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53 Tyranny Quotes

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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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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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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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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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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Every tyrant who has lived has believed in freedom--for himself.

Elbert Hubbard Quotes

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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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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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O nation miserable, With an untitled tyrant bloody-sceptred, When shalt thou see thy wholesome days again, Since that the truest issue of thy throne By his own interdiction stands accursed And does blaspheme his breed?

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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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 tyrant now Trusts not to men: nightly within his chamber The watch-dog guards his couch, the only friend He now dare trust.

Joanna Baillie Quotes , Source: Ethwald (pt. II, act V)

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Tyranny Absolves all faith; and who invades our rights, Howe'er his own commence, can never be But an usurper.

Henry Brooke Quotes , Source: Gustavus Vasa (act IV, sc. 1)

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Is there no tyrant but the crowned one? [Fr., N'est-on jamais tyran qu'avec un diademe?]

Andre Marie de Chenier Quotes , Source: Caius Gracchus

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There is nothing more hostile to a city that a tyrant, under whom in the first and chiefest place, there are not laws in common, but one man, keeping the law himself to himself, has the sway, and this is no longer equal.

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

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Men are still men. The despot's wickedness Comes of ill teaching, and of power's excess,-- Comes of the purple he from childhood wears, Slaves would be tyrants if the chance were theirs.

Victor Hugo Quotes , Source: The Vanished City

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None but tyrants have any business to be afraid. [Fr., Fr., Il n'appartient, qu'aux tyrans d'etre toujours en crainte.]

Hardouin de Perefixe Quotes , Source: attributed to Henry IV

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Any excuse will serve a tyrant.

Aesop 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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The distrust of wit is the beginning of tyranny.

Edward Abbey Quotes

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The tyrant dies and his rule ends, the martyr dies and his rule begins.

Soren Aabye Kierkegaard Quotes

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The world is made up for the most part of morons and natural tyrants, sure of themselves, strong in their own opinions, never doubting anything.

Clarence Darrow Quotes

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