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Tyranny Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Tyranny

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

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

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
- Socrates

Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.
- Helen Keller

 

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

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

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

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When the people fear their government, there is tyranny;
when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

You may talk of the tyranny of Nero and Tiberius;
but the real tyranny is the tyranny of your next-door neighbor.
- Walter Bagehot

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

Tyranny and anarchy are never far apart.
- Jeremy Bentham

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

From behind the Iron Curtain, there are signs that tyranny
is in trouble and reminders that its structure
is as brittle as its surface is hard.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge
all women to the practical recognition of the old Revolutionary maxim.
Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.
- Susan B. Anthony

The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology,
of the phantom of God.
As long as we have a master in heaven,
we will be slaves on earth.
- Mikhail Bakunin

Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.
- Plato

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

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land,
it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
- James Madison

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

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

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

Peace without justice is tyranny.
- William Allen White

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

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

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

Any appeasement of tyranny is treason.
- William Allen White

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

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

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

The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous
to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.
- Charles de Montesquieu

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

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

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

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

Tyranny is always better organized than freedom.
- Charles Peguy

The Framers of the Constitution knew that free speech
is the friend of change and revolution.
But they also knew that it is always the deadliest enemy of tyranny.
- Hugo Black

Where the law ends tyranny begins.
- Henry Fielding

Tyranny Absolves all faith; and who invades our rights,
However his own commence, can never be But an usurper.
- Henry Brooke

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

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

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

Let's win the peace and democracy the good people of
Iraq so richly deserve after decades of tyranny.
- Mike Pence

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

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

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

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

Death is softer by far than tyranny.
- Aeschylus

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

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

Taxation without representation is tyranny.
- James Otis

There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated
under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.
- Charles de Secondat

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

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 the tyrannies that affect mankind,
tyranny in religion is the worst.
- 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

Communism is the death of the soul.
It is the organization of total conformity -
in short,
of tyranny - and it is committed to making tyranny universal.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.
- John Hay

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

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

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

If you don't understand that you work for your mislabeled 'subordinates,'
then you know nothing of leadership.
You know only tyranny.
- Dee Hock

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

The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority,
or rather of that party, not always the majority,
that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.
- Lord Acton

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

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

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


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