, very badly paid, and treated almost as slaves."
- Louis Leakey
(Related: People, Majority)

"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."
- Harper Lee
(Related: Conscience, Majority)

"Before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."
- Harper Lee
(Related: Conscience, Majority)

"By virtually any measure, the record of the Republican Majority is an appalling failure."
- Sheila Jackson Lee
(Related: Failure, Majority, Measure, Republican)

"The tillage of the soil occupies the vast majority of those who work for their own bread."
- Joseph Barber Lightfoot
(Related: Work, Majority)

"The truth does not require a majority to prevail, ladies and gentlemen. The truth is its own power. The truth will out. Never forget that."
- Rush Limbaugh
(Related: Power, Truth, Forget, Ladies, Gentlemen, Majority, Will)

"But very unfortunately the merchant marine died away till even the majority of fishing done about the Cape is in the hands of the Portuguese who emigrated to the Cape some fifty years ago."
- Joseph C. Lincoln
(Related: Fishing, Majority, Years)

"What we call a democratic society might be defined for certain purposes as one in which the majority is always prepared to put down a revolutionary minority."
- Walter Lippmann
(Related: Society, Majority, Minority)

"No law can possibly meet the convenience of every one: we must be satisfied if it be beneficial on the whole and to the majority."
- Titus Livius
(Related: Law, Majority)

"I fear that the hearts of the vast majority of mankind would beat on strongly and steadily and without any quickening if the league were to perish altogether."
- Henry Cabot Lodge
(Related: Fear, Majority, Mankind)

"I am convinced that the majority of American people do understand that we have a moral responsibility to foster the concepts of opportunity, free enterprise, the rule of law, and democracy. They understand that these values are the hope of the world."
- Richard Lugar
(Related: People, Opportunity, Hope, Values, American, Democracy, Law, Majority, Responsibility, World)

"There is no maxim, in my opinion, which is more liable to be misapplied, and which, therefore, more needs elucidation, than the current one, that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong."
- James Madison
(Related: Interest, Majority, Maxim, Needs, Opinion, Right, Wrong)

"If we are to take for the criterion of truth the majority of suffrages, they ought to be gotten from those philosophic and patriotic citizens who cultivate their reason."
- James Madison
(Related: Truth, Majority, Reason)

"In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority."
- James Madison
(Related: Danger, Rights, Majority, May, Minority, Respect)

"I guess the majority of people who want to ban certain musicians are the ones who are so proud of everything America stands for."
- Stephen Malkmus
(Related: People, America, Majority, Musicians, Want)

"With the parties at virtual parity and the ideological gulf between them never greater, the stakes of majority control of Congress are extremely high."
- Thomas E. Mann
(Related: Control, Congress, Majority)

"I know I have sex appeal, but I've never felt like an actual sex symbol. Fans sometimes think I am. The majority of them are sweet about it, but occasionally somebody weird becomes totally fixated upon me."
- Teena Marie
(Related: Sex, Fans, Majority, Sex appeal, Symbol)

"You have to give access to people with disabilities but there is no requirement to hire them. What I mean by affirmative obligation is that producers must take the necessary steps to include opportunities for people with disabilities and a vast majority of them do."
- Richard Masur
(Related: People, Majority, Obligation)

"I get a sense that we've all been educated into one school of thought. I'm not surprised at all to find among the overwhelming majority of scientists, are people who would hold one particular view because that's all they're exposed to."
- Thabo Mbeki
(Related: Thought, People, Majority, School, Scientists, Sense)

"After adding trillions to the debt on big-government policies most Americans didn't ask for and which we couldn't afford, Democratic leaders say they need more money, which they intend to take from small business, even though small businesses create the majority of new jobs."
- Mitch McConnell
(Related: Business, Money, Americans, Debt, Jobs, Leaders, Majority)

"Paul the apostle recounted that Jesus appeared to more than 500 of His followers at one time, the majority of whom were still alive and who could confirm what Paul wrote."
- Josh McDowell
(Related: Time, Followers, Majority)

"But the fact is that the vast majority of Republicans support the Sinn Fein leadership."
- Martin McGuinness
(Related: Leadership, Fact, Majority, Republicans, Support)

