Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism.
— Michel Foucault

The despotism of custom is everywhere the standing hindrance to human advancement.
John Stuart Mill despot quote

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
— Thomas Jefferson

Despotism is unjust to everybody, including the despot, who was probably made for better things.
— Oscar Wilde

Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.
— despot quotation by Mary McCarthy