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Oppression quotes by Bertrand Russell
#1. There have been poverty, pestilence, and famine, which were due to man's inadequate mastery of nature. There have been wars, oppressions and tortures which have been due to men's hostility to their fellow men. #Quote by Bertrand Russell
Oppression quotes by Richelle E. Goodrich
#2. Life is too hard to maintain a constantly serious outlook. You have to laugh at yourself and the world now and then―see humor in undesirable circumstances, even harsh situations―or you will either rot from the inside or go stark-raving mad. Humor is power against the worst oppression. It lightens heavy burdens; it allows one to smile while in agony; it eases excruciating pains. In short, humor makes the intolerable tolerable. #Quote by Richelle E. Goodrich
Oppression quotes by Najwa Zebian
#3. Take responsibility.
Just as you can't deny that you can feel love and hate, happiness and sadness, anger and ease of mind, or tiredness and relaxation, you can't deny that you have a fate that, sometimes, you can't control. That doesn't mean that it takes control over you. You can't deny that you have words that need to be spoken. You can't deny that you have a choice. You can't deny the ability that you can say no. You can't deny the ability that you have the freedom to make a decision and defend it. You can't deny injustice when you see it, unfairness when you feel it, oppression when you witness it. Stop blaming the world around you for wronging you. Take responsibility for the nos you could have said but chose not to, the words you could have said but didn't, instead wrapping your mouth with your own hands and remaining silent against what needed to be addressed. Take responsibility for the choices you could have made but restrained yourself from making. #Quote by Najwa Zebian
Oppression quotes by Frank A Thomas
#4. One truth is that racism and oppression is deeply embedded in the American experiment. History has taught that each time blacks have made strides for freedom, there has been backlash, retrenchment, and new forms of subjugation that appear on the American landscape, thus the old oppression in a new guise. The new movement is part of a long historical sweep, and it has taken many lifetimes to get to this point in the struggle. Because of the tenacity of opposition to equality of race and economics in America, we cannot "throw the baby out with the bathwater" by looking upon past struggles and tradition with disdain. Past struggles #Quote by Frank A Thomas
Oppression quotes by George MacDonald
#5. His marriage was of infinitely more salvation to the laird than if it had set him free from all his worldly embarrassments, for it set him growing again - and that is the only final path out of oppression. #Quote by George MacDonald
Oppression quotes by Bryant McGill
#6. The revolution of today is the oppression of tomorrow. #Quote by Bryant McGill
Oppression quotes by Luvvie Ajayi
#7. The fight for equality on any front does not equate to the oppression of the oppressors. #Quote by Luvvie Ajayi
Oppression quotes by Jaggi Vasudev
#8. In terms of the real quality of a human being, only when suffering comes, when pain comes, does a man stand up as a human being. You can see great human beings surface only when the society is really suffering. When India was under the oppression of British rulers, how many wonderful people stood up? Where are they now? They have just fallen back into their comforts, that's all. All those Ghandis, Patels, Tilaks are still there, but they're dormant. When pain came, they all became alive. They left everything behind and stood up as giants. Where are they now? This is the human misfortune that still there's not enough intelligence in the world that human beings will rise to their peaks when everything is well. They wait for calamities. #Quote by Jaggi Vasudev
Oppression quotes by Herbert Hoover
#9. It [freedom] is a thing of the spirit. Men must be free to worship, to think, to hold opinions, to speak without fear. They must be free to challenge wrong and oppression with the surety of justice. #Quote by Herbert Hoover
Oppression quotes by Huey Newton
#10. Black men and women who refuse to live under oppression are dangerous to white society because they become symbols of hope to their brothers and sisters, inspiring them to follow their example. #Quote by Huey Newton
Oppression quotes by Simone De Beauvoir
#11. The truth is that just as - biologically - males and females are never victims of one another but both victims of the species, so man and wife together undergo the oppression of an institution they did not create. If it is asserted that men oppress women, the husband is indignant; he feels that he is the one who is oppressed - and he is; but the fact is that it is the masculine code, it is the society developed by the males and in their interest, that has established woman's situation in a form that is at present a source of torment for both sexes. #Quote by Simone De Beauvoir
Oppression quotes by Angela Merkel
#12. Neither the chains of dictatorship nor the fetters of oppression can keep down the forces of freedom for long. #Quote by Angela Merkel
Oppression quotes by James Madison
#13. A people armed and free, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition and is a bulwark for the nation against foreign invasion and domestic oppression. #Quote by James Madison
Oppression quotes by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
#14. He thought of nothing. Some thoughts or fragments of thoughts, some images without order or coherence floated before his mind--faces of people he had seen in his childhood or met somewhere once, whom he would never have recalled, the belfry of the church at V., the billiard table in a restaurant and some officers playing billiards, the smell of cigars in some underground tobacco shop, a tavern room, a back staircase quite dark, all sloppy with dirty water and strewn with egg-shells, and the Sunday bells floating in from somewhere.... The images followed one another, whirling like a hurricane. Some of them he liked and tried to clutch at, but they faded and all the while there was an oppression within him, but it was not overwhelming, sometimes it was even pleasant.... The slight shivering still persisted, but that too was an almost pleasant sensation. #Quote by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Oppression quotes by George W. Bush
#15. Through centuries of struggle, Jews across the world have been witnesses not only against the crimes of men, but for faith in God, and God alone. Theirs is a story of defiance in oppression and patience in tribulation - reaching back to the exodus and their exile into the diaspora. That story continued in the founding of the State of Israel. The story continues in the defense of the State of Israel. #Quote by George W. Bush
Oppression quotes by T. Geronimo Johnson
#16. Oppression porn - (1) The depiction of poverty, oppression, and/or despair with the intent of provoking moral arousal. Frequently appears as digital media, literature, and pseudo-immersive favela tours. The most common side effect is a dangerously inflated sense of national and/or cultural superiority. #Quote by T. Geronimo Johnson
Oppression quotes by Alexis De Tocqueville
#17. The most perilous moment for a bad government is one when it seeks to mend its ways. #Quote by Alexis De Tocqueville
Oppression quotes by Booker T. Washington
#18. By habits of thrift and economy, by way of the industrial school and college, we are coming up. We are crawling up, working up, yea, bursting up-often through oppression, unjust discrimination and prejudice-but through them all we are coming up, and with proper habits, intelligence, and property, there is no power on earth than can permanently stay our progress. #Quote by Booker T. Washington
Oppression quotes by Edward Abbey
#19. The distrust of wit is the beginning of tyranny. #Quote by Edward Abbey
Oppression quotes by Neill Blomkamp
#20. I think the world of 'District 9' has a lot of race and oppression-based ideas that I would still like to explore in that world. #Quote by Neill Blomkamp
Oppression quotes by Fannie Lou Hamer
#21. 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. #Quote by Fannie Lou Hamer
Oppression quotes by Hans F. Sennholz
#22. Monetary freedom (gold: sound money), like all other economic freedoms, clears the way for energy, intellect and virtue ... Political control weakens individual self-reliance and energy, causes want and poverty and, in the end, breeds tyranny and oppression. #Quote by Hans F. Sennholz
Oppression quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.
