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

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

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

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

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, Healology

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

Charlie Higson
“Then there was David, lording it up at Buckingham Palace, thinking he was king of the shit heap. That guy was definitely nuts, like every dictator that had gone before him. Nero, Caligula, Henry the Eighth, Napoleon, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Margaret Thatcher, Colonel Gaddafi, that crazy North Korean bastard who was in Team America, Kim Jong whatever.”
Charlie Higson, The Sacrifice

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Countries who don’t have brave prosecutors and fearless judges will instead have plenty of thieves, many killers and even stupid dictators!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Mehmet Murat ildan
“The loyal dogs of a dictator are much more dangerous than the dictator himself because a dictator can bite you only through his supporters. Without his dogs, he is nothing! More’s the pity, the world history is full of such loyal biters!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

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

Mehmet Murat ildan
“If you follow the devil, your journey will end up in the hell! This is what happens to those who follow the dictators!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Louis L'Amour
“No man is a complete ruler or dictator. He is only the mouthpiece for the wishes of his followers. As long as he expresses those wishes, he leads them.”
Louis L'Amour

Rollo May
“Just as the poet is a menace to conformity, he is also a constant threat to political dictators. He is always on the verge of blowing up the assembly line of political power.”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create

Junot Díaz
“What is it with Dictators and Writers, anyway? Since before the infamous Caesar-Ovid war they've had beef. Like the Fantastic Four and Galactus, like the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, like the Teen Titans and Deathstroke, Foreman and Ali, Morrison and Crouch, Sammy and Sergio, they seemed destined to be eternally linked in the Halls of Battle. Rushdie claims that tyrants and scribblers are natural antagonists, but I think that's too simple; it lets writers off pretty easy. Dictators, in my opinion, just know competition when they see it. Same with writers. Like, after all, recognizes like.”
Junot Díaz

Jeffrey Tucker
“There is only a certain amount of wealth in the world, this thinking goes. Economics is a matter of acquiring and allocating, not creating. This was the view of the world’s smartest people, all top philosophers and not stupid people, for many thousands of years before the age of the enlightenment. It still is.”
Jeffrey Tucker

“We think of agents, traffickers and facilitators as the worst abusers of refugees, but when they set out to extort from their clients, when they cheat them or dispatch them to their deaths, they are only enacting an entrepreneurial version of the disdain which refugees suffer at the hands of far more powerful enemies – those who terrorise them and those who are determined to keep them at arm’s length. Human traffickers are simply vectors of the contempt which exists at the two poles of the asylum seeker’s journey; they take their cue from the attitudes of warlords and dictators, on the one hand, and, on the other, of wealthy states whose citizens have learned to think of generosity as a vice.

[from the London Review of Books Vol. 22 No. 3 · 3 February 2000]”
Jeremy Harding

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