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Quotes of the Day for 3 July 2004 – Tyranny

Tomorrow is Independence Day in the US. For today's theme, I wondered what comes before Independence? Tyranny, at least such is the perspective of the revolutionary. Today's quotes relate to tyranny and tyrants.

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The quotes:

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.
     - Aristotle, 384 - 322 BC

The multitude which is not brought to act as a unity, is confusion. That unity which has not its origin in the multitude is tyranny.
     - Blaise Pascal, 1623 - 1662

Tyrants are seldom free; the cares and the instruments of their tyranny enslave them.
     - George Santayana, 1863 - 1921

It is far easier to act under conditions of tyranny than to think.
     - Hannah Arendt, 1906 - 1975

The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.
     - James Madison, 1751 - 1836

When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it: always.
     - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 1869 - 1948


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