#23. I suggested then that the prize was not given merely as recognition of past achievement, but also as recognition, a more profound recognition, that the nonviolent way, the American Negro's way, was the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression. #Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Oppression quotes by Jamie West Zumwalt
#24. In our fight for justice, it is all too easy to mirror the hatred we encounter. Sometimes we must take a stand for the ones who are being oppressed, but when we do it out of a motive of Love, maybe the world moves one step closer to looking like heaven. #Quote by Jamie West Zumwalt
Oppression quotes by Marilynne Robinson
#25. It is often said that Europeans learned religious intolerance from the Old Testament. Then how did we happen to skip over the parts where the laws protect and provide for the poor, and where oppression of them is most fiercely forbidden? It is surely dishonest to suggest we learned anything at all from the Torah, if we have not learned anything good from it. Better to say our vices are our own than to try to exculpate ourselves by implying that our attention strayed during the humane and visionary passages. The law of Moses puts liberation theology to shame in its passionate loyalty to the poor. #Quote by Marilynne Robinson
Oppression quotes by Kathleen Hanna
#26. I think one things that's really important in the boy community or whatever, or the boy things, is like, to realize that oppression is a two-way street. You know what I mean? That it's like, white men are really missing out - I don't wanna say white men are oppressed but ... #Quote by Kathleen Hanna
Oppression quotes by Philip Pullman
#27. People should decide on the books' meanings for themselves. They'll find a story that attacks such things as cruelty, oppression, intolerance, unkindness, narrow-mindedness, and celebrates love, kindness, open-mindedness, tolerance, curiosity, human intelligence. #Quote by Philip Pullman
Oppression quotes by David B. McCoy
#28. But she did inject a new term and new degree of frankness into the debate on what was coming to be called the sexual revolution. Also, by this time she saw birth control as the panacea for all social ills: disease, poverty, child labor, poor wages, infant mortality, the oppression of women, drunkenness, prostitution, abortion, feeblemindedness, physical handicaps, unwanted children, war, etc. "If we are to develop in America a new [human] race with a racial soul, we must keep the birth rate within the scope of our ability to understand as well as to educate. We must not encourage reproduction beyond our capacity to assimilate our numbers so as to make the coming generation into such physically fit, mentally capable, socially alert individuals as are the ideal of a democracy" (Sanger, 1920). #Quote by David B. McCoy
Oppression quotes by Lisa Kemmerer
#29. Violence is central to patriarchy, and the forms of systemic violence are interconnected in Western societies. Recognizing similarities across forms of oppression (such as racism, child abuse, speciesism, and sexism, for example) is essential. #Quote by Lisa Kemmerer
Oppression quotes by Erik Pevernagie
#30. Let us not wait until the specter of solitude and isolation crawls into the alleys of our lives. Let us not the veiled threat of despair thrust us into oppression through our deficiency in interaction, and expand the frailty and the anxiety of our existence. Let us reach out and talk instead and use an authentic language in an unambiguous wording, and connect the dots, without fear. ("Words had disappeared") #Quote by Erik Pevernagie
Oppression quotes by Barbara Kingsolver
#31. In Congo, a slashed jungle quickly becomes a field of flowers, and scars become the ornaments of a particular face. Call it oppression, complicity, stupefaction, call it what you like, it doesn't matter. Africa swallowed the conqueror's music and sang a new song of her own. #Quote by Barbara Kingsolver
Oppression quotes by Adam Snowflake
#32. If you are blaming the oppressed rather than the oppressor you know that something is wrong. #Quote by Adam Snowflake
Oppression quotes by Michael Parenti
#33. Conventional opinions fit so comfortably into the dominant paradigm as to be seen not as opinions but as statements of fact, as 'the nature of things.' The very efficacy of opinion manipulation rests on the fact that we do not know we are being manipulated. The most insidious forms of oppression are those that so insinuate themselves into our communication universe and the recesses of our minds that we do not even realize they are acting upon us. #Quote by Michael Parenti
Oppression quotes by Nancy Mairs
#34. Poor and afflicted and oppressed people have faces, and we are required to look squarely into them. We can't love what we won't experience. #Quote by Nancy Mairs
Oppression quotes by Carl T. Rowan
#35. It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home. #Quote by Carl T. Rowan
Oppression quotes by H.G.Wells
#36. The Islamic teachings have left great traditions for equitable and gentle dealings and behavior, and inspire people with nobility and tolerance. These are human teachings of the highest order and at the same time practicable. These teachings brought into existence a society in which hard-heartedness and collective oppression and injustice were the least as compared with all other societies preceding it ... Islam is replete with gentleness, courtesy, and fraternity. #Quote by H.G.Wells
Oppression quotes by Antonin Artaud
#37. It is thus that the few rare lucid well-disposed people who have had to struggle on the earth find themselves at certain hours of the day or night in the depth of certain authentic and waking nightmare states, surrounded by the formidable suction, the formidable oppression of a kind of civic magic which will soon be seen appearing openly in social behavior. #Quote by Antonin Artaud
Oppression quotes by Catherine Keller
#38. The abiding western dominology can with religion sanction identify anything dark, profound, or fluid with a revolting chaos, an evil to be mastered, a nothing to be ignored. 'God had made us master organizers of the world to establish system where chaos reigns. He has made us adept in government that we may administer government among savages and senile peoples.' From the vantage point of the colonizing episteme, the evil is always disorder rather than unjust order; anarchy rather than control, darkness rather than pallor. To plead otherwise is to write 'carte blanche for chaos.' Yet those who wear the mark of chaos, the skins of darkness, the genders of unspeakable openings
