Men, generally, under such a government as this, think that they ought to wait until they have persuaded the majority
to alter them.
If the minority will not acquiesce, the majority
must, or the government must cease.
The success of it would require not merely a factious majority
in the legislature, but the concurrence of the courts of justice and of the body of the people.
Complaints are everywhere heard from our most considerate and virtuous citizens, equally the friends of public and private faith, and of public and personal liberty, that our governments are too unstable, that the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties, and that measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority
But he secured silence by declaring that henceforth the Circles would enter on a policy of Concession; yielding to the wishes of the majority
, they would accept the Colour Bill.
Some took sides with Phileas Fogg, but the large majority
shook their heads and declared against him; it was absurd, impossible, they declared, that the tour of the world could be made, except theoretically and on paper, in this minimum of time, and with the existing means of travelling.
Even within the five-mile circle the great majority
of people were inert.
A singular affair most of the pupils made of it; brevity was what they had chiefly studied; the majority
of the narratives were perfectly unintelligible; those of Sylvie and Leonie Ledru alone pretended to anything like sense and connection.
The latter declared he had no other opinion than that of the majority
Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members, and a Majority
of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide.
When the citizens at large govern for the public good, it is called a state; which is also a common name for all other governments, and these distinctions are consonant to reason; for it will not be difficult to find one person, or a very few, of very distinguished abilities, but almost impossible to meet with the majority
[1279b] of a people eminent for every virtue; but if there is one common to a whole nation it is valour; for this is created and supported by numbers: for which reason in such a state the profession of arms will always have the greatest share in the government.
By 7 o'clock in the evening, dinner was about over; an hour's promenade on the upper deck followed; then the gong sounded and a large majority
of the party repaired to the after cabin (upper), a handsome saloon fifty or sixty feet long, for prayers.
Perhaps it is only by a kink in my nature, strong in me even in those days, that I felt in such an existence, the share of the great majority
, something amiss.
He gave money for the erection of temples and supplemented as far as he could the collection of alms, in regard to which the majority
of members were stingy and irregular.
followed Mugambi back toward the bungalow.