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Quotes to Remember - On Tyranny

There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice. – Montesquieu

The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant. – Maximilien Robespierre

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil;  in its worst state, an intolerable one.”  – Thomas Paine

There are three things in the world that deserve no mercy, hypocrisy, fraud, and tyranny. – Frederick William Robertson

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. – Edmund Burke

I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. – Thomas Jefferson

The hope and change the Democrats had in mind was nothing more than a retread of the failed and discredited socialist policies that have been the enemy of freedom for centuries all over the world. I fear America is teetering towards tyranny. – Jim DeMint

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 Black

Anywhere, anytime ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is the same: freedom, not tyranny; democracy, not dictatorship; the rule of law, not the rule of the secret police. – Tony Blair

I add to Tony Blair’s quote: “. . . nor the rule of secret courts and tribunals.” – Charles Van Buren

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny. – Thomas Jefferson

No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny. – Hannah Arendt

When you look at the history of governments and their actions against democracy and fundamental freedoms, you must distinguish their “cause” from the individual proponant.  The individuals participating in them may appear to be the nicest people one can imagine. – Charles Van Buren

Political corruption is but one more form of tyanny. – Charles Van Buren

The price of Liberty is eternal vigilance. – Thomas Jefferson

The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt. – John Philpot Curran

The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers – Princess Leia (Star Wars IV – A New Hope).

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day. – Thomas Jefferson

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

The framers hated the tyranny of King George, but they were also afraid of the mob. That’s why they put so many checks and balances into our system, to guard against the excesses of a government that might be inflamed by public passion or perverted by a dictator’s whim. – David Ignatius

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. – C. S. Lewis

To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is cruelty. – Maximilien de Robespierre