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Oppression Quotes

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The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression
and cruelty by the bad people
but the silence over that by the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Related topics: Values Government Political

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs.
Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.
- John F. Kennedy

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The worst government is often the most moral.
One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane.
But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.
- H. L. Mencken

 

People have got to get together and work together.
I'm tired of the kind of oppression that white people
have inflicted on us and are still trying to inflict.
- Fannie Lou Hamer

We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.
- Confucius

Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in
behalf of tyranny and oppression.
- Malcolm X

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No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which
is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.
- Joseph Addison

To the press alone, chequered as it is with abuses,
the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have
been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.
- James Madison

Oppression that is clearly inexorable and invincible
does not give rise to revolt but to submission.
- Simone Weil

Still, corruption and oppression are far too common
threats to the democratic society.
- Anna Lindh

Black people must address itself to the causes of poverty.
That's oppression in this country.
- H. Rap Brown

I have always striven to raise the voice of hope for
a world where hate gives way to respect and oppression to liberation.
- Theodore Bikel

I believe certain members of the U.S.
Congress have aided in the oppression and diversion
of critical information that could have revealed a
fullness of truth long ago.
- Bo Gritz

Fascism is fascism.
Terrorism is terrorism.
Oppression is oppression.
- Harry Belafonte

Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression,
come from what source it may.
- Sam Houston

A habitual disuse of physical forces totally destroys the moral;
and men lose at once the power of protecting themselves,
and of discerning the cause of their oppression.
- Joel Barlow

Our invisibility is the essence of our oppression.
And until we eliminate that invisibility,
people are going to be able to perpetuate the lies
and myths about gay people.
- Jean O'Leary

Racial discrimination, South Africa's economic power,
its oppression and exploitation of all the black peoples,
are part and parcel of the same thing.
- Oliver Tambo

Without Liberty, Law loses its nature and its name,
and becomes oppression.
Without Law, Liberty also loses its nature and its name,
and becomes licentiousness.
- James Q. Wilson

At the Carter Center we work with victims of oppression,
and we give support to human rights heroes.
- Jimmy Carter

We shall all respect the principles of each other and
do nothing that would be regarded as an act of oppression
to any portion of the people.
- Alexander Mackenzie

Rap's conscious response to the poverty and oppression of U.S.
blacks is like some hideous parody of sixties black pride.
- David Foster Wallace

Oppression is more easily endured than insult.
- Junius

We must not enable anyone to impose his personal view
regarding religion on others by force,
oppression, or pressure.
- Shirin Ebadi

As there is oppression of the majority such oppression
will be fought with increasing hatred.
- Bram Fischer

He that would make his own liberty secure,
must guard even his enemy from oppression;
for if he violates this duty,
he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
- Thomas Paine

When a system of oppression has become institutionalized
it is unnecessary for individuals to be oppressive.
- Florynce R. Kennedy

Many countries persecute their own citizens and intern
them in prisons or concentration camps.
Oppression is becoming more and more a part of the systems.
- Alva Myrdal

God and Country are an unbeatable team;
they break all records for oppression and bloodshed.
- Luis Bunuel

If you see oppression of the poor, and justice and
righteousness trampled in a country,
do not be astounded.
- King Solomon

In a world without the law of God, you have chaos,
oppression, tyranny, and everyone doing what is right in their own eyes.
- Randall Terry

Because some people have sex with people of the same sex,
an entire culture has been created, broadly speaking,
out of oppression.
Which in a rational world would not be an issue.
- Neil Tennant

Instead, in the absence of respect for human rights,
science and its offspring technology have been used
in this century as brutal instruments for oppression.
- John Charles Polanyi

He who allows oppression shares the crime.
- Desiderius Erasmus

The oppression of any people for opinion's sake has
rarely had any other effect than to fix those opinions deeper,
and render them more important.
- Hosea Ballou

Half a world away nations that once lived under oppression
and tyranny are now budding democracies due in large
part to America 's leadership and the sacrifices of our military.
- Bob Riley

We have a right, also, in various ways,
to act upon our unfavorable opinion of anyone,
not to the oppression of his individuality,
but in the exercise of ours.
- John Stuart Mill

