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"The justification of majority rule in politics is not to be found in its ethical superiority." - Walter Lippmann

"Justice, not the majority, should rule." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"Neither current events nor history show that the majority rule, or ever did rule." - Jefferson Davis

"Democracy has turned out to be not majority rule but rule by well-organized and well-connected minority groups who steal from the majority." - Llewellyn Rockwell

"America was founded on majority rule, not supermajority rule. Somehow, over the years, this has morphed into supermajority rule, and that changes things." - Kent Conrad

"In a racially divided society, majority rule is not a reliable instrument of democracy." - Lani Guinier

"Majority doesn't rule. One person can change the history of the world." - Paul Mooney

"Neither current events nor history show that the majority rules, or ever did rule." - Jefferson Davis

"One of the benefits of a properly functioning democracy is minority rights and majority rule." - Noam Chomsky

"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience." - Harper Lee

"A living faith cannot be manufactured by the rule of majority" - Mahatma Gandhi

"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

"It is unnatural for a majority to rule, for a majority can seldom be organized and united for specific action, and a minority can." - Jeanjacques Rousseau

"Democracy is an experiment, and the right of the majority to rule is no more inherent than the right of the minority to rule; and unless the majority represents sane, righteous, unselfish public sentiment, it has no inherent right." - William Allen White

"In a republic this rule ought to be observed: that the majority should not have the predominant power." - Cicero

"A lynch mob is [unlimited] Majority Rule stripped of its fancy trappings and its facade of respectability." - Robert Ringer

"The rights to life, liberty and property were not meant to be subject to the vagaries of majority rule." - Ilana Mercer

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

"When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong." - Eugene V Debs

"a fatal defect in majority rule is that by its very nature it abolishes itself. Majority rule must inevitably become minority rule: the majority is too big to handle itself; it organizes itself into committees ... which in their turn resolve themselves into a committee of one ..." - Mary Parker Follett

"Rule, after you have first learned to submit to rule." - Solon

"Rule by patience, Laughing Water!" - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Wizard's Eleventh and Final Rule The "Rule Unspoken", the "Rule Unwritten", "The rule from the beginning of time." - Terry Goodkind

"...majority Patriotism is the customary Patriotism." - Mark Twain

"It's characteristic of democracy that majority rule is understood as being effective not only in politics but also in thinking. In thinking, of course, the majority is always wrong." - Joseph Campbell

"Democracy is premised, in some measure, on majority rule, and democracy is difficult in a situation of concentrated inequalities in which a large, impoverished majority confronts a small, wealthy oligarchy." - Samuel P Huntington

"When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. The minority are right." - Eugene V Debs

"But government in which the majority rule in all cases can not be based on justice, even as far as men understand it." - Henry David Thoreau

"Democracy, in any rational form, also imposes conditions on majority rule. That's what the Bill of Rights is about, for example." - Noam Chomsky

"Majority rule will only work if you're considering individual rights. You can't have five wolves and one sheep vote on what they want to have for supper" - Larry Flynt

"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

"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

"A better principle than this, that the majority shall rule, is this other, that justice shall rule. Justice, says the code of Justinian, is the constant and perpetual desire to render every man his due." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"A better principle than this, that "the majority shall rule," is this other, that justice shall rule. "Justice," says the code of Justinian, "is the constant and perpetual desire to render every man his due." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"Now majority rule is a precious, sacred thing worth dying for. But like other precious, sacred things .... it's not only worth dying for; it can make you wish you were dead. Imagine if all life were determined by majority rule. Every meal would be a pizza." - P. J. O'Rourke

"He loves little who loves by rule." - Michel De Montaigne

"What can I say? Librarians rule." - Regis Philbin

"Peacemakers not only live, they rule life." - Baltasar Gracian

"The dead should not rule the living" - Thomas Jefferson

"Wild above rule or art, enormous bliss." - John Milton

"Wizard's Eighth Rule Talga Vassternich. (Deserve Victory)" - Terry Goodkind

"The rule was No autopsy, no foul." - Stewart Granger

"In the South, prior to the Civil Rights movement and the 1964 Civil Rights Act, democracy was the rule. The majority of people were white, and the white majority had little or no respect for any rights which the black minority had relative to property, or even to their own lives. The majority - the mob and occasionally the lynch mob - ruled." - Neal Boortz

