Tyranny Quotes

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

C.S. Lewis

The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.

Soren Kierkegaard

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

Plato

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

Voltaire

The worst form of tyranny the world has ever known the tyranny of the weak over the strong. It is the only tyranny that lasts.

Oscar Wilde

Tyranny and anarchy are never far apart.

Jeremy Bentham

The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves.

Unknown

The offspring of riches: Pride, vanity, ostentation, arrogance, tyranny.

Mark Twain

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

Dennis Prager

Slaves would be tyrants were the chance theirs.

Victor Hugo

A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

And why do we, who say we oppose tyranny and demand freedom of speech, allow people to go to prison and be vilified, and magazines to be closed down on the spot, for suggesting another version of history.

David Icke

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

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

Maggie Gallagher

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

Those are serious questions of war and peace, of freedom or tyranny, whether or not there is ever going to be a hope of us instilling some democratic systems in a part of the world that frankly is breeding hate and destruction directed right at us.

Zach Wamp

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

It is the besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which the masses of men exhibit their tyranny.

James F. Cooper

If people were always kind and obedient to those who are cruel and unjust; the wicked people would have it all their own way: they would never feel afraid, and so they would never alter, but would grow worse and worse. When we are struck at without a reason, we should strike back again very hard; I am sure we should so hard as to teach the person who struck us never to do it again.

Patrick Branwell Bront

The tyrant grinds down his slaves and they don't turn against him; they crush those beneath them.

Emily Bronte

It is better that a man should tyrannize over his bank balance than over his fellow citizens.

John Maynard Keynes

There are few minds to which tyranny is not delightful.

Samuel Johnson

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

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Updated On : December 22, 2013
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