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A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.
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I came into the world charged with the duty to uphold the right in every place, to destroy sin and evil... the only reason I took birth was to see that righteousness may flourish, that good may live, and tyrants be torn out by their roots.
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Allah guards the justice loving government, even if it is the government of non-Muslims, and destroys the tyrant government, even if it is the government of Muslims.
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If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine. - Che Guevara Quotes
If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine.
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Though liberty is established by law, we must be vigilant, for liberty to enslave us is always present under that very liberty. Our Constitution speaks of the "general welfare of the people." Under that phrase all sorts of excesses can be employed by lusting tyrants to make us bondsmen.
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There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.
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An evil exists that threatens every man, woman, and child of this great nation. We must take steps to ensure our domestic security and protect our homeland.
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It is in the interest of tyrants to reduce the people to ignorance and vice. For they cannot live in any country where virtue and knowledge prevail.
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Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system. - Dorothy Day Quotes
Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system.
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Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one's thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down. They know its power. Thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers, founded in injustice and wrong, are sure to tremble, if men are allowed to reason... Equally clear is the right to hear. To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.
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The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.
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But we know that freedom cannot be served by the devices of the tyrant. As it is an ancient truth that freedom cannot be legislated into existence, so it is no less obvious that freedom cannot be censored into existence. And any who act as if freedoms defenses are to be found in suppression and suspicion and fear confess a doctrine that is alien to America.
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A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.
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Crisis is the rallying cry of the tyrant. - James Madison Quotes
Crisis is the rallying cry of the tyrant.
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Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one's thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down.
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Verily, the index finger that testifies to the oneness of Allah Azzawajal in prayer, utterly rejects to write even an alphabet, endorsing the rule of the tyrant
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That is why our masters in Washington are so anxious to disarm us. They are not afraid of criminals. They are afraid of a populace which cannot be subdued by tyrants.
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Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal. - Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
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Every single empire in its official discourse has said that it is not like all the others, that its circumstances are special, that it has a mission to enlighten, civilize, bring order and democracy, and that it uses force only as a last resort. And, sadder still, there always is a chorus of willing intellectuals to say calming words about benign or altruistic empires.
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Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought. To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool. To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen. To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies. To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery.
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An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. - Plutarch Quotes
An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.
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The victor will never be asked if he told the truth. - Adolf Hitler Quotes
The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.
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Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.
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This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
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With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.
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Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants. - William Penn Quotes
Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants.
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The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.
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Man is not by nature a tyrant, but becomes a tyrant by power conferred on him. - Lucretia Mott Quotes
Man is not by nature a tyrant, but becomes a tyrant by power conferred on him.
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We have made the Reich by propaganda - Joseph Goebbels Quotes
We have made the Reich by propaganda
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A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. - Marcus Tullius Cicero Quotes
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.
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You may talk of the tyranny of Nero and Tiberius; but the real tyranny is the tyranny of your next-door neighbor.
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Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God. - Benjamin Franklin Quotes
Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.
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Why independence? If the slaves of today will be the tyrants of tomorrow. - Jose Rizal Quotes
Why independence? If the slaves of today will be the tyrants of tomorrow.
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The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion […] but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact; non-Westerners never do.
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A tyrant institutionalises stupidity, but he is the first servant of his own system and the first to be installed within it.
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How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words! - Samuel Adams Quotes
How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!
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The Past is dead, and has no resurrection; but the Future is endowed with such a life, that it lives to us even in anticipation. The Past is, in many things, the foe of mankind; the Future is, in all things, our friend. In the Past is no hope; The Future is both hope and fruition. The Past is the text-book of tyrants; the Future is the Bible of the Free. Those who are solely governed by the Past stand like Lot's wife, crystallized in the act of looking backward, and forever incapable of looking before.
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Some have said that it is not the business of private men to meddle with government--a bold and dishonest saying, which is fit to come from no mouth but that of a tyrant or a slave. To say that private men have nothing to do with government is to say that private men have nothing to do with their own happiness or misery; that people ought not to concern themselves whether they be naked or clothed, fed or starved, deceived or instructed, protected or destroyed.
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Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms. - Aristotle Quotes
Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.
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It is indeed probable that more harm and misery have been caused by men determined to use coercion to stamp out a moral evil than by men intent on doing evil.
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I can never acknowledge the right of slavery. I will bow down to no deity however worshipped by professing Christians - however dignified by the name of the Goddess of Liberty, whose footstool is the crushed necks of the groaning millions, and who rejoices in the resoundings of the tyrant's lash, and the cries of his tortured victims.
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Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. - Frederick Douglass Quotes
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
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I can never forget that one of the most gifted, best educated nations in the world, of its own free will, surrendered its fate into the hands of a maniac.
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The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance. - Thomas Paine Quotes
The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.
