A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.
The tyrant grinds down his slaves and they don't turn against him, they crush those beneath them.
When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
In every tyrant's heart there springs in the end this poison, that he cannot trust a friend.
It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.
Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility; for it thinks all things lawful for itself, and all things possible.
The interpretation of our reality through patterns not our own, serves only to make us ever more unknown, ever less free, ever more solitary.
When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
I don't get high, but sometimes I wish I did. That way, when I messed up in life I would have an excuse. But right now there's no rehab for stupidity.
Clever tyrants are never punished.
The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.
And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.
Excessive dealings with tyrants are not good for the security of free states.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
I write scripts to serve as skeletons awaiting the flesh and sinew of images.
The sovereign is called a tyrant who knows no laws but his caprice.
A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.
The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.
There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.
Then I despair... I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it always.
I think what's going on in Guantanamo Bay and other places is a disgrace to the U. S. A. I wouldn't say it's the cause of terrorism, but it has given impetus and excuses to potential terrorists to lash out at our country and justify their despicable acts.
Naturally, it is a terrible, despicable crime when, as in Munich, people are taken hostage, people are killed. But probing the motives of those responsible and showing that they are also individuals with families and have their own story does not excuse what they did.
To the wicked, everything serves as pretext.