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  1. Picture quote by Maximilien Robespierre about freedom

    The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant. ⏤ Maximilien Robespierre


  2. Picture quote by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn about war

    A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny. ⏤ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


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If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.

James Madison

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

Soren Kierkegaard

The tyranny of majorities may be as bad as the tyranny of kings.

Arthur Balfour

When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.

Thomas Jefferson

The mob has many heads but no brains.

English Proverbs

If tyranny and oppression come to this land it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.

James Madison

The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.

Lord Acton

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

Thomas Jefferson

Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.

Thomas Jefferson

The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led.

Edgar Allan Poe

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

Oscar Wilde

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 tyranny.

Thomas Jefferson

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 God.

Susan B. Anthony

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

Emily Bronte

Communism is the death of the soul. It is the organization of total conformity - in short, of tyranny - and it is committed to making tyranny universal.

Adlai E. Stevenson

The Los Angeles riots were not caused by the Rodney King verdict. The Los Angeles riots were caused by rioters.

Rush Limbaugh

One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.

Albert Camus

Tyranny is always better organized than freedom.

Charles Peguy

Tyranny and anarchy are never far apart.

Jeremy Bentham

The most insupportable of tyrannies is that of inferiors.

Napoleon Bonaparte

The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.

James Madison

Dictators never invent their own opportunities.

Richard Buckminster Fuller

And so tyranny naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme form of liberty.

Plato

The arbitrary rule of a just and enlightened prince is always bad. His virtues are the most dangerous and the surest form of seduction: they lull a people imperceptibly into the habit of loving, respecting, and serving his successor, whoever that successor may be, no matter how wicked or stupid.

Denis Diderot

I believe that the power of literature is stronger than the power of tyranny.

Ma Jian

The 5th Amendment is an old friend and a good friend. one of the great landmarks in men's struggle to be free of tyranny, to be decent and civilized.

William O. Douglas

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

Edmund Burke

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

Edmund Burke

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

Plato

In the laws of the land, she has no rights; in government she has no voice. And in spite of another principle recognized in this Republic, namely, that 'taxation without representation is tyranny,' she is taxed without being represented.

Ernestine Rose

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

Samuel Adams

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

Aeschylus

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

Death is softer by far than tyranny.

Aeschylus

Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.

Edward L. Bernays

No nation, no matter how enlightened, can endure criminal violence. If we cannot control it, we are admitting to the world and to ourselves that our laws are no more than a facade that crumbles when the winds of crisis rise.

Alan Biole

Tyrants seldom want pretexts.

Edmund Burke

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

Disregard for human beings is the first qualification of a dictator.

Milton S. Eisenhower

Any power must be an enemy of mankind which enslaves the individual by terror and force, whether it arises under the Fascist or the Communist flag. All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded to the individual.

T. S. Eliot

Are we aware of our obligations to a mob? It is the mob that labor in your fields and serve in your houses -- that man your navy, and recruit your army -- that have enabled you to defy the world, and can also defy you when neglect and calamity have driven them to despair. You may call the people a mob; but do not forget that a mob too often speaks the sentiments of the people.

Lord Byron

Tyranny or slavery, born of selfishness, are the two educational methods of parents; all gradations of tyranny or slavery.

Franz Kafka

The hope and change the Democrats had in mind was nothing more than a retread of the failed and discredited socialist policies that have been the enemy of freedom for centuries all over the world. I fear America is teetering towards tyranny.

Jim DeMint

America is just the country that how all the written guarantees in the world for freedom are no protection against tyranny and oppression of the worst kind. There the politician has come to be looked upon as the very scum of society.

Peter Kropotkin

When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.

Robert A. Heinlein

Tyranny Absolves all faith; and who invades our rights, However his own commence, can never be But an usurper.

Henry Brooke

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and opressions of the body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.

Thomas Jefferson

Taxation without representation is tyranny.

James Otis

Revolution is engendered by an indignation with tyranny, yet is itself pregnant with tyranny.

William Godwin

I have no desire to go in for tyranny or to play the part of King Charles. I hate tyranny in any field of human activity.

Charles Edison

For centuries, the world has heard the oppressed, the downtrodden and the vulnerable cry out for their freedoms, for their rights and for a chance to emerge from the shadows of the tyranny and bloodshed that they had lived with.

Ginny Brown-Waite

People who live in the post-totalitarian system know only too well that the question of whether one or several political parties are in power, and how these parties define and label themselves, is of far less importance than the question of whether or not it is possible to live like a human being.

