„Oppression and tyranny are the worse companions for the Hereafter.“

—  Ali, book Nahj al-Balagha

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cousin and son-in-law of the Islamic prophet Muhammad 601 - 661

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„The tyranny of Mrs. Grundy is worse than any other tyranny we suffer under.“

—  Herbert Spencer English philosopher, biologist, sociologist, and prominent classical liberal political theorist 1820 - 1903

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„Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression.“

—  Malcolm X American human rights activist 1925 - 1965

Source: Malcolm X Speaks (1965), p. 158

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„Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.“

—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826

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„It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority. For there is a reserve of latent power in the masses which, if it is called into play, the minority can seldom resist.“

—  John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton British politician and historian 1834 - 1902

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Context: It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority. For there is a reserve of latent power in the masses which, if it is called into play, the minority can seldom resist. But from the absolute will of an entire people there is no appeal, no redemption, no refuge but treason.

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„A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.“

—  James Madison 4th president of the United States (1809 to 1817) 1751 - 1836

Speech, Constitutional Convention (29 June 1787), from Max Farrand's Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, Vol. I http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llfr&fileName=001/llfr001.db&recNum=494&itemLink=D?hlaw:5:./temp/~ammem_kmli::%230010495&linkText=1 (1911), p. 465
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Context: In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.

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„The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells, is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in this world by habitually fashioning our characters in the wrong way.“

—  William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910

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„The human mind loves the bondage of words and is apt, when freed from one form of their tyranny, to set up another more oppressive than the last.“

—  L. P. Jacks British educator, philosopher, and Unitarian minister 1860 - 1955

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Context: The human mind loves the bondage of words and is apt, when freed from one form of their tyranny, to set up another more oppressive than the last.
The highest function of philosophy is to enforce the attitude of meditation and therewithal restrain the excessive volubility of the tongue. To us it seems that the reflective thinker wins his greatest victories when by what he says he compels us to recognise the relative insignificance of anything he can say. His task is not to capture Reality, but to free it from captivity.

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—  Peter Kropotkin Russian zoologist, evolutionary theorist, philosopher, scientist, revolutionary, economist, activist, geographer, writer 1842 - 1921

Speech (26 September 1891); as quoted in Peter Kropotkin : From Prince to Rebel (1990) by George Woodcock and Ivan Avakumovic, p. 269

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