Tyranny Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old tyranny quotes, tyranny sayings, and tyranny proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Tyranny is the political corollary of socialism, as representative government is the political corollary of the market economy.     

Ludwig Von Mises

When enough people understand reality, tyrants can literally be ignored out of existence. They can't ever be voted out of existence.     

Larken Rose

All tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but once the fraud is exposed they must rely exclusively on force.     

George Orwell

The tyranny of relativism is the spiritual poverty of our time.     

Pope Francis

Modern toleration is really a tyranny. It is a tyranny because it is a silence.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Tyranny is to compel men not to think as they do, to compel men to express thoughts that are not their own.     

Milovan ?ilas

Every tyrant who has lived has believed in freedom for himself.     

Elbert Hubbard

Tyranny, it must be remembered, does not arrive all at once it arrives in instalments, and it must be fought off in instalments.     

Rex van Schalkwyk

The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.      

Edmund Burke

Tyranny is abhorrent, freedom benefits all, whereas violence benefits no one for long.     

Mark Kingwell

The essence of tyranny is not iron law. It is capricious law.     

Christopher Hitchens

Tyranny anywhere is a threat to freedom everywhere.     

Alex Storozynski

No tyrant need fear till men begin to feel confident in each other.     


All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.     

Edmund Burke

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.     

James Madison

Tyranny is increasingly unsustainable in this post-cold-war era. It is doomed to failure. But it must be prodded to exit the stage with a whimper - not the bang that extremists long for.     

Eskinder Nega

There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.     

Charles de Montesquieu

Tyranny is the exercise of some power over a man, which is not warranted by law, or necessary for the public safety. A people can never be deprived of their liberties, while they retain in their own hands, a power sufficient to any other power in the state.     

Noah Webster

Tyrants are seldom free; the cares and the instruments of their tyranny enslave them.     

George Santayana

Political tyranny is nothing compared to the social tyranny and a reformer who defies society is a more courageous man than a politician who defies Government.     

B. R. Ambedkar

Tyranny or slavery, born of selfishness, are the two educational methods of parents; all gradations of tyranny or slavery.     

Franz Kafka

Tyranny is yielding to the lust of the governing.     

Lord Moulton

Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them.     


A tyrant can make anything seem to be ‘the will of the people.     

Claudia Gray

A tyrant is but like a king upon a stage, a man in a vizor, and acting the part of a king in a play: he is not really a king.     

John Milton

Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.     

Thomas Jefferson

Tyranny is like the electric wiring in an old house. A tyrant dies, the new tyrant takes possession, and all he has to do is drop the switch.     

John Le Carre

A good deal of tyranny goes by the name of protection.     

Crystal Eastman

There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.     

Charles de Secondat

Tyranny Absolves all faith; and who invades our rights, However his own commence, can never be But an usurper.     

Henry Brooke