Masculine republics give way to feminine democracies, and feminine democracies give way to tyranny.
What is common to many is least taken care of, for all men have greater regard for what is their own than what they possess in common with others.
It is the greatest inequality to try to make unequal things equal.
Another mark of a tyrant is that he likes foreigners better than citizens, and lives with them and invites them to his table; for the one are enemies, but the Others enter into no rivalry with him.
Democracy arose from men thinking that if they are equal in any respect they are equal in all respects.
Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.
If the majority distributes among itself the things of a minority, it is evident that it will destroy the city.