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1. "Autocratic governments are masters of self-contradiction. They say one thing, do another."
Author: Alastair Reynolds
2. "An autocratic system of coercion, in my opinion soon degenerates. For force always attract men of low morality."
Author: Albert Einstein
3. "I actually bought the argument that if we democratized Iraq, we could create a space for venting some of the stuff that's going on in the Middle East in these autocratic regimes that is expressing itself through jihadism, because it has nowhere else to express itself."
Author: Andrew Sullivan
4. "The checks and balances is a way to prevent government from either devolving into an autocratic tyranny or an autocratic mob mentality."
Author: Beau Willimon
5. "Democracy is essentially a means, a utilitarian device for safeguarding internal peace and individual freedom. As such it is by no means infallible or certain. Nor must we forget that there has often been much more cultural and spiritual freedom under an autocratic rule than under some democracies and it is at least conceivable that under the government of a very homogeneous and doctrinaire majority democratic government might be as oppressive as the worst dictatorship."
Author: Friedrich Hayek
6. "There is a sweetness in being the sole source, the autocratic and irresponsible cause of the greatest joy and profoundest pain to another."
Author: Ivan Turgenev
7. "Look, I don't think President Obama would have bowed to the ruler of Saudi Arabia if he didn't have oil to the degree that the Saudis do. I think they and other producing states, almost all of whom, except Norway and Canada, are dictatorships or autocratic systems, have thrown their weight around because of oil."
Author: James Woolsey
8. "It has always astonished me, Georgy Daniilovich, that those who are most repulsed by autocratic or dictatorial rule are among the first to eliminate their enemies once they take on the mantle of power themselves."
Author: John Boyne
9. "Our mass movement will shatter this communal, fascist and autocratic center."
Author: Lalu Prasad Yadav
10. "I played a lot of leaders, autocratic sorts; perhaps it was my Canadian accent."
Author: Leslie Nielsen
11. "In Europe, it appears that in the name of democracy, elites are pursuing an autocratic, centralized power, seeking economic control and social regimentation."
Author: Maggie Gallagher
12. "But this woman was all mother. A stern one, perhaps, and autocratic at times, and somewhat hard--but after all and in spite of all, intensely maternal. She did not look to large, far issues, nor did she know how to deal with subtleties and potentialityies; her business, from first to last, was the old elemental business of bearing and rearing. The sod, the hearth, the young that she had brought into the world, those were the trusts committed to her, and according to her best lights she was faithful to them."
Author: Nancy Byrd Turner
13. "Companies used to be able to function with autocratic bosses. We don't live in that world anymore."
Author: Rosabeth Moss Kanter
14. "Pnin slowly walked under solemn pines. The sky was dying. He did not believe in an autocratic God. He did believe, dimly, in a democracy of ghosts. The souls of the dead, perhaps, formed committees, and these, in continuous session, attended the destinies of the quick."
Author: Vladimir Nabokov

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As my father always used to tell me, 'You see, son, there's always someone in the world worse off than you.' And I always used to think, 'So?"
Author: Bill Bryson

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