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53 Tyranny Quotes

The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins

Soren Kierkegaard Quotes

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Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them

Voltaire Quotes

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If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy

James Madison Quotes

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No tyrant need fear till men begin to feel confident in each other.

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'Twixt kings and tyrans there's this difference known: Kings seek their subjects' good, tyrants their owne.

Robert Herrick Quotes , Source: Kings and Tyrants

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Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.

Thomas Jefferson Quotes , Source: found among his papers after his death

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Bleed, bleed, poor Country! Great tyranny, lay thou thy basis sure, For goodness dare not check thee; wear thou thy wrongs, The title is affeered!

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Macbeth (Macduff at IV, iii)

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This tyrant, whole sole name blisters our tongues, Was once thought honest; you have loved him well; He hath not touched you yet.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Macbeth (Malcolm at IV, iii)

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I knew him tyrannous; and tyrants' fears Decrease not, but grow faster than the years; And should he doubt it, as no doubt he doth, That I should open to the list'ning air How many worthy princes' bloods were shed To keep his bed of blackness unlaid ope, To lop that doubt, he'll fill this land with arms And make pretense of wrong that I have done him; When all, for mine, if I may call offense, Must feel war's blow, who spares not innocence; Which love to all, of which thyself art one, Who now reproved'st me for't--

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Pericles Prince of Tyre (Pericles at I, ii)

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For what is he they follow? Truly, gentlemen, A bloody tyrant and a homicide; One raised in blood and one in blood established; One that made means to come by what he hath, And slaughtered those that were the means to help him; A base foul stone, made precious by the foil Of England's chair, where he is falsely set; One that hath ever been God's enemy.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (Richmond at V, iii)

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Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.

C.S. Lewis Quotes

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This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.

Plato Quotes

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What is more cruel than a tyrant's ear? [Lat., Quid violentius aure tyranni?]

Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) Quotes , Source: Satires (IV, 86)

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But thou know'st this, 'Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Pericles Prince of Tyre (Pericles at I, ii)

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Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.

Thomas Paine Quotes

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"The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation – enlightened as it is – if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men." -Samuel Adams

Sam Adams Quotes

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Tyranny Is far the worst of treasons. Dost thou deem None rebels except subjects? The prince who Neglects or violates his trust is more A brigand than the robber-chief.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: The Two Foscari (act II, sc. 1)

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His demand Springs not from Edward's well-meant honest love, Bur from deceit, bred by necessity; For how can tyrants safely govern home Unless abroad they purchase great alliance?

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Queen Margaret at III, iii)

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The worst form of tyranny the world has ever known the tyranny of the weak over the strong. It is the only tyranny that lasts.

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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The only tyrant I accept in this world is the 'still small voice' within

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

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When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.

Plato Quotes

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The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy

Charles de Montesquieu Quotes

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A king ruleth as he ought, a tyrant as he lists, a king to the profit of all, a tyrant only to please a few.

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A king ruleth as he ought, a tyrant as he lists, a king to the profit of all, a tyrant only to please a few.

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No tyrant need fear till men begin to feel confident in each other.

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