"The majority of people who buy homes in golf course communities don't play golf. Golf is way down at the bottom in terms of total numbers and growth."
- Ed McMahon
(Related: People, Growth, Golf, Majority, Numbers, Play)

"I want to share with the American people that President Bush and the Republican majority in just 4 years have borrowed $1.05 trillion from foreign nations. That is selling our country to other nations because of the spending that is going on."
- Kendrick Meek
(Related: People, Selling, American, Country, Majority, Nations, President, Republican, Want, Years)

"It doesn't take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Cause, Leaders, Majority, Rebellion, Sound)

"What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs."
- John Stuart Mill
(Related: Men, Act, Beliefs, Majority)

"What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their ability to act according to their beliefs."
- Henry Miller
(Related: Men, Ability, Act, Beliefs, Majority)

"Reconciliation is a special budget procedure to change entitlement and tax laws. It cannot be filibustered and requires only a simple majority in the Senate to be passed. It is primarily intended for deficit and mandatory spending reduction."
- Jeff Miller
(Related: Change, Tax, Laws, Majority, Senate)

"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."
- A. A. Milne
(Related: First, Majority, Mind, Minority, Thinking)

"In terms of development of the company, the vast majority of our sales are in the Far East and we will expect to strengthen our activities there, perhaps even moving some of our engineering activities abroad."
- David Milne
(Related: Development, Company, Engineering, Majority, Sales, Will)

"The majority see the obstacles; the few see the objectives; history records the successes of the latter, while oblivion is the reward of the former."
- Alfred A. Montapert
(Related: History, Majority, Objectives, Obstacles, Reward)

"Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed."
- Charles de Montesquieu
(Related: Success, Circumstances, Majority, Succeed)

"The silent majority distrusts people who believe in causes."
- Brian Moore
(Related: People, Causes, Majority)

"The majority of Americans, the ones who never elected George W. Bush, are not fooled by his weapons of mass distraction."
- Michael Moore
(Related: Americans, Majority, Weapons)

"A majority of this country opposes this war, a majority of this country never voted for this administration."
- Michael Moore
(Related: War, Country, Majority)

"I am confident that the vast majority of teachers will work with us towards achieving that goal."
- Estelle Morris
(Related: Work, Goal, Majority, Teachers, Will)

"Today's white majority is largely silent about the race question."
- Constance Baker Motley
(Related: Majority, Question, Race, Today)

"A majority in all parties do, I think, want to see local government recover its old vigour and independence."
- Ferdinand Mount
(Related: Government, Independence, Majority, Old, Want)

"My belief is the majority of people in politics are just interested in pursuing this career in politics, and doing what's necessary to get themselves re-elected. And if that happens to coincide with the public good, great. But if it doesn't, the public good loses out."
- Dick Murphy
(Related: Politics, People, Belief, Career, Majority, Public)

"I suppress the vast majority of what I write."
- George Murray
(Related: Majority)

"Having said that, I enjoyed every minute of my time and I got a degree of job satisfaction which I am sure was far greater than the majority of my colleagues."
- Len G. Murray
(Related: Time, Job, Majority, Satisfaction)

"I find that the majority of the actors I've worked with are extremely sensitive people and very spontaneous people. That's why I always say I'll never date an actor, because they're in love with you one day and the next day they're not."
- Ellen Muth
(Related: Love, People, Actor, Actors, Day, Majority)

"As part of our layered approach, we have expedited the deployment of new Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) units to help detect concealed metallic and non-metallic threats on passengers. These machines are now in use at airports nationwide, and the vast majority of travelers say they prefer this technology to alternative screening measures."
- Janet Napolitano
(Related: Technology, Help, Machines, Majority, Now)

"Every religious group, while perhaps a majority somewhere, is also inevitably a minority somewhere else. Thus, religious organizations should and do show tolerance toward members of other religious denominations."
- Russell M. Nelson
(Related: Majority, Minority, Religious, Tolerance)

"Doubts raced through my mind as I considered the feasibility of enforcing a law which the majority of honest citizens didn't seem to want."
- Eliot Ness
(Related: Law, Majority, Mind, Want)

"Tonight - to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans - I ask for your support."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Americans, Majority, Support)

