100 Famous Quotes on Dictatorship

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In dictatorship or autocracy, one person or a small group has all the power, and others have little or no say. It kind of a system where leaders can make decisions without asking the people. Whether it’s good or not, let’s understand with these quotes on dictatorship.

The Dictatorship Quotes from From People

1. “One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.” ― George Orwell

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2. “Withholding information is the essence of tyranny. Control of the flow of information is the tool of the dictatorship.” ― Bruce Coville

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

4. “When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.” – Harry S Truman

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

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

7. “True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

9. “When there is oppression and dictatorship, by not speaking out, we lose our dignity.” – Asma Jahangir

10. “The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.” – Charles Bukowski

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11. “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.” – Tony Blair

12. “Do not keep silent when your own ideas and values are being attacked. If a dictatorship ever comes to this country, it will be by the fault of those who keep silent. We are still free enough to speak. Do we have time? No one can tell.” – Ayn Rand

13. “Under a dictatorship, a nation ceases to exist. All that remains is a fiefdom, a planet of slaves regimented by aliens from outer space.” – Wole Soyinka

14. “I believe in benevolent dictatorship provided I am the dictator.” – Richard Branson

15. “The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.” – Niels Bohr

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16. “When liberty becomes license, dictatorship is near.” – Will Duran

17. “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.” -Corazon Aquino

18. “Propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship.” – William Blum

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

20. “Music should never be a dictatorship. It should be a symbiotic relationship between the musician and the audience.” – Chris Thile

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21. “In a dictatorship there is no choice, the elections are controlled, the police are the military, fear equals control, speech is suppressed, the economy is looted, the people are slaves.” – Alex Jones

22. “Dictatorships are never as strong as they think they are, and people are never as weak as they think they are.” – Gene Sharp

23. “The first thing dictators do is finish free press, to establish censorship. There is no doubt that a free press is the first enemy of dictatorship.” – Fidel Castro

24. “If you begin to consider yourself solely responsible to a political party, you’re half-way to a dictatorship.” – Clement Attlee

25. “All democracies turn into dictatorships – but not by coup. The people give their democracy to a dictator, whether it’s Julius Caesar or Napoleon or Adolf Hitler. Ultimately, the general population goes along with the idea.” – George Lucas

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

27. “Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.” – Winston Churchill

28. “In a democracy, you believe it or not; in a dictatorship, you believe it or else.” –
Evan Esar

29. “A totalitarian dictatorship cannot explain; it can only suppress.” – Robert Payne

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

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31. “In dictatorships you need courage to fight evil; in the free world you need courage to see evil.” – Natan Sharansky

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

33. “I have often thought that if a rational Fascist dictatorship were to exist, then it would choose the American system.” – Noam Chomsky

34. “We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires.” – Pope Benedict XVI

35. “Hitler’s dictatorship rested on the constitutional foundation of a single law, the Enabling Law.” – Alan Bullock

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36. “Dictatorship and oppression will not prevail forever. The people will rise, and freedom will return.” – Lech Walesa

37. “Dictators are allergic to reform, and they are cunning survivors. They will do whatever it takes to preserve their power and wealth, no matter how much blood ends up on their hands.” – Ralph Peters

38. “A dictatorship is a government that doesn’t do anything but kill people and take their stuff.” – L. Neil Smith

39. “A dictatorship is a country where they have taken the politics out of the politics.” – Ralph Nader

40. “The difference between a dictator and a true leader is that one rules by fear, while the other leads through inspiration.” – Myles Munroe

Inspirational Dictatorship Quotes

41. “Dictatorship is a constant lecture instructing you that your feelings, your thoughts, and desires are of no account, that you are a nobody and must live as you are told by other people who desire and think for you.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer

42. “The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes.” – Thomas Paine

43. “In a dictatorship, censorship is used; in a democracy, it’s birthed through social pressure and conformity.” – Jeffrey Tucker

44. “A dictatorship is like a silencer on a gun; it may momentarily quiet the noise, but the violence remains.” – Jarod Kintz

45. “A dictator is one who can always count on a warm welcome from those he has kept in poverty and fear.” – Tom Wicke

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46. “Dictatorships do cut down on rape, and pillage, not to mention sexual harassment, by the simple expedient of sending people to jail for such activities, where such amenities as conjugal visits and group showers are not available.” – Barbara Ehrenreich

47. “Dictatorship is a constant war against the mind of the governed.” – Steve Maraboli

48. “The great dictatorships are the work of the people, not of a single individual.” – Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

49. “In a dictatorship, one voice is enough in the decision-making process. In a democracy, one voice is not enough.” – Marty Rubin

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50. “Dictators can always consolidate power by making the population more afraid of each other than of the government.” – Alexis Goldstein

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51. “Dictatorship is the violation of the dignity of one individual or a group of individuals. Democracy is the respect for the dignity of all individuals.” – Aung San Suu Kyi

52. “A dictatorship is like a prison where you are both the guard and the prisoner.” – Patrice Lumumba

53. “We have to continue our progressive struggle and defeat the conspiracies of dictatorship.” – Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

