34+ Best Dictator Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Dictator Quotes

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty. – Plato

The revolution is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters. – Fidel Castro

Within a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day. Fear of imprisonment, fear of torture, fear of death, fear of losing friends, family, property or means of livelihood, fear of poverty, fear of isolation, fear of failure. A most insidious form of fear is that which masquerades as common sense or even wisdom, condemning as foolish, reckless, insignificant or futile the small, daily acts of courage which help to preserve man’s self-respect and inherent human dignity. It is not easy for a people conditioned by fear under the iron rule of the principle that might is right to free themselves from the enervating miasma of fear. Yet even under the most crushing state machinery courage rises up again and again, for fear is not the natural state of civilized man. – Aung San Suu Kyi

Dictators can fix up their entire families in good jobs, in or around government, and often do. In democracies, such a practice is frowned upon. Privileged access to the corridors of power through family connections and a kind of old boys’ network, is also deemed an abuse of power, and so it is. – Jimmy Reid

If I were a dictator, religion and state would be separate. I swear by my religion. I will die for it. But it is my personal affair. The state has nothing to do with it. The state would look after your secular welfare, health, communications, foreign relations, currency and so on, but not your or my religion. That is everybody’s personal concern! – Mahatma Gandhi

It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own. – Herbert Hoover

There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution – Aldous Huxley

The true essence of a dictatorship is in fact not its regularity but its unpredictability and caprice; those who live under it must never be able to relax, must never be quite sure if they have followed the rules correctly or not. – Christopher Hitchens

The amount of violations of human rights in a country is always an inverse function of the amount of complaints about human rights violations heard from there. The greater the number of complaints being aired, the better protected are human rights in that country. – Daniel Patrick Moynihan

The hearts of the people are good, but it’s the hearts of the dictators that are small. – Anthony T. Hincks

Open confession of dictatorship is far less dangerous than sham democracy. One can defend oneself against the former; the latter is like a creeper attached to the body of a drowning man. – Wilhelm Reich

For twenty-five years I’ve been speaking and writing in defense of your right to happiness in this world, condemning your inability to take what is your due, to secure what you won in bloody battles on the barricades of Paris and Vienna, in the American Civil War, in the Russian Revolution. Your Paris ended with Petain and Laval, your Vienna with Hitler, your Russia with Stalin, and your America may well end in the rule of the Ku Klux Klan! You’ve been more successful in winning your freedom than in securing it for yourself and others. This I knew long ago. What I did not understand was why time and again, after fighting your way out of a swamp, you sank into a worse one. Then groping and cautiously looking about me, I gradually found out what has enslaved you: YOUR SLAVE DRIVER IS YOU YOURSELF. No one is to blame for your slavery but you yourself. No one else, I say! – Wilhelm Reich

Dictators long ago found that it is easier to unite people in common hatred than in common love. – Dagobert D. Runes

In every society some men are born to rule, and some to advise. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Any excuse will serve a tyrant. – Aesop

All dictators are hypnotized and they all crawl out of the same ditch. – Stephen Kyeyune

Maintain democracy or go to dictatorship: that is what is at stake in these elections. – Mario Vargas Llosa

The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy; the best weapon of a democracy is openness. – Edward Teller

The only way out of international dictatorship is to place international law above governments, which means that there must be a parliament for making it, and that parliament must be constituted by means of worldwide elections in which all nations will take part. – Albert Camus

Ours is a people’s democratic dictatorship, led by the working class and based on the worker-peasant alliance. – Mao Zedong

Dictators never invent their own opportunities. – Buckminster Fuller

When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right. – Victor Hugo

A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there’s no question about it. – George W. Bush

Dictatorships start wars because they need external enemies to exert internal control over their own people. – Richard Perle

Dictators must have enemies. They must have internal enemies to justify their secret police and external enemies to justify their military forces. – Richard Perle

Dictators are rulers who always look good until the last ten minutes. – Jan Masaryk

They have been talking about a dictatorship and they were right because there’s a dictatorship and there’s a government that has been fighting that dictatorship, the dictatorship of the media. – Rafael Correa

Most of the nations around the world are led by tyrants and dictators and thugs who are leading their countries for one reason. – Rush Limbaugh

Every one of the world’s dictatorships can and does claim to be acting in the name of the people. – Harold H. Greene

A dictatorship is a country where they have taken the politics out of the politics. – Samuel Himmel

Dictatorship is like a giant beech-tree very magnificent to look at in its prime, but nothing grows underneath it. – Stanley Baldwin

Every dictatorship has ultimately strangled in the web of repression it wove for its people, making mistakes that could not be corrected because criticism was prohibited. – John F. Kennedy

The essence of modern dictatorship is the combination of one-dimensional, flat thinking with power and terror. – Theodor Haecker

Military dictatorship is born from the power of the gun, and so it undermines the concept of the rule of law and gives birth to a culture of might, a culture of weapons, violence and intolerance. – Benazir Bhutto

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