Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear
Dictators are rulers who always look good until the last ten minutes.
Dictators never invent their own opportunities.
Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount.
Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear.
So long as men worship dictators, Caesars and Napoleons will arise to make them miserable.
A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.
American presidents always avoid shaking hands with brutal dictators, except when it's advantageous to do so.
Bosses are no more inevitable in state and local governments than dictators are in national governments. They will arise and prosper, nevertheless, if true believers of democracy - citizens devoted to the democratic ideals - do not constantly oppose them.
Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people.
Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens.
It is from weakness that people reach for dictators and concentrated government power. Only the strong can be free. And only the productive can be strong.
The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.
To understand why dictators have a problem with making peace - or at least a genuine peace - the link between the nature of a regime and its external behavior must be understood.
When the dictators and the opportunists are gone, the cross will still stand before us and something in us will say, 'That is the real thing.
This is a Senate of equals, of men of individual honor and personal character, and of absolute independence. We know no masters, we acknowledge no dictators. This is a hall for mutual consultation and discussion; not an arena for the exhibition of champions.
We know that dictators are quick to choose aggression, while free nations strive to resolve differences in peace.
We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analyzing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will. I cannot believe that such a program would be rejected by the people of this country, even if it does mean the establishment of personal contact with the dictators.
A universal draft is most often the instrument of Third World dictators.
Perfection spawns doctrines, dictators and totalitarian ideas.
There are, of course, all sorts of other unpleasant regimes outside the walls as well - the military dictators of Latin America and the apartheid regime of South Africa.
More harm was done in the 20th century by faceless bureaucrats than tyrant dictators.
In none of these countries [Russia, Italy and Germany] was it possible to make to the people such an appeal as went home to the heart of our people, an appeal based on Christianity or ethics ... The whole outlook in the dictator countries was so completely different from ours that for a long time people here could not understand how it was possible for these nations not to respond to the same kind of appeal as that to which our people responded. But they were beginning to realise it now...The only argument which appealed to the dictators was that of force.