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Tyrants Quotes

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The tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to
time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
- Lyn Nofziger

Related topics: Patriotism

Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands.
Remember all men would be tyrants if they could.
- Abigail Adams

One weeps not save when one is afraid,
and that is why kings are tyrants.
- Marquis de Sade

Secrecy is the freedom tyrants dream of.
- Bill Moyers

 

Whilst shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly
extinguished in the heart;
nor will moderation be utterly exiled from the minds of tyrants.
- Edmund Burke

Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals;
love,
an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.
- Oliver Goldsmith

Clever tyrants are never punished.
- Voltaire

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Ronald Reagan said that he sought a Star Wars defense
only in order to share the technology with the tyrants of the U.S.S.R.
- Christopher Hitchens

Few governments in the world, for example,
praise human rights more ardently than does the government of France,
and few have a worse record of supporting tyrants and killers.
- Richard Perle

Of all the tyrants the world affords,
our own affections are the fiercest lords.
- John Sterling

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

Nature has left this tincture in the blood,
That all men would be tyrants if they could.
- Daniel Defoe

Ignorance has always been the weapon of tyrants;
enlightenment the salvation of the free.
- Bill Richardson

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance
of those whom they oppose.
- Frederick Douglass

Everywhere that freedom stirs, let tyrants fear.
- George W. Bush

It is no coincidence that the growth of modern tyrants
has in every case been heralded by the growth of prejudice.
- Henry A. Wallace

With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead;
but to tyrants I will give no quarter,
nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.
- William Lloyd Garrison

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

Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains that can fetter the mind.
- Charles Caleb Colton

In Russia all tyrants believe poets to be their worst enemies.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

All men would be tyrants if they could.
- Daniel Defoe

Let tyrants shake their iron rod.
- William Billings

Common tyrants, and public oppressors,
are not intitled to obedience from their subjects,
by virtue of any thing here laid down by the inspired apostle.
- Jonathan Mayhew

War kills men, and men deplore the loss;
but war also crushes bad principles and tyrants,
and so saves societies.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants.
- William Penn

There can be no tyrants where there are no slaves.
- Jose Rizal

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time
with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
- Thomas Jefferson

You work your butt off and somebody says you can't
have your record played because it offends them.
Tyrants are made of such stuff.
- Richard Pryor

Excessive dealings with tyrants are not good for the security of free states.
- Demosthenes

The "Axis of Evil" was - and is - very real,
as the tyrants of Iran, Iraq, and North Korea knew full well.
- Michael Ledeen

Tyrants seldom want pretexts.
- Edmund Burke

The welfare of the people in particular has always
been the alibi of tyrants.
- Albert Camus

May the Lord destroy all the tyrants of the church.
Amen.
- Michael Servetus

Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.
- Edmund Burke

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.
- William Penn

The mob is the mother of tyrants.
- Diogenes

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

It is a violation which has obsessed the tyrants of the twentieth century.
They do not want simply to kill their opponents,
but to liquidate them, to deny that they have ever existed.
- Helen Dunmore

The big tyrants never face justice.
- George Galloway

Then I despair...
I remember that all through history,
the way of truth and love has always won.
There have been murderers and tyrants,
and for a time they can seem invincible.
But in the end they always fall.
Think of it always.
- Andre Malraux

A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old.
It is easy to love children.
Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children.
But the affection and care for the old,
the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

When I despair, I remember that all through history
the way of truth and love has always won.
There have been tyrants and murderers and
for a time they seem invincible,
but in the end, they always fall ... think of it, always.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Death is the tyrant of the imagination.
- Barry Cornwall

Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.
- Ambrose Bierce

This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people;
they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the
consequences of this resistance.
- Philip K. Dick

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

Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people,
and therefore deprive them of their arms.
- Aristotle

How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!
- Samuel Adams

If we must have a tyrant, let him at least be a gentleman
who has been bred to the business,
and let us fall by the axe and not by the butcher's cleaver.
- Lord Byron

Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes
of the tyrant it has deposed.
- Barbara Tuchman

More harm was done in the 20th century by faceless
bureaucrats than tyrant dictators.
- Dennis Prager

The sovereign is called a tyrant who knows no laws but his caprice.
- Voltaire

In every tyrant's heart there springs in the end this poison,
that he cannot trust a friend.
- Aeschylus

Cruelty is a tyrant that's always attended with fear.
- Thomas Fuller

My father was very intense, passionate and over-the-top.
He was my hero and my tyrant.
- June Jordan

Love is a tyrant sparing none.
- Pierre Corneille

Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent,
anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant
for anyone who is not content to the average person.
- William Ralph Inge

The tyrant grinds down his slaves and they don't turn against him,
they crush those beneath them.
- Emily Bronte

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
- Aesop

The fanatic is incorruptible: if he kills for an idea,
he can just as well get himself killed for one;
in either case,
tyrant or martyr, he is a monster.
- Emile M. Cioran

A woman who gives any advantage to a man may expect
a lover but will sooner or later find a tyrant.
- George Byron

The tyrant always talks as if he's preserving the best
interests of his people when he actually acts to undermine them.
- Ramman Kenoun

God himself has no right to be a tyrant.
- William Godwin

There can be but little liberty on earth while men
worship a tyrant in heaven.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

I loved Jack Ford.
I got him in his later days, and he was a total tyrant
and a total autocrat and an Irish drunk.
But I had a great time.
- Richard Widmark

A collective tyrant, spread over the length and breadth of the land,
is no more acceptable than a single tyrant ensconced on his throne.
- Georges Clemenceau

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

The tyrant has fallen, and Iraq is free.
- George W. Bush

My dad was a tyrant.
He used to physically beat the crap out of us.
- Dennis Wilson


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