Tyrant Quotes

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Søren Kierkegaard
“The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.”
Soren Kierkegaard, The Journals of Kierkegaard

Charles Darwin
“...Whilst on board the Beagle I was quite orthodox, and I remember being heartily laughed at by several of the officers... for quoting the Bible as an unanswerable authority on some point of morality... But I had gradually come by this time, i.e., 1836 to 1839, to see that the Old Testament from its manifestly false history of the world, with the Tower of Babel, the rainbow at sign, &c., &c., and from its attributing to God the feelings of a revengeful tyrant, was no more to be trusted than the sacred books of the Hindoos, or the beliefs of any barbarian.

...By further reflecting that the clearest evidence would be requisite to make any sane man believe in the miracles by which Christianity is supported, (and that the more we know of the fixed laws of nature the more incredible do miracles become), that the men at that time were ignorant and credulous to a degree almost uncomprehensible by us, that the Gospels cannot be proved to have been written simultaneously with the events, that they differ in many important details, far too important, as it seemed to me, to be admitted as the usual inaccuracies of eyewitnesses; by such reflections as these, which I give not as having the least novelty or value, but as they influenced me, I gradually came to disbelieve in Christianity as a divine revelation. The fact that many false religions have spread over large portions of the earth like wild-fire had some weight with me. Beautiful as is the morality of the New Testament, it can be hardly denied that its perfection depends in part on the interpretation which we now put on metaphors and allegories.

But I was very unwilling to give up my belief... Thus disbelief crept over me at a very slow rate, but was at last complete. The rate was so slow that I felt no distress, and have never since doubted even for a single second that my conclusion was correct. I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother and almost all of my friends, will be everlastingly punished.

And this is a damnable doctrine.”
Charles Darwin, The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809–82

Plato
“This and no other is the root from
which a tyrant springs; when he
first appears he is a protector.”
Plato

Aristotle
“It is also in the interests of the tyrant to make his subjects poor... the people are so occupied with their daily tasks that they have no time for plotting.”
Aristotle

Terry Pratchett
“We can't just drop everything, sir!"
"Mister Lipwig. Is there something in the word 'tyrant' you do not understand?”
Terry Pratchett, Raising Steam

“for PEOPLE to rule themselves in a REPUBLIC , they must have virtue;for a TYRANT to rule in a TYRANNY ,he must use FEAR.”
William J Federer, Change to Chains-The 6,000 Year Quest for Control -Volume I-Rise of the Republic

Dan   Barker
“You can cite a hundred references to show that the biblical God is a bloodthirsty tyrant, but if they can dig up two or three verses that say 'God is love,' they will claim that you are taking things out of context!”
Dan Barker, Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist

Laura Kreitzer
“To have reservations is to show true leadership. To have certainty without question, to lead people to battle with no qualms, or to prosecute without hesitation are qualities of a tyrant.”
Laura Kreitzer, Abyss

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Wherever you see a wall, demolish it to broaden the horizons of the world! Wherever you see a tyrant, take him down to increase the light of the world!”
Mehmet Murat ildan
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Aeschylus
“A tyrant's trust dishonors those who earn it.”
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound

Tamuna Tsertsvadze
“Where dwelt fear, there could be no shred of freedom.”
Tamuna Tsertsvadze, Galaxy Pirates

Tamuna Tsertsvadze
“No ruler can ever get far with only militaristic power. The easiest way to conquer is to crush people’s faith and convert them to your own ideology, often portraying it as heroic. I am an ambitious man – I am not just a casual pirate to steal only people’s riches. I am an emperor – I shall steal people’s hearts, hopes, and faith so that they will eventually have no one but me to turn to. If you put yourself in the role of a saviour, people are sure to follow you, just like a pack of lambs always follows a mighty shepherd.”
Tamuna Tsertsvadze, Galaxy Pirates

“The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.”
Fredrick Douglas

Tamuna Tsertsvadze
“The god who decides for himself whose life should end and whose life should begin, who decides on his own whether be born a woman or a man, who gives children to the families of the poor or the rich without ever asking the newborn’s opinion, who twists the humans’ minds and yet never desires to reveal the single truth only he knows, who caused humans five world wars and let aliens take over them, who allowed death and misfortune and only granted miracles to chosen few – this true non-heathen god whom you spoke of, be he not a bloody tyrant playing with your lives on his whims?”
Tamuna Tsertsvadze, Galaxy Pirates

Tamuna Tsertsvadze
“To be honest, we have learned by our many experiences with gods both heathen and non-heathen, that if personified, they bear only problems. There’s a single step for an angel to become a demon.”
Tamuna Tsertsvadze, Galaxy Pirates

