„One man with courage makes a majority.“

—  Andrew Jackson, Misattributed, However, see also the attributed quote "desperate courage makes One a majority." Attributed to Jackson by Robert F. Kennedy in his "Foreword" to the "Young Readers Memorial Edition" of John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage, and by Ronald Reagan in nominating Robert Bork to the US Supreme Court, this has never been found in Jackson's writings, and there is no record of him having declared it. Somewhat similar statements are known to have been made by others: A man with God is always in the majority. ~ John Knox Any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one. ~ Henry David Thoreau One on God's side is a majority ~ Wendell Phillips
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„Desperate courage makes One a majority.“

—  Andrew Jackson American general and politician, 7th president of the United States 1767 - 1845
1820s, As quoted by James Parton in the Life of Andrew Jackson http://books.google.com/books?id=bWYFAAAAQAAJ&q=%22Desperate+courage+makes+One+a+majority%22&pg=PA501#v=onepage (1860), vol. III, ch. XXXVI, "War Upon the Bank Renewed" However, see also the mis-attributed quote "one man with courage makes a majority."

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„What truly makes a man who he is? Is it the strength of his arms, or the courage of his soul?“

—  David Gemmell British author of heroic fantasy 1948 - 2006
Drenai series, The Swords of Night and Day, Context: What I did understand from the rebirth process was that the rebirth reproduced a physical duplicate of the original. But this is my point. It is physical. What truly makes a man who he is? Is it the strength of his arms, or the courage of his soul? You have your own soul, Harad. You are not Druss. Live your own life. Ch. 8

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„There has never been anything great in the world except through the courage and resolve of one man who defies the prejudices of the multitude.“

—  François-Noël Babeuf French political agitator and journalist of the French Revolutionary period 1760 - 1797
On prejudices, Il ne s'est jamais rien fait de grand dans le monde que par le courage et la fermeté d'un seul homme qui brave les préjugés de la multitude. [in Gracchus Babeuf avec les Egaux, Jean-Marc Shiappa, Les éditions ouvrières, 1991, 43, 27082 2892-7]

Citát „To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man's life.“
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„One courageous act has sufficed to upset in a few days the entire governmental machinery, to make the colossus tremble“

—  Peter Kropotkin Russian zoologist, evolutionary theorist, philosopher, scientist, revolutionary, economist, activist, geographer, writer 1842 - 1921
The Spirit of Revolt (1880), Context: One courageous act has sufficed to upset in a few days the entire governmental machinery, to make the colossus tremble; another revolt has stirred a whole province into turmoil, and the army, till now always so imposing, has retreated before a handful of peasants armed with sticks and stones. The people observe that the monster is not so terrible as they thought they begin dimly to perceive that a few energetic efforts will be sufficient to throw it down. Hope is born in their hearts, and let us remember that if exasperation often drives men to revolt, it is always hope, the hope of victory, which makes revolutions. The government resists; it is savage in its repressions. But, though formerly persecution killed the energy of the oppressed, now, in periods of excitement, it produces the opposite result. It provokes new acts of revolt, individual and collective, it drives the rebels to heroism; and in rapid succession these acts spread, become general, develop. The revolutionary party is strengthened by elements which up to this time were hostile or indifferent to it.

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„It is the courage to make a clean breast of it in the face of every question that makes the philosopher.“

—  Arthur Schopenhauer German philosopher 1788 - 1860
Context: It is the courage to make a clean breast of it in the face of every question that makes the philosopher. He must be like Sophocles' Oedipus, who, seeking enlightenment concerning his terrible fate, pursues his indefatigable inquiry even though he divines that appalling horror awaits him in the answer. But most of us carry with us the Jocasta in our hearts, who begs Oedipus, for God's sake, not to inquire further. Letter to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (November 1819)

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