those Others of Order keep finding voice. But they continue to be muted by the bellowing of the dominant discourse. #Quote by Catherine Keller
Oppression quotes by Shashi Tharoor
#39. The closest Indian analogy to the position of black Americans is that of the Dalits - formerly called 'Untouchables,' the outcastes who for millennia suffered humiliating discrimination and oppression. #Quote by Shashi Tharoor
Oppression quotes by Pat Robertson
#40. I'm concerned about - the oppression of the poor. #Quote by Pat Robertson
Oppression quotes by Patrick O'Brian
#41. I am opposed to authority, that egg of misery and oppression; I am opposed to it largely for what it does to those who exercise it. #Quote by Patrick O'Brian
Oppression quotes by Anne Bradstreet
#42. Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish. #Quote by Anne Bradstreet
Oppression quotes by Alison Hawthorne Deming
#43. As poets, we don't accept oppression; we are about a freedom of spirit, or whatever you want to call it. I think environmental concerns have to go to the deep place, so we speak from a place of great empathy for the planet - for the disadvantaged people, animals, places, cultures. #Quote by Alison Hawthorne Deming
Oppression quotes by Seneca The Younger
#44. Resistance to oppression is second nature. #Quote by Seneca The Younger
Oppression quotes by John Green
#45. I said to Augustus, "Observation: Standing in line is a form of oppression," and he said, "Seriously. #Quote by John Green
Oppression quotes by Angana P. Chatterji
#46. India all too easily forgets its own history under British rule, and the declaration of its freedom fighters that the oppressor does not have the privilege of judging when a people are 'deserving' of freedom. #Quote by Angana P. Chatterji
Oppression quotes by Cherrie L Moraga
#47. In this country, lesbianism is a poverty-as is being brown, as is being a woman, as is being just plain poor. The danger lies in ranking the oppressions. The danger lies in failing to acknowledge the specificity of the oppression. The danger lies in attempting to deal with oppression purely from a theoretical base. Without an emotional, heartfelt grappling with the source of our own oppression, without naming the enemy within ourselves and outside of us, no authentic, non-hierarchical connection among oppressed groups can take place.

When the going gets rough, will we abandon our so-called comrades in a flurry of racist/heterosexist/what-have-you panic? To whose camp, then, should the lesbian of color retreat? Her very presence violates the ranking and abstraction of oppression. Do we merely live hand to mouth? Do we merely struggle with the "ism" that's sitting on top of our heads?

The answer is: yes, I think first we do; and we must do so thoroughly and deeply. But to fail to move out from there will only isolate us in our own oppression- will only insulate, rather than radicalize us. #Quote by Cherrie L Moraga
Oppression quotes by James Oscar Boyd
#48. But with art came idolatry; with construction came ostentation and oppression; with commerce came luxury. #Quote by James Oscar Boyd
Oppression quotes by Nawal El Saadawi
#49. Here the oppression of women is very subtle. If we take female circumcision, the excision of the clitoris, it is done physically in Egypt. But here it is done psychologically and by education. So even if women have the clitoris, the clitoris was banned; it was removed by Freudian theory and by the mainstream culture. #Quote by Nawal El Saadawi
Oppression quotes by Kay Arthur
#50. Why should I ever resist any delay or disapointment, any affliction or oppression or humiliation - when I know God will use it in my life to make me like Jesus and to prepare me for heaven? #Quote by Kay Arthur
Oppression quotes by Thomas Jefferson
#51. The Greeks by their laws, and the Romans by the spirit of their people, took care to put into the hands of their rulers no such engine of oppression as a standing army. Their system was to make every man a soldier, and oblige him to repair to the standard of his country whenever that was reared. This made them invincible; and the same remedy will make us so. #Quote by Thomas Jefferson
Oppression quotes by Bram Fischer
#52. As there is oppression of the majority such oppression will be fought with increasing hatred. #Quote by Bram Fischer
Oppression quotes by Kate McGahan
#53. We are blessed when our loved ones know what they have long before they lose us. It's the same with people. If they are taken for granted long enough, they can be oppressed to the point that they never experience the joys of life. Life on earth becomes a disappointment for them and Heaven becomes their goal. On the other hand, if they are loved and encouraged and appreciated, they will find all kinds of reasons to keep on living! It is never too late to help someone to see that they are valuable and wanted upon the earth. #Quote by Kate McGahan
Oppression quotes by Robert Dickson Crane
#54. The real causes of terrorism are not poverty and oppression per se, but rather the bankruptcy of materialist ideologies, like Neo-Conservatism, which promise much but deliver little. The central doctrine of Neo-Conservatism is "democratic capitalism." This is the ultimate oxymoron, because in practice the political pluralism that should underlie democracy cannot exist in a climate of economic plutocracy. #Quote by Robert Dickson Crane
Oppression quotes by Auliq Ice
#55. If you punish them, they are your slaves and if you forgive them they are your brothers. #Quote by Auliq Ice
Oppression quotes by George W. Bush
#56. All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: The United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you. #Quote by George W. Bush
Oppression quotes by Nina Lugovskaya
#57. Now I understand why women want to have children - it's simply the urge to create happiness for yourself, somehow to fill the oppressive, unbearable emptiness in your soul. #Quote by Nina Lugovskaya
Oppression quotes by Desmond Tutu
#58. As much as the world has an instinct for evil and is a breeding ground for genocide, holocaust, slavery, racism, war, oppression, and injustice, the world has an even greateer instinct for goodness, rebirth, mercy, beauty, truth, freedom and love. #Quote by Desmond Tutu
Oppression quotes by Angela Davis
