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53 Tyranny Quotes

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

Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli) Quotes , Source: The Prince

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

Hannah Arendt Quotes

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There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you.

William Hazlitt Quotes

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

Elbert Hubbard Quotes

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Hateful is the power, and pitiable is the life, of those who wish to be feared rather than loved.

Cornelius Nepos 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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