quotes tagged with 'dictator'
Author: Eric Hoffer, Source: Unknown
Absolute power corrupts even when exercised for humane purposes. The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep.
Author: H.L. Mencken, Source: Unknown
The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.
Force, on the other hand, emanates from Lucifer himself. Even in man's pre-existent state, Satan sought power to compel the human family to do his will by suggesting that the free agency of man be inoperative. If his plan had been accepted, human beings would have become mere puppets in the hands of a dictator, and the purpose of man's coming to earth would have been frustrated. Satan's proposed system of government, therefore, was rejected, and the principle of free agency established in its place.Author: David O. McKay, Source: Conference Report, April 1950, pp. 33-35
The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.Author: James Madison, Source: Federalist Papers #47
Power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lots of an abandoned mind.Author: Ayn Rand, Source: Atlas Shrugged, p. 957