#59. My idea of philosophy is that if it is not relevant to human problems, if it does not tell us how we can go about eradicating some of the misery in this world, then it is not worth the name of philosophy. I think Socrates made a very profound statement when he asserted that the raison d'etre of philosophy is to teach us proper living. In this day and age 'proper living' means liberation from the urgent problems of poverty, economic necessity and indoctrination, mental oppression. #Quote by Angela Davis
Oppression quotes by Seyla Benhabib
#60. All struggles against oppression in the modern woeld begin by redefining what had previously been consideered private, non-public and non-political issues as matters of public concern, as issues of justice, as sites of power. #Quote by Seyla Benhabib
Oppression quotes by Eudora Welty
#61. They all stood unwilling on the sandbar, holding to the net. In the eastern sky were the familiar castles and the round towers to which they were used, gray, pink, and blue, growing darker and filling with thunder. Lightning flickered in the sun along their thick walls. But in the west the sun shone with such a violence that in an illumination like a long-prolonged glare of lightning the heavens looked black and white; all color left the world, the goldenness of everything was like a memory, and only heat, a kind of glamor and oppression, lay on their heads. The thick heavy trees on the other side of the river were brushed with mile-long streaks of silver, and a wind touched each man on the forehead. At the same time there was a long roll of thunder that began behind them, came up and down mountains and valleys of air, passed over their heads, and left them listening still. With a small, near noise a mockingbird followed it, the little white bars of its body flashing over the willow trees.

'We are here for a storm now,' Virgil said. 'We will have to stay till it's over.'

("The Wide Net") #Quote by Eudora Welty
Oppression quotes by Emma Goldman
#62. Revolution that divests itself of ethical values thereby lays the foundation of injustice, deceit, and oppression for the future society. #Quote by Emma Goldman
Oppression quotes by Tananarive Due
#63. Somehow, I realized I could write books about black characters who reflected my own experiences or otherworldly experiences - not just stories of history, poverty and oppression. #Quote by Tananarive Due
Oppression quotes by William E. Gladstone
#64. The oppression of a majority is detestable and odious; the oppression of a minority is only by one degree less detestable and odious. #Quote by William E. Gladstone
Oppression quotes by George C. Marshall
#65. Wars are bred by poverty and oppression. Continued peace is possible only in a relatively free and prosperous world. #Quote by George C. Marshall
Oppression quotes by James Madison
#66. 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. #Quote by James Madison
Oppression quotes by Lisa Kemmerer
#67. The same patriarchy that oppresses women oppresses nonhuman animals. Farmed animals and "housewives," "lab" animals and prostitutes, dancing bears and girls in the sex trade - all have too long been exploited by the same patriarchal hierarchy wherein the comparatively weak are exploited for the benefit of the powerful. #Quote by Lisa Kemmerer
Oppression quotes by Janet Mock
#68. Many people believe trans women choose to engage in the sex trade rather than get a real job. That belief is misguided because sex work is work, and it's often the only work available to marginalized women. Though we act as individuals, we can't remove ourselves from the framework of society. Systemic oppression creates circumstances that push many women to choose sex work as a means of survival, and I was one of those women, choosing survival. #Quote by Janet Mock
Oppression quotes by Nikesh Shukla
#69. Racism in society often works through a divide and conquer strategy, more often than not it is also intertwined with classism as well as other forms of oppression. Structural racism can divide a community that would be stronger together, by keeping individual groups entrenched in their own class - in this case, caste discrimination. #Quote by Nikesh Shukla
Oppression quotes by James Madison
#70. Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression. In our Governments, the real power lies in the majority of the Community, and the invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from the acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the constituents. #Quote by James Madison
Oppression quotes by Hany Abu-Assad
#71. As a human being, I will always feel that where there is oppression, I am with the underdog. #Quote by Hany Abu-Assad
Oppression quotes by Will Durant
#72. The matter of sedition is of two kinds: much poverty and much discontentment....The causes and motives of sedition are, innovation in religion; taxes; alteration of laws and customs; breaking of privileges; general oppression; advancement of unworthy persons, strangers; dearths; disbanded soldiers; factions grown desperate; and whatsoever in offending people joineth them in a common cause.' The cue of every leader, of course, is to divide his enemies and to unite his friends. 'Generally, the dividing and breaking of all factions...that are adverse to the state, and setting them at a distance, or at least distrust, among themselves, is not one of the worst remedies; for it is a desperate case, if those that hold with the proceeding of the state be full of discord and faction, and those that are against it be entire and united.' A better recipe for the avoidance of revolutions is an equitable distribution of wealth: 'Money is like muck, not good unless it be spread.' But this does not mean socialism, or even democracy; Bacon distrusts the people, who were in his day quite without access to education; 'the lowest of all flatteries is the flattery of the common people;' and 'Phocion took it right, who, being applauded by the multitude, asked, What had he done amiss?' What Bacon wants is first a yeomanry of owning farmers; then an aristocracy for administration; and above all a philosopher-king. 'It is almost without instance that any government was unprosperous under learned gove #Quote by Will Durant
Oppression quotes by Sheila Jeffreys
#73. The bonding of women that is woman-loving, or Gyn/affection, is very different from male bonding. Male bonding has been the glue of male dominance. It has been based upon recognition of the difference men see between themselves and women, and is a form of the behaviour, masculinity, that creates and maintains male power ... Male comradeship/bonding depends upon energy drained from women. #Quote by Sheila Jeffreys
Oppression quotes by Noam Chomsky
