Tyranny Quotes

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Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. - C. S. Lewis quote.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

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Of all the evils that infest a state, a tyrant is the greatest; his sole will commands the laws, and lords it over them. - Euripides quote.
Of all the evils that infest a state, a tyrant is the greatest; his sole will commands the laws, and lords it over them.
Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny. - Edmund Burke quote.
Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.

regulations law

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still small voice within me. - Mahatma Gandhi quote.
The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still small voice within me.

conscience

The tyrant is only the slave turned inside out.
— African proverb

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I began to sense faintly that secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny.  Not force, but secrecy...censorship.  When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, "This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know," the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. - Robert A. Heinlein quote.
I began to sense faintly that secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny.  Not force, but secrecy...censorship.  When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, "This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know," the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives.

secrets

In every tyrant's heart there springs in the end
This poison, that he cannot trust a friend. - Aeschylus quote.
In every tyrant's heart there springs in the end
This poison, that he cannot trust a friend.
The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny. - Aesop quote.
The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
Thought...is still possible, and no doubt actual, wherever men live under the conditions of political freedom.  Unfortunately...no other human capacity is so vulnerable, and it is in fact far easier to act under conditions of tyranny than it is to think. - Hannah Arendt quote.
Thought...is still possible, and no doubt actual, wherever men live under the conditions of political freedom.  Unfortunately...no other human capacity is so vulnerable, and it is in fact far easier to act under conditions of tyranny than it is to think.
None can be Tyrants but Cowards.
Mary Astell An Essay in Defense of the Female Sex
Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.
The worst tyrants are those which establish themselves in our own breasts. - William Ellery Channing quote.
The worst tyrants are those which establish themselves in our own breasts.
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed,
Ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst. - Daniel Defoe quote.
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed,
Ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
Nature has left this tincture in the blood,
That all men wou'd be tyrants if they cou'd. - Daniel Defoe quote.
Nature has left this tincture in the blood,
That all men wou'd be tyrants if they cou'd.
Truth—which is the first casualty of tyranny. - Barbara Grizzuti Harrison quote.
Truth—which is the first casualty of tyranny.
I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. - Thomas Jefferson quote.
I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson quote.
Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
If a sovereign oppresses his people to a great degree, they will rise and cut off his head. There is a remedy in human nature against tyranny, that will keep us safe under every form of government. - Samuel Johnson quote.
If a sovereign oppresses his people to a great degree, they will rise and cut off his head. There is a remedy in human nature against tyranny, that will keep us safe under every form of government.
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.  It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny. - James Madison quote.
The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.
Let us never forget that tyranny most often springs from a fanatical faith in the absoluteness of one's beliefs. - Ashley Montagu quote.
Let us never forget that tyranny most often springs from a fanatical faith in the absoluteness of one's beliefs.
Wherever there has been tyranny, there the solitary philosopher has been hated; for philosophy offers an asylum to a man into which no tyranny can force its way, the inward cave, the labyrinth of the heart. - Friedrich Nietzsche quote.
Wherever there has been tyranny, there the solitary philosopher has been hated; for philosophy offers an asylum to a man into which no tyranny can force its way, the inward cave, the labyrinth of the heart.
The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness....  This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector. - Plato quote.
The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness....  This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.
'Tis time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss. - William Shakespeare quote.
'Tis time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss.
The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny.
Wole Soyinka The Man Died: Prison Notes of Wole Salinka
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 quote.
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.

power

The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance. - Thomas Paine quote.
The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.

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