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1. "It is remarkable how easily children and grown-ups adapt to living in a dictatorship organised by lunatics."
Author: A. N. Wilson
2. "Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear."
Author: Alan Coren
3. "Is is true that dictators never dream because they can change their smallest fantasies into realities if they want to?"
Author: Alfred De Musset
4. "Morality is inseparable from freedom. Only free conduct is moral conduct. By negating freedom, and thus the possibility of choice, a dictatorship contains in its premises the negation of morality."
Author: Alija Izetbegovic
5. "Liars, hypocrites and mosquitoes destroyed more souls than all the dictators"
Author: Author Dr.Mohammed Abad Alrazak
6. "Volumes can be and have been written aboutthe issue of freedom versus dictatorship,but, in essence, it comes down to a single question:do you consider it moral to treat men as sacrificial animalsand to rule them by physical force?"
Author: Ayn Rand
7. "Dictatorships do cut down on rape, and pillage, not to mention sexual harassment, by the simple expedient of sending people to labour camps for life or cutting off their hands without a trial."
Author: Barbara Amiel
8. "If we try to engineer outcomes, if we overturn tradition to make everyone the same, we ruin society. If we upset tradition to allow for an equal shot at the starting gate, everyone wins, except for the charlatans and would be dictators."
Author: Ben Stein
9. "Withholding information is the essence of tyranny. Control of the flow of information is the tool of the dictatorship."
Author: Bruce Coville
10. "Please don't grow up to be one of those men who lie for the sport of it, and most men do. That's a fact. That's why the world is so messed up, Noah. That's why history books are full of so much heartache, and tragedy. Politicians, dictators, kings, phoney-baloney preachers-most of 'em are men, and most of 'em lie like rugs"
Author: Carl Hiaasen
11. "The Bible- banned, burned, beloved. More widely read, more frequently attacked than any other book in history. Generations of intellectuals have attempted to discredit it; dictators of every age have outlawed it and executed those who read it. Yet soldiers carry it into battle believing it is more powerful than their weapons. Fragments of it smuggled into solitary prison cells have transformed ruthless killers into gentle saints. Pieced together scraps of Scripture have converted whole whole villages of pagan Indians."
Author: Charles Colson
12. "Bosses are no more inevitable in state and local governments than dictators are in national governments. They will arise and prosper, nevertheless, if true believers of democracy - citizens devoted to the democratic ideals - do not constantly oppose them."
Author: Charles Edison
13. "The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish."
Author: Charlie Chaplin
14. "The little boats cannot make much difference to the welfare of Gaza either way, since the materials being shipped are in such negligible quantity. The chief significance of the enterprise is therefore symbolic. And the symbolism, when examined even cursorily, doesn't seem too adorable. The intended beneficiary of the stunt is a ruling group with close ties to two of the most retrograde dictatorships in the Middle East, each of which has recently been up to its elbows in the blood of its own civilians. The same group also manages to maintain warm relations with, or at the very least to make cordial remarks about, both Hezbollah and al-Qaida. Meanwhile, a document that was once accurately described as a 'warrant for genocide' forms part of the declared political platform of the aforesaid group. There is something about this that fails to pass a smell test."
Author: Christopher Hitchens
15. "It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship."
Author: Corazon Aquino
16. "Oh, once you've been initiated into the Elderly, the world doesn't want you back." Veronica settled herself in a rattan chair and adjusted her hat just so. "We—by whom I mean anyone over sixty—commit two offenses just by existing. One is Lack of Velocity. We drive too slowly, walk too slowly, talk too slowly. The world will do business with dictators, perverts, and drug barons of all stripes, but being slowed down it cannot abide. Our second offence is being Everyman's memento mori. The world can only get comfy in shiny-eyed denial if we are out of sight."
Author: David Mitchell
17. "If we want to protect people against dictators or repression or torture, don't you need that rule to be universal so as to not end up with a situation where we do so only when it is comfortable, profitable and safe?"
Author: Donald Tusk
18. "Escape from Freedom attempts to show, modern man still is anxious and tempted to surrender his freedom to dictators of all kinds, or to lose it by transforming himself into a small cog in the machine, well fed, and well clothed, yet not a free man but an automaton."
Author: Erich Fromm
19. "We have gone through everything as a nation - partition, dictatorship, and even anarchy."
Author: Fatos Nano
20. "In Spain, we should have enough intelligence, enough sense of individual and collective responsibility to do for ourselves that which would be imposed upon us by a dictatorship."
Author: Federica Montseny
21. "Getting rid of the dictator is only a first step in establishing a free society. The dictatorship must also be disassembled."
Author: George Ayittey
22. "If this were a dictatorship it would be a heck of a lot easier... as long as I'm the dictator. Hehehe."
Author: George W. Bush
23. "The technocrat is the natural friend of the dictator—computers and dictatorship; but the revolutionary lives in the gap which separates technical progress from social totality, and inscribed there his dream of permanent revolution. This dream, therefore, is itself action, reality, and an effective menace to all established order; it renders possible what it dreams about."
Author: Gilles Deleuze
24. "It has been claimed at times that our modern age of technology facilitates dictatorship."
Author: Henry A. Wallace
25. "Even socialist dictators have an interest in gorgeous supermodels."