54. “No dictatorship can be sustained within the context of an information revolution.” – Li Lu

55. “It is remarkable how easily children and grown-ups adapt to living in a dictatorship organised by lunatics.” – A. N. Wilson

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

57. “We must learn, and especially we Germans, that resistance is not only possible and allowed in dictatorships. There is resistance that man must perform every day.” – Heinrich Boll

58. “I grew up in Mexico City at a time when the country was a repressive one-party dictatorship almost wholly dependent on oil revenues.” – Bret Stephens

59. “It has been claimed at times that our modern age of technology facilitates dictatorship.” – Henry A. Wallace

60. “Literature has its own life, even in a dictatorship like the Soviet Union.” – Heinrich Boll

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61. “Political dictatorships take possession not just of money and belongings but of narrative.” – Hisham Matar

62. “Sometimes I think that a parody of democracy could be more dangerous than a blatant dictatorship, because that gives people an opportunity to avoid doing anything about it.” – Aung San Suu Kyi

63. “To us, anyone who opposes dictatorship is our friend. Those who support it, our enemy.” – Li Lu

64. “Majoritarian is when a majority takes a decision. It is not dictatorship. It is about which issue is major.” – Prakash Raj

65. “The world has to have zero tolerance for naked dictatorship.” – Asma Jahangir

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66. “I’ve made the comment that democracies work slower than dictatorships. That’s a true thing.” – James Gosling

67. “What you had at the time was a dictatorship with the team owners.” – Ted Lindsay

68. “The British have always coped without becoming a dictatorship.” – Frederick Forsyth

69. “Fascism is not the result of dictatorship.” – John T. Flynn

70. “We have to implant democracies where there are now dictatorships.” – Tom Tancredo

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71. “Only a free West can help the prisoners of today’s left- and right-wing dictatorships.” – Barbara Amiel

72. “Television has made dictatorship impossible but democracy unbearable.” – Shimon Peres

73. “We have gone through everything as a nation – partition, dictatorship, and even anarchy.” – Fatos Nano

74. “I worry about a democracy having nuclear weapons as much as a dictatorship having nuclear weapons.” – Mohamed ElBaradei

75. “I came from two harsh dictatorships, Nazi and Stalinist. I never thought of becoming a writer as such, yet in a lucid moment, I recognised what I had to do.” – Imre Kertesz

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76. “Dictatorship is the imposition of a single man’s will on many, but democracy is the imposition of the will of many on an individual, or on a few.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

77. “A dictatorship is a nation in which the will of one man or a small group is enforced without regard to the rights of the individual or the minority.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

78. “In a dictatorship, the leaders are above the law. In a democracy, the law is above the leaders.” – David Boaz

79. “Dictatorship is a product of the underlying problems of society. It’s the symptom of the disease; it’s not the disease.” – Mohamed ElBaradei

80. “Dictatorships foster oppression, dictatorships foster servitude, dictatorships foster cruelty; more abominable is the fact that they foster idiocy.” – Jorge Luis Borges

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

82. “In a dictatorship, there is no choice, the elections are controlled, the police are the military, fear equals control, speech is suppressed, the economy is looted, and the people are slaves.” – Donald Rumsfeld

83. “Dictatorship is founded on deception and fear; democracy on trust and confidence.” – Bruce F. Meyer

84. “Dictatorship and oppression will never prevail over the human spirit, yearning for freedom and justice.” – Mairead Corrigan Maguire

85. “A dictator is like a phoenix; they always seem to rise from the ashes of a nation’s despair.” – Jeremy Aldana

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86. “The price of dictatorship is unmeasured human suffering.” – Jacob K. Javits

87. “Dictatorship is not a product of mass support; it operates against the will of the people.” – G. William Domhoff

88. “Dictators are masters of creating a climate of fear.” – Manuel Tohar

89. “Dictatorship is the assertion of the absolute power of an individual over others.” – Salvatore Quasimodo

90. “Dictatorship is a form of government that has proven throughout history to be a dismal failure.” – Ron Paul

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91. “A dictator is a man who listens to horses instead of people.” – André Malraux

92. “Dictators are never as strong as they tell you they are. They are never as omnipotent as they tell you they are.” – Gene Sharp

93. “In a dictatorship, facts are malleable. In a democracy, they are sacrosanct.” – Megan McCafferty

94. “The key to a successful dictatorship is to suppress all dissent and opposition.” – Ha-Joon Chang

95. “In a dictatorship, liberty is generally the first casualty.” – Salman Rushdie

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96. “Dictatorship is a state of affairs in which you can’t sit in your own bedroom with the door closed.” – Guy Davenport

97. “You can’t imagine a free market coupled with a dictatorship.” – Li Lu

98. “My duty is to call for free elections because there is an abuse of power, and we live in a dictatorship.” – Juan Guaido

99. “It is vital to speak up in a democracy. Otherwise we are living in dictatorships.” -Katharine Gun

100. “Democracies, unlike dictatorships, are forgiving and generous, but they cannot survive unless they fight.” – Jalal Talabani

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