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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
  • "Death before tyranny," he says.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • We are living in a tyrannical state now, where we are not allowed to— Mae checked how many pages were left.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • Some conspiracy theorists thought the princess had survived and was still alive somewhere, waiting for the right time to reclaim her crown and end Levana’s rule of tyranny, but Cinder knew it was only desperation that fueled these rumors.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • The storm finally blew itself out sometime after 1 A.M., disappearing somewhere out at sea, its flashes of anger growing fainter and then finally disappearing altogether, off to bring meteorological tyranny to some other unseen place.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • But at least Arobynn had an excuse for being equal parts tyrannical and doting.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • And how soon would Hattie resume her tyranny over me?
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • "bursting the bonds of tyranny," and the like, may come across to this post-Freudian age as mawkish posturing, romantic sentimentalism, hollow platitudes.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Everything had conspired to push black Africa into every kind of tyranny.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River

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  • This was the constant, overwhelming reality of her father, a man who had exercised over his household, and especially Sophie, a tyrannical domination so inflexible yet so cunningly subtle that she was a grown woman, fully come of age, before she realized that she loathed him past all telling.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Overthrowing one corrupt government and instating some kind of factionless tyranny.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Just another ugly escaping the tyranny of beauty.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • Oh, God, the terrible tyranny of the majority.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • We have ended decades of tyranny.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Alas, that love, so gentle in his view, Should be so tyrannous and rough in proof!
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • Is it not crystal clear, then, comrades, that all the evils of this life of ours spring from the tyranny of human beings?
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Liesel only knew that Arthur Berg did not have a tyrannical bone in his body, whereas the new leader had hundreds of them.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • By comparison with that existing today, all the tyrannies of the past were half-hearted and inefficient.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Here they did not talk so much about the proletariat, but merely rebelled against the tyranny of reality and of the objective.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Her affection tired very soon, however, and when she grew peevish, Hindley became tyrannical.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • —For your sake, jewel, I am glad at soul I have no other child; For thy escape would teach me tyranny, To hang clogs on them.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • What was any tyranny of prison compared with the tyranny of the past, of the thing that had happened and could not be recalled, of the memory that could never be effaced!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • She had been with us ever since Jem was born, and I had felt her tyrannical presence as long as I could remember.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • And there is often a sense of transcendent claustrophobia, of a shortening horizon, and always a sense of struggle against the tyranny of circumstance—often depicted as a never named sinister male figure who looms.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • He brooded at length over what he perceived to be his father’s moral shortcomings, the hypocrisy of his parents’ lifestyle, the tyranny of their conditional love.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Poor tyrannical Rachel keeps trying to build a big-sister career upon a slim sixteen-month seniority, insisting that we respect her as our elder.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • I find that the moment I let myself make friends with a woman, I become selfish and tyrannical.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • It pleased me to domineer over her, and she generally submitted to my tyranny rather than risk a hand-to-hand encounter.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • We are breaking up the vicious tyranny of economic power.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Having conquered the violence of his feelings, he appeared to despise himself for being the slave of passion; and quelling the dark tyranny of despair, he led me again to converse concerning myself personally.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I want to help, but there is a tyranny involved .
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • As the great day approached, all the tyranny that was in him came to the surface; he seemed to take a vindictive pleasure in punishing the least shortcomings.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • History teaches us that tyranny has never endured.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • The lessons were not tender that he had learned of their tyranny and cruelty in the days of the Indian villages.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Abuses existed, I combated them; tyrannies existed, I destroyed them; rights and principles existed, I proclaimed and confessed them.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It is despotism; it is tyranny.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Nevertheless, as this young man was in the eye of the law not a man, but a thing, all these superior qualifications were subject to the control of a vulgar, narrow-minded, tyrannical master.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Ungrateful, cruel, coy, and fair, Was she that drove him to despair, And Love hath made her his ally For spreading wide his tyranny.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • It is a tyranny which neither our manners nor our laws permit.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Eragon had known Ajihad only a short while, but in that time he had come to respect him both as a person and for what he represented: freedom from tyranny.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • To the victims of its tyranny, there was the choice of death with its direst physical agonies, or death with its most hideous moral horrors.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • This guarded mode of existence was like living under a tyranny.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • We established this country in the first place with strong state governments just for that reason, to avoid a central tyranny-
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • But all the tyranny in the world will never put a God in the heavens!
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • All John Reed’s violent tyrannies, all his sisters’ proud indifference, all his mother’s aversion, all the servants’ partiality, turned up in my disturbed mind like a dark deposit in a turbid well.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • He did not resort to corporal punishment, but to all the petty, tyrannical ways that human ingenuity could devise.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • I have heard Your Grace hath ta’en great pains to qualify His rigorous course; but since he stands obdurate, And that no lawful means can carry me Out of his envy’s reach, I do oppose My patience to his fury, and am arm’d To suffer with a quietness of spirit The very tyranny and rage of his.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • And as it was tyranny in any government to require the first, so it was weakness not to enforce the second: for a man may be allowed to keep poisons in his closet, but not to vend them about for cordials.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
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