An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Death is softer by far than tyranny.


Aeschylus (525-456 BC, Greek dramatist)


In every tyrant's heart there springs in the end this poison, that he cannot trust a friend.


Aeschylus (525-456 BC, Greek dramatist)


Tyrants seldom want pretexts.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


Tyranny and anarchy are never far apart.


Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832, British philosopher, jurist, political theorist)


The most insupportable of tyrannies is that of inferiors.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


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


The tyrant grinds down his slaves and they don't turn against him, they crush those beneath them.


Emily Bronte (1818-1848, British novelist, poet)


Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


If we must have a tyrant, let him at least be a gentleman who has been bred to the business.  And let us fall by the axe and not by the butcher's cleaver.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


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


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, the Caesars and Napoleons will arise to make them miserable.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


No government power can be abused long. Mankind will not bear it. There is a remedy in human nature against tyranny, that will keep us safe under every form of government.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


A police state finds that it cannot command the grain to grow.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


Tyranny is yielding to the lust of the governing.


Lord Moulton


Tyranny is always better organized than freedom.


Charles Peguy (1873-1914, French poet, philosopher)


The people always have some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness. This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


Like Cato, give his little senate laws, and sit attentive to his own applause.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


Rulers, who neither see, nor feel, nor know, but leech-like to their fainting country cling, till they drop, blind in blood, without a blow, -- a people starved and stabbed in the untilled field...


Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, British poet)


Human beings cling to their delicious tyrannies and to their exquisite nonsense, till death stares them in the face.


Sydney Smith (1771-1845, British writer, clergyman)


There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance.


Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)


The worst form of tyranny the world has ever known the tyranny of the weak over the strong. It is the only tyranny that lasts.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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