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Top 100 Quotes About Tyrants

#1. tyrants always set about shaping history after their liking. - Author: Douglas Bond
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#2. The Bible has, amazingly- no doubt with supernatural grace-survived its critics. The harder tyrants try to eliminate it and skeptics dismiss it, the better read it becomes. - Author: Charles Colson
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#3. The divine right of kings may have been a plea for feeble tyrants, but the divine right of government is the keystone of human progress, and without it governments sink into police, and a nation is degraded into a mob. - Author: Benjamin Disraeli
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#4. A tyrant is the worst disease, and the cause of all others. - Author: William Blake
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#5. Law is often the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual. - Author: Thomas Jefferson
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#6. There is nothing so fretting and vexatious, nothing so justly terrible to tyrants, and their tools and abettors, as a free press. - Author: Samuel
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#7. O tyrant love, when held by you,
We may to prudence bid adieu.
[Fr., Amour! Amour! quand tu nous tiens
On peut bien dire, Adieu, prudence.] - Author: Jean De La Fontaine
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#8. Neither Britain, a land fertile in tyrants, nor the people of Ireland, knew Moses and the prophets. - Author: St. Jerome
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#9. Nor is the guilt entirely with the warmongers, plutocrats and demagogues. If people permit exploitation and regimentation in any name, they deserve their slavery. A tyrant does not make his tyranny possible. It is made by the people and not otherwise. - Author: Jack Parsons
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#10. Common tyrants, and public oppressors, are not intitled to obedience from their subjects, by virtue of any thing here laid down by the inspired apostle. - Author: Jonathan Mayhew
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#11. Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves. - Author: Oliver Goldsmith
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#12. Poets and intellectuals ... are the ones the tyrants go after first. - Author: Frederick Smock
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#13. Instead of trying to see things my way, I try to see things her [wife's] way, and if it honestly makes sense then I will submit to her instead of being a tyrant and a dictator. - Author: Tony Gaskins
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#14. The just man having a firm grasp of his intentions, neither the heated passions of his fellow men ordaining something awful, nor a tyrant staring him in the face, will shake in his convictions. - Author: Horace
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#15. There are two kinds of rebellion. The first is one in which the slave demands something that the tyrant has got. The second is one in which he demands something that the tyrant has not got. - Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton
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#16. The method of rule of the tyrant and the oligarch is quite simply to clobber, coerce, or overawe all or most other groups in the interest of their own. - Author: Bernard Crick
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#17. We know what the birth of a revolution looks like: A student stands before a tank. A fruit seller sets himself on fire. A line of monks link arms in a human chain. Crowds surge, soldiers fire, gusts of rage pull down the monuments of tyrants, and maybe, sometimes, justice rises from the flames. - Author: Nancy Gibbs
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#18. Tyrants have only one problem in life.
