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These are some of the best 'Tyranny' quotations and sayings.

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'Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.

A king ruleth as he ought; a tyrant as he lists; a king to the profit of all, a tyrant only to please a few.

A tyrant never tasteth of true friendship, nor of perfect liberty.

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

And with necessity, the tyrant's plea, excused his devilish deeds.

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.

Economic freedom is an essential requisite for political freedom. By enabling people to cooperate with one another without coercion or central direction, it reduces the area over which political power is exercised. In addition, by dispersing power, the free market provides an offset to whatever concentration of political power may arise. The combination of economic and political power in the same hands is a sure recipe for tyranny. See quote detail

Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it has deposed.

Every wanton and causeless restraint of the will of the subject, whether practised by a monarch, a nobility, or a popular assembly, is a degree of tyranny.

Free governments have committed more flagrant acts of tyranny than the most perfectly despotic governments we have ever known.

Hardness ever of hardness is the mother.

Hateful is the power, and pitiable is the life, of those who wish to be feared rather than to be loved.

He who strikes terror into others is himself in continual fear.

It is worthy of observation that the most imperious masters over their own servants are at the same time the most abject slaves to the servants of other masters.

Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

None but the people can forge their own chains; and to flatter the people and delude them by promises never meant to be performed is the stale but successful practice of the demagogue.

Of all the evils that infest a state, a tyrant is the greatest; his sole will commands the laws, and lords it over them.

Power, unless managed with gentleness and discretion, does but make a man the more hated; no intervals of good humor, no starts of bounty, will atone for tyranny and oppression.


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