Author: Hugo Chavez
26. "Dictatorship and authentic literature are incompatible... The writer is the natural enemy of dictatorship."
Author: Ismail Kadaré
27. "Democracies, unlike dictatorships, are forgiving and generous, but they cannot survive unless they fight."
Author: Jalal Talabani
28. "Important as economic unification is for the recovery of Germany and of Europe, the German people must recognize that the basic cause of their suffering and distress is the war which the Nazi dictatorship brought upon the world."
Author: James F. Byrnes
29. "The marks humans leave are too often scars. You build a hideous minimall or start a coup or try to become a rockstar and you think, "They'll remember me now," but (a) they don't remember you, and (b) all you leave behind are more scars. Your coup becomes a dictatorship. Your minimall becomes a lesion."
Author: John Green
30. "If you are in Brazil and you grew up in a right-wing dictatorship, you think Marxism is liberating. But if you grew up in Czechoslovakia, and the Soviet Union is controlling everything and killing people, then you think capitalism is liberating. Neither of those two things are true and it doesn't take a lot brains to understand this."
Author: Jose Padilha
31. "Being an author is always like being a well-run dictatorship - it's all one person speaking."
Author: Junot Diaz
32. "It's the principle of the thing, Jess . That's what you've got to understand. You have to stop people like that. Otherwise they turn into tyrants and dictators."
Author: Katherine Paterson
33. "Feelings are indicators, not dictators. They can indicate where your heart is in the moment, but that doesn't mean they have the right to dictate your behavior and boss you around. You are more than the sum total of your feelings and perfectly capable of that little gift . . . called self-control."
Author: Lysa TerKeurst
34. "Against the new leviathan, whether in the guise of universal suffrage, democracy, or of an equally fraudulent triumphant proletariat, he (Kierkegaard) pitted the individual human soul made in the image of a God who was concerned about the fate of every living creature. In contrast with the notion of salvation through power, he held out the hope of salvation through suffering. The Cross against the ballot box or clenched fist; the solitary pilgrim against the slogan-shouting mob; the crucified Christ against the demagogue-dictators promising a kingdom of heaven on earth, whether achieved through endlessly expanding wealth and material well-being, or through the ever greater concentration of power and its ever more ruthless exercise."
Author: Malcolm Muggeridge
35. "Muslims and Christians can work together to depose dictators and assert the power of the people. We've seen it happen on the Tahrir Square in Cairo during the 2011 revolution in Egypt, with devout Muslims and Coptic Christians protesting side by side."
Author: Miroslav Volf
36. "I know ours is a world made by men for men, their dictatorship is so ancient it even extends to language."
Author: Oriana Fallaci
37. "I've met quite a few dictators up close and personal in my life."
Author: Paul Wolfowitz
38. "Only that Swiss in the heart want still a king or at least a strong Upper House of Parliament. Swiss long themselves for less democracy and more dictatorship."
Author: Peter Bichsel
39. "It is the question that is also asked by modern political theory: Can politics accept truth as a structural category? Or must truth, as something unattainable, be relegated to the subjective sphere, its place taken by an attempt to build peace and justice using whatever instruments are available to power? By relying on truth, does not politics, in view of the impossibility of attaining consensus on truth, make itself a tool of particular traditions that in reality are merely forms of holding on to power?And yet, on the other hand, what happens when truth counts for nothing? What kind of justice is then possible? Must there not be common criteria that guarantee real justice for all—criteria that are independent of the arbitrariness of changing opinions and powerful lobbies? Is it not true that the great dictatorships were fed by the power of the ideological lie and that only truth was capable of bringing freedom?"
Author: Pope Benedict XVI
40. "I believe in benevolent dictatorship provided I am the dictator."
Author: Richard Branson
41. "Dictators must have enemies. They must have internal enemies to justify their secret police and external enemies to justify their military forces."
Author: Richard Perle
42. "Dictatorships start wars because they need external enemies to exert internal control over their own people."
Author: Richard Perle
43. "What was behind this smug presumption that what pleased you was bad or at least unimportant in comparison to other things? … Little children were trained not to do "just what they liked' but … but what? … Of course! What others liked. And which others? Parents, teachers, supervisors, policemen, judges, officials, kings, dictators. All authorities.When you are trained to despise "just what you like" then, of course, you become a much more obedient servant of others — a good slave. When you learn not to do "just what you like" then the System loves you."
Author: Robert M. Pirsig
44. "...the dictator is merely the tip of the whole festering boil of social pus from which dictators emerge; shoot one, and there'll be another one along in a minute."
Author: Terry Pratchett
45. "I have always dislike people who live by the motto "It's my way or the highway" We live in a free nation called America and not some freaking dictatorship!"
Author: Timothy Pina
46. "Anywhere, anytime ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is the same: freedom, not tyranny; democracy, not dictatorship; the rule of law, not the rule of the secret police."
Author: Tony Blair
47. "In a way, I have to have a dictatorship. I can't be told that I'm wrong. That conflicts with what I was saying earlier about listening. It isn't to do with receiving criticism and responding to other views, it's who has that last decision."
Author: Trevor Nunn
48. "When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right."
Author: Victor Hugo
49. "Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens."
Author: William Beveridge
50. "Propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship."
Author: William Blum

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