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A police state finds that it cannot command the grain to grow.
~ John F. Kennedy

 

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Death is softer by far than tyranny.
~ Aeschylus

 

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I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
~ Thomas Jefferson

 

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If we must have a tyrant, let him at least be a gentleman who has been bred to the business, and let us fall by the axe and not by the butcher's cleaver.
~ Lord Byron

 

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In every tyrant's heart there springs in the end this poison, that he cannot trust a friend.
~ Aeschylus

 

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

 

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Like Cato, give his little senate laws, and sit attentive to his own applause.
~ Alexander Pope

 

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No government power can be abused long. Mankind will not bear it. There is a remedy in human nature against tyranny, that will keep us safe under every form of government.
~ Samuel Johnson

 

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No totalitarians, no wars, no fears, famines or perils of any kind can really break a man's spirit until he breaks it himself by surrendering. Tyranny has many dread powers, but not the power to rule the spirit.
~ Edgar Sheffield Brightman

 

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Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.
~ Thomas Jefferson

 

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Rulers, who neither see, nor feel, nor know, but leech-like to their fainting country cling, till they drop, blind in blood, without a blow, -- a people starved and stabbed in the untilled field...
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

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So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, the Caesars and Napoleons will arise to make them miserable.
~ Aldous Huxley

 

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The most insupportable of tyrannies is that of inferiors.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

 

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The people always have 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.
~ Plato

 

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

 

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The tyrant grinds down his slaves and they don't turn against him, they crush those beneath them.
~ Emily Bronte

 

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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

 

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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

 

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There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance.
~ Walt Whitman

 

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Tyranny and anarchy are never far apart.
~ Jeremy Bentham

 

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