#74. [A]s long as individuals are compelled to rent themselves on the market to those who are willing to hire them, as long as their role in production is simply that of ancillary tools, then there are striking elements of coercion and oppression that make talk of democracy very limited, if meaningful. #Quote by Noam Chomsky
Oppression quotes by Allan G. Johnson
#75. As a system, patriarchy encourages men to accept male privilege and perpetuate women's oppression, if only through silence. #Quote by Allan G. Johnson
Oppression quotes by Tim Wise
#76. Tradition is, after all, what we make it. The definition of the term is simply this: "a story, belief, custom, or proverb handed down from generation to generation." There is nothing about the word that suggests tradition must be oppressive, or that it must necessarily serve to uphold the status quo. It is simply the narrative we tell ourselves, and as such, could just as easily involve resistance to oppression or injustice, as the perpetuation of the same. But if we aren't clear in articulating the alternative tradition, we can hardly be surprised when persons don't choose the direction in which it points, having never been appraised of its existence. #Quote by Tim Wise
Oppression quotes by Edward Snowden
#77. I wanted to fight in the Iraq war because I felt like I had an obligation as a human being to help free people from oppression. #Quote by Edward Snowden
Oppression quotes by John R.W. Stott
#78. [Christian rebellion] arises from the doctrine of mankind made in the image of God, and therefore protests against all forms of dehumanization. It sets itself against the social injustices which insult God the Creator, seeks to protect human beings from oppression and longs to liberate them ... it protests against every authoritarian regime, whether of the left or of the right, which discriminates against minorities, denies people their civil rights, forbids the free expression of opinions or imprisons people for their views alone. #Quote by John R.W. Stott
Oppression quotes by Greg Calvert
#79. Radical or revolutionary consciousness . . . is the perception of oneself as unfree, as oppressed - and finally it is the discovery of oneself as one of the oppressed who must unite to transform the objective conditions of their existence in order to resolve the contradiction between potentiality and actuality. Revolutionary consciousness leads to the struggle for one's own freedom in unity with others who share the burden of oppression. #Quote by Greg Calvert
Oppression quotes by Victor Hugo
#80. You who are Prejudice, Abuse, Ignominy, Oppression, Iniquity, Despotism, Injustice, Fanaticism, beware of the wide-eyed urchin. He will grow up. #Quote by Victor Hugo
Oppression quotes by Steven B. Curington
#81. Under the oppression of the devil, we will eventually reject structure and accountability. #Quote by Steven B. Curington
Oppression quotes by Henry Rollins
#82. Early spring is the time for vigorous change, a preparation for the heat-driven oppression that is to come. #Quote by Henry Rollins
Oppression quotes by Richard J. Foster
#83. Corporate "confession of guilt." "The church," he declared, "confesses that she has witnessed the lawless application of brutal force, the physical and spiritual suffering of countless innocent people, oppression, hatred and murder, and that she has not raised her voice on behalf of the #Quote by Richard J. Foster
Oppression quotes by Mikki Kendall
#84. Class differences make poor white people the target of oppressive structures. The idea that poor white people are morally and socially inept, too ignorant to be a part of the wider world excuses them from the racist systems that they lack the access to create even when they benefit from them. It's that internal oppression that whiteness enacts on itself that helps create a narrative that the world is out to get working class white people, and that people of color are specifically at fault for their problems. #Quote by Mikki Kendall
Oppression quotes by Monique Wittig
#85. They say that oppression engenders hate. They are heard on all sides crying hate hate. #Quote by Monique Wittig
Oppression quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.
#86. The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. #Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Oppression quotes by Angelina Grimke
#87. I believe it is now the duty of the slaves of the South to rebuke their masters for their robbery, oppression and crime ... Nostation or character can destroy individual responsibility, in the matter of reproving sin. #Quote by Angelina Grimke
Oppression quotes by Naomi Shihab Nye
#88. I'm not interested in
who suffered the most.
I'm interested in
people getting over it. #Quote by Naomi Shihab Nye
Oppression quotes by Lailah Gifty Akita
#89. You should resist any form of oppression. #Quote by Lailah Gifty Akita
Oppression quotes by Benjamin Franklin
#90. The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy. #Quote by Benjamin Franklin
Oppression quotes by Desmond Tutu
#91. It is for real that injustice and oppression will not have the last word. There was a time when Hitler looked like he was going to vanquish all of Europe, and where is he now? #Quote by Desmond Tutu
Oppression quotes by Dan Brown
#92. ...the word occult, despite conjuring images of devil worship, actually means 'hidden' or 'obscured.' In times of religious oppression, knowledge that was counterdoctrinal had to be kept hidden or 'occult,' and because the church felt threatened by this, they redefined anything 'occult' as evil, and the prejudice survived. > #Quote by Dan Brown
Oppression quotes by Lailah Gifty Akita
#93. We humble ourselves under the mighty grace of the Creator. He will deliver us from every chain and oppression. #Quote by Lailah Gifty Akita
Oppression quotes by Jocelyn Murray
#94. Weak men cannot handle power. It will either crush them, or they will use it to crush others #Quote by Jocelyn Murray
Oppression quotes by Anita B. Sulser PhD
#95. Women that speak against Islam are being labelled as islamophobic, as though our right to free speech is disregarded, when it comes down to an oppressive regime, which does not even recognise women as human... #Quote by Anita B. Sulser PhD
Oppression quotes by Richard Dawkins
#96. I do feel visceral revulsion at the burka because for me it is a symbol of the oppression of women. #Quote by Richard Dawkins
Oppression quotes by Simone De Beauvoir
#97. One of the benefits that oppression secures for the oppressor is that the humblest among them feels superior. #Quote by Simone De Beauvoir
Oppression quotes by Franz Kafka
