Despotism Quotes by Honore de Balzac, Oscar Wilde, Calvin Coolidge, Alexis de Tocqueville, Edward Dahlberg, Baron de Montesquieu and many others.
The worst of all States is the democratic State.
The ‘survival of the fittest‘ is beneficently inevitable; the capitalist is powerless against labor, unless the State . . . steps in, and helps him catch and fleece his victims. The old plea of despotism, that liberty is unsafe, reappears now in the mistaken notion that competition is hostile to labor.
Democracy has two excesses to avoid: the spirit of inequality, which leads to an aristocracy, or to the government of a single individual; and the spirit of extreme equality, which conducts it to despotism, as the despotism of a single individual finishes by conquest.
No despotism is so formidable as that of a religion or a scientific system.
The despotism of custom is everywhere the standing hindrance to human advancement.
If the objects who serve us feel ecstacy, they are much more often concerned with themselves than with us, and our own enjoyment is consequently impaired. The idea of seeing another person experience the same pleasure reduces one to a kind of equality which spoils the unutterable charms that come from despotism.
Whatever crushes individuality is despotism.
We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.
There is no history worthy attention save that of free nations; the history of nations under the sway of despotism is no more than a collection of anecdotes.
Every State is a despotism, be the despot one or many.
The market is sovereign and in the magic economy of the small entrepreneur there is no authoritarian center… in the political sphere… the equilibrium of powers prevails, and hence there is no chance of despotism.
The complete emancipation of women from the ties which held them back in the past, during the ages of despotism and ignorance, is a basic aim of the Party and the Revolution. Women make up one half of society. Our society will remain backward and in chains unless its women are liberated, enlightened and educated.
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.
Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but it is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it. The one is the pope, armed with fire and fagot, and the other is the pope selling or granting indulgences.
We are now forming a republican government. Real liberty is never found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
The doctrine of blind obedience and unqualified submission to any human power, whether civil or ecclesiastical, is the doctrine of despotism.
Oligopoly is an imperfect monopoly. Like the despotism of the Dual Monarchy, it is saved only by its incompetence.
Each man has an equal social right to multiply his power of motion by all the social factors of civilization. Private property in any of these factors is inconsistent with this fundamental right; it must, obviously, prove a source of economic despotism and industrial slavery.
Despotism is a legitimate mode of government in dealing with barbarians, provided the end be their improvement.
The revolutionary government is the despotism of liberty against tyranny
Man is about the same, in the main, whether with despotism, or whether with freedom.
Fear must rule in a despotism.
Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
War lives on despotism and is not waged with God’s love.
Military despotism represses generous sentiments, priestly tyranny stifles them.
After many unhappy experiments in the direction of an ideal Republic, it was found that what may be described as a Despotism tempered by Dynamite provides, on the whole, the most satisfactory description of ruler – an autocrat who dares not abuse his autocratic power.
The foremost or indeed sole condition required in order to succeed in centralizing the supreme power in a democratic community is to love equality or to get men to believe you love it. Thus, the science of despotism, which was once so complex, has been simplified and reduced, as it were, to a single principle.
Democracy passes into despotism.
Wherever despotism abounds, the sources of public information are the first to be brought under its control.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
To begin with unlimited freedom is to end with unlimited despotism.
Despotism accomplishes great things illegally; liberty doesn’t even go to the trouble of accomplishing small things legally.
Government is frequently and aptly classed under two descriptions-a government of force, and a government of laws; the first is the definition of despotism-the last, of liberty.
It seems that the inevitable fate of man is never attain complete freedom: princes everywhere tend to despotism and the people to servitude.
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
Democracy is necessarily despotism, as it establishes an executive power contrary to the general will; all being able to decide against one whose opinion may differ, the will of all is therefore not that of all: which is contradictory and opposite to liberty.
Of the people, by the people, for the people.
If Despotism failed only for want of a capable benevolent despot, what chance has Democracy, which requires a whole population of capable voters.
Despotism is a long crime.
I do not want history to record me as someone who has bequeathed to his nation the institution of despotism.
Resolved … that it would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights: that confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism – free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence.
Toleration is not the opposite of intolerance, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, the other of granting it.
We should not underestimate that: the Chinese people’s ignorance. Thousands of years of despotism had been such a poison that their understanding of modern politics is even inferior to that of the black slaves and other immigrants.
Freemasonry teaches not merely temperance, fortitude, prudence, justice, brotherly love, relief, and truth, but liberty, equality, and fraternity, and it denounces ignorance, superstition, bigotry, lust tyranny and despotism.
In matters editorial, I am a believer in totalitarian despotism. Most writers are lazy, difficult, selfish, thoughtless, and unreliable.
Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.
Creativity doesn’t flourish in an atmosphere of despotism, coercion and fear.
Despotism subjects a nation to one tyrant; democracy, to many.