They simply just wanna rule everything. - Author: Toba Beta
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#19. An evil exists that threatens every man, woman, and child of this great nation. We must take steps to ensure our domestic security and protect our homeland. - Author: Adolf Hitler
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#20. I never revolted in vain, as a rebel or as a tyrant, but I rose seeking reformation for the nation of my grandfather Mohammad. I intend to enjoin good and forbid evil, to act according to the traditions of my grandfather, and my father Ali Ibn Abi-Talib. - Author: Husayn Ibn Ali
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#21. Tyrants are always assassinated too late. That is their great excuse. - Author: Emile M. Cioran
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#22. There is bound to be a certain amount of trouble running any country. If you are president, the trouble happens to you. But if you are a tyrant you can arrange things so that most of the trouble happens to other people. - Author: Don Marquis
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#23. To our strongest impulse, to the tyrant in us, not only our reason but also our conscience yields. - Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
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#24. Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage and you prepare your own limbs to wear them. Accustomed to trample on the rights of others, you have lost the genius of your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you. - Author: Abraham Lincoln
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#25. Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one's thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down. - Author: Frederick Douglass
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#26. The tyranny that now exists is actual. That which may exist in the future is potential. If we are always to draw back from change with the thought that the change may be for the worse, then there is no hope at all of ever escaping injustice. - Author: Isaac Asimov
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#27. No government which governs by the use of force can survive except by force. There is no going back because force begets force and the perpetrators of crimes live in fear that they might become victims in their turn. - Author: Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo
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#28. A headline last year, after the death of Saddam Hussein, read: 'Tyrant is hanged'. My auntie looked at the newspaper and sobbed, 'Who's going to present "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?"' - Author: Steve Williams
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#29. There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment and expose the pretensions of tyrants and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant. And that is the force of human freedom. - Author: George W. Bush
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#30. By "trampling upon the helpless abroad" with unchecked surveillance, Americans have learned, "by a natural process, to endure with apathy the like at home." - Author: Mark Twain
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#31. There are no tyrants if there are no slaves - Author: Jose Rizal
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#32. I would rather deal with a tyrant any day than a committee. Committees, as a general rule, aren't willing to take chances, which is why you have a committee in the first place - so you can share the blame. - Author: Hal Riney
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#33. Fear is a tyrant and a despot, more terrible than the rack, more potent than the snake. - Author: Edgar Wallace
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#34. Insane! ... Ask the tyrant who is his most dangerous foe, the sane man or the insane? - Author: Henry David Thoreau
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#35. Bad men cannot make good citizens. - Author: Patrick Henry
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#36. Each man too is a tyrant in tendency, because he would impose his idea on others; and their trick is their natural defence. Jesuswould absorb the race; but Tom Paine or the coarsest blasphemer helps humanity by resisting this exuberance of power. - Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
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#37. This was, I thought, the language of shy men, men too much alone with their reading and their ideas - politics, war, distant countries, tyrants. Men who would bury their heads in such stuff just to avert their eyes from a woman's simple heartache. - Author: Alice McDermott
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#38. Dissembling courtesy! How fine this tyrant can trickle when she wounds! - Author: William Shakespeare
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#39. Since bad men find the rule of kings no less burdensome than that of tyrants, the recognition of the right of private citizens to kill tyrants involves rather more chance of losing a king than of being relieved of a tyrant. - Author: William Archibald Dunning
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#40. Tyrants are seldom free; the cares and the instruments of their tyranny enslave them. - Author: George Santayana
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#41. Tyrants aren't born, they evolve, just as saints do, their characters slowly shaped over time, just as ours are. - Author: Judith Arnopp
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#42. Muslims have been subjected to so many tyrants and oppressive regimes. That's what the Arab Spring was about, but the problem comes in trying to direct a revolution. - Author: Cat Stevens
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#43. Tyrants seldom want pretexts - Author: Edmund Burke
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#44. The government is a tyrant living by theft, and therefore has no business to engage in any business. - Author: Benjamin Tucker
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#45. I do identify the escape hatch through which Foucault eludes the charge that he himself is an author/authority, hence a tyrant. He establishes the category of "founder of discursivity" for the authors he likes. Slippery, perhaps, but you can see what he means. - Author: Paul Fry
