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TYRANNY
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And many an old man's sigh, and many a widow's,
  And many an orphan's water-standing eye--
    Men for their sons', wives for their husbands' fate,
      And orphans for their parents' timeless death,--
        Shall rue the hour that ever thou wast born.
      - William Shakespeare

Hardness ever of hardness is mother.
      - William Shakespeare

He hath no friends but what are friends for fear;
  Which, in his dearest need, will fly from him.
      - William Shakespeare

Bleed, bleed, poor Country!
  Great tyranny, lay thou thy basis sure,
    For goodness dare not check thee; wear thou thy wrongs,
      The title is affeered!
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macduff at IV, iii)

'Tis time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Pericles Prince of Tyre
         (Pericles at I,ii)

For what is he they follow? Truly, gentlemen,
  A bloody tyrant and a homicide;
    One raised in blood and one in blood established;
      One that made means to come by what he hath,
        And slaughtered those that were the means to help him;
          A base foul stone, made precious by the foil
            Of England's chair, where he is falsely set;
              One that hath ever been God's enemy.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Richmond at V, iii)

Of all the tyrants that the world affords, our own affections are the fiercest lords.
      - John Sterling

It would have been as though he [President Andrew Johnson] were in a boat of stone with masts of steel, sails of lead, ropes of iron, the devil at the helm, the wrath of God for a breeze, and hell for his destination.
      - Emery Alexander Storrs,
        in a speech in Chicago about 1865 or 1866 when Johnson threatened to imitate Cromwell and with troops force Congress to adjourn, as reported in the Chicago Tribune

When the will of man is raised above law it is always tyranny and despotism, whether it is the will of a bashaw or of bastard patriots.
      - Noah Webster

Any appeasement of tyranny is treason to this republic and to the democratic ideal.
      - William Allen White

You can make a throne of bayonets, but you can't sit on it for long.
      - Boris Yeltsin

The lust of dominion innovates so imperceptibly that we become complete despots before our wanton abuse of power is perceived; the tyranny first exercised in the nursery is exhibited in various shapes and degrees in every stage of our existence.
      - Johann Georg von Zimmermann


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