Vaclav Havel

Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics. It pretends not to possess an omnipotent and unprincipled police apparatus. It pretends to respect human rights. It pretends to prosecute no one. It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing.

Vaclav Havel

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

A dictatorship is a country where they have taken the politics out of the politics.

Samuel Himmel

There is a totalitarian regime inside every one of us. We are ruled by a ruthless politburo which sets our norms and drives us from one five-year plan to another. The autonomous individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself.

Eric Hoffer

The savior who wants to turn men into angels is as much a hater of human nature as the totalitarian despot who wants to turn them into puppets.

Eric Hoffer

Man is more disposed to domination than freedom; and a structure of dominion not only gladdens the eye of the master who rears and protects it, but even its servants are uplifted by the thought that they are members of a whole, which rises high above the life and strength of single generations.

Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt

A rioter with a Molotov cocktail in his hands is not fighting for civil rights any more than a Klansman with a sheet on his back and a mask on his face.

Lyndon B. Johnson

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

A police state finds that it cannot command the grain to grow.

John F. Kennedy

The only successful revolution of this century is totalitarianism.

BernardHenri Levy

The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.

James Madison

Man is insatiable for power; he is infantile in his desires and, always discontented with what he has, loves only what he has not. People complain of the despotism of princes; they ought to complain of the despotism of man.

Joseph De Maistre

Dictators always look good until the last minutes.

Tomas G. Masaryk

If we resort to lawlessness, the only thing we can hope for is civil war, untold bloodshed, and the end of our dreams.

Archie Lee Moore

Tyranny is yielding to the lust of the governing.

Lord Moulton

One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.

George Orwell

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

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

Alexander Pope

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

In inner-party politics, these methods lead, as we shall yet see, to this: the party organization substitutes itself for the party, the central committee substitutes itself for the organization, and, finally, a dictator substitutes himself for the central committee.

Leon Trotsky

The tumultuous populace of large cities are ever to be dreaded. Their indiscriminate violence prostrates for the time all public authority, and its consequences are sometimes extensive and terrible.

George Washington

The real stumbling-block of totalitarian r?gimes is not the spiritual need of men for freedom of thought; it is men's inability to stand the physical and nervous strain of a permanent state of excitement, except during a few years of their youth.

Simone Weil

There are three kinds of despots. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the body. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the soul. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the soul and body alike. The first is called the Prince. The second is called the Pope. The third is called the People.

Oscar Wilde

Better the rule of One, whom all obey, than to let clamorous demagogues betray our freedom with the kiss of anarchy.

Oscar Wilde

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

Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.

Harry S Truman

He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defence of reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to Defender of the Faith, than George the Third.

Thomas Paine

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.

Edmund Burke

In the first 50 years of the filibuster, it was used only 35 times. But the last Congress alone had 112 cloture motions filed, plus threats of more. This is the tyranny of the minority.

Peter Fenn

The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.

Edmund Burke

From behind the Iron Curtain, there are signs that tyranny is in trouble and reminders that its structure is as brittle as its surface is hard.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.

George C. Wallace

The Framers of the Constitution knew that free speech is the friend of change and revolution. But they also knew that it is always the deadliest enemy of tyranny.

Hugo Black

One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.

Bertrand Russell

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.

William Pitt

Every man may reign secure in his petty tyranny, and spread terror and desolation around him, until the trump of the Archangel shall excite different emotions in his soul.

James Otis

We might not object to the statement that Lear deserved to suffer for his folly, selfishness and tyranny; but to assert that he deserved to suffer what he did suffer is to do violence not merely to language but to any healthy moral sense.

Andrew Coyle Bradley

If you don't understand that you work for your mislabeled 'subordinates,' then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny.

Dee Hock

The desire for liberty has also made itself felt as struggle against domestic tyranny or arbitrary rule.

Emily Greene Balch

The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.

John Hay

I am a strong believer in the tyranny, the dictatorship, the absolute authority of the writer.

Philip Pullman

The poor suffer twice at the rioter's hands. First, his destructive fury scars their neighborhood; second, the atmosphere of accommodation and consent is changed to one of hostility and resentment.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Freedom is never easily won, but once established, freedom lasts, spreads and chokes out tyranny.

Trent Lott

A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

For somehow this disease inheres in tyranny, never to trust one's friends.

Aeschylus

It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government.

Alexander Hamilton

A dogmatic belief in objective value is necessary to the very idea of a rule which is not tyranny or an obedience which is not slavery.

C. S. Lewis

I beg you be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.

George Washington

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