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#46. The priests talk of consecrated ground! Bah! All the earth made by God is holy; but the sea, which knows nothing of kings and priests and tyrants, is the holiest of all. - Author: Joseph Conrad
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#47. Custom governs the world; it is the tyrant of our feelings and our manners and rules the world with the hand of a despot. - Author: Bill Vaughan
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#48. Love reigns a very tyrant in my heart. - Author: Thomas Otway
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#49. Why do tyrants understand the dangers of a democratic imagination more than our policy makers appreciate its necessity? - Author: Azar Nafisi
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#50. Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants. - Author: William Penn
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#51. Men are still men. The despot's wickedness Comes of ill teaching, and of power's excess,
Comes of the purple he from childhood wears, Slaves would be tyrants if the chance were theirs. - Author: Victor Hugo
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#52. I burst the tyrant bands, which held my sex in awe. - Author: Deborah Sampson
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#53. Though liberty is established by law, we must be vigilant, for liberty to enslave us is always present under that very liberty. Our Constitution speaks of the "general welfare of the people." Under that phrase all sorts of excesses can be employed by lusting tyrants to make us bondsmen. - Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
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#54. Adding an overarching tier of tyrants the EU to European governments has benefited Europeans as a second hangman enhances the health of a condemned man. - Author: Ilana Mercer
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#55. The ideal citizen of a tyrannical state is the man or woman who bows in silent obedience in exchange for the status of a well-cared-for herd animal. Thinking people become the tyrants worst enemies. - Author: Claire Wolfe
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#56. A tyrant does not remain in the world; But the curse on him abides forever! - Author: Bill Vaughan
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#57. Secrets, like tyrants, have influence that extends far beyond their own thrones. To silence their oppressive powers, they must be uncrowned. - Author: Ina Catrinescu
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#58. Conformities are called for much more eagerly today than yesterday ... skeptics, liberals, individuals with a taste for private life and their own inner standards of behavior, are objects of fear and derision and targets of persecution for either side ... in the great ideological wars of our time. - Author: Isaiah Berlin
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#59. WEAKNESSES, n.pl. Certain primal powers of Tyrant Woman wherewith she holds dominion over the male of her species, binding him to the service of her will and paralyzing his rebellious energies. - Author: Ambrose Bierce
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#60. The liberation of adulthood as we'd conceived it from below was a pipe-dream; with oppressors deposed we became our own tyrants. - Author: Lionel Shriver
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#61. We stand for the maintenance of private property ... We shall protect free enterprise as the most expedient, or rather the sole possible economic order. - Author: Adolf Hitler
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#62. History, which undertakes to record the transactions of the past, for the instruction of future ages, would ill deserve that honourable office if she condescended to plead the cause of tyrants, or to justify the maxims of persecution. - Author: Edward Gibbon
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#63. There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they may seem invincible. But in the end, they always fail. Think of it: always. - Author: Mahatma Gandhi
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#64. That is why our masters in Washington are so anxious to disarm us. They are not afraid of criminals. They are afraid of a populace which cannot be subdued by tyrants. - Author: Jeff Cooper
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#65. Laugh at tyrants and the tragedy they inflict. Such men welcome our tears as evidence of subservience, but our laughter condemns them to ignominy. - Author: Dean Koontz
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#66. Despots are elected and deposed.
Laws are passed and repealed.
Nations rise and fall.
Individual liberty is eternal. - Author: A.E. Samaan
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#67. The monster has escaped Elba!" "The tyrant has landed at Cannes!" "Bonaparte meets the troops." "Napoleon approaches Paris." "His Imperial Majesty has entered the capital. - Author: David Frum
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#68. Whilst so much is being done in the world, to ameliorate the condition of mankind, and the spirit of Freedom is marching with rapid strides and causing tyrants to tremble, may America awake from the apathy in which she has long slumbered. - Author: James Forten
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#69. It is lawful and hath been held so through all ages for any one who have the power to call to account a tyrant or wicked king, and after due conviction to depose and put him to death. - Author: John Milton
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#70. The women's movement is filled with tyrants, just as men's political movements are equally filled. - Author: Norman Mailer
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#71. Modern man no longer regards Nature as in any sense divine and feels perfectly free to behave toward her as an overweening conqueror and tyrant. - Author: Aldous Huxley
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#72. Aristotle warned that inequality brought instability, while Plato believed that demagogues exploited free speech to install themselves as tyrants. - Author: Timothy Snyder