"It is tragic that, under a pro-choice administration and a Democratic majority in Congress, harmful anti-choice policy will be the price American women will pay for health care reform."
- Nancy Northrup
(Related: Health, Women, Policy, American, Care, Congress, Majority, Reform, Will)

"When I'm up on stage, I don't think about anything except the song I'm singing. Anyway, the majority of my audience is female, and I can't think that many of them want to see me a French maid outfit somehow!"
- Louise Nurding
(Related: Majority, Singing, Song, Want)

"The United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans. Many other Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim-majority country - I know, because I am one of them."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Muslim, Americans, Country, states, United)

"What the oil producer gets paid is about 16 percent. The majority of it is tax, which in fairness to the government of this country they have accepted and admitted."
- Olusegun Obasanjo
(Related: Government, Country, Tax, Majority, Oil)

"Whether you are from Minnesota, Wisconsin or any other Northern tier state, you are not going to like the reimbursement formula. The problem we face is that we wouldn't have that formula if a majority of the states didn't like it, and they have the majority of the votes."
- David Obey
(Related: Formula, Majority, State, states)

"The majority of the members of the Irish parliament are professional politicians, in the sense that otherwise they would not be given jobs minding mice at crossroads."
- Flann O'Brien
(Related: Irish, Jobs, Majority, Parliament, Politicians, Sense)

"It is a measure of the framers' fear that a passing majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself."
- Sandra Day O'Connor
(Related: Fear, Values, Compromise, Constitution, Majority, Measure)

"Second, recent polls over there show that the majority of Iraqis want us to leave precipitously."
- William Odom
(Related: Majority, Want)

"Does advertising corrupt editors? Yes it does, but fewer editors than you may suppose... the vast majority of editors are incorruptible."
- David Ogilvy
(Related: Advertising, Editors, Majority, May)

"Over the last five years, the Administration and the majority in Congress have appropriated less than $900 million for port security grants - despite the Coast Guard's determination that $5.4 billion is needed over 10 years."
- Solomon Ortiz
(Related: Determination, Congress, Majority, Security, Years)

"It is crystal clear to me that if Arabs put down a draft resolution blaming Israel for the recent earthquake in Iran it would probably have a majority, the U.S. would veto it and Britain and France would abstain."
- Amos Oz
(Related: Draft, France, Israel, Majority, Resolution)

"An apology for the actions of some troops who, of course, are not representative of the majority of the armed forces here, I think that would have been useful and it would have helped to some extent."
- Adnan Pachachi
(Related: Actions, Apology, Majority, Troops)

"When they say you're the best, I always remember that the majority of the audience probably thinks someone else should have gotten the award."
- Brad Paisley
(Related: Majority)

"It is conceivable that a party might gain the majority in parliament and claims the government for itself."
- Franz von Papen
(Related: Government, Gain, Majority, Parliament, Party)

"Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes it fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way."
- Blaise Pascal
(Related: Majority, Mediocrity, Nothing)

"Other than my hundreds of arrests I really don't have that much experience with the law. While the majority of people aren't corrupt, there certainly is an awful lot of corruption in this country."
- James Patterson
(Related: Experience, People, Corruption, Country, Law, Majority)

"The unphilosophical majority among men are the ones most helplessly dependent on their era's dominant ideas."
- Leonard Peikoff
(Related: Men, Ideas, Majority)

"All we're getting from the Democratic majority in Congress and from this White House is more bailouts, more spending, more planned stimulus, more deficits and debt, and the American people have had it."
- Mike Pence
(Related: People, American, Congress, Debt, Majority)

"Multi- polarisation has become an inevitable trend in the process of shaping a global political pattern and has been widely welcomed by the international community as it reflects the common interests and aspiration of the overwhelming majority of countries."
- Li Peng
(Related: Community, Countries, Majority)

"One on God's side is a majority."
- Wendell Phillips
(Related: God, Majority)

"What scared me in that debate is that it's not about the ownership rules at all. The vast majority of people don't even know what the rules say, to be perfectly candid. Name all six of them."
- Michael K. Powell
(Related: People, Debate, Majority, Name, Ownership, Rules)

"There is nothing wrong with the name White Settlement, and the majority here is proud of the name."
- Alan Price
(Related: Majority, Name, Nothing, Wrong)

