is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority
then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight.
If the minority
will not acquiesce, the majority must, or the government must cease.
To give a minority
a negative upon the majority (which is always the case where more than a majority is requisite to a decision), is, in its tendency, to subject the sense of the greater number to that of the lesser.
It is from these specimens of the refuse of our Nobility that the great Tumults and Seditions of past ages have generally derived their leaders; and so great is the mischief thence arising that an increasing minority
of our more progressive Statesmen are of opinion that true mercy would dictate their entire suppression, by enacting that all who fail to pass the Final Examination of the University should be either imprisoned for life, or extinguished by a painless death.
True"" said Aramis, "so, as I am in a minority
, I withdraw my proposition, so far as it relates to the voyage to Rome and monseigneur's resignation.
Sixty years ago--it is a long time, so no wonder things have changed--all clergymen were not zealous; indeed, there is reason to believe that the number of zealous clergymen was small, and it is probable that if one among the small minority
had owned the livings of Broxton and Hayslope in the year 1799, you would have liked him no better than you like Mr.
Madame," said he, in a grave tone, still partaking something of the timid child, "monsieur le cardinal will tell you that during my minority
the affairs of France were in jeopardy, -- and that if I had been older, and obliged to take sword in hand, it would sometimes have been for the evening meal.
Unfortunately here, also, I find the individual native in the minority
It was clear, from the moment of his rising, that he had a number of friends and sympathizers in the hall, though they formed a minority
in the audience.
The mass of the crowd was Nationalist, and already in threatening uproar; and a minority
of equally angry Intellectuals, led by Armagnac and Brun, only made the majority more militant.
A small minority
, mainly strangers, would look long at her in casually passing by, and grow momentarily fascinated by her freshness, and wonder if they would ever see her again: but to almost everybody she was a fine and picturesque country girl, and no more.
But there, the clever people are such a very insignificant minority
that it really doesn't much matter if they are unhappy.
A swollen conscience caused him to see and hear even more than was warranted by his position, and his uncompromising nature compelled him to act on whatsoever he heard or saw: a savage custodian of public morals, he had in addition a perverse enthusiasm for lost causes, loved a minority
for its own sake, and untenable tenets for theirs.
Those who have complete knowledge of the good must be few, and therefore Plato gave entire power in his state into the hands of the small minority
of philosopher guardians.
If they provoke anger in the least favored class, and the excluded majority revenge themselves on the excluding minority
by the strong hand and kill them, at once a new class finds itself at the top, as certainly as cream rises in a bowl of milk: and if the people should destroy class after class, until two men only were left, one of these would be the leader and would be involuntarily served and copied by the other.