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Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

That sovereign is a tyrant who knows no law but his own caprice.

The Government of the absolute majority instead of the Government of the people is but the Government of the strongest interests; and when not efficiently checked, it is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised.

The road to tyranny, we must never forget, begins with the destruction of the truth.

There is a natural and necessary progression, from the extreme of anarchy to the extreme of tyranny; and arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.

Tyranny absolves all faith; and who invades our rights can never be but an usurper.

Tyranny and anarchy are never far apart.

Tyranny is always weakness.

Tyranny is far the worst of treasons. - The prince who neglects or violates his trust is more a brigand than the robber-chief.

Tyranny sways, not as it hath power, but as it is suffered.

Tyrants and oppressors, when living, are the terror of mankind; but when dead, they are the objects of general contempt and scorn. The death of Nero was celebrated by the Romans with bonfires and plays; birds ate the naked flesh of Pompey; Alexander lay unburied thirty days; but a useful and holy life is generally closed by an honorable and lamented death.

Tyrants forego all respect for humanity in proportion as they are sunk beneath it. Taught to believe themselves of a different species, they really become so, lose their participation with their kind, and in mimicking the god dwindle into the brute.

Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains that can fetter the mind.

Unlimited power corrupts the possessor; and this I know, that, where law ends, there tyranny begins.

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.


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