"I think the moral majority and religious right have been shrinking and having not quite as loud a voice in America, and all of a sudden people are coming to their own realizations going, 'Joe down the street is gay and he's a great guy.'"
- Jason Priestley
(Related: People, America, Gay, Majority, Religious, Right, Voice)

"A majority of Americans oppose partial-birth abortion, and Judge Hamilton's decision flies in the face of Congress passing and President Bush signing legislation banning such horrible acts of violence."
- Marc Racicot
(Related: Decision, Abortion, Americans, Congress, Flies, Legislation, Majority, President, Violence)

"We want all the Palestinians back in their homeland, and then there can be a fair referendum for people to choose the form of state they want. Whoever gets the majority can rule."
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
(Related: People, Majority, State, Want)

"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)."
- Ayn Rand
(Related: Earth, Rights, Majority, Minority, Oppression, Public, Vote)

"When you get too big a majority, you're immediately in trouble.'"
- Sam Rayburn
(Related: Majority, Trouble)

"One, with God, is always a majority, but many a martyr has been burned at the stake while the votes were being counted."
- Thomas Reed
(Related: God, Being, Majority, Martyr)

"Lead singers not only do the majority of the work, but their personalities are singled out and taken as the general attitude of the unit."
- Martha Reeves
(Related: Work, Attitude, Majority)

"It is always possible for the court to overreach its proper bounds and perhaps declare a lot of laws unconstitutional and frustrate the will of the majority in a way that it ought not be frustrated."
- William Rehnquist
(Related: Court, Laws, Majority, Will)

"The silent majority really is a liberal majority, even though the word liberal has taken a real beating over the last 20 years by radical conservatives."
- Robert Reich
(Related: Liberal, Majority, Radical, Word, Years)

"Now almost every artist outside of New York is connected with some school or some museum school, and even in New York the majority are. That's an interesting fact when you take the idea of making money, making a living selling paintings. Only a dozen or two painters do that."
- Ad Reinhardt
(Related: Money, Idea, Selling, Artist, Fact, Living, Majority, Now, School)

"All politics are based on the indifference of the majority."
- James Reston
(Related: Politics, Indifference, Majority)

"I think the Democrats are catering to them, but, you know, in the entire history of the United States of America, there has never been a judge who has been refused a vote when there was a majority of Senators willing to vote for his confirmation, never in history."
- Pat Robertson
(Related: History, America, Democrats, Majority, Senators, states, United, Vote)

"But there's no reason why we should abdicate our foundational principles because certain groups don't believe in them. You know, no majority should surrender its deeply held beliefs to those who don't believe in anything."
- Pat Robertson
(Related: Beliefs, Majority, Principles, Reason, Surrender)

"At every step the vast majority have expressed horror at the idea of an aggressive war."
- Paul Robeson
(Related: War, Idea, Horror, Majority)

"On a scale of the United States, the Hollywood influence on what comes out, that's not the majority views of across the country. What we read in Us Weekly or People magazine, or Entertainment Tonight, it's not what the majority of the country is thinking."
- Kid Rock
(Related: People, Country, Entertainment, Hollywood, Influence, Majority, states, Thinking, United)

"I've done the gay, over-the-top guy. I want to jump into another show where I wear pants for the majority of the time."
- Jai Rodriguez
(Related: Time, Gay, Majority, Want)

"Whenever a female takes a strong stand for herself, the majority of the time they have to really, really narrow it down to being feminine and wearing dresses and just being lipstick chic."
- Michelle Rodriguez
(Related: Time, Being, Majority)

"Alabama citizens, like the vast majority of Americans, respect and value the meaning of decency, and appreciate public institutions that reflect the common values of our society."
- Mike Rogers
(Related: Society, Values, Americans, Decency, Majority, Meaning, Public, Respect)

"Like the vast majority of my constituents, I continue to be concerned about record profits reported by petroleum companies at a time when consumers are paying record high prices for gasoline."
- Mike Rogers
(Related: Time, Majority)

"President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and their team have failed the American people, and that is why their majority will soon be out the door."
- Mitt Romney
(Related: People, American, Majority, President, Will)

"Like me, the great majority of Americans wish both to preserve the traditional definition of marriage and to oppose bias and intolerance directed towards gays and lesbians."
- Mitt Romney
(Related: Marriage, Americans, Intolerance, Majority)

