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
One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights. James K. Polk
The fact disclosed by a survey of the past that majorities have been wrong must not blind us to the complementary fact that majorities have usually not been entirely wrong. Herbert Spencer
Being 'at the mercy of legislative majorities' is merely another way of describing the basic American plan: representative democracy. Robert Bork
By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes is his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion. John Acton
majorities in German is Mehrheiten
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