Joseph Campbell
“The inflated ego of the tyrant is a curse to himself and his world – no matter how his affairs may prosper. Self-terrorized, fear-haunted, alert at every hand to meet and battle back the anticipated aggressions of his environment, which are primarily the reflections of the uncontrollable impulses to acquisition within himself. The giant of self-achieved independence is the world’s messenger of disaster, even though, in his mind, he may entertain himself with humane intentions.”
Joseph Campbell, The Hero With a Thousand Faces

مصطفى أمين
“إننا نرفض المستبد العادل، لأن أي مستبد في الدنيا لا يمكن أن يكون عادلاً، فالإستبداد هو أحد معاني الظلم والطغيان الجبروت”
مصطفى أمين, أفكار ممنوعة

Criss Jami
“But the Egotist is stuck somewhere between his hidden triad of pride, fear, and insecurity; he is forever fighting to prove himself, instigating battles the Humbleman has unwittingly conquered, already sealed some time ago. Yes, the day he finally accepts face-to-face such an irony as humility - the irony that humility is indeed the mother of giants, that great men, having life so large, as needed, can afford to appear small - the world will then know peace.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Emily Brontë
“You forget you have a master here,'' says the tyrant. ''I'll demolish the first who puts me out of temper! I insist on perfect sobriety and silence. Oh, boy! was that you? Frances, darling, pull his hair as you go by; I heard him snap his fingers.''
'Frances pulled his hair heartily;”
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

مصطفى أمين
“كل حاكم مستبد ادعى أنه يعطل الحريات ليغني الناس، ولم يحدث مرة واحدة أن إغتنى شعب في ظل طغيان أو إرتفع مستوى الناس في عهد ديكتاتوري”
مصطفى أمين, أفكار ممنوعة

“Guns are useless against a tyrannical government with tanks and drones.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, American Fascism: A German Writer's Urgent Warning To America

“Grand designs in war are a thing of vanity. Victory goes to the general that blunders the least.”
– Theodosius the Unconquered, Tyrant of Helike”
ErraticErrata, So You Want to Be a Villain?

Theodore Dalrymple
“The way to a tyrant's heart is through a doctorate”
Theodore Dalrymple, Monrovia Mon Amour: Travels in Liberia

“They think I’m the villain “
“U had your reasons to do what u did”
That doesnt justify it still I’m turning to whom I fought not to be the most I’m turning into a goddamn monster a tyrant”
Raneem yacoub throne of deception

“An empty throne is a dangerous one but a throne in the wrong persons hands is a destructive one so I prefer and empty one rather than having a tyrant”
Raneem yacoub throne of deception

Arnold Hauser
“In fact, the age of the Tyrants is the scene of a religious renaissance which on all sides throws up new ecstatic confessions of faith, new secret cults and new sects; but at first these develop underground and do not as yet reach the light of art. Thus we no longer find art being commissioned and stimulated by religion, but, on the contrary, we find in this period religious zeal being inspired by the increased skill of the artist.”
Arnold Hauser, The Social History of Art, Volume 1: From Prehistoric Times to the Middle Ages

Arnold Hauser
“Like the usurpers in the Italian Renaissance, they seek to gloss over the illegitimacy of their rô1e by offering tangible advantages and making a fine show; that explains their economic liberalism and their patronage of the arts. They employ art not merely as a means to fame and a propaganda instrument but also as an opiate to soothe the opposition. The fact that their art policy is often accompanied by a true love and understanding of art does not affect its social basis. The courts of the Tyrants are the most important cultural centres of the age and its greatest repositories of artistic production [...] Yet in spite of this activity at the courts, the art of the age of the Tyrants is not entirely a product of the court; the rationalistic and individualistic spirit of the age hindered the development of that solemn pageantry and those conventional forms which are characteristic of a court style. The only features in this art that we can ascribe to the court are its joy in the senses, its refined intellectuality, and its somewhat artificial elegance of expression—all features to be found in the older Ionian tradition but developed to a still higher degree at the courts of the Tyrants.”
Arnold Hauser, The Social History of Art, Volume 1: From Prehistoric Times to the Middle Ages

Arnold Hauser
“The Tyrants who, at the end of the seventh century, had everywhere gained control, first in the leading Ionian states and then on the mainland, signify a decisive victory for individualism over the ideology of kinship. In this respect, as in others, they form the bridge to democracy, many of whose conquests they anticipate, for all their own undemocratic character.”
Arnold Hauser, The Social History of Art, Volume 1: From Prehistoric Times to the Middle Ages

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The worst thing some people have ever done is save some people’s lives.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Emily Brontë
“He tears down my handiwork, boxes my ears, and croaks: ' ''T' maister nobbut just buried, and Sabbath nut oe'red, und t' sahnd uh't gospel still i' yer lugs, and yah darr be laiking! shame on ye! sit ye dahn, ill childer! they's good books enough if ye'll read 'em; sit ye dahn, and think uh yer sowls!”
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

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