"The overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities a sense of humor and a sense of proportion."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Related: Humor, Americans, Majority, Sense)

"I feel that the majority of people should decide for themselves what kind of government they want."
- Julius Rosenberg
(Related: Government, People, Majority, Want)

"It is unnatural for a majority to rule, for a majority can seldom be organized and united for specific action, and a minority can."
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Related: Action, Majority, Minority, United)

"In his first 100 days, Mr. Obama has put the fate of his presidency in the hands of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He may come to regret that decision."
- Karl Rove
(Related: Leader, Decision, Fate, First, Majority, May, Presidency, Regret, Senate)

"If the tenth of the population that is gay became visible tomorrow, the panic of the majority of people would inspire repressive legislation of a sort that would shock even the pessimists among us."
- Jane Rule
(Related: People, Gay, Legislation, Majority, Population, Tomorrow)

"The majority of Americans receive health insurance coverage through their employers, but with rising health care costs, many small businesses can no longer afford to provide coverage for their employees."
- Jim Ryun
(Related: Health, Americans, Care, Employees, Majority)

"I am going to hold serve the majority of the time. It is nice to have a little time to return serve."
- Pete Sampras
(Related: Time, Majority)

"The citizen parties, by an absolute majority, elected a National Socialist Government."
- Fritz Sauckel
(Related: Government, Majority)

"So war is an extremely sad business, because the majority of people don't want to be in it."
- Gerald Scarfe
(Related: War, Business, People, Majority, Want)

"It does not prove a thing to be right because the majority say it is so."
- Friedrich Schiller
(Related: Majority, Right)

"The voice of the majority is no proof of justice."
- Friedrich Schiller
(Related: Justice, Majority, Proof, Voice)

"The vast majority of Muslims living here are peaceful citizens. Unfortunately, however, we also see religious and political fanaticism among Muslim groups in Germany."
- Otto Schily
(Related: Muslim, Fanaticism, Germany, Living, Majority, Religious)

"The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Related: Fools, Majority)

"And American voters understand that if we want to keep fighting to move in the new - in a new direction, we've got a long way to go. And we need to make sure we continue with Democrats being in the majority."
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz
(Related: American, Being, Democrats, Direction, Fighting, Majority, Want)

"You can set up whatever negotiations or structure you want, but until the Palestinians are willing to accept the fact, as the majority of Israelis do, that there should be two states between the Jordan and the Mediterranean, we won't have peace."
- Charles Schumer
(Related: Peace, Fact, Majority, states, Want)

"MPC, Moving Picture Company, they're really excellent, they did the majority of the effects."
- Ridley Scott
(Related: Company, Majority)

"To reduce this claim of slavery to an absurdity, it is only necessary to add that there are only two states in which slaves are a majority, and not one in which the slaveholders are not a very disproportionate minority."
- William H. Seward
(Related: Absurdity, Majority, Minority, Slavery, states)

"I have no doubt that given a real choice, the vast majority of Muslims and Arabs, like everyone else will choose a free society over a fear society."
- Natan Sharansky
(Related: Society, Fear, Choice, Doubt, Majority, Will)

"By the reduction of the Arabs on the one hand and Jewish immigration in the transition period on the other, we will ensure an absolute Hebrew majority in a parliamentary regime."
- Moshe Sharett
(Related: Majority, Will)

"The minority is sometimes right; the majority always wrong."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Majority, Minority, Right, Wrong)

"Our family had been shattered, but we now are more united, and the remains of my family and the majority of my mother's family are glad to know the truth about a horrible crime."
- Sam Sheppard
(Related: Family, Truth, Mother, Crime, Majority, Now, United)

"The results of the two referenda demonstrate the majority view of the Taiwanese people."
- Chen Shui-bian
(Related: People, Majority, Results)

"Democrats' attack on the Republican majority leader is nothing but a coordinated agenda to stop an effective leader from accomplishing the people's business."
- Bill Shuster
(Related: Business, Leader, People, Democrats, Majority, Nothing, Republican)

"Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is ignorant."
- John Simon
(Related: Democracy, Majority)

"I don't very often think I've done a good job. I don't like the majority of what I do. I shouldn't say I don't like it, but I'm not satisfied with almost everything that I do."
- Paul Simon
(Related: Job, Majority)