#98. The worries that are the burden of which the privileged person makes an excuse in dealing with the oppressed person are in fact the worries about preserving his privileged condition. #Quote by Franz Kafka
Oppression quotes by Clementine Ford
#99. In our current society, it is considered a weakness to be female and a treason to protest this. Highlighting inequality results in aggressive insults and threats, all of which are propped up by the repeated narrative now that women are 'playing the gender card'. And this is the final insult. That of all the unfair things associated with women - the violence and insults, the financial oppression, the very undermining of our worth as human beings - it is the acknowledgement of these inequalities that gives us some kind of unfair advantage over the men who benefit from them. #Quote by Clementine Ford
Oppression quotes by Bryant McGill
#100. When we oppose oppression, we lift our hands from the collective reins that empower such oppression. #Quote by Bryant McGill
Oppression quotes by Criss Jami
#101. He has a way of drawing His loves back to Himself. A psyche separated from the peace (and the freedom) of Christ is liable to entangle itself in all sorts of folly and vanity, or confused witchcraft. On the one side it will preach, 'Empowerment!' But on the other it will scream, 'Oppression!' Yes, you now have the power to be oppressed: because as long as you look to be a victim, you will find yourself to be a victim. #Quote by Criss Jami
Oppression quotes by Sil Lai Abrams
#102. In order to break free from the chains that bind, one must take whatever action they can to disconnect internally from the larger systems of oppression, of which the family unit is merely a microcosm. #Quote by Sil Lai Abrams
Oppression quotes by Nicholas D. Kristof
#103. Often we blame a region's religion when the oppression instead may be rooted in its culture. Yet, that acknowledged, it's also true that ... it is often cited by the oppressors. #Quote by Nicholas D. Kristof
Oppression quotes by Chuck Klosterman
#104. I wake up, I feel the inescapable oppression of the sunlight pouring through my bedroom window, and I am struck by the fact that I am alone. And that everyone is alone. And that everything I understood seven hours ago has already changed, and that I have to learn everything again. #Quote by Chuck Klosterman
Oppression quotes by Jack D. Forbes
#105. The "norm" for humanity is love.
Brutality is an aberration.
We are not sinners by nature.
We learn to be bad.
We are taught to stray from our good paths.
We are made to be crazy by other people who are also crazy and who draw for us a map of the world which is ugly, negative, fearful, and crazy. #Quote by Jack D. Forbes
Oppression quotes by Erik Pevernagie
#106. The oppression of anonymity and lack of human contact can inveigle people to reinvent themselves, rethink their lives and give hope a chance. Once they have broken down the wall of apathy and reached the wellness of concern, they can realize what it feels to be missed. ("Knowing someone was waiting") #Quote by Erik Pevernagie
Oppression quotes by Michael Booth
#107. Some might argue that the reality of Nordic autonomy is that you are free ... to be Nordic. If you are a Muslim who is looking to build a mosque, or an American who wants to drive a large car, espouse your deeply held Creationist beliefs, and go shopping with your platinum card on Sunday, or even if you are English and choose to conduct yourself according to archaic forms of baroque politeness, you are likely to experience varying degrees of oppression and exclusion should you come to live in this part of the world. This is true. #Quote by Michael Booth
Oppression quotes by Ameen Rihani
#108. Ignorance and fear are twins whose mother is slavery and whose father is oppression, and the mentality of the whole family is that of slaves. #Quote by Ameen Rihani
Oppression quotes by Jalal Mansur Nuriddin
#109. Night falls
And the sun rises,
And I dig niggers, niggers, niggers of all shades and sizes
And the sun, the sun it plays on my eyes
And I hear the hungry cries
Of black children
Their stomachs turned inside out
Their minds full of fear and doubt
Being told lies
Being watched by spies
With loophole-proof alibis
While another nigger, nigger, nigger in Vietnam dies
But the sun still rises and the night still falls
And junkies still O.D. in ghetto halls
And Miles he still blows
And the oppression still grows
And where it stops, nobody knows
And black people cry out in vain
Against injustice and pain
To one whose mind is insane...

from "Surprises" by the Last Poets #Quote by Jalal Mansur Nuriddin
Oppression quotes by Glennon Doyle Melton
#110. Without booze, TV is all I have to take the edge off. At night, I need a mental break from trying to solve this impossible puzzle that is my life. But I couldn't have my break, because I've never learned how to use the damn remote. I considered waking up Chase to ask him to help out, but I couldn't suggest that he needed to be the man of the house. So I pushed every button six times and worked myself into a rage and considered smashing the remote into pieces. But I didn't. I just lay there on the couch and stared at the ceiling and wondered how man women return to crappy marriages simply because they really just want to watch some damn television at the end of the day. A lot, I bet. Who do you think makes those remotes? Men. The remotes are a conspiracy, The remotes are tool of our oppression. Some woman needs to invent a Liberation Remote. #Quote by Glennon Doyle Melton
Oppression quotes by Gerry Adams
#111. 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. #Quote by Gerry Adams
Oppression quotes by Aberjhani
#112. Ours is an age in which thousands are driven daily from their homelands by the unforgiving brutalities of war, terrorism, political oppression, starvation, disease, economic piracy, and the relentless suffocation of that singular breath which makes human beings individuals. #Quote by Aberjhani
Oppression quotes by Joel Barlow
#113. 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. #Quote by Joel Barlow
Oppression quotes by Jonny Steinberg
#114. Difficult times do not produce gentility, as if there is an angle hovering over the world of the oppressed. #Quote by Jonny Steinberg
Oppression quotes by Edward Norton
#115. Sometimes their oppression of emotion and the weird way it comes out is more interesting than painting it in bold primary colors. #Quote by Edward Norton
Oppression quotes by Juan Somavia
