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Mankind will in time discover that unbridled majorities are as tyrannical and cruel as unlimited despots. John Adams
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That the desires of the majority of the people are often for injustice and inhumanity against the minority, is demonstrated by every page of the history of the world. John Adams
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The people, when they have been unchecked, have been as unjust, tyrannical, brutal, barbarous, and cruel, as any king or senate possessed of uncontrollable power. The majority has eternally, and without one exception, usurped over the rights of the minority. John Adams
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The fundamental article of my political creed is that despotism, or limited sovereignty, or absolute power is the same [whether] in a majority of a popular assembly; an aristocratic council; or oligarchical junto and a single emperor - equally arbitrary, cruel, bloody and in every respect diabolical. John Adams
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The immense majority of human biographies are a gray transit between domestic spasm and oblivion. George Steiner
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Unlike the majority of the writers of his age, La Rochefoucauld was an aristocrat; and this fact gives a peculiar tone to his work. Lytton Strachey
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Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty. Perhaps, at first, prejudice, habit, shame or fear, principle or religion, would restrain the poor from attacking the rich, and the idle from usurping on the industrious; but the time would not be long before courage and enterprise would come, and pretexts be invented by degrees, to countenance the majority in dividing all the property among them, or at least, in sharing it equally with its present possessors. John Adams
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Suppose a nation, rich and poor, high and low, ten millions in number, all assembled together; not more than one or two millions will have lands, houses, or any personal property; if we take into the account the women and children, or even if we leave them out of the question, a great majority of every nation is wholly destitute of property, except a small quantity of clothes, and a few trifles of other movables. John Adams
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We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our Liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections. If an election is to be determined by a majority of a single vote, and that can be procured by a party through artifice or corruption, the Government may be the choice of a party for its own ends, not of the nation for the national good. John Adams
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Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. John Adams
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I certainly think that 10 to 20 years from now, clearly the majority of veterinarians will be women. Richard Adams
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I will not be responsible for the loss of the Democratic majority in the United States Senate. Robert Torricelli
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It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds. Samuel Adams
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The greatest men, you can quote for everything. John Acton
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A man with God is always in the majority. John Knox
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I think the majority of musicians are interested in truth. John Coltrane
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When annual elections end, there slavery begins. John Adams
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In general, our generals were outgeneralled. John Adams
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Riches attract the attention, consideration, and congratulations of mankind. John Adams
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Virtue is not always amiable. John Adams
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