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In every tyrant's heart there springs in the end this poison, that he cannot trust a friend.
Tyrants seldom die
Of a dry death: it waiteth at their gate,
Drest in the colour of their robes of state.
A king ruleth as he ought, a tyrant as he lists, a king to the profit of all, a tyrant only to please a few.
No tyrant need fear till men begin to feel confident in each other.
The tyrant now
Trusts not to men: nightly within his chamber
The watch-dog guards his couch, the only friend
He now dare trust.
- Joanna Baillie, Ethwald (pt. II, act V)
The tyrant should take heed to what he doth,
Since every victim-carrion turns to use,
And drives a chariot, like a god made wroth,
Against each piled injustice.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The civil authority, or that part of it which remained faithful to their trust and true to the ends of the covenant, did, in answer to their consciences, turn out a tyrant, in a way which the Christians in aftertimes will mention with honor, and all tyrants in the world look at with fear.
- Thomas Carlyle,
in "Dictionary of National Biography," vol. XIII, in C.H. Firth's Cromwell article
Is there no tyrant but the crowned one?
[Fr., N'est-on jamais tyran qu'avec un diademe?]
- Andre Marie de Chenier, Caius Gracchus
Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains that can fetter the mind.
- Charles Caleb Colton
Tyrant, step from the throne, and give place to thy master.
[Fr., Tyran, descends du trone et fais place a ton maitre.]
- Pierre Corneille, Heraclius (I, 2)
Tremble, ye tyrants, for ye can not die.
[Fr., Tremblez, tyrans, vous etes immortels.]
- Abbe Jacques Delille (Jaques Delisle),
L'Immortalite de l'Ame
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.
- Frederick Douglass
There is nothing more hostile to a city that a tyrant, under whom in the first and chiefest place, there are not laws in common, but one man, keeping the law himself to himself, has the sway, and this is no longer equal.
- Euripides, Suppliants (429),
(Oxford translation revised by Buckley)
Tyrants commonly cut off the stairs by which they climb up unto their thrones * * * for fear that, if they still be left standing, others will get up the same way.
- Thomas Fuller (1)
'Twixt kings and tyrants there's this difference known:
Kings seek their subjects' good, tyrants their owne.
- Robert Herrick, Kings and Tyrants
Men are still men. The despot's wickedness
Comes of ill teaching, and of power's excess,--
Comes of the purple he from childhood wears,
Slaves would be tyrants if the chance were theirs.
- Victor Hugo, The Vanished City
Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.
- Thomas Jefferson,
found among his papers after his death
What is more cruel than a tyrant's ear?
[Lat., Quid violentius aure tyranni?]
- Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
The most insupportable of tyrants exclaim against the exercise of arbitrary power.
- Sir Roger L'Estrange
A wicked tyrant is better than a wicked war.
- Martin Luther
Love reigns a very tyrant in my heart.
- Thomas Otway
None but tyrants have any business to be afraid.
[Fr., Fr., Il n'appartient, qu'aux tyrans d'etre toujours en crainte.]
- Hardouin de Perefixe,
attributed to Henry IV
Still when the lust of tyrant power succeeds, some Athens perishes, or some Tully bleeds.
- Alexander Pope
Tyrants are seldom free; the cares and the instruments of their tyranny enslave them.
- George Santayana
He that by harshness of nature rules his family with an iron hand is as truly a tyrant as he who misgoverns a nation.
- Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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