"Honesty, integrity, and accountability, the values, which should be the hallmark of this government, have instead been thrown under the bus by an arrogant majority, casualties in a misguided campaign to shield from accountability those who abuse this House."
- Louise Slaughter
(Related: Government, Honesty, Values, Abuse, Integrity, Majority)

"This House cannot function without an open, accountable, and independent ethics process; and the molestation of that process by the majority is an abuse of power that cannot stand."
- Louise Slaughter
(Related: Power, Abuse, Ethics, Majority, Open)

"If you will stay with the majority of the Twelve Apostles, and the records of the Church, you will never be led astray."
- Joseph Smith, Jr.
(Related: Church, Majority, Will)

"Unfortunately, our history has abundant examples of patriotism being used to hurt those who express views in disagreement with that of the majority."
- Vic Snyder
(Related: History, Patriotism, Being, Hurt, Majority)

"If you eat something and get fat, you should be responsible for it. I think that is the attitude of the great majority of Americans, that you should be responsible for what you eat."
- Vic Snyder
(Related: Attitude, Americans, Majority)

"The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority."
- Ralph W. Sockman
(Related: Courage, Majority, Minority, Tolerance)

"The majority is still at the General's disposal."
- Jared Sparks
(Related: Majority)

"Contrary to popular accounts, very few scientists in the world - possibly none - have a sufficiently thorough, "big picture" understanding of the climate system to be relied upon for a prediction of the magnitude of global warming. To the public, we all might seem like experts, but the vast majority of us work on only a small portion of the problem."
- Roy Spencer
(Related: Work, Climate, Experts, Global warming, Majority, Popular, Public, Scientists, Understanding, World)

"I never felt comfortable with myself, because I was never part of the majority. I always felt awkward and shy and on the outside of the momentum of my friends' lives."
- Steven Spielberg
(Related: Friends, Majority)

"In the mass of mankind, I fear, there is too great a majority of fools and knaves; who, singly from their number, must to a certain degree be respected, though they are by no means respectable."
- Philip Stanhope
(Related: Fear, Fools, Majority, Mankind)

"The immense majority of human biographies are a gray transit between domestic spasm and oblivion."
- George Steiner
(Related: Majority)

"The great majority of men, especially in France, both desire and possess a fashionable woman, much in the way one might own a fine horse - as a luxury befitting a young man."
- Stendhal
(Related: Men, Desire, France, Luxury, Majority, Man, Woman)

"Unlike the majority of the writers of his age, La Rochefoucauld was an aristocrat; and this fact gives a peculiar tone to his work."
- Lytton Strachey
(Related: Work, Age, Fact, Majority, Writers)

"When I think of vision, I have in mind the ability to see above and beyond the majority."
- Charles R. Swindoll
(Related: Vision, Ability, Majority, Mind)

"Now how many people in their heart of hearts in that community want to see the demise of this country? How many would cheer, not out loud maybe, but in their heart when things like 9/11 occur and I'll tell you; it's a majority among them."
- Tom Tancredo
(Related: People, Heart, Community, Country, Majority, Now, Want)

"If a budget is designed to show our values, it's clear where the majority stands: against opportunity, against education, and against America's hard-working, tax-paying middle class."
- Ellen Tauscher
(Related: Education, Opportunity, Values, America, Class, Tax, Majority, Middle class)

"In no other country in the world is the love of property keener or more alert than in the United States, and nowhere else does the majority display less inclination toward doctrines which in any way threaten the way property is owned."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Related: Love, Country, Majority, Property, states, United, World)

"In America the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion; within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Related: America, Liberty, Majority, May, Opinion)

"In the United States, the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Related: Majority, Necessity, Opinions, states, United)

"To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can't eat it."
- Leo Tolstoy
(Related: Art, Food, Work, Men, People, Majority, Saying)

"I will not be responsible for the loss of the Democratic majority in the United States Senate."
- Robert Torricelli
(Related: Loss, Majority, Senate, states, United, Will)

"The majority of directors I've worked with didn't know how to talk to actors."
- Stanley Tucci
(Related: Actors, Majority, Talk)