A sexual revolution begins with the emancipation of women,
who are the chief victims of patriarchy,
and also with the ending of homosexual oppression.
- Kate Millett

Without the communist oppression, I am absolutely sure
I would now be a local stupid professor of philosophy in Ljubljana.
- Slavoj Zizek

My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression,
crime, cruelty, soft music.
- Vladimir Nabokov

Never, never and never again shall it be
that this beautiful land will again experience
the oppression of one by another.
- Nelson Mandela

All oppression creates a state of war.
- Simone de Beauvoir

Our foreign policy has made a wreck of this planet.
I'm always in Africa...
And when I go to these places I see American policy
written on the walls of oppression everywhere.
- Harry Belafonte

It is often easier to become outraged by injustice
half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home.
- Carl T. Rowan

A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.
- Tacitus

Together we have travelled a long road to be where we are today.
This has been a road of struggle against colonial and apartheid oppression.
- Thabo Mbeki

Coming out, all the way out, is offered more and more
as the political solution to our oppression.
- Jane Rule

Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression
of free speech and assembly.
Men feared witches and burnt women.
It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.
- Louis D. Brandeis

Now I say that with cruelty and oppression it is everybody's
business to interfere when they see it.
- Anna Sewell

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land,
it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
- James Madison

The occupation and robbery of a nation occurs under
the illusion of freeing its citizens from brutal oppression.
- Ramman Kenoun

People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.
- Emily Dickinson

Oppression does not make for hearts as big as all outdoors.
Oppression makes us big and small.
Expressive and silenced.
Deep and dead.
- Cherrie Moraga

The world is indebted for all triumphs
which have been gained by reason and humanity
over error and oppression.
- Thomas Jefferson

Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution
as a shield against such oppression.
- James K. Polk

Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Much reading is an oppression of the mind,
and extinguishes the natural candle,
which is the reason of so many senseless scholars in the world.
- William Penn

Refrain at all times from such Foods as cannot be procured
without violence and oppression.
- Thomas Tryon

Oppression is something that one group of people commits
against another group specifically because of a threatening
characteristic shared by the latter group.
- Robin Morgan

America is just the country that how all the written
guarantees in the world for freedom are no protection
against tyranny and oppression of the worst kind.
There the politician has come to be looked upon as
the very scum of society.
- Peter Kropotkin

False riches, consisting of money, houses and lands,
acquired by selfish means at cost to others and thereafter used selfishly,
are almost always used for the oppression of other persons.
- Joseph Franklin Rutherford

In the past I have defended the right of the IRA to
engage in armed struggle.
I did so because there was no alternative for those
who would not bend the knee,
or turn a blind eye to oppression, or for those who
wanted a national republic.
- Gerry Adams

The people of Nicaragua were suffering oppression.
This made us develop an awareness which eventually
led us to commit ourselves to the struggle against
the domination of the capitalists of our country in collusion with the U.S.
government, i.e.
imperialism.
- Daniel Ortega

Under adversity, under oppression, the words begin to fail,
the easy words begin to fail.
In order to convey things accurately,
the human being is almost forced to find the most precise words possible,
which is a precondition for literature.
- Rita Dove

The situation in the region is flammable and may explode at any moment,
because of the crucial events and because of the absence
of justice in executing the international legitimacy resolutions,
regarding the Israeli Arab cause and the oppression
on Palestinians by Israelis.
- Ali A. Saleh

America and its allies are engaged in a war against
a terrorist movement that spans all corners of the globe.
It is sparked by radical ideologues that breed hatred,
oppression, and violence against all of their declared enemies.
- Kenny Marchant

When any government, or any church for that matter,
undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read,
this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,
the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.
- Robert A. Heinlein

It must not be forgotten in fairness to the National
Government that apartheid is not just a policy of oppression but an attempt -
in my opinion an attempt doomed to failure -
to find an alternative to a policy of racial integration
which is fair to both white and black.
- Harry Oppenheimer

You cannot raise the standard against oppression,
or leap into the breach to relieve injustice,
and still keep an open mind to every disconcerting fact,
or an open ear to the cold voice of doubt.
- Learned Hand

Individual rights are not subject to a public vote;
a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority;
the political function of rights is precisely to protect
minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest
minority on earth is the individual).
- Ayn Rand


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