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It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own.
A new breeze is blowing, and a world refreshed by freedom seems reborn; for in man's heart, if not in fact, the day of the dictator is over. The totalitarian era is passing, its old ideas blown away like leaves from an ancient, lifeless tree.
George H. W. Bush
No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever.
J. Michael Straczynski
Leapfrog innovation - consistent, constant, ridiculous leapfrog innovation - only happens within a dictatorship. Any time you try to do something really innovative, most people aren't going to understand it until after they experience it. So when you're developing in innovation, you have to be a dictator.
Dictators, unlike Democrats, depend on a small coterie to sustain their power. These backers, generally drawn from the military, the senior civil service, and family or clan members, have a synergistic relationship with their dictator. The dictator delivers opportunities for them to become rich, and they protect him from being overthrown.
Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
I believe in benevolent dictatorship provided I am the dictator.
I'm not a dictator. It's just that I have a grumpy face.
I don't have any formula for ousting a dictator or building democracy. All I can suggest is to forget about yourself and just think of your people. It's always the people who make things happen.
Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media.
Being made to feel like an irrelevant child was probably an asset. Benign negligence is not a bad parental attitude or at least a cross between a benevolent dictator and benign negligence - you should just let kids crack on with it.
Every anarchist is a baffled dictator.
Every dictator is an enemy of freedom, an opponent of law.
You can't become a dictator through checks and balances.
My father was criticized as a dictator, but that should not overshadow his accomplishments in restructuring the country. He brought Korea out of 5,000 years of poverty. What he left unaccomplished was democratization of the system.
The Queen is the ultimate dictator.
Steven Patrick Morrissey
Sometimes it's better to have a benign dictator than a dumb democracy, to be honest.
We got rid of a terrible dictator. We gave the Iraqi people an opportunity for a new life under a representative form of government.
The uprising in Egypt was initiated by the young generation. The uprising achieved two things. One is it made the lives of dictators impossible. Today, if you are looking for a safe job, don't become a dictator.
If you stand on a soapbox and trade rhetoric with a dictator you never win.
Sometimes you have compulsions that you can't control coming from the subconscious... they are the dictator inside ourselves.
The only peace that can be made with a dictator is once that must be based on deterrence. For today, the dictator may be your friend, but tomorrow he will need you as an enemy.
Saddam Hussein is a homicidal dictator who is addicted to weapons of mass destruction.
George W. Bush
Romania, which had the worst dictator in Eastern Europe, Ceausescu, he was a darling of the West. The United States and Britain loved him. He was supported until the last minute.
Obama is telling the insurance companies, as a dictator would, what they can and can't do or what they must or must not do.
Obama might think of himself as one, but he is not a dictator. We are not a banana republic yet. This is not an authoritarian form of government. This is a constitutional republic, and the president doesn't allow or disallow. The president can't buy or purchase.
Cromwell is just as much of a bloody dictator as was Stalin.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leonardo da Vinci
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