Death is softer by far than tyranny.
When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.
Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.
Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.
We read poetry because the poets, like ourselves, have been haunted by the inescapable tyranny of time and death; have suffered the pain of loss, and the more wearing, continuous pain of frustration and failure; and have had moods of unlooked-for release and peace. They have known and watched in themselves and others.
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.
'Theocracy' has always been the synonym for a bleak and narrow, if not a fierce and blood-stained tyranny.
I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.
If you don't understand that you work for your mislabeled 'subordinates,' then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny.
The terrorist attacks of September 11th and the courageous actions of our armed forces in Afghanistan and Iraq remind us that friends of tyranny and enemies of freedom still exist.
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny.
Any ideal system is its own worst enemy, and as soon as you start to implement these visions of grandeur, they just fall apart and turn into a complete tyranny.
In most of history, societies have not been free. It's a very rare society that is free. The default condition of human societies is tyranny.
There are historic situations in which refusal to defend the inheritance of a civilization, however imperfect, against tyranny and aggression may result in consequences even worse than war.
Every man may reign secure in his petty tyranny, and spread terror and desolation around him, until the trump of the Archangel shall excite different emotions in his soul.
Taxation without representation is tyranny.
I can remember when Democrats believed that it was the duty of America to fight for freedom over tyranny.
It is the American vice, the democratic disease which expresses its tyranny by reducing everything unique to the level of the herd.
Tyranny is always better organized than freedom.
Let's win the peace and democracy the good people of Iraq so richly deserve after decades of tyranny.
The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.
There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.