Tyranny Of The Majority Quotes

Tyranny Of The Majority Quotes by Edmund Burke, Unknown, Oscar Wilde, Lord Acton, Thomas Jefferson, Winston Churchill and many others.

In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable

In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.
Edmund Burke
Democracy is not freedom. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch.
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
Oscar Wilde
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
Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
Thomas Jefferson
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Winston Churchill
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Oh God, the terrible tyranny of the majority. We all have our harps to play. And it’s up to you to know with which ear you’ll listen.
Ray Bradbury
The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority.
Lord Acton
The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
In a society under the forms of which the stronger faction can readily unite and oppress the weaker, anarchy may as truly be said to reign as in a state of nature.
James Madison
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
Democracy is nothing but the Tyranny of Majorities, the most abominable tyranny of all, for it is not based on the authority of a religion, not upon the nobility of a race, not on the merits of talents and of riches. It merely rests upon numbers and hides behind the name of the people.
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority.
John Paul Stevens
The tyranny of majorities may be as bad as the tyranny of Kings.
Arthur Balfour
The terrible tyranny of the majority.
Ray Bradbury
The Founders understood that democracy was important, but if you didn’t filter it through a republican system you’d be just as likely to end up with a tyranny of the majority as you would with a healthy society. Don’t worry, I won’t quote the Federalist Papers, but trust me, it’s in there.
Jonah Goldberg