#116. The emerging picture is one where slavery, oppression and exploitation of society's most vulnerable members have by no means been consigned to the past. #Quote by Juan Somavia
Oppression quotes by Arthur C. Brooks
#117. Liberals are more likely to see people as victims of circumstance and oppression, and doubt whether individuals can climb without governmental help. My own analysis using 2005 survey data from Syracuse University shows that about 90 percent of conservatives agree that "While people may begin with different opportunities, hard work and perseverance can usually overcome those disadvantages." Liberals - even upper-income liberals - are a third less likely to say this. #Quote by Arthur C. Brooks
Oppression quotes by Mukhtar Ma'i
#118. I am fighting a fight against oppression where the poor and women are being violated #Quote by Mukhtar Ma'i
Oppression quotes by Alice Miller
#119. The abused child goes on living within those who have survived such torture, a torture that ended with total repression. They live with the darkness of fear, oppression, and threats. When all its attempts to move the adult to heed its story have failed, it resorts to the language of symptoms to make itself heard. Enter addiction, psychosis, criminality. #Quote by Alice Miller
Oppression quotes by Anton Chekhov
#120. I have no faith in our hypocritical, false, hysterical, uneducated and lazy intelligentsia when they suffer and complain: their oppression comes from within. I believe in individual people. I see salvation in discrete individuals, intellectuals and peasants, strewn hither and yon throughout Russia. They have the strength, although there are few of them. #Quote by Anton Chekhov
Oppression quotes by William Wilberforce
#121. A private faith that does not act in the face of oppression is no faith at all. #Quote by William Wilberforce
Oppression quotes by Karel Glastra Van Loon
#122. The founders of modern Burma believed that they could guarantee prosperity and happiness by correctly choosing the moment for the rebirth of our country. They consulted astrologists and fortune-tellers, men of impeccable behaviour and uncontested wisdom, who were devout Buddhists to boot. Acting on the advice of these holy arithmeticians, they declared independence on the fourth of January in the year 1948, at twenty past four in the morning. Every year since then, we have commemorated that happy occasion on that day at that same impossible hour - in the full awareness that independence has caused more misfortune than all of the oppression and exploitation of the entire colonial period put together. #Quote by Karel Glastra Van Loon
Oppression quotes by Jenji Kohan
#123. I believe in the power of media. I really do. It's my soapbox. And I do have an agenda, because I'm enraged by the limitations forced on people - by poverty, oppression, hatred, fear - and I'm saddened by the kind of loss we all experienced due to the contributions that people cannot make because of their circumstances. #Quote by Jenji Kohan
Oppression quotes by Abraham Lincoln
#124. Ere long the most valuable of all arts will be the art of deriving a comfortable subsistence from the smallest area of soil. No community where every member possesses the art can ever be the victim of oppression in any of its forms. #Quote by Abraham Lincoln
Oppression quotes by Thomas Sankara
#125. The specific character of [women's] oppression cannot be explained away by equating different situations through superficial and childish simplifications[:]

It is true that both the woman and the male worker are condemned to silence by their exploitation. But under the current system, the worker's wife is also condemned to silence by her worker-husband. In other words, in addition to the class exploitation common to both of them, women must confront a particular set of relations that exist between them and men, relations of conflict and violence that use physical differences as their pretext. #Quote by Thomas Sankara
Oppression quotes by Leela Fernandes
#126. Reclaiming the sacred... is not simply a new linguistic or symbolic strategy for feminism. It goes to the heart of feminist struggles for social justice and can provide a critical foundation for social transformation. At one level, feminism becomes a means for the decolonization of the divine. At another level, the provision of spiritual strength to individuals deeply committed to social justice is more necessary than ever in a world racked by immense hatreds that feed on each other in endless cycles of retribution, always in the name of 'justice.' Finally, a spiritualization of social movements can provide a means with which to break from these cycles of retribution which perpetrate multiple and linked forms of oppression so that social movements continually find themselves appropriated by or circumscribed within the very structures they have tried wholeheartedly to resist. #Quote by Leela Fernandes
Oppression quotes by George Orwell
#127. And yet it was a fact that if Syme grasped, even for three seconds, the nature of his, Winston's, secret opinions, he would betray him instantly to the Thought Police. So would anybody else for that matter: but Syme more than most. Zeal was not enough. Orthodoxy was unconsciousness. #Quote by George Orwell
Oppression quotes by Carl Sagan
#128. One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It's simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we've been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back. #Quote by Carl Sagan
Oppression quotes by Jane Jensen
#129. No one is more vulnerable to fear than a man who keeps another in bondage. He will do anything to prevent justice from rearing its head - for he knows well what he deserves at the hands of those he subjugates. #Quote by Jane Jensen
Oppression quotes by Megan McCafferty
#130. Fear is the greatest form of oppression.
The best way to rise up in protest is to live your life to
its fullest! #Quote by Megan McCafferty
Oppression quotes by Noah Levine
#131. When we commit to waking up and revolting against the ignorance and oppression of classism, racism, sexism, and all forms of greed, hatred, and delusion in the world, the first step we must take in that revolt is a personal dedication to purify our actions from these things that cause harm. #Quote by Noah Levine
Oppression quotes by Ash Gray
#132. As if the president gives a crap about demons and what they go through just because her father's got horns?" Morganith returned. "She never opens her coward mouth about the quiet oppression the demons -- your people -- face every single day --!"
"Our people," Hari calmly corrected.
