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  • He was elected as a constitutional president, but quickly became a despot.
  • Today’s benign dictator is replaced by tomorrow’s despot.
  • Sensible despots have never confined that precaution to women:
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Rather than cherish that medal, Madame, you should regard it as a symbol of your unwitting complicity with this despot who worked to death and brutalized and eventually exterminated thousands and thousands of African peoples.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple

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  • In his hand he swayed a ferule, that sceptre of despotic power; the birch of justice reposed on three nails behind the throne,
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • ...under absolute Despotism,
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • During his time there had been a rule of ’enlightened despotism,’ similar to that in the reign of Louis XIV almost a hundred years earlier.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • In addition, though I had researched the facts of the regime, and events pertaining to Trujillo’s thirty-one-year despotism, I sometimes took liberties—by changing dates, by reconstructing events, and by collapsing characters or incidents.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • ...peace that spared the despots and absurdly married the U.S. military with the same soldiers who had been the instruments of torture and terror.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • And if it is a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed.
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet

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  • They think school’s a despotic system of indoctrination, designed to crush the spirit and stamp out creativity.
    Darren Shan  --  A Vampire’s Assistant
  • Willoughby was rare—his preference to remain behind the scenes implied the absence of vast personal conceit, a trait essential for two-penny despots.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • In such ways are despots made.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • In the 5th Century B.C. graffiti poems were scratched onto the rock face of Sigiriya—the rock fortress of a despot king.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • He hasn’t said anything to me at school since the day he told me he wasn’t going to make me relinquish my seat at his table, benevolent despot that he is.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • To reject this outcome would destroy the basis of constitutional democracy, said Lincoln, and "fly to anarchy or to despotism."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • She was of course absurdly mistaken—just as she was mistaken or perhaps devious (and guilty of another lie to me) when she claimed that her father hated the despotic hand of Marshal Pilsudski, that quondam radical, because he brought a virtually totalitarian regime to Poland in the late twenties.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The more the Party is powerful, the less it will be tolerant: the weaker the opposition, the tighter the despotism.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Then Robespierre was beheaded for being a despot.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It has always been against the policy of despotic governments to suffer the victims of their persecutions to reappear.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Thepapar risked their lives, and lost them in untold droves, not in the pursuit of wealth or personal glory or to claim new lands in the name of any despot.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Like machines, they dumbly moved about the deck, ever conscious that the old man’s despot eye was on them.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • If my sister Rachel and Mr. William Shakespeare put their heads together to invent an extravagant despot, they couldn’t outdo Mobutu.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • That mountain of noise and of flesh moved under the little finger of that frail despot.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It was upon the cardinal that all the responsibility fell, for one is not a despotic minister without responsibility.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • He is despotic, and unmerciful to insubordination; he would shoot a fellow down with as little remorse as he would shoot a buck, if he opposed him.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • The British Crown exercises a real and despotic dominion over the larger portion of this vast country, and has a governor-general stationed at Calcutta, governors at Madras, Bombay, and in Bengal, and a lieutenant-governor at Agra.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • It is despotism; it is tyranny.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Still, she knew that acts like those were what separated her, Orrin, Hrothgar, and Islanzadi from Galbatorix’s despotism.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He was, in truth, their ruler; and, so long as he could maintain his popularity, no monarch could be more despotic, especially while the tribe continued in a hostile country.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The public is despotic in its temper; it is capable of denying common justice when too strenuously demanded as a right; but quite as frequently it awards more than justice, when the appeal is made, as despots love to have it made, entirely to its generosity.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The well-known face was there: stern, relentless as ever — there was that peculiar eye which nothing could melt, and the somewhat raised, imperious, despotic eyebrow.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • For a few days, I said, he seemed regardless of the puny successor to the departed: that coldness melted as fast as snow in April, and ere the tiny thing could stammer a word or totter a step it wielded a despot’s sceptre in his heart.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • They all ran out to the front porch and saw the tall grizzled old despot of Aunt Pitty’s house climbing down from a rat-tailed nag on which a section of quilting had been strapped.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Paula Many of the refugees in Clarkston had been displaced by events far removed from their immediate lives—the decision of some despot hundreds of miles away to clear a region of a particular ethnic or political group in order to seize its resources, or the sudden appearance of soldiers in a village, fighting for a remote cause with no concern for collateral damage.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • It was a sort of vault on the ground floor at the back, with a despotic monster of a four-post bedstead in it, straddling over the whole place, putting one of his arbitrary legs into the fireplace and another into the doorway, and squeezing the wretched little washing-stand in quite a Divinely Righteous manner.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • When he did see the old despot he started back in horror, for Mr. P. was four feet long, his weight incalculable.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • BLOOM: When my progenitor of sainted memory wore the uniform of the Austrian despot in a dank prison where was yours?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Luke was appointed to wait upon his bed-ridden master, whose despotic habits were greatly increased by exasperation at his own helplessness.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Oh, my friends and fellow-countrymen, the slaves of an iron-handed and a grinding despotism!
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • In his amiable way he was telling the truth, because one could not imagine a less despotic husband.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Yossarian and Dunbar were busy in a far corner pawing orgiastically at four or five frolicsome girls and six bottles of red wine, and Hungry Joe had long since tramped away down one of the mystic hallways, propelling before him like a ravening despot as many of the broadest-hipped young prostitutes as he could contain in his frail wind-milling arms and cram into one double bed.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • O, my dear brethren and fellow-sojourners in Vanity Fair, which among you does not know and suffer under such benevolent despots?
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • You’re an advocate of patriarchal despotism.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • She wanted, perhaps, to show her feminine independence, to override class distinctions and the despotism of her family.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • At dawn, worn out by insomnia and fever, he made the calm decision to marry her in order to free her from the despotism of her grandmother and to enjoy all the nights of satisfaction that she would give the seventy men.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • If I were to meet that most unparalleled despot in the streets to-morrow, I would fell him like a rotten tree!
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Schools were good around Franklin Borough and Johnstown; Bethlehem Steel, a benevolent despot, paid for good buildings and teachers and even an indoor swimming pool.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The merchant of the Black Belt is a curious institution,—part banker, part landlord, part banker, and part despot.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • The despotism of heaven is the one absolutely perfect government.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
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