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Quotes About Dictators

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Victor Hugo
“This light of history is pitiless; it has a strange and divine quality that, luminous as it is, and precisely because it is luminous, often casts a shadow just where we saw a radiance; out of the same man it makes two different phantoms, and the one attacks and punishes the other, the darkness of the despot struggles with the splendor of the captain. Hence a truer measure in the final judgment of the nations. Babylon violated diminishes Alexander; Rome enslaved diminishes Caesar; massacred Jerusalem diminishes Titus. Tyranny follows the tyrant. Woe to the man who leaves behind a shadow that bears his form.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Alberto Manguel
“As centuries of dictators have known, an illiterate crowd is the easiest to rule; since the craft of reading cannot be untaught once it has been acquired, the second-best recourse is to limit its scope.”
Alberto Manguel, A History of Reading

Alfred de Musset
“Is is true that dictators never dream because they can change their smallest fantasies into realities if they want to?”
Alfred de Musset, Lorenzaccio

Aysha Taryam
“The lesson we are indebted to Egypt for, our future generations learned that in the face of oppression silence is never golden.”
Aysha Taryam, The Opposite of Indifference: A Collection of Commentaries

P.G. Wodehouse
“You can't be a successful dictator and design women's underwear. One or the other. Not both.”
P.G. Wodehouse

Terry Pratchett
“...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.”
Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies

Bill Maher
“Kadafi is a zombie in a pillbox hat, that's what he is!”
Bill Maher

Gene Sharp
“Whatever promises offered by dictators in any negotiated settlement, no one should ever forget that the dictators may promise anything to secure submission from their democratic opponents, and then brazenly violate those same agreements.”
Gene Sharp, From Dictatorship to Democracy

Gene Sharp
“Further, democratic negotiators, or foreign negotiation specialists accepted to assist in the negotiations, may in a single stroke provide the dictators with the domestic and international legitimacy that they had been previously denied because of their seizure of the state, human rights violations, and brutalities. Without that desperately needed legitimacy, the dictators cannot continue to rule indefinitely.”
Gene Sharp, From Dictatorship to Democracy

Andrew   Crofts
“Diplomats and politicians, blowing with the wind. No substance, no beliefs, no real friendships.”
Andrew Crofts, Secrets of the Italian Gardener

B.H. Liddell Hart
“The principle of compulsory service, embodied in the system of conscription, lias been the means by which modem dictators and military gangs have shackled their people after a coup d'état, and bound them to their own aggressive purposes. In view of the great service that conscription has rendered to tyranny and war, it is fundamentally shortsighted for any liberty-loving and peace-desiring peoples to maintain it as an imagined safeguard, lest they become the victims of the monster they have helped to preserve.”
B.H. Liddell Hart, The Revolution in Warfare

Criss Jami
“Where everyone wants to be a leader, it makes one a follower to want to be a leader, and a leader to know what to follow.”
Criss Jami

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