No democracy can long survive which does not accept as fundamental to its very existence the recognition of the rights of minorities.
Patience, n. A minor form of dispair, disguised as a virtue.
Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent's pressure, and the temporary failures.
It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.
Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities.
The loved and the rich need no protection: they have many friends and few enemies.
The argument on the other side of special rights is completely bogus.
It's bogus because you could make exactly the same claim about racial or ethnic or religious minorities.
Though we seem grieved at the shortness of life in general, we are wishing every period of it at an end. The minor longs to be at age, then to be a man of business, then to make up an estate, then to arrive at honors, then to retire.
Disagreement produces debate but dissent produces dissension. Dissent (which come from the Latin, dis and sentire) means originally to feel apart from others. People who disagree have an argument, but people who dissent have a quarrel. People may disagree and both may count themselves in the majority. But a person who dissents is by definition in a minority. A liberal society thrives on disagreement but is killed by dissension. Disagreement is the life blood of democracy, dissension is its cancer.
For a country to have a great writer is like having another government.
That's why no r?gime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.
The test of tolerance comes when we are in a majority;
the test of courage comes when we are in a minority.
When making a decision of minor importance, I have always found it advantageous to consider all the pros and cons. In vital matters, however, such as the choice of a mate or a profession, the decision should come from the unconscious, from somewhere within ourselves. In the important decisions of personal life, we should be governed, I think, by the deep inner needs of our nature.
A minority is always compelled to think. That is the blessing of being in the minority.