"The principle of majority rule is the mildest form in which the force of numbers can be exercised. It is a pacific substitute for civil war in which the opposing armies are counted and the victory is awarded to the larger before any blood is shed. Except in the sacred tests of democracy and in the incantations of the orators, we hardly take the trouble to pretend that the rule of the majority is not at bottom a rule of force." - Walter Lippmann

"The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"No minority should climb all over the majority." - Lech Walesa

"The majority is still at the General's disposal." - Jared Sparks

"If the rule you followed brought you to this, of what use was the rule?" - Cormac Mccarthy

"Wizard's Sixth Rule The only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason." - Terry Goodkind

"Being democratic is not enough, a majority cannot turn what is wrong into right. In order to be considered truly free, countries must also have a deep love of liberty and an abiding respect for the rule of law." - Margaret Thatcher

""All government in essence," says Emerson, "is tyranny." It matters not whether it is government by divine right or majority rule. In every instance its aim is the absolute subordination of the individual." - Emma Goldman

"Majority rule rests on numbers; democracy rests on the well-grounded assumption that society is neither a collection of units nor an organism but a network of human relations." - Mary Parker Follett

"The young [Nazi] movement is in its nature and inner organization anti-parliamentarian; that is, it rejects... a principle of majority rule in which the leader is degraded to the level of mere executant of other people's wills and opinion." - Adolf Hitler

"By rejecting the authority of the individual and replacing it by the numbers of some momentary mob, the parliamentary principle of majority rule sins against the basic aristocratic principle of Nature..." - Adolf Hitler

"Its minority rule and majority limited rights. In fact it's set up that way. If you read the framers of the constitution, including James Madison, he was pretty clear about it." - Noam Chomsky

"It's precisely because America is not a democracy that we have survived! It's precisely because majority rule does have checks and balances on it. It's precisely because this is a representative republic that we have survived." - Rush Limbaugh

"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

"device for defeating democracy, the principle of which was that the majority should rule, and for bringing faddists of all kinds into Parliament, and establishing groups and disintegrating parties." - David Lloyd George

"[Proportional representation is a] device for defeating democracy, the principle of which was that the majority should rule, and for bringing faddists of all kinds into Parliament, and establishing groups and disintegrating parties." - David Lloyd George

"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

"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

"Got good news and bad news for you, Mr. President. The good news is that Chief Justice John Roberts just saved your legacy and, perhaps, your presidency by writing for the Supreme Court majority to rule health care reform constitutional." - Ron Fournier

"The Left likes to think of itself as the bulwark of progressive liberal individualism, and yet it seeks to progressively coerce others to fund every social program under the sun via majority rule." - Dave Brat

"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 W Welch Jr

"The United States Senate wasn't designed to be a majority-rule institution. It was designed to include and accommodate the rights of the minority in small states as well as large states." - Olympia Snowe

"After all, the practical reason why, when the power is once in the hands of the people, a majority are permitted, and for a long period continue, to rule is not because they are most likely to be in the right, nor because this seems fairest to the minority, but because they are physically the strongest. But a government in which the majority rule in all cases cannot be based on justice, even as far as men understand it." - Henry David Thoreau

"Imagine if all of life were determined by majority rule. Every meal would be a pizza. Every pair of pants, even those in a Brooks Brothers suit, would be stone-washed denim. Celebrity diet and exercise books would be the only thing on the shelves at the library. And - since women are a majority of the population - we'd all be married to Mel Gibson." - P. J. O'Rourke

"My sisters and I can still recite Dad's grilling rules: Rule No. 1: Dad is in charge. Rule No. 2: Repeat Rule No. 1." - Connie Schultz

"I call government that works the best for people open society, which is basically just another more general term for a democracy that is - you call it maybe a liberal democracy. It's not only majority rule but also respect for minorities and minority opinions and the rule of law. So it's really a sort of institutional democracy." - George Soros

"If our fathers, in 1776, had acknowledged the principle that a majority had the right to rule the minority, we should never have become a nation; for they were in a small minority, as compared with those who claimed the right to rule over them." - Lysander Spooner

