122 Dictator Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of dictator quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about how to stand up to a dictator.

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The Most Famous Dictator Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Dictatorships don't always die when the dictator leaves office. — Mohamed Nasheed

It's better to be a dictator than gay. — Alexander Lukashenko

I was only an aspiring dictator. I was never a real dictator. — Augusto Pinochet

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

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

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

Yes, a dictator can be loved. Provided that the masses fear him at the same time. The crowd love strong men. The crowd is like a woman. — Benito Mussolini

Dictatorships are never as strong as they think they are, and people are never as weak as they think they are. — Gene Sharp

My moral and spiritual formation does not allow me to be a dictator... If I were a dictator, You can be sure that many things have happened. — Augusto Pinochet

The dictator can be removed in a day, but it can take years to stamp out the lingering remnants of his dictatorship — Mohamed Nasheed

Short Dictator Quotes

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  • Conquering the world on horseback is easy; it is dismounting and governing that is hard. — Genghis Khan
  • Condemn me, it does not matter: history will absolve me. — Fidel Castro
  • Nothing worse than Kurds in your milk. General, make sure i never see another Kurd again. — Saddam Hussein
  • It's not for me. I tried human flesh and it's too salty for my taste. — Idi Amin
  • I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves. — Che Guevara
  • Ideas do not need weapons. — Fidel Castro
  • Dictators can always consolidate their tyranny by an appeal to patriotism. — Aldous Huxley
  • More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. — Charlie Chaplin
  • Our life dictates a certain kind of wardrobe. — Grace Kelly
  • Better to live a day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep — Benito Mussolini

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Dictator quote by Che Guevara

I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves. — Che Guevara

Dictator quote by Benito Mussolini

Better to live a day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep — Benito Mussolini

Dictator quote Reason obeys itself, and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
Reason obeys itself, and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.

Inspirational Dictator Quotes

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You should not be carried away by the dictation of the mind, but the mind should be carried by your dictation. — A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

I follow four dictates: face it, accept it, deal with it, then let it go. — Sheng-yen

Fearlessness may be a gift, but perhaps most precious is courage from cultivating the habit of refusing to let fear dictate one's actions. — Aung San Suu Kyi

Jesus Christ demands more complete allegiance than any dictator who ever lived. The difference is, He has a right to it. — Vance Havner

How to get rid of ego as dictator and turn it into messenger and servant and scout, to be in your service, is the trick. — Joseph Campbell

What the hell is social justice? What sort of fool can imagine income equality as dictated by bureaucrats and government thugs? I dare anyone to attempt to explain those drug-inspired fantasies in meaningful terms. — Ted Nugent

The religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate. — James Madison

I did not write it (Uncle Tom's Cabin). God wrote it. I merely did his dictation. — Harriet Beecher Stowe

Prayer shouldn't be casual or sporadic, dictated only by the needs of the moment. Prayer should be as much a part of our lives as breathing. — Billy Graham

Forgiveness means that problems of the past no longer dictate our destinies, and we can focus on the future with God's love in our hearts. — David E. Sorensen

Evil Dictator Quotes

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Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas. — Joseph Stalin

Just because Putin is an evil dictator does not mean Ukraine is good. — Vivek Ramaswamy

Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens. — William Beveridge

Happy birthday to evil North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. He gathered family and friends together and celebrated by executing a few close friends. — David Letterman

Our role in the world is not to roam the globe looking for new dictators to topple. Our role in the world is to make ourselves a beacon of hope. Make ourselves stronger at home, but also our role in the world, yes, is also to confront evil when it rises. — Martin O'Malley

To be sure, dictators are crafty, evil geniuses with awesome firepower at their disposal. They are also brutally efficient at intimidation, terrorism, and mass slaughter. However, a force is able to dominate because the counterforce is either nonexistent or weak. — George Ayittey

President Obama is in China. Also in China is evil Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. They're both in China at the same time. It's like running into your ex-girlfriend on vacation. — David Letterman

Remember evil Russian dictator Vladimir Putin? He vanished for 10 days. He had disappeared and there were a lot of rumors. One rumor was he had disappeared because he had himself executed. — David Letterman

You know Kim Jong Un, the evil dictator of North Korea? Apparently, a guy in his inner circle used his ashtray while smoking and Kim Jong Un had him executed. I remember the same thing happened when a guy used Martha Stewart's personal lemon zester. — David Letterman

Do Not Dictate Quotes

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I believe that during these times, we should not forget that many sacrificed to regain our democracy. We cannot just keep quiet because that is what happened during martial law. Our dictator then believed that he can do anything to keep himself in power. — Corazon Aquino

I give myself this advice: Do not fear truth, let it be ever so contrary to inclination and feeling. Never give up the search after it; and let me take courage, and try from the bottom of my heart to do that which I believe truth dictates, if it lead me to be a Quaker or not — Elizabeth Fry