"What is black empowerment when it seems to benefit not the vast majority but an elite that tends to be recycled?"
- Desmond Tutu
(Related: Empowerment, Majority)

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."
- Mark Twain
(Related: Time, Majority)

"The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return."
- Gore Vidal
(Related: Genius, People, Class, Majority, Nothing, Questioning, Taxes)

"The majority of the world's Muslims do not believe that terrorism is a legitimate strategy or that Islam is incompatible with democracy."
- Gijs de Vries
(Related: Strategy, Islam, Democracy, Majority, Terrorism, World)

"The violent radicals do not legitimately represent the overwhelming majority of the world's Muslims."
- Gijs de Vries
(Related: Majority, World)

"Don't ever let economic alone determine your career or how you spend the majority of your time."
- Denis Waitley
(Related: Time, Career, Majority)

"I happened to be one of those who thought all these expenses necessary, and I had the good fortune to have the majority of both houses of Parliament on my side."
- Robert Walpole
(Related: Thought, Fortune, Houses, Majority, Parliament)

"Mostly, I was only interested in television as a kid, and the majority of reading material I collected was an adjunct to that central concern, comic books and magazines included."
- Chris Ware
(Related: Books, Concern, Majority, Reading, Television)

"I am convinced that the majority of people would be generous from selfish motives, if they had the opportunity."
- Charles Dudley Warner
(Related: People, Opportunity, Majority, Motives)

"Certainly in the modern age where everything is glossed over, when somebody speaks their mind, the majority of the public go, I'd love to have said that."
- Pete Waterman
(Related: Age, Love, Majority, Mind, Public)

"Historically, the judicial branch has often been the sole protector of the rights of minority groups against the will of the popular majority."
- Diane Watson
(Related: Rights, Majority, Minority, Popular, Will)

"This friend of mine said he was surprised to find that - I don't think it's quite a majority - a bigger percentage of actors are introverts than extroverts. It was a big surprise to him. Now, I know me, and I'll do anything if I'm playing a character. Or anything that's true to the character, anyway. But in real life I'm a little more withdrawn."
- Jackie Weaver
(Related: Life, Friend, Character, Actors, Majority, Now)

"In 1972, I got my first electric bass and started playing the kind of instrument I play now. I found that the majority of musicians couldn't bear that. They are not used to listening to the bass because they think the bass is in the background to support them."
- Eberhard Weber
(Related: First, Listening, Majority, Musicians, Now, Play, Support)

"In the Constitution of the American Republic there was a deliberate and very extensive and emphatic division of governmental power for the very purpose of preventing unbridled majority rule."
- Robert Welch
(Related: Power, Purpose, American, Constitution, Majority)

"In a democracy there is a centralization of governmental power in a simple majority."
- Robert Welch
(Related: Power, Democracy, Majority)

"I dare say that a majority of the American people think that having a fair hearing on an issue of importance in our relations with Mexico is extremely important to our national interest, as well as theirs."
- William Weld
(Related: People, American, Hearing, Importance, Interest, Majority)

"The vast majority of English folk cannot and will not consider a picture as a picture, apart from any story which it may be supposed to tell."
- James Whistler
(Related: English, Folk, Majority, May, Will)

"What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like and immorality is what they dislike."
- Alfred North Whitehead
(Related: Time, Morality, Majority)

"Most of our ancestors were not perfect ladies and gentlemen. The majority of them weren't even mammals."
- Robert Anton Wilson
(Related: Ladies, Gentlemen, Majority, Mammals)

"That settled Abraham Lincoln with me. I was thoroughly satisfied that no such man ought to be President; but I could not yet conceive it possible that such a monster would be the choice of a majority of the people for President."
- John Sergeant Wise
(Related: People, Choice, Majority, Man, President)

"The large majority of the Negroes who have put on the finishing touches of our best colleges are all but worthless in the development of their people."
- Carter G. Woodson
(Related: People, Development, Majority)

"In our so-called democracy we are accustomed to give the majority what they want rather than educate them to understand what is best for them."
- Carter G. Woodson
(Related: Democracy, Majority, Want)

"The minority yields to the majority!"
- Deng Xiaoping
(Related: Minority)

"Life is the desert, life the solitude, death joins us to the great majority."
- Edward Young
(Related: Death, Life, Majority, Solitude)