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DESPOTISM
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[ Also see Democracy Despots Dictatorship Empire Masters Minority Oppression Republic Slavery Tyranny ]

It is odd to consider the connection between despotism and barbarity, and how the making one person more than man makes the rest less.
      - Joseph Addison

Beauty is the greatest of human powers. Any power without counterbalance or control becomes autocratic and leads to abuse and to folly. Despotism in a government is insanity; in woman, fantasy.
      - Honore de Balzac

Despots govern by terror. They know that he who fears God fears nothing else; and therefore they eradicate from the mind, through their Voltaire, their Helvetius, and the rest of that infamous gang, that only sort of fear which generates true courage.
      - Edmund Burke

Many of the greatest tyrants on the records of history have begun their reigns in the fairest manner. But the truth is, this unnatural power corrupts both the heart and the understanding.
      - Edmund Burke

Despotism can no more exist in a nation until the liberty of the press be destroyed than the night can happen before the sun is set.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Despotism and freedom of the press cannot exist together.
      - Leon Michel Gambetta

It is difficult for power to avoid despotism. The possessors of rude health; the individualities cut out by a few strokes, solid for the very reason that they are all of a piece; the complete characters whose fibers have never been strained by a doubt; the minds that no questions disturb and no aspirations put out of breath--these, the strong, are also the tyrants.
      - Madame Gasparin

Their poverty secured their freedom, since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism.
      - Edward Gibbon

Despotism is the only form of government which may with safety to itself, neglect the education of its infant poor.
      - Samuel Horsley

Fear must rule in a despotism.
      - Louis Kossuth

Despotism sits nowhere so secure as under the effigy and ensigns of freedom.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Despotism is often the effort of nature to cure herself from a worse disease.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith")

Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called.
      - John Stuart Mill

Then shall they seek to avail themselves of names,
  Places and titles, and with these to join
    Secular pow'r though feigning still to act
      By spiritual, to themselves appropriating
        The spirit of God, promis'd alike and given
          To all believers; and from that pretence,
            Spiritual laws by carnal pow'r shall force
              On every conscience; laws which none shall find
                Left them enroll'd, or what the spirit within
                  Shall on the heart engrave.
      - John Milton

In times of anarchy one may seem a despot in order to be a saviour.
      - Marquis de Mirabeau, Victor de Riquetti

As virtue is necessary in a republic, and honor in a monarchy, fear is what is required in a despotism. As for virtue, it is not at all necessary, and honor would be dangerous there.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

Honor is unknown in despotic states.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

When the savages of Louisiana wish to have fruit, they cut the tree at the bottom and gather the fruit. That is exactly a despotic government.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.
      - Thomas Paine

Travelers describe a tree in the island of Java whose pestiferous exhalations blight every tiny blade of grass within the compass of its shade. So it is with despotism.
      - Giovanni Ruffini

I will believe in the right of one man to govern a nation despotically when I find a man born into the world with boots and spurs, and a nation born with saddles on their backs.
      - Algernon Sidney (Sydney)

The more complete the despotism, the more smoothly all things move on the surface.
      - Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Arbitrary power is but the first natural step from anarchy, or the savage life.
      - Jonathan Swift

A despot has always some good moments.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

There is something among men more capable of shaking despotic power than lightning, whirlwind, or earthquake; that is, the threatened indignation of the whole civilized world.
      - Daniel Webster


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