As scientists, we need to explain what we're doing and why we're doing it, not dictating how these discoveries and technologies should be used. — Jennifer Doudna

I can always invent movement, and sometimes it can be fitted into the right place, but that is not choreography. It is the music that dictates the whole shape of the work. I do not believe in the permanence of anything in ballet save the purely classical. — George Balanchine

When once you consider an action, do not let anything dissuade you. Consult your heart, not others, and then follow its dictates. — Swami Vivekananda

I am not a dictator, and I do not think I will become one. I will not maintain power with a machine gun. — Fidel Castro

Our go-to source is no longer dictated by a small group of cable news outlets. We have to expand our view. Sometimes, a story is made and breaks on Twitter. We have to find a way to react to that, to consume and also disseminate the information from Twitter, which is not an easy thing to do. — Trevor Noah

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. — Charles Edison

Hip-hop is not something we do, it's something we live. It's the way we dress, the way we talk... everybody bobbing to the same beat. It's a culture, and you have to find your own place in that culture. Top 10 or Top 40 can't dictate that. They can only dictate what's marketable. — Erykah Badu

When we lose sight of God we become hard and dogmatic. We hurl our own petitions at God's throne and dictate to Him as to what we wish Him to do. We do not worship God, nor do we seek to form the mind of Christ. If we are hard towards God, we will become hard towards other people. — Oswald Chambers

Don't Dictate Quotes

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Refuse to give up, your mistakes don't define you. They don't dictate where you're headed, they remind you. — T.I.

Pursue what you love, what you are passionate about. Don't let somebody else dictate your life's path. — Jack Nicklaus

I don't care if they respect me so long as they fear me. — Caligula

You have the power to choose how you live your life; don’t let anyone else dictate it for you. — Joe Rogan

Don't let small minded people dictate how you should look and be free. — Brian Molko

My faith helps me understand that circumstances don't dictate my happiness, my inner peace. — Denzel Washington

Vision beyond your resources? Don't let fear dictate your decisions. If your vision is God-given, it will most definitely be beyond your ability and beyond your resources. The God who gives the vision is the same God who makes provision. — Mark Batterson

I don't want my reputation to take me over, I just want to be judged on my songs. I want people to come and see me because they want to, not because fashion dictates it. — Jeff Buckley

The best leaders don’t know just one style of leadership—they’re skilled at several, and have the flexibility to switch between styles as the circumstances dictate. — Daniel Goleman

Fit no stereotypes. Don't chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team's mission. — Colin Powell

Don't Dictate Me Quotes

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I have 3,000 penalty minutes. I don't need people dictating to me how to do my job. — Tie Domi

White America don't get to dictate how me and Shaq talk to each other. — Charles Barkley

The only thing that dictates whether I respond to someone is whether I have something interesting to say in return. I respond to people I don't know at all, when their tweet hauls a nice fresh bucket of water up out of me, but if it comes up empty then I just stay quiet. — Patricia Lockwood

I don't want China dictating to me. — Donald Trump

I don't say things like "the grace of God." All that's white noise to me, not because I'm an intellectual. For many people, it's gibberish. Likewise, the idea that the Koran was dictated by an archaic illiterate is a fantasy. — Christopher Hitchens

I don't dictate to anyone what to believe and what not to. And I don't want that to be dictated to me either. — Salman Rushdie

The moment always dictates in my work. What I feel, I do. This is the most important thing for me. Everybody can look, but they don't necessarily see. I never calculate or consider; I see a situation and I know that it's right, even if I have to go back to get the proper lighting. — Andre Kertesz

The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions. Not me. I don't want to be a manager or a dictator. I want to be a leader-and leadership is ongoing, adjustable, flexible, and dynamic. As such, leaders have to maintain a certain amount of discretion — Mike Krzyzewski

Dictate My Life Quotes

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I really feel like life will dictate itself. You should allow it to unfold as naturally as possible. Just go with the flow. When you're really desperate, you say a few prayers and hope for the best. That's the way I've always lived my life. — Shania Twain

You're lucky if you're in three great movies, or even one great movie. I've been so lucky. But if you rely on the business to dictate whether you're happy, it gets really complicated. You just can't do that. There have been times in my life that I've done that, and I've found it depressing. — Winona Ryder

My secret to survival has been embracing life's challenges and not letting them dictate my frame of mind or determine my fate... Learning to stand strong in the face of challenge and adversity is the only way to get through the tough times. — Sandra Lee

To me, fear of the future means fear of technology. I have a little bit of that. I still use it, but I kind of see technology as this harmful thing that's so ingrained in my life that it sort of dictates and controls my relationship with it. — Chuck Klosterman

Obviously, I've seen what the press has done to my cousins. I would never let that rule my life, but I'm not the kind of person to rebel or do things. I don't know. I don't let the potential for bad press dictate who I am, but I keep that in mind. How can you not? — Lauren Bush

I've been dictating to my son, who's helping me on his computer. I'm spending a lot of time doing research - I've just got up to 1971, when I went crazy and dived through the window. My life is so full of interesting stories. — Ozzy Osbourne

I posed nude to show my parents they couldn't dictate to me any more - that I control my life. — LaToya Jackson

I know well what faith really means to people in their daily lives, as there are many people in my family whose lives are permeated by their faith: it dictates the way they behave and sustains them in tough times, of which we've had too many lately. — Ron Currie Jr.