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Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
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Public Opinion, this invisible, intangible, omnipresent, despotic tyrant; this thousand-headed Hydra - the more dangerous for being composed of individual mediocrities...
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Herein lies a riddle: How can a people so gifted by God become so seduced by naked power, so greedy for money, so addicted to violence, so slavish before mediocre and treacherous leadership, so paranoid, deluded, lunatic?
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. . . in America, we have achieved the Orwellian prediction - enslaved, the people have been programmed to love their bondage and are left to clutch only mirage-like images of freedom, its fables and fictions. The new slaves are linked together by vast electronic chains of television that imprison not their bodies but their minds. Their desires are programmed, their tastes manipulated, their values set for them.
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The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means. - Georges Bernanos Quotes
The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means.
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One must never compromise with tyrants. One can only strike at kings through the head. Nothing can be expected from European kings except by force of arms. I vote for the death of the tyrant.
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In this, our age of infamy Man's choice is but to be A tyrant, traitor, prisoner: No other choice has he.
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History has a long-range perspective. It ultimately passes stern judgment on tyrants and vindicates those who fought, suffered, were imprisoned, and died for human freedom, against political oppression and economic slavery.
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Nor is the guilt entirely with the warmongers, plutocrats and demagogues. If people permit exploitation and regimentation in any name, they deserve their slavery. A tyrant does not make his tyranny possible. It is made by the people and not otherwise.
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Neither can oath nor promise bind any such people to obey and maintain tyrants against God and against his truth known.
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A modern democracy is a tyranny whose borders are undefined; one discovers how far one can go only by traveling in a straight line until one is stopped.
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The poor ego has a still harder time of it; it has to serve three harsh masters, and it has to do its best to reconcile the claims and demands of all three...The three tyrants are the external world, the superego, and the id.
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A new fascism promises security from the terror of crime. All that is required is that we take away the criminals' rights - which, of course, are our own. Out of our desperation and fear we begin to feel a sense of security from the new totalitarian state.
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One of the ordinary modes, by which tyrants accomplish their purposes without resistance, is, by disarming the people, and making it an offense to keep arms.
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If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television - can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.
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There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven. - Robert Green Ingersoll Quotes
There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven.
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Democracy is a kingless regime infested by many kings who are sometimes more exclusive, tyrannical and destructive than one, even if he be a tyrant.
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Every master of slaves is born a petty tyrant. They bring the judgment of heaven on a Country. As nations can not be rewarded or punished in the next world they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes & effects providence punishes national sins, by national calamities.
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The tyrant custom, most grave senators, Hath made the flinty and steel couch of war My thrice-driven bed of down.
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I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.
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The virtue of female slaves is wholly at the mercy of irresponsible tyrants, and women are bought and sold in our slave markets, to gratify the brutal lust of those who bear the name of Christians.
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Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants.
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Formerly, when a king died at Versailles the reign of his successor was immediately announced by the cry: "The king is dead, long live the king", in order to make it understood that despotism is immortal! Now an entire people, moved by a sublime instinct, cried: Long live the Republic! to teach the universe that tyranny died with the tyrant.
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Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity, or even a duty. - Simone Weil Quotes
Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity, or even a duty.
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The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it. - John Hay Quotes
The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.
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Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them. There is almost no kind of outrage-torture, imprisonment without trial, assassination, the bombing of civilians-which does not change its moral color when it is committed by 'our' side. The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.
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Technically, the city of Ankh-Morpork is a Tyranny, which is not always the same thing as a monarchy, and in fact even the post of Tyrant has been somewhat redefined by the incumbent, Lord Vetinari, as the only form of democracy that works. Everyone is entitled to vote, unless disqualified by reason of age or not being Lord Vetinari.
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From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step. - Denis Diderot Quotes
From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.
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If thou wouldst rule well, thou must rule for God, and to do that, thou must be ruled by him. Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.
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Our teachers were absolute tyrants. They had no sympathy with youth; their one object was to stuff our brains and turn us into erudite apes like themselves. If any pupil showed the slightest trace of originality, they persecuted him relentlessly, and the only model pupils whom I have ever got to know have all been failures in after-life.
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It is no coincidence that the growth of modern tyrants has in every case been heralded by the growth of prejudice.
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But you can't kill me, Lord Tyrant. I represent that one thing you've never been able to kill, no matter how hard you try. I am hope.
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Whilst so much is being done in the world, to ameliorate the condition of mankind, and the spirit of Freedom is marching with rapid strides and causing tyrants to tremble, may America awake from the apathy in which she has long slumbered.
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The universal methodology of the tyrant is always incrementalism. - Derek R. Audette Quotes
The universal methodology of the tyrant is always incrementalism.
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The power of the state is measured by the power that men surrender to it. - Felix Morley Quotes
The power of the state is measured by the power that men surrender to it.
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The most horrible thing is not a government that stages public executions, but a government that secretly disposes of its victims.
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