Autocracy Quotes

Quotes tagged as "autocracy" (showing 1-15 of 15)
Simon Sebag Montefiore
“Power is always personal: any study of a Western democratic leader today reveals that, even in a transparent system with its short periods in office, personalities shape administrations. Democratic leaders often rule through trusted retainers instead of official ministers. In any court, power is as fluid as human personality.”
Simon Sebag Montefiore, The Romanovs: 1613-1918

Abraham Kuyper
“No man has the right to rule over another man, otherwise such a right necessarily, and immediately becomes the right of the strongest. As the tiger in the jungle rules over the defenceless antelope, so on the banks of the Nile a Pharaoh ruled over the progenitors of the fellaheen of Egypt. Nor can a group of men, by contract, from their own right, compel you to obey a fellow-man. What binding force is there for me in the allegation that ages ago one of my progenitors made a ‘Contrat Social,’ with other men of that time? As man I stand free and bold, over against the most powerful of my fellow-men. I do not speak of the family, for here organic, natural ties rule; but in the sphere of the State I do not yield or bow down to anyone, who is man, as I am.”
Abraham Kuyper, Lectures on Calvinism

Frank Herbert
“Liberty and Freedom are complex concepts. They go back to religious ideas of Free Will and are related to the Ruler Mystique implicit in absolute monarchs. Without absolute monarchs patterned after the Old Gods and ruling by the grace of a belief in religious indulgence, Liberty and Freedom would never have gained their present meaning. These ideals owe their very existence to past examples of oppression. And the forces that maintain such ideas will erode unless renewed by dramatic teaching or new oppressions. This is the most basic key to my life.”
Frank Herbert, Heretics of Dune

Orlando Figes
“In the mind of the ordinary peasant the Tsar was not just a kingly ruler but a god on earth. He thought of him as a father-figure who knew all the peasants personally by name, understood their problems in all their minute details, and, if it were not for the evil boyars who surrounded him, would satisfy their demands. Hence the peasant tradition of sending direct appeals to the Tsar.”
Orlando Figes, A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924

Robert Graves
“On occasions of this sort it was, I must admit, very pleasurable to be a monarch: to be able to get important things done by smothering stupid opposition with a single authoritative word.”
Robert Graves, Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina

Amit Kalantri
“In a democracy, there will be more complaints but less crisis, in a dictatorship more silence but much more suffering.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Simon Sebag Montefiore
“Who is fit to be elected?' asked Napoleon. 'A Caesar, an Alexander only comes along once a century, so that election must be a matter of chance.”
Simon Sebag Montefiore, The Romanovs: 1613-1918

Orlando Figes
“The only way, they argued, to prevent a revolution was to rule Russia with an iron hand. This meant defending the autocratic principle, the unchecked powers of the police, the hegemony of the nobility, and the moral domination of the Church, against the liberal and secular challenges of the urban-industrialize order.”
Orlando Figes, A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924

Orlando Figes
“To the less privileged it was this arbitrariness that made the regime's power feel so oppressive. There were no clear principles or regulations which enabled the individual to challenge authority or the state.”
Orlando Figes, A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924

“If the situation demanded autocracy, I gave it autocracy.”
Verghese Kurien, I Too Had a Dream

Jessica Shattuck
“He is against politics in general and longs for the restitution of the monarchy. They have seen nothing but rioting and inflation in the five years since Wilhelm II abdicated. And Ania knows not to mention the Communists. Her father has not recovered from the shock of their brief takeover of Bavaria, which, for a few weeks in 1919, became the Bavarian Soviet Republic. If he begins on the subject, no one will hear of anything else for days. For Doktor Fortzmann all was better under the kaiser.”
Jessica Shattuck, The Women in the Castle

Terry Goodkind
“Free people were not ruled. Freedom had first to be valued before its existence could be demanded.”
Terry Goodkind, Faith of the Fallen

Israelmore Ayivor
“Democracy; Everyone's opinion is required! Autocracy; Someone's opinion is the best! Christocracy; What Christ said is FINAL!”
Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes

“তুমি চুলগুলো বেঁধে ফেলো,
যদি আমার হও, চুলগুলো বেঁধে ফেলো।
তোমার একটি চুল- আমার একটি কবিতা।”
Shobuj Taposh, Shobuj Taposh

Theodore Dalrymple
“É da natureza dos regimes plebiscitários que sejam realizados plebiscitos até a população acertar a resposta que o líder ou a elite bem-pensante tem por correta; nesse caso, nenhum plebiscito ulterior se faz necessário – ao menos acerca do mesmo tema.”
Theodore Dalrymple, Anything Goes