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Jean BaudrillardDemocracy is the menopause of Western society, the Grand Climacteric of the body social. Fascism is its middle-aged lust.

—  Jean Baudrillard, 1929-2007, French intellectual

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George W. BushIf this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator.

—  George W. Bush, 1946-, American President

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Winston ChurchillDictators ride to and fro on tigers from which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Jean-Paul SartreFascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them.

—  Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905-1980, French philosopher

George OrwellOne does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

Kurt VonnegutThe only difference between Hitler and Bush is that Hitler was elected.

—  Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007, American writer

Charles de GaulleWhy do you think that at 67 I would start a career as a dictator?

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

Paul ValeryFascism begins with the thought that everybody else is an idiot.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Will DurantWhen liberty destroys order, the hunger for order will destroy liberty.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Martin Luther KingNever forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.

—  Martin Luther King, 1929-1968, American leader in the Civil Rights Movement

Adolf HitlerWhat Marxism, Leninism and Stalinism failed to accomplish, we shall be in a position to achieve.

—  Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945, German dictator

Adolf HitlerThe great strength of the totalitarian state is that it forces those who fear it to imitate it.

—  Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945, German dictator

George W. BushA dictatorship would be a lot easier ... so long as I'm the dictator.

—  George W. Bush, 1946-, American President

Vladimir LeninFascism is capitalism in decay.

—  Vladimir Lenin, 1870-1924, Soviet revolutionary & leader

Umberto EcoToday it is only in the most backward countries that fascist generals, in carrying out a coup d'état, still use tanks... Today a country belongs to the person who controls communications.

—  Umberto Eco, 1932-2016, Italian writer


Ancient Greek

Ancient Greek phraseThe hands of the tyrants reach long.

Μακραί τυράννων χείρες.

—  Ancient Greek phrase

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Special Quotes

One People, one State, one Leader.

Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer.

—  Motto of the Nazis

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Movie Quotes

Contempt (1963)In '33, Goebbels asked Lang to head the German film industry. That very night, Lang left Germany.

—  from the film Contempt (1963)










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