"As a rule, adversity reveals genius and prosperity hides it" - Horace

"The desire to rule is the mother of heresies." - Saint John Chrysostom

"Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law." - Oliver Goldsmith

"Remember the first rule of gunfighting ... have a gun." - Jeff Cooper

"It's no sure rule to fish with a cros-bow." - George Herbert

"Any audience, as a rule, goes for a fast number." - Elvis Presley

"Play it cool, that's the old school rule man..." - Nas

"When you make friends with fear, it can't rule you." - Anne Lamott

"As a rule it is circumstances that make men." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"One basketball to rule them all," Leo muttered." - Rick Riordan

"the 10,000hr rule is a definite key in success" - Malcolm Gladwell

"Wizard's Seventh Rule Life is the future, not the past." - Terry Goodkind

"I don't play the field - I rule the sidelines." - Anonymous

"Given enough coffee, I could rule the world." - Anonymous

"Our love will rule in this kingdom we have made." - Eric Clapton

"Majorities can be wrong, majorities can overrule rights of minorities. If majorities ruled, we could still have slavery. 80% of the population once enslaved 20% of the population. While run by majority rule that is ok. That is very flawed notion of what democracy is. Democracy has to take into account several things - proportionate requirements of people, not just needs of the majority, but also needs of the minority. Majority, especially in societies where the media manipulates public opinion, can be totally wrong and evil. People have to act according to conscience and not by majority vote." - Howard Zinn

"There are two rules for achieving anything. Rule No. 1: Get started. Rule No. 2: Keep going." - E Howard Hunt

"Remember one rule, no rule." - Janet Jackson

"Step through new doors. The majority of the time there's something fantastic on the other side." - Oprah Winfrey

"Courage means going against majority opinion in the name of the truth." - Vaclav Havel

"Democracy is not the law of the majority but the protection of the minority." - Albert Camus

"The majority of pop stars are complete idiots in every respect." - Marquis De Sade

"The truth is not always the same as the majority decision." - Pope John Paul Ii

"Second, recent polls over there show that the majority of Iraqis want us to leave precipitously." - William Eldridge Odom

"The majority is wicked." - Bias of Priene

"The great silent majority." - Richard M. Nixon

"The citizen parties, by an absolute majority, elected a National Socialist Government." - Fritz Sauckel

"A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it does of necessity fly to anarchy or to despotism. Unanimity is impossible. The rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangement, is wholly inadmissible; so that, rejecting the majority principle, anarchy or despotism in some form is all that is left." - Abraham Lincoln

"So where it is a general rule that it is wrong to gratify lovers, this can be attributed to the defects of those who make that rule: the government's lust for rule and the subjects' cowardice." - Plato

"The right to vote is a consequence, not a primary cause, of a free social system - and its value depends on the constitutional structure implementing and strictly delimiting the voters' power; unlimited majority rule is an instance of the principle of tyranny." - Ayn Rand

"Of one thing the executive may be sure: that the majority want more of the good things of life, and if they can get them without undue personal effort, so much the better. So the executive naturally tends to promise material gain, contingent of course on his remaining in power. The impetus to personal rule is obvious." - Felix Morley

"The principle that the majority have a right to rule the minority, practically resolves all government into a mere contest between two bodies of men, as to which of them shall be masters, and which of them slaves; a contest, that-however bloody-can, in the nature of things, never be finally closed, so long as man refuses to be a slave." - Lysander Spooner

"What in fact takes place in an election is that two hand picked candidates are propped up before the citizenry, each candidate having been selected by a very small group of politically active people. A minority of the people... then elects one of these hand picked people to rule itself and the majority." - Robert J Ringer

"The Greeks... labored under the delusion that their democracy was a guarantee of peace and plenty, not realizing that unrestrained majority rule always destroys freedom, puts the minority at the mercy of the mob, and works at cross-purposes to the effective use of human energy and individual initiative." - Henry Grady Weaver

"What in fact takes place in an election is that two hand picked candidates are propped up before the citizenry, each candidate having been selected by a very small group of politically active people. A minority of the people... then elects one of these hand picked people to rule itself and the majority." - Robert Ringer

"The birth control pill, to a great degree, made possible the (hetero)sexual revolution. Yet those who developed oral contraceptives did not intend their work to promote what the majority of Americans at the time called "promiscuity." Doctors generally refused to prescribe the pill to women who were not married; the Supreme Court did not rule this practice unconstitutional until 1972." - Beth Bailey

"Let's pretend six people live in your house. And you propose that only four people get to eat every day, and you put it to a vote. If four people vote that only four people get to eat, two people don't, that prevails. That's what a democracy is. It's strictly majority-minority rule." - Rush Limbaugh

