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The Winter's Tale
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  • Nay, rather, good my lords, be second to me: Fear you his tyrannous passion more, alas, Than the queen’s life? a gracious innocent soul, More free than he is jealous.
  • I’ll not call you tyrant But this most cruel usage of your queen,— Not able to produce more accusation Than your own weak-hing’d fancy,—something savours Of tyranny, and will ignoble make you, Yea, scandalous to the world.
  • Let us be clear’d Of being tyrannous, since we so openly Proceed in justice; which shall have due course, Even to the guilt or the purgation.
  • But thus,—if powers divine Behold our human actions,—as they do,— I doubt not, then, but innocence shall make False accusation blush, and tyranny Tremble at patience.
  • Thy tyranny Together working with thy jealousies,— Fancies too weak for boys, too green and idle For girls of nine,—O, think what they have done, And then run mad indeed,—stark mad! for all Thy by-gone fooleries were but spices of it.

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  • Boundless intemperance
    In nature is a tyranny; it hath been
    The untimely emptying of the happy throne,
    And fall of many kings.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence

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