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Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.
We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.
The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it.
Democracy passes into despotism.
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.
The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.
Despotism is a long crime.
Equality, rightly understood as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences; wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.
Small natures require despotism to exercise their sinews, as great souls thirst for equality to give play to their heart.
Honore de Balzac
Despotism can only exist in darkness, and there are too many lights now in the political firmament to permit it to remain anywhere, as it has heretofore done, almost everywhere.
Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.
John Stuart Mill
The despotism of custom is everywhere the standing hindrance to human advancement.
John Stuart Mill
Religions are the cradles of despotism.
Marquis de Sade
Their poverty secured their freedom, since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism.
Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism.
Whatever government is not a government of laws, is a despotism, let it be called what it may.
Is not liberty the destruction of all despotism - including, of course, legal despotism?
So long as war is the main business of nations, temporary despotism - despotism during the campaign - is indispensable.
Any government, that is its own judge of, and determines authoritatively for the people, what are its own powers over the people, is an absolute government of course. It has all the powers that it chooses to exercise. There is no other or at least no more accurate definition of a despotism than this.
Man is insatiable for power; he is infantile in his desires and, always discontented with what he has, loves only what he has not. People complain of the despotism of princes; they ought to complain of the despotism of man.
Joseph de Maistre
Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.
The revolutionary government is the despotism of liberty against tyranny.
Despotism isn't nearly as bad as it's cracked up to be.
The doctrine of blind obedience and unqualified submission to any human power, whether civil or ecclesiastical, is the doctrine of despotism, and ought to have no place among Republicans and Christians.
The more complete the despotism, the more smoothly all things move on the surface.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
The chains of military despotism, once fastened upon a nation, ages might pass away before they could be shaken off.
William Henry Harrison
Universal suffrage is the only guarantee against despotism.
May Wright Sewall
To add to our misery and despair, a bloated aristocracy has sent to China - the greatest and oldest despotism in the world - for a cheap working slave.
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