tyranny

A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on action, cheating, speech, tyranny, and understanding

ORATORY, n. A conspiracy between speech and action to cheat the understanding. A tyranny tempered by stenography.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on authority, crime, destiny, failure, and tyranny

DESTINY, n. A tyrant's authority for crime and fool's excuse for failure.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Alexander Hamilton on character, debate, democracy, direction, experience, fatherhood, good, government, honor, observation, people, politics, preparation, purity, and tyranny

The Founding Fathers were careful to distinguish representative republicanism from direct democracy. Alexander Hamilton, for example, endorsed the former but condemned the latter. . . .the records of the ratification conventions were not verbatim transcriptions. It has been observed, by an honorable gentleman, that a pure democracy, if it were practicable, would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position in politics is more false than this. The ancient democracies, in which the people themselves deliberated, never possessed one feature of good government. Their very character was tyranny; their figure, deformity. When they assembled, the field of debate presented an ungovernable mob, not only incapable of deliberation, but prepared for every enormity.

Alexander Hamilton (c.1756 - 1804)

Source: at the New York convention for constitutional ratification, June 21, 1788

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A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on behavior, divinity, nature, and tyranny

Modern man no longer regards Nature as being in any sense divine and feels perfectly free to behave toward her as an overweening conqueror and tyrant.

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

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A Quote by Aesop on enemies, power, tyranny, and wonder

Those who voluntarily put power into the hands of a tyrant or an enemy, must not wonder if it be at last turned against themselves.

Aesop (620 - 560 BC)

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A Quote by Aesop on tyranny

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Any excuse will serve a tyrant.

Aesop (620 - 560 BC)

Source: The Wolf and the Lamb

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A Quote by Aeschylus on disease, friendship, trust, and tyranny

For somehow this is tyranny's disease, to trust no friends.

Aeschylus (525 - 456 BC)

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A Quote by Aeschylus on death, fate, and tyranny

Death is better, a milder fate than tyranny.

Aeschylus (525 - 456 BC)

Source: quoted in Agamemnon, I, 1364

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A Quote by Adam Smith on beginning, bureaucracy, control, government, management, and tyranny

As soon as government management begins it upsets the natural equilibrium of industrial relations, and each interference only requires further bureaucratic control until the end is the tyranny of the totalitarian state.

Adam Smith

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on good, justice, labor, liberty, men, names, people, tyranny, and world

The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name - liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names - liberty and tyranny.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: address at sanitary fair, Baltimore, Maryland, April 18, 1864

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