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Tyrant Quotes

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The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

Death is the tyrant of the imagination.
- Barry Cornwall

Today the tyrant rules not by club or fist,
but disguised as a market researcher,
he shepherds his flocks in the ways of utility and comfort.
- Marshall McLuhan

 

It was known in the mid 90s already that Saddam Hussein
was a dangerous tyrant that he had already launched
aggressions against Iran,
he had invaded Kuwait.
- Douglas Feith

More harm was done in the 20th century by faceless
bureaucrats than tyrant dictators.
- Dennis Prager

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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How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!
- Samuel Adams

I don't think I could be happy as an actor if there was a tyrant on the set.
- David Warner

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

Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent,
anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant
for anyone who is not content to the average person.
- William Ralph Inge

Whitehead reacted strongly against the idea of God as a cosmic tyrant,
one who brings about everything.
- John Polkinghorne

My dad was a tyrant.
He used to physically beat the crap out of us.
- Dennis Wilson

Cruelty is a tyrant that's always attended with fear.
- Thomas Fuller

A collective tyrant, spread over the length and breadth of the land,
is no more acceptable than a single tyrant ensconced on his throne.
- Georges Clemenceau

Fantastic tyrant of the amorous heart.
How hard thy yoke, how cruel thy dart.
Those escape your anger who refuse your sway,
and those are punished most, who most obey.
- Matthew Prior

The tyrant always talks as if he's preserving the best
interests of his people when he actually acts to undermine them.
- Ramman Kenoun

Every tyrant who has lived has believed in freedom for himself.
- Elbert Hubbard

The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity
can no more be doubted than to hang a robber,
or kill a flea.
- John Adams

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

God himself has no right to be a tyrant.
- William Godwin

Love is a tyrant sparing none.
- Pierre Corneille

The tyrant has fallen, and Iraq is free.
- George W. Bush

There can be but little liberty on earth while men
worship a tyrant in heaven.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

Every one with this writ may be a tyrant;
if this commission be legal,
a tyrant in a legal manner, also, may control,
imprison, or murder any one within the realm.
- James Otis

The fanatic is incorruptible: if he kills for an idea,
he can just as well get himself killed for one;
in either case,
tyrant or martyr, he is a monster.
- Emile M. Cioran

I loved Jack Ford.
I got him in his later days, and he was a total tyrant
and a total autocrat and an Irish drunk.
But I had a great time.
- Richard Widmark

I didn't want to kill a man.
I'm not capable of killing a man.
I wanted to kill a tyrant.
- Oriana Fallaci

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will
within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others.
I do not add "within the limits of the law"
because law is often but the tyrant's will,
and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people,
and therefore deprive them of their arms.
- Aristotle

Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.
- Ambrose Bierce

A woman who gives any advantage to a man may expect
a lover but will sooner or later find a tyrant.
- George Byron

My father was very intense, passionate and over-the-top.
He was my hero and my tyrant.
- June Jordan

In order to have the stuff of a tyrant,
a certain mental derangement is necessary.
- Emile M. Cioran

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
- Aesop

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

This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people;
they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the
consequences of this resistance.
- Philip K. Dick

In a republic, that paradise of debility,
the politician is a petty tyrant who obeys the laws.
- Emile M. Cioran

The sovereign is called a tyrant who knows no laws but his caprice.
- Voltaire

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion.
Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment
from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious.
On the other hand, they do less easily move against him,
believing that he has the gods on his side.
- Aristotle

A truer image of the world, I think,
is obtained by picturing things as entering into the
stream of time from an eternal world outside,
than from a view which regards time as the devouring tyrant of all that is.
- Bertrand Russell

We have to bring stability to Iraq, otherwise we will
be faced with a future dilemma of sending our loved
ones into harms way to stop a civil war or the rise
of a new tyrant born from the instability that we created.
- Jay Rockefeller

Saddam Hussein was a brutal tyrant.
I am glad he is now on trial for crimes against humanity.
But, opposition to a dictator is not the measure I
use when deciding whether to send our men and women
in uniform off to war and possible death.
- Peter DeFazio

A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern,
scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic.
No country can be really well prepared for modern war
unless it is governed by a tyrant,
at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.
- Aldous Huxley

I can't imagine anyone who doesn't think the world
is safer without a tyrant who murdered his own people,
used weapons of mass destruction against them and flouted
the world for so many years.
- Karen Hughes

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty,
and there is nothing more to fear from them,
then he is always stirring up some war or other,
in order that the people may require a leader.
- Plato

We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein
is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region.
He has ignored the mandated of the United Nations and
is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them.
- Carl Levin

Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting
themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has
made our generation understand that to choose one's
government is not necessarily to secure freedom.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands.
Remember all men would be tyrants if they could.
- Abigail Adams

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time
with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
- Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to
time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
- Lyn Nofziger

The "Axis of Evil" was - and is - very real,
as the tyrants of Iran, Iraq, and North Korea knew full well.
- Michael Ledeen

Let tyrants shake their iron rod.
- William Billings

The welfare of the people in particular has always
been the alibi of tyrants.
- Albert Camus

When I despair, I remember that all through history
the way of truth and love has always won.
There have been tyrants and murderers and
for a time they seem invincible,
but in the end, they always fall ... think of it, always.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

In Russia all tyrants believe poets to be their worst enemies.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Nature has left this tincture in the blood,
That all men would be tyrants if they could.
- Daniel Defoe

With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead;
but to tyrants I will give no quarter,
nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.
- William Lloyd Garrison

The mob is the mother of tyrants.
- Diogenes

Whilst shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly
extinguished in the heart;
nor will moderation be utterly exiled from the minds of tyrants.
- Edmund Burke

You work your butt off and somebody says you can't
have your record played because it offends them.
Tyrants are made of such stuff.
- Richard Pryor

Secrecy is the freedom tyrants dream of.
- Bill Moyers

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.
- William Penn

The world is made up for the most part of morons and natural tyrants,
sure of themselves, strong in their own opinions,
never doubting anything.
- Clarence Darrow

War kills men, and men deplore the loss;
but war also crushes bad principles and tyrants,
and so saves societies.
- Charles Caleb Colton

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance
of those whom they oppose.
- Frederick Douglass

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

Tyrants are seldom free; the cares and the instruments
of their tyranny enslave them.
- George Santayana

Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue;
they support the laws before destroying them.
- Voltaire

It is a violation which has obsessed the tyrants of the twentieth century.
They do not want simply to kill their opponents,
but to liquidate them, to deny that they have ever existed.
- Helen Dunmore


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