The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.
~ Thomas Paine

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

It is not my nature, when I see a people borne down by the weight of their
shackles – the oppression of tyranny – to make their life more bitter by heaping
upon them greater burdens; but rather would I do all in my power to raise the
yoke than to add anything that would tend to crush them.
~ Abraham Lincoln

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain
~ Edmund Burke

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
~ Thomas Jefferson

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

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind
will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
~ Thomas Jefferson

Do you remember any instance where tyranny was destroyed and freedom
established on its ruins, among a people possessing so small a share of virtue
and public spirit? I recollect none, and this more than the British arms makes me
fearful of final success, without a reform.
~ Patrick Henry

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

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
~ Susan B. Anthony

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

No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the
beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause
of freedom versus tyranny.
~ Hannah Arendt

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

Anywhere, anytime ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is
the same: freedom, not tyranny; democracy, not dictatorship; the rule of law,
not the rule of the secret police.
~ Tony Blair

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