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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.
None can be Tyrants but Cowards.
Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.
Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.
Truth—which is the first casualty of tyranny.
'Tis time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss.
The tyrant is only the slave turned inside out.
The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.
The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny.
The worst tyrants are those which establish themselves in our own breasts.
The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still small voice within me.
The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.
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.
In every tyrant's heart there springs in the end This poison, that he cannot trust a friend.
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
Let us never forget that tyranny most often springs from a fanatical faith in the absoluteness of one's beliefs.
Of all the evils that infest a state, a tyrant is the greatest; his sole will commands the laws, and lords it over them.
Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.