My frustration has always been that I'm a Christian, but I don't buy into, never have bought into, the belief that Jesus and God are these men who just dictate that this is how you have to live your life or you are going to burn in hell. — Art Alexakis

When I'm 75 years old, I want to say that I chased my dream. I didn't let other people's opinions dictate what I have in my book of my life. — Thomas Jones

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More Dictator Quotes

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Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. — Douglas MacArthur

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

When you begin to realize that your past does not necessarily dictate the outcome of your future, then you can release the hurt. It is impossible to inhale new air until you exhale the old. — T. D. Jakes

My people are going to learn the principles of democracy, the dictates of truth and the teachings of science. Superstition must go. — Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

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. — Abraham Joshua Heschel

But if the laws are to be so trampled upon with impunity, and a minority is to dictate to the majority, there is an end put at one stroke to republican government, and nothing but anarchy and confusion is to be expected thereafter. — George Washington

Politics is when you say you are going to do one thing while intending to do another. Then you do neither what you said nor what you intended. — Saddam Hussein

The cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy. It is the only dictator that free man acknowledges. It is the only security that free man desires. — Mirabeau B. Lamar

"Duty, Honor, Country" - those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn. — Douglas MacArthur

War is no longer made by simply analyzed economic forces if it ever was. War is made or planned now by individual men, demagogues and dictators who play on the patriotism of their people to mislead them into a belief in the great fallacy of war when all their vaunted reforms have failed to satisfy the people they misrule. — Ernest Hemingway

This country is heaven, in the spiritual sense of the word. And I say, we prefer to die in heaven than survive in hell. — Fidel Castro

The whole point of 'Acid Rap' was just to ask people a question: does the music business side of this dictate what type of project this is? If it's all original music and it's got this much emotion around it and it connects this way with this many people, is it a mixtape? What's an 'album' these days, anyways? — Chance the Rapper

The political lesson of Watergate is this: Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election. — Gerald R. Ford

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

Words have a magical power. They can bring either the greatest happiness or deepest despair; they can transfer knowledge from teacher to student; words enable the orator to sway his audience and dictate its decisions. Words are capable of arousing the strongest emotions and prompting all men's actions. — Sigmund Freud

It is a mournful fact that most men, and indeed all men of worldly character, have so much regard to public opinion that they dare not act according to the dictates of their consciences when acting thus would incur the popular frown. — Charles Grandison Finney

Every individual soul chooses the significant people in that life. Destiny will place you in the particular circumstance; it will dictate that you will encounter a particular person, at a certain time, place. — Brian Weiss

There is no state with a democracy except Libya on the whole planet. — Muammar al-Gaddafi

War is an evil thing; but to submit to the dictation of other states is worse.... Freedom, if we hold fast to it, will ultimately restore our losses, but submission will mean permanent loss of all that we value.... To you who call yourselves men of peace, I say: You are not safe unless you have men of action on your side. — Thucydides

It's better to live one day as a lion than a dozen years as a sheep. — Charles M. Schulz

Follow your own way of speaking to our Lord sincerely, lovingly, confidently, and simply, as your heart dictates. — Jane Frances de Chantal

Only a dictator can declare that companies must fire a certain group of people unilaterally. Let’s just call it what it is. — Dave Smith

A word does not start as a word – it is an end product which begins as an impulse, stimulated by attitude and behaviour which dictates the need for expression. — Peter Brook

Whenever I allow anything but tenderness and compassion to dictate my response to life--be it self-righteous anger, moralizing, defensiveness, the pressing need to change others...I am alienated from my true self. My identity as Abba's child [a child of God] becomes ambiguous, tentative and confused — Brennan Manning

The people who know God well—mystics, hermits, prayerful people, those who risk everything to find God—always meet a lover, not a dictator. — Richard Rohr

So, "normal" is really what society dictates as normal and if we're born in that world, we would see that as normal. But if you think about it for a second, is it really? — Jacque Fresco

Between China and the Pacific is the archipelago that is poisoning China’s relations with its neighbors. National pride means China wants to control the passageways through the chain; geopolitics dictates that it has to. — Tim Marshall

Sometimes it's better to have a benign dictator than a dumb democracy, to be honest. — Serj Tankian

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