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  • The dis—United States would fragment into several petty, squabbling autocracies, proving the contention of European monarchists and reactionaries that this harebrained experiment in democracy could not last.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • The least appearance of opposition struck fire out of the old autocrat.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Mrs. Sanborn was the president of many charity organizations and this had given her an addiction to autocracy such as no other avocation could develop.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It was, however, an autocracy by consent, for they were united from top to bottom by a commonly held ideology whose perpetuation was the reason and justification for all their sufferings.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible

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  • A kind and generous man, Lewis Krakauer loved his five children deeply, in the autocratic way of fathers, but his worldview was colored by a relentlessly competitive nature.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • She was speaking now to the restaurant attendant in a clear, courteous, but completely autocratic tone.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • Mr. Harling, therefore, seemed to me autocratic and imperial in his ways.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Helmreich wrote: The high-power distance of Colombians could have created frustration on the part of the first officer because the captain failed to show the kind of clear (if not autocratic) decision making expected in high-power distance cultures.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Nor could there have been a war had there been no English intrigues and no Duke of Oldenburg, and had Alexander not felt insulted, and had there not been an autocratic government in Russia, or a Revolution in France and a subsequent dictatorship and Empire, or all the things that produced the French Revolution, and so on.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Here, excitement never entered in, voices were never raised, everyone deferred gently to the opinions of others, and, in the end, the black grizzled autocrat in the kitchen had his way.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind

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  • This new order of things disgusted him, and he howled dismally for ’Marmar’, as his angry passions subsided, and recollections of his tender bondwoman returned to the captive autocrat.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Although he had a quick, scientific mind, at the age of fifteen he dropped out of school after butting heads with an especially autocratic teacher, and in 1976 he went to work for Alp Sports, a local manufacturer of climbing equipment.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • It seems to me that you talk like a great autocrat.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • He was a man who needed someone beside him continually; the things that had to be done for him made him autocratic.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The Puritan, again, an autocrat in his own household, had worn out three wives, and, merely by the remorseless weight and hardness of his character in the conjugal relation, had sent them, one after another, broken-hearted, to their graves.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • The government, critics said, was just trying to claim "a genocide credit" that would excuse its autocratic ways, that would allow it to avoid discussion of the crimes Tutsis had committed against Hutus.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • She could not relish the autocracy of "cheerful bums."
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • American Intelligence has its share of vacillating autocrats, rarely communicating fully with each other.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • He was particularly interested, as a student of affairs, in the way the valley population was governed; it appeared, on examination, to be a rather loose and elastic autocracy operated from the lamasery with a benevolence that was almost casual.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Henry Clay of Kentucky—bold, autocratic and magnetic, fiery in manner with a charm so compelling that an opponent once declined a meeting which would subject him to the appeal of Harry of the West.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • "Sinister Street," and "The Research Magnificent" were examples of such books; it was the latter of these three that gripped Burne Holiday and made him wonder in the beginning of senior year how much it was worth while being a diplomatic autocrat around his club on Prospect Avenue and basking in the high lights of class office.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • You have tyrannized over me enough, you autocrat!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • He was a little thinner, a little whiter, a little more austere; he was autocratic still and still disapproved of candles on the altar.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Gottlieb had twice to ask him whether he had prepared the new batch of medium, and Gottlieb was an autocrat, sterner with his favorites than with the ruck of students.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • But Jim did not know the almost inconceivable egotism of the man which made him, when resisted and foiled in his will, mad with the indignant and revengeful rage of a thwarted autocrat.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Their common goal is the overthrow of the hateful autocracy of hetmans and admirals, and the establishment, by means of an armed uprising, of the power of the peasants’ and soldiers’ Soviets.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Consequently, he belonged to "The League of Esper Patriots," an extreme right-wing political group within the Guild, dedicated to the preservation of the autocracy and incomes of the upper grade Espers.