The fanatic is incorruptible: if he kills for an idea, he can just as well get himself killed for one; in either case, tyrant or martyr, he is a monster.
In my travels, which have been wider than ever man yet accomplished, I have seen many, many wild beasts of Arabia and India; but this beast, that is commonly called a Tyrant, I know not how many heads it has, nor if it be crooked of claw, and armed with horrible fangs.
In a republic, that paradise of debility, the politician is a petty tyrant who obeys the laws.
Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it has deposed.
A woman who gives any advantage to a man may expect a lover but will sooner or later find a tyrant.
The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.
In order to have the stuff of a tyrant, a certain mental derangement is necessary.
The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.
A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.