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.
Yesterday the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America;
and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.
He's never quite got the trick of conversation, tending to hear in dissenting views, however mild, a kind of affront, an invitation to mortal combat.