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • It was out of the autocracy of her stroke-she had suffered "a light stroke" five years ago, "while separating my cows and calves," she would recount it-that she’d begun ordering things done by set times.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • It was out of the autocracy of her stroke—she had suffered "a light stroke" five years ago, "while separating my cows and calves," she would recount it—that she’d begun ordering things done by set times.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • Gregory XVI, that aristocratic and autocratic prelate, who stood so consistently on the wrong side in European politics, and was the enemy of Free Italy, had done more than any of his predecessors to propagate the Faith in remote parts of the world.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • All that concentrated power, the implosive life of the board, black and white, the autocratic beauty of winning, what a chestful of undisguisable pride—he defeated men, boys, the old and wise, the vigorous and quick, the bohemian cafe poets, friendly and smelly.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Stature has ever been tyrannical and autocratic, and always will be.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • When he finds people chattering harmlessly about Anatole France and Nietzsche, he devastates them with Matthew Arnold, the Autocrat of the Breakfast Table, and even Macaulay; and as he is devoutly religious at bottom, he first leads the unwary, by humorous irreverences, to wave popular theology out of account in discussing moral questions with him, and then scatters them in confusion by demanding whether the carrying out of his ideals of conduct was not the manifest object of God…
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Selfish, jealous, autocratic, carp-mouth, and hypocritical.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Massachusetts tried to kill off the Puritans, but they combined; they set up a communal society which, in the beginning, was little more than an armed camp with an autocratic and very devoted leadership.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • The nation must make the best physicians autocratic officials, at once, and that was all there was to it.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • She was as wrinkled as an old paper bag, an autocrat, hard-shelled and Jesuitical, a pouncy old hawk of a Bolshevik, her small ribboned gray feet immobile on the shoekit and stool Simon had made in the manual-training class, dingy old wool Winnie whose bad smell filled the flat on the cushion beside her.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Also his face was larger, and rude, autocratic.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Later, after ten years of exile, he was able to return to his native land and work as a lawyer in Milan, but that in no way prevented him from continuing to call—with voice and pen, in verse and prose— for the freedom and unity of his country, to draft; revolutionary programs with passionate autocratic elan and to proclaim in a lucid style that liberated peoples must unite and forge their universal happiness.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Nevertheless, with his autocratic blue eyes darkening, he looked at me and asked, "Augie, you don’t think you’re superior to me because you have no money, do you?" The question made me laugh, and maybe I laughed more than I should have.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The most ruthless and autocratic Speaker in the history of the House of Representatives thereupon submitted his resignation; but George Norris, who insisted his fight was to end the dictatorial power of the office rather than to punishthe individual, voted against its acceptance.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Each day his executive duties crawled into two hours or three or four, and he raged, he became muddled by complications of personnel and economy, he was ever more autocratic, more testy; and the loving colleagues of the Institute, who had been soothed or bullied into surface peace by Tubbs, now jangled openly.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Sometimes he would bend down over the spinning, breathing machinery as if it were a bouquet of lilacs, his head in a cloud of fragrant sound; he would stand in front of the open cabinet and savor the autocratic bliss of the orchestra conductor, raising a hand to signal a trumpet for its timely entry.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • It would practically have revolutionized our splendid political fabric into a partisan Congressional autocracy…… This government had never faced so insidious a danger …. control by the worst element of American politics…… If Andrew Johnson were acquitted by a nonpartisan vote …. America would pass the danger point of partisan rule and that intolerance which so often characterizes the sway of great majorities and makes them dangerous.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • He is a second autocrat," he concluded with a victorious smile.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Carol did desire to see the Prussian autocracy defeated; she did persuade herself that there were no autocracies save that of Prussia; she did thrill to motion-pictures of troops embarking in New York; and she was uncomfortable when she met Miles Bjornstam on the street and he croaked: "How’s tricks?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Carol did desire to see the Prussian autocracy defeated; she did persuade herself that there were no autocracies save that of Prussia; she did thrill to motion-pictures of troops embarking in New York; and she was uncomfortable when she met Miles Bjornstam on the street and he croaked: "How’s tricks?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • * The Black Hundreds were reactionary mobs organized by the perishing Autocracy in the Russian Revolution.
    London, Jack  --  The Iron Heel
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