Taxation without representation is tyranny.
James Otis (1725 - 1783)
Source: Watchword of the American Revolution
Contributed by: Zaady
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
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
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)
Under conditions of tyranny it is far easer to act than to think.
Hannah Arendt (1906 - 1975)
The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
Every tyrant who has lived has believed in freedom for himself.
Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)
When people have no other tyrant, their own public opinion becomes one.
Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton (1831 - 1891)
Source: pseudonym: Owen Meredith,
Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.
Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)
Source: Speech, Bristol previous to the Election, 1780
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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