A Quote by James Otis on taxes and tyranny

Taxation without representation is tyranny.

James Otis (1725 - 1783)

Source: Watchword of the American Revolution

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A Quote by James Fenimore Cooper on democracy, laws, men, tyranny, and vices

It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny.

James Fenimore Cooper (1789 - 1851)

Source: The American Democrat, 1838

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A Quote by Hugo LaFayette Black on change, constitution, enemies, friendship, revolution, speech, and tyranny

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 LaFayette Black (1886 - 1971)

Source: 1960, Address at the New York University School of Law

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on fate, privacy, tyranny, and weakness

Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Hannah Arendt on tyranny


Under conditions of tyranny it is far easer to act than to think.

Hannah Arendt (1906 - 1975)

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A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on acceptance, tyranny, and world

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

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A Quote by Elbert Green Hubbard on belief, freedom, life, and tyranny

Every tyrant who has lived has believed in freedom for himself.

Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)

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A Quote by Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton on people and tyranny

When people have no other tyrant, their own public opinion becomes one.

Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton (1831 - 1891)

Source: pseudonym: Owen Meredith,

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on laws and tyranny

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Speech, Bristol previous to the Election, 1780

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A Quote by Edgar Sheffield Brightman on fear, kindness, power, spirit, and tyranny

No totalitarians, no wars, no fears, famines or perils of any kind can really break a man's spirit until he breaks it himself by surrendering. Tyranny has many dread powers, but not the power to rule the spirit.

Edgar Sheffield Brightman

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