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#73. Few governments in the world, for example, praise human rights more ardently than does the government of France, and few have a worse record of supporting tyrants and killers. - Author: Richard Perle
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#74. With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost. - Author: William Lloyd Garrison
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#75. Very few tyrants argued for the slavery of the masses. Instead, they argued for their right to protect the people from themselves. - Author: A.E. Samaan
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#76. Every master of slaves is born a petty tyrant. They bring the judgment of heaven on a Country. As nations can not be rewarded or punished in the next world they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes & effects providence punishes national sins, by national calamities. - Author: George Mason
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#77. If you are too weak to give yourselves your own law, then a tyrant shall lay his yoke upon you and say: "Obey! Clench your teeth and obey!" And all good and evil shall be drowned in obedience to him. - Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
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#78. War kills men, and men deplore the loss; but war also crushes bad principles and tyrants, and so saves societies. - Author: Charles Caleb Colton
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#79. Terrorism can be commendable, and it can be reprehensible. The terrorism we practice is of the commendable kind for it is directed at the tyrants and the aggressors and the enemies of Allah. - Author: Osama Bin Laden
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#80. The Socialists have found good the equality, and bad the inequality. Good the servants and bad the tyrants. I crossed the threshold of good and evil in order to live my life intensely. I live today and can not await tomorrow. The wait is of peoples and of humanity, so could not be my affair. - Author: Renzo Novatore
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#81. Power lies in reason, resolution, and truth. No matter how long the tyrant endures, he will be the loser at the end. - Author: Khalil
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#82. When it comes to tyrants, dictators and terrorists, strength and the threat of force is the only language they understand. - Author: Kevin McCarthy
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#83. The people must remain ever vigilant against tyrants masquerading as public servants. - Author: George Washington
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#84. If you want war, nourish a doctrine. Doctrines are the most frightful tyrants to which men ever are subject ... - Author: William Graham Sumner
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#85. No people to whom liberty is given can hold it as firmly and wear it as grandly as those who wrench their liberty from the iron hand of the tyrant. - Author: Frederick Douglass
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#86. ... books are a very recent means of expression in the broad sweep of history, capable of changing the world and toppling tyrants. - Author: Nina George
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#87. He realised how much he hated tyrants, the strong who stood on the weak. - Author: Jonathan Renshaw
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#88. The tyrant now Trusts not to men: nightly within his chamber The watch-dog guards his couch, the only friend He now dare trust. - Author: Joanna Baillie
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#89. I firmly believed we should not march into Baghdad ... To occupy Iraq would instantly shatter our coalition, turning the whole Arab
world against us and make a broken tyrant, into a latter-day Arab hero. - Author: George H. W. Bush
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#90. The end of despots is always odd?exhilarating to those who suffered their tyrannies, and to those who hold despotism in contempt, and anti-climatic at the same time, the discovery that these tyrants were petty, frightened men after all. - Author: Fouad Ajami
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#91. But whether the resistance against government tyrants is non-violent or physically violent, the effort to overthrow state oppression qualifies as true patriotism. - Author: Ron Paul
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#92. History immortalises both the names of the greats and the tyrants without making a distinction between them. - Author: Aziz Hamza
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#93. Saddam, as most tyrants, was a total control freak. He wanted total control of his regime. Total control of the country. And to introduce a wild card like Al Qaeda in any sense was just something he would not do. - Author: Bob Simon
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#94. There is no tyrant like custom, and no freedom where its edicts are not resisted. - Author: Christian Nestell Bovee
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#95. Degeneracy follows every autocratic system of violence, for violence inevitably attracts moral inferiors. Time has proven that illustrious tyrants are succeeded by scoundrels. - Author: Albert Einstein
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#96. Public opinion, - a tyrant, sitting in the dark, wrapt up in mystification and vague terrors of obscurity; deriving power no one knows from whom ... - but irresistible in its power to quell thought, to repress action, to silence conviction ... - Author: Harriet Martineau
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#97. Creon: Why not? You and the whole breed of seers are mad for money.
Tiresias: And the whole race of tyrants lusts for filthy gain. - Author: Sophocles
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#98. The idea which tyrants find most useful is the idea of God. - Author: Stendhal
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#99. Jealousy is a virtue of democracies which preserves them from tyrants. - Author: Anatole France
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#100. Neither can oath nor promise bind any such people to obey and maintain tyrants against God and against his truth known. - Author: John Knox
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