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

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Th' oppressive, sturdy, man-destroying villains, Who ravag'd kingdoms, and laid empires waste, And in a cruel wantonness of power, Thinn'd states of half their people, and gave up To want the rest.

Robert Blair Quotes , Source: The Grave (l. 9)

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Think'st thou there is no tyranny but that Of blood and chains? The despotism of vice-- The weakness and the wickedness of luxury-- The negligence--the apathy--the evils Of sensual sloth--produces ten thousand tyrants, Whose delegated cruelty surpasses The worst acts of one energetic master, However harsh and hard in his own bearing.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Sardanapalus (act I, sc. 2)

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Tyrant, step from the throne, and give place to thy master. [Fr., Tyran, descends du trone et fais place a ton maitre.]

Pierre Corneille Quotes , Source: Heraclius (I, 2)

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Tremble, ye tyrants, for ye can not die. [Fr., Tremblez, tyrans, vous etes immortels.]

Jacques Delille (Jaques Delisle) Quotes , Source: L'Immortalite de l'Ame

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I begin by taking. I shall find scholars later to demonstrate my perfect right.

Euripides Quotes , Source: Suppliants (429), (Oxford translation revised by Buckley)

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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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It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.

Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli) Quotes , Source: The Prince

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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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You may talk of the tyranny of Nero and Tiberius; but the real tyranny is the tyranny of your next-door neighbour.

Walter Bagehot Quotes

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Under conditions of tyranny, it is far easier to act than to think.

Hannah Arendt Quotes

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Tyranny and anarchy are never far asunder.

Jeremy Rentham Quotes

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Tyrants are seldom free; the cares and the instruments of their tyranny enslave them.

George Santayana Quotes

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The closed door and the sealed lips are prerequisites to tyranny.

Frank L. Stanton Quotes

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I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

Thomas Jefferson Quotes

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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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"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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