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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
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.
Saddam Hussein is a homicidal dictator who is addicted to weapons of mass destruction.
George W. Bush
Every dictator is an enemy of freedom, an opponent of law.
I believe in benevolent dictatorship provided I am the dictator.
Every anarchist is a baffled dictator.
I'm not a dictator. It's just that I have a grumpy face.
The Queen is the ultimate dictator.
Steven Patrick Morrissey
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.
You can't become a dictator through checks and balances.
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.
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.
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
Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media.
We got rid of a terrible dictator. We gave the Iraqi people an opportunity for a new life under a representative form of government.
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.
If you stand on a soapbox and trade rhetoric with a dictator you never win.
Cromwell is just as much of a bloody dictator as was Stalin.
We have a war dictator who was not elected, he snuck in. so he punishes people that threaten him in any way, or even say something he doesn't like. It has no resemblance to democracy.
Some even claim that I'm a terror, a dictator and they're right.
After the death of the sadistic dictator Gen. Sanni Abacha in 1998, Nigeria underwent a one-year transitional military administration headed by Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, who uncharacteristically bowed out precisely on the promised date for military disengagement. Did the military truly disengage, however? No.
Sometimes it's better to have a benign dictator than a dumb democracy, to be honest.
But I don't really see myself as a role model. I'm not a dictator, or someone who wants to be adored!
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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