"They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions... but 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

"Let me say it again. I don't believe in black majority rule ever in Rhodesia, not in a thousand years. I repeat that I believe in blacks and whites working together. If one day it is white and the next day it is black, I believe we have failed and it will be a disaster for Rhodesia." - Ian Smith

"The majority of Arab people see the United States and Israel (definitely not Iran or Syria) as the greatest danger to the world. Could you imagine what the Arab people would do if true democracy (rule of the people) were to be victorious?" - Andre Vltchek

"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

"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

"The biggest novelty of 2013 will be new leadership in China. Very little is known about the views of the new leaders - who will rule the country for ten years. But we do know they're the first generation of Chinese leaders who have spent the majority of their lives in a China 'opening up' to the rest of the world." - David Miliband

"The vast majority of the world knows there's no reason to circumcise. Someone should tell the doctors." - Penn Jillette

"If it adapts itself to what the majority of our society wants, art will be a meaningless recreation." - Albert Camus

"The laughers are a majority." - Alexander Pope

"A majority can do anything." - Joseph Gurney Cannon

"The majority is always sane." - Larry Niven

"So war is an extremely sad business, because the majority of people don't want to be in it." - Gerald Scarfe

"Democracy is about voting and it's about a majority vote. And it's time that we started exercising the Democratic process." - Debbie Stabenow

"I will not be responsible for the loss of the Democratic majority in the United States Senate." - Robert Torricelli

"Most of our ancestors were not perfect ladies and gentlemen. The majority of them weren't even mammals." - Robert Anton Wilson

"Rule number one: Never make anyone uncomfortable in your home-even morons." - Mary Matalin

"True friendship's laws are by this rule express'd, Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest." - Alexander Pope

"Two purposes in human nature rule. Self- love to urge, and reason to restrain." - Alexander Pope

"We live by the Golden Rule. Those who have the gold make the rules." - Buzzie Bavasi

"The first and most fundamental rule is: Consider social facts as things." - Emile Durkheim

"I am an anarchist! Wherefore I will not rule and also ruled I will not be." - John Henry Mackay

"Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the kingdom" - Charles Spurgeon

"A fundamental rule in technology says that whatever can be done will be done." - Andy Grove

"The first rule of business is: Do other men for they would do you" - Charles Dickens

"Madness is the exception in individuals but the rule in groups." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"My rule of thumb is, what Siskel and Ebert like, I don't, and vice versa." - David Lynch

"I got a simple rule about everybody. If you don't treat me right - shame on you." - Louis Armstrong

"There are no norms. All people are exceptions to a rule that doesn't exist." - Fernando Pessoa

"The principle rule of interpreting Scripture is that Scripture interprets Scripture." - R C Sproul

"I don't want to rule the universe. I just think it could be more sensibly organised." - Eliezer Yudkowsky

"First rule of Teach Kane a Lesson: you don't talk about Teach Kane a Lesson. Second rule of Teach Kane a Lesson: you don't talk about Teach Kane a Lesson. Third rule of Teach Kane a Lesson: if someone taps out, you just keep fighting. Fourth rule of Teach Kane a Lesson: there are no rules. Got it?" - Gena Showalter

"The ladies - Heaven bless them! - are, as a general rule, coquettes from babyhood upwards." - William Makepeace Thackeray

"It is well known that a one-eyed man can rule among the blind." - Desiderius Erasmus

"The rule is: do' use commas like a stupid person. I mean it." - Lynne Truss

"Training moments occur when both parents and children do their jobs. The parent's job is to make the rule. The child's job is to break the rule. The parent then corrects and disciplines. The child breaks the rule again, and the parent manages the consequences and empathy that then turn the rule into reality and internal structure for the child." - Henry Cloud

"The first rule of fight club is, you don't talk about fight club." - Chuck Palahniuk

"Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule." - Charles Dickens

"Thoughts rule the world." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Love has come to rule and transform; Stay awake, my heart, stay awake." - Rumi

"There is always something particularly delightful about exceptions to a rule." - Elizabeth Goudge

"Reversion to the mean is the iron rule of the financial markets." - John C. Bogle

"Wizard's Second Rule The greatest harm can result from the best intentions." - Terry Goodkind

"Wizard's Third Rule Passion rules reason, For better or for worse." - Terry Goodkind



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