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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 (BC 427-BC 347) Greek philosopher.

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 (1709-1784) British author.

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 (1778-1830) British essayist.

Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third president of the United States.

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

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) British author.


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

Edmund Burke (1729-1797) British political writer.

Tyranny and anarchy are never far apart.

Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) British philosopher.

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 (1788-1824) British poet.

The most insupportable of tyrannies is that of inferiors.

Napoleon I (1769-1821) Napoleon Bonaparte. French general.

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

Emily Bronte (1818-1848) British novelist and poet.