Quotes: despotism

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  • Mary McCarthy
    Mary McCarthy
    American author 1912-1989
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    Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar Wilde
    Irish writer 1854-1900
    Oscar Wilde
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    Despotism is unjust to everybody, including the despot, who was probably made for better things.
  • Alexis de Tocqueville
    Alexis de Tocqueville
    French diplomat, political scientist, and historian 1805-1859
    Alexis de Tocqueville
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    Despotism may govern without faith, but liberty cannot. How is it possible that society should escape destruction if the moral tie is not strengthened in proportion as the political tie is relaxed? And what can be done with a people who are their own masters if they are not submissive to the Deity?
  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas Carlyle
    Scottish writer and historicus 1795-1881
    Thomas Carlyle
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    France was a long despotism tempered by epigrams.
  • Michel Foucault
    Michel Foucault
    French Essayist, Philosopher 1926-1984
    Michel Foucault
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    Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism.
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    French writer and philosopher (ps. of François Marie Arouet) 1694-1778
    Voltaire
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    If there were only one religion in England there would be danger of despotism, if there were two, they would cut each other's throats, but there are thirty, and they live in peace and happiness.
  • Joseph De Maistre
    Joseph De Maistre
    French diplomat and philosopher 1753-1821
    Joseph De Maistre
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    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.
  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham Lincoln
    American statesman 1809-1865
    Abraham Lincoln
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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.
  • Marquis de Sade
    Marquis de Sade
    French nobleman, revolutionary politician, philosopher, and writer 1740-1814
    Marquis de Sade
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    Religions are the cradles of despotism.
  • Walter Bagehot
    Walter Bagehot
    English economist 1826-1877
    Walter Bagehot
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    So long as war is the main business of nations, temporary despotism - despotism during the campaign - is indispensable.
  • John Stuart Mill
    John Stuart Mill
    English economist 1806-1873
    John Stuart Mill
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    The despotism of custom is everywhere the standing hindrance to human advancement.
  • Angelina Grimké
    Angelina Grimké
    American activists and female advocates of abolition and women's rights 1805-1879
    Angelina Grimké
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    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.
  • Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
    German philosopher 1770-1831
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
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    The East knew and to the present day knows only that One is Free; the Greek and the Roman world, that some are free; the German World knows that All are free. The first political form therefore which we observe in History, is Despotism, the second Democracy and Aristocracy, the third, Monarchy.
  • Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas Jefferson
    American statesman 1743-1826
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    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.
  • Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas Jefferson
    American statesman 1743-1826
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    Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
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