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Tyranny Quotes

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I will not be governed by the tyranny of immediacy.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
- Socrates

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold
is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
- Thomas Jefferson

Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.
- Helen Keller

 

Every man may reign secure in his petty tyranny,
and spread terror and desolation around him,
until the trump of the Archangel shall excite different emotions in his soul.
- James Otis

The secret of freedom lies in educating people,
whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.
- Maximilien Robespierre

Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who posses it;
and this I know,
my lords: that where law ends, tyranny begins.
- William Pitt

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There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may
not enter upon this country,
if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance.
- Walt Whitman

From a generation that came of age during the Great Depression,
millions of our country's best and bravest took up
arms in a worldwide struggle against tyranny.
- Steve Buyer

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

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy,
and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery
out of the most extreme liberty.
- Plato

In summary, the Romans were opposed to tyranny in any form;
and the feature of government to which they gave the
most thought was an elaborate system of checks and balances.
- Robert Welch

The heights of popularity and patriotism are still
the beaten road to power and tyranny.
- David Hume

Political tyranny is nothing compared to the social
tyranny and a reformer who defies society is a more
courageous man than a politician who defies Government.
- B. R. Ambedkar

One should respect public opinion insofar
as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison,
but anything that goes beyond this
is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.
- Bertrand Russell

Death is softer by far than tyranny.
- Aeschylus

Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in
behalf of tyranny and oppression.
- Malcolm X

Any appeasement of tyranny is treason.
- William Allen White

The 5th Amendment is an old friend and a good friend.
one of the great landmarks in men's struggle to be free of tyranny,
to be decent and civilized.
- William O. Douglas

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

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms
of government those entrusted with power have,
in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
- Thomas Jefferson

Fear of death has been the greatest ally of tyranny past and present.
- Sidney Hook

The desire for liberty has also made itself felt as
struggle against domestic tyranny or arbitrary rule.
- Emily Greene Balch

A modern democracy is a tyranny whose borders are undefined;
one discovers how far one can go only by traveling
in a straight line until one is stopped.
- Norman Mailer

Knowledge is power.
Information is power.
The secreting or hoarding of knowledge or information
may be an act of tyranny camouflaged as humility.
- Robin Morgan

Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.
- Plato

In most of history, societies have not been free.
It's a very rare society that is free.
The default condition of human societies is tyranny.
- Michael Novak

I often wish...
that I could rid the world of the tyranny of facts.
What are facts but compromises? A fact merely marks
the point where we have agreed to let investigation cease.
- Bliss Carman

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

Revolution is engendered by an indignation with tyranny,
yet is itself pregnant with tyranny.
- William Godwin

It is an essential tenet of our whole representative form of government,
the idea that there should not be some tyranny which
makes it so nobody can even have a chance to vote.
- Todd Akin

Ultimately, freedom and democracy are stronger than fear and tyranny.
- Gijs de Vries

Where the law ends tyranny begins.
- Henry Fielding

I have no desire to go in for tyranny or to play the part of King Charles.
I hate tyranny in any field of human activity.
- Charles Edison

Enlighten the people generally,
and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind
will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
- Thomas Jefferson

Taxation without representation is tyranny.
- James Otis

To give pain is the tyranny; to make happy,
the true empire of beauty.
- Samuel Butler

The terrorist attacks of September 11th and the courageous
actions of our armed forces in Afghanistan and Iraq
remind us that friends of tyranny and enemies of freedom still exist.
- Carl Levin

Tyranny is always better organized than freedom.
- Charles Peguy

He that rebels against reason is a real rebel,
but he that in defence of reason rebels against tyranny
has a better title to Defender of the Faith,
than George the Third.
- Thomas Paine

As freedom-loving people across the globe hope for an end to tyranny,
we will never forget the enormous suffering of the Holocaust.
- Bob Beauprez

Half a world away nations that once lived under oppression
and tyranny are now budding democracies due in large
part to America 's leadership and the sacrifices of our military.
- Bob Riley

Under conditions of tyranny it is far easier to act than to think.
- Hannah Arendt

There are only two roads, victory for the working class,
freedom, or victory for the fascists which means tyranny.
Both combatants know what's in store for the loser.
- Buenaventura Durruti

Treachery is noble when aimed at tyranny.
- Pierre Corneille

It is the American vice, the democratic disease which
expresses its tyranny by reducing everything unique
to the level of the herd.
- Henry Miller

I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny,
and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow,
segregation forever.
- George C. Wallace

A good deal of tyranny goes by the name of protection.
- Crystal Eastman

Experience hath shown, that even
under the best forms of government,
those entrusted with power have,
in time, and by slow operations,
perverted it into tyranny.
- Thomas Jefferson

The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.
- Edmund Burke

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.
- Edmund Burke

It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just,
limited, federal government.
- Alexander Hamilton

Any ideal system is its own worst enemy,
and as soon as you start to implement these visions of grandeur,
they just fall apart and turn into a complete tyranny.
- Ben Nicholson

In a world without the law of God, you have chaos,
oppression, tyranny, and everyone doing what is right in their own eyes.
- Randall Terry

The strongest reason for the people
to retain the right to keep and bear arms is,
as a last resort, to protect themselves
against tyranny in government.
- Thomas Jefferson

It's the tyranny of an oligarchy that I'm concerned about.
- Pat Robertson

Democratic forms of government are vulnerable to mass prejudice,
the so-called tyranny of the majority.
- Maggie Gallagher

Men and women whose early youth was shaped in the ordeal
of the Great Depression showed the values formed in
that crucible when tyranny threatened a world.
- Steve Buyer

Tyranny and anarchy are never far apart.
- Jeremy Bentham

When the people fear the government,
there is tyranny.
When the government fears the people,
there is liberty.
- Christine O'Donnell

Freedom is never easily won, but once established,
freedom lasts, spreads and chokes out tyranny.
- Trent Lott

There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated
under the shield of law and in the name of justice.
- Charles de Montesquieu

There are three things in the world that deserve no mercy,
hypocrisy, fraud, and tyranny.
- Frederick William Robertson

Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind,
tyranny in religion is the worst.
- Thomas Paine

To set up as a standard of public morality a notion
which can neither be defined nor conceived is to open
the door to every kind of tyranny.
- Simone Weil

The revolutionary government is the despotism of liberty against tyranny.
- Georg Buchner

The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered
by an occasional assassination.
- Voltaire

I can remember when Democrats believed that it was
the duty of America to fight for freedom over tyranny.
- Zell Miller

For somehow this disease inheres in tyranny,
never to trust one's friends.
- Aeschylus

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

We all want peace.
Unfortunately, there are times when peace must be defended
by fighting terror and tyranny.
- James H. Douglas


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