„The revolutionary government is the despotism of liberty against tyranny.“

—  Georg Büchner, Act I.
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„The government in a revolution is the despotism of liberty against tyranny.“

—  Maximilien Robespierre French revolutionary lawyer and politician 1758 - 1794
Original French: Le gouvernement de la révolution est le despotisme de la liberté contre la tyrannie. Speech to the National Convention http://www.royet.org/nea1789-1794/archives/discours/robespierre_principes_morale_politique_05_02_94.htm (5 February 1794)

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„Despotism may govern without faith, but liberty cannot.“

—  Alexis De Tocqueville French political thinker and historian 1805 - 1859
Context: 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? Chapter XVII.

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„When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.“

—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826
Variant: Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty. First attributed to Jefferson in 1945, this does not appear in any known Jefferson document. When governments fear the people, there is liberty... http://wiki.monticello.org/mediawiki/index.php/When_governments_fear_the_people,_there_is_liberty...(Quotation), Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia. It first appears in 1914, in

„Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.“

—  John Basil Barnhill
Indictment of Socialism (#3) http://debs.indstate.edu/b262b3_1914.pdf, transcript of Barnhill-Tichenor Debate on Socialism (1914) This quote is often erroneously attributed to Thomas Jefferson

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„We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.“

—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826
Letter to Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette (2 April 1790)

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„The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.“

—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826
According to the Jefferson Library, this is among the many statements misattributed to Jefferson. http://wiki.monticello.org/mediawiki/index.php/Category:Spurious_Quotations

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„An elective despotism was not the government we fought for“

—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826
Context: All the powers of government, legislative, executive, and judiciary, result to the legislative body. The concentrating these in the same hands is precisely the definition of despotic government. It will be no alleviation that these powers will be exercised by a plurality of hands, and not by a single one. [... ] As little will it avail us that they are chosen by ourselves. An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one which should not only be founded on free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among several bodies of magistracy, as that no one could transcend their legal limits, without being effectually checked and restrained by others. Query XIII

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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
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. 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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„Tyranny and despotism can be exercised by many, more rigorously, more vigorously, and more severely, than by one.“

—  Andrew Johnson American politician, 17th president of the United States (in office from 1865 to 1869) 1808 - 1875
Context: Your President is now the Tribune of the people, and, thank God, I am, and intend to assert the power which the people have placed in me... Tyranny and despotism can be exercised by many, more rigorously, more vigorously, and more severely, than by one. As quoted in Presidential Government in the United States: The Unwritten Constitution (1947) by Caleb Perry Patterson. <!-- p. 122 -->

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„Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.“

—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826
Letter to his Italian friend, Philip Mazzei (1796)

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