Of all tyrannies in history, the Bolshevik tyranny is the worst, the most destructive, the most degrading. Every British and French soldier killed last year was really done to death by Lenin and Trotskynot in fair war, but by the treacherous desertion of an ally without parallel in the history of the world.Lord Randolph Henry Spencer Churchill: 1919 Speech, London,11 Apr.
Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny: they have only shifted it to another shoulder.George Bernard Shaw: 1903 Man and Superman,'The Revolutionist's Handbook and Pocket Companion, byJohnTanner', foreword.
They that are discontented under monarchy call it tyranny; and they that are displeased with aristocracy call it oligarchy; so also, they which find themselves grieved under a democracy call it anarchy, which signifies the want of government; and yet I think no man believes that want of government is any new kind of government.thomas hobbes: 1651Leviathan, pt.2, ch.19.
He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle to steady his fellow countrymen and hearten those Europeans upon whom the long dark night of tyranny had descended.Edward (Edgar) R(oscoe) Murrow: 1954 Of Churchill. Broadcast, 30 Nov, quoted in In Search of Light (1967).
Then let us have our libertyagain, And challenge to yourselves no sovereignty. You came not in the world without our pain, Make that a bar against your cruelty; Your fault being greater, why should you disdain Our being your equals, free from tyranny?Aemilia Lanyer: 1611Salve Deus Ex Judaeorum,'Eve's Apology in Defense of Women'.
It is the American vice, the democratic disease which expresses its tyranny by reducing everything unique to the level of the herd.Henry Valentine Miller: 1947 On democracy. The Wisdom of the Heart,'Raimu'.
We are fighting in the quarrel of civilization against barbarism, of liberty against tyranny.Germany has become a menace to the whole world. She is the most dangerous enemy of liberty now existing.theodore roosevelt: 1917 Speech at Oyster Bay, Long Island, Apr.
A modern democracy is a tyranny whose borders are undefined; one discovers how far one can go only by traveling in a straight line until one is stopped.Norman Kingsley Mailer: 1963 The Presidential Papers, preface.
Slow tyranny of moonlight, moonlight loved And changed.(Harold) Hart Crane: 1926 White Buildings,'Voyages', pt.5.
I have struggled against tyranny. I didn't do that in order to substitute one tyranny with another.Desmond Mpilo Tutu: 1998 In The IrishTimes,'ThisWeekThey Said', 31 Oct.
Taxation without representation is tyranny.james otis: c.1761 His defence, which became a rallying call of the American Revolution.
Where laws end, tyranny begins.Pitt,William, 1st Earl of Chatham known as the Elder: 1770 Speech to the House of Lords, 2 Mar.
The function of music isto release us from the tyranny of conscious thought.SirThomas Beecham: Quoted in Harold Atkins and Archie Newman Beecham Stories (1978).
TheTyranny of Distance.Geoffrey Norman Blainey: 1966 Title of book. English barrister. She is married to Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.Hunter S(tockton) Thompson: 1969 'Those DaringYoung Men InTheir Flying MachinesAin't WhatThey UsedTo Be!', in Pageant, Sep.
Tyranny sets up its own echo-chamber.Bruce Chatwin: 1988 Utz.
Bemercifuluntome,OGod, be mercifuluntome, for my soul trusteth in thee: and under the shadow of thy wings shall be my refuge, until this tyranny be over-past.Psalm 57:1.
Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.Edmund Burke: 1780 Speech, Bristol.
Amid the wreck and the misery of nations it is our just exaltation that we have continued superior to all that ambition or despotism could effect; and our still higher exaltation ought to be that we provide not only for our own safety but hold out a prospect for nations now bending under the yoke of tyranny of what the exertions of a free people can effect.William known as theYounger Pitt: 1804 Speech to the House of Commons, 25 Apr.
The tank, the B-52, the fighter-bomber, the state-controlled police and military are the weapons of dictatorship. The rifle is the weapon of democracy. Not for nothing was the revolver called an "equalizer." Egalite implies liberte. And always will. Let us hope our weapons are never needed — but do not forget what the common people of this nation knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny.edward abbey: Abbey's Road (1979)
Tis impossible to avail our selves of the genuine Powers of Eloquence, without examining in their Elements and first Principles, the Force and Harmony of Numbers, as employed by the Poets and orators of ancient and modern times, and without considering the natural Powers of Imagination, and the Disposition of Mankind to Metaphor and figure, which will require the Knowledge of the true Principles of Grammar, and Rhetoric, and of the best classical Authors.Now to what higher object, to what greater Character, can any Mortal aspire, than to be possessed of all this Knowledge, well digested, and ready at Command, to assist the feeble and Friendless, to discountenance the haughty and lawless, to procure Redress of Wrongs, the Advancement of Right, to assert and maintain Liberty and Virtue, to discourage and abolish Tyranny and Vice?john adams: Letter to Jonathan Sewall (October 1759)
Tacitus appears to have been as great an enthusiast as Petrarch for the revival of the republic and universal empire. He has exerted the vengeance of history upon the emperors, but has veiled the conspiracies against them, and the incorrigible corruption of the people which probably provoked their most atrocious cruelties. Tyranny can scarcely be practised upon a virtuous and wise people.john adams: (31 July 1796)
The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as sacred as the law of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If "Thou shall not covet," and "Thou shall not steal," are not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society, before it can be civilized or made free.john adams: Ch. 1 Marchamont Nedham : The Right Constitution of a Commonwealth Examined
The right of a nation to kill a tyrant, in cases of necessity, can no more be doubted, than to hang a robber, or kill a flea. But killing one tyrant only makes way for worse, unless the people have sense, spirit and honesty enough to establish and support a constitution guarded at all points against the tyranny of the one, the few, and the many. Let it be the study, therefore, of lawgivers and philosophers, to enlighten the people's understandings and improve their morals, by good and general education; to enable them to comprehend the scheme of government, and to know upon what points their liberties depend; to dissipate those vulgar prejudices and popular superstitions that oppose themselves to good government; and to teach them that obedience to the laws is as indispensable in them as in lords and kings.john adams: Ch. 18 (A Defence of the Constitutions of Government (1787))
Death is better, a milder fate than tyranny.Aeschylus: Variant translation: Death is softer by far than tyranny.