"No," said Morganith at once. "Halflings have never been anyone's people. #Quote by Ash Gray
Oppression quotes by Che Guevara
#133. When forces of oppression come to maintain themselves in power against established law, peace is considered already broken. #Quote by Che Guevara
Oppression quotes by Albert J. Nock
#134. According to my observations, mankind are among the most easily tamable and domesticable of all creatures in the animal world . They are readily reducible to submission, so readily conditionable (to coin a word) as to exhibit an almost incredibly enduring patience under restraint and oppression of the most flagrant character. So far are they from displaying any overweening love of freedom that they show a singular contentment with a condition of servitorship, often showing a curious canine pride in it, and again often simply unaware that they are existing in that condition. #Quote by Albert J. Nock
Oppression quotes by Murray N. Rothbard
#135. It would be an instructive exercise for the skeptical reader to try to frame a definition of taxation which does not also include theft. Like the robber, the State demands money at the equivalent of gunpoint; if the taxpayer refuses to pay, his assets are seized by force, and if he should resist such depredation, he will be arrested or shot if he should continue to resist. #Quote by Murray N. Rothbard
Oppression quotes by Hani Soubra
#136. Sometimes, especially under severe repressive regimes, the victimized adores the torturers out of a total absence of resistance. In these sad cases, tyranny and oppression become institutional and an accepted practice in the community. As a result, anger and frustration is piled up, and will be released on the streets at the first opportunity. #Quote by Hani Soubra
Oppression quotes by Sonia Johnson
#137. I have decided not to be an accomplice in my own oppression any longer, never again to hand men weapons with which to kill me. #Quote by Sonia Johnson
Oppression quotes by Robin Maxwell
#138. O'Neill could feel rising off them devotion and love for him, and he knew they would lay down their lives for their high chieftain and for the new cause, only now taking shape in their heads. The cause. Unthinkable just a year before - freedom from occupation. Freedom from oppression. Indeed, their heinous oppressors were approaching - English soldiers who had slaughtered their brothers, their wives, their mothers. Their children. Soldiers who had mindlessly laid waste to their home provinces. To Ireland. Never before had these men fought for the whole of this ancient land, but now they understood, and their hearts - God bless their staunch hearts - were strong and ready to fight. Raising his sword high above his head, O'Neill, with slow deliberation, lowered it, and the glorious blue morning exploded into sound. C #Quote by Robin Maxwell
Oppression quotes by Angry Zodd
#139. Resherphire: True freedom is not that which is granted by an oppressor. It is a self-evident right, not something that originates from an external force. #Quote by Angry Zodd
Oppression quotes by DaShanne Stokes
#140. Tolerance of intolerance enables oppression. #Quote by DaShanne Stokes
Oppression quotes by Napoleon Bonaparte
#141. Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress. #Quote by Napoleon Bonaparte
Oppression quotes by Wilhelm Reich
#142. Those who are truly alive are kindly and unsuspecting in their human relationships and consequently endangered under present conditions. They assume that others think and act generously, kindly and helpfully, in accordance with the laws of life. This natural attitude, fundamental to healthy children as well as primitive man, inevitably represents a great danger in the struggle for a rational way of life as long as the emotional plague subsists, because the plague-ridden impute their own manner of thinking and acting to their fellow men. A kindly man believes that all men are kindly, while one infected with the plague believes that all men lie and cheat and are hungry for power. In such a situation, the living are at an obvious disadvantage. When they give to the plague-ridden they are sucked dry, then ridiculed or betrayed. #Quote by Wilhelm Reich
Oppression quotes by Italo Calvino
#143. Creating a space and time for reflection and imagination and study presupposes an accumulation of wealth, and behind every accumulation of wealth there are obscure lives subject to labour and sacrifices and oppression without any hope. Every project or image that allows us to to reach out towards another way of being outside the injustice that surrounds us carries the mark of the injustice without which it could not have been conceived. #Quote by Italo Calvino
Oppression quotes by Hermann Hesse
#144. All it has experienced, tasted, suffered: The course of years, generations of animals, Oppression, recovery, friendship of sun and - Wind Will pour forth each day in the song Of its rustling foliage, in the friendly Gesture of its gently swaying crown, In the delicate sweet scent of resinous Sap moistening the sleep-glued buds, And the eternal game of lights and Shadows it plays with itself, content. #Quote by Hermann Hesse
Oppression quotes by Jonathan Haidt
#145. Liberals are so committed to a narrative of oppression and exploitation that they can't take good news, they can't accept good news. #Quote by Jonathan Haidt
Oppression quotes by John F. Kennedy
#146. Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather
it condemns the oppression or persecution of others. #Quote by John F. Kennedy
Oppression quotes by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
#147. In teaching her about oppression, be careful not to turn the oppressed into saints. Saintliness is not a prerequisite for dignity. People who are unkind and dishonest are still human, and still deserve dignity. #Quote by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Oppression quotes by Benjamin Banneker
#148. It is the indispensable duty of those, who maintain for themselves the rights of human nature, and who possess the obligations of Christianity, to extend their power and influence to the relief of every part of the human race from whatever burden or oppression they may unjustly labor under. #Quote by Benjamin Banneker
Oppression quotes by Anna Lindh
#149. Still, corruption and oppression are far too common threats to the democratic society. #Quote by Anna Lindh
Oppression quotes by Sunday Adelaja
#150. If you have problems in your life, take the Word and delve deep into it. It will show you what to do and will help you get free of problems and oppression, because the Word of God is quick and powerful. #Quote by Sunday Adelaja
Oppression quotes by Edmund Burke
#151. An extreme rigor is sure to arm everything against it. #Quote by Edmund Burke
Oppression quotes by Monique W. Morris
#152. For Black girls, to be "ghetto" represents a certain resilience to how poverty has shaped racial and gender oppression. To be "loud" it to demand to be heard. To have an "attitude" is to reject a doctrine of invisibility and maltreatment. To be flamboyant--or "fabulous"--is to revise the idea that socioeconomic isolation is equated with not having access to materially desirable things. To be a ghetto Black girl, then, is to reinvent what it means to be Black, poor, and female. #Quote by Monique W. Morris
Oppression quotes by Jerry Vlasak
#153. This is historically what happens whenever revolutionaries begin to take the oppression and suffering of their fellow beings seriously, whether human or nonhuman. It's regrettable that certain scientists are willing to put their families at risk by choosing to do wasteful animal experiments in this day and age. #Quote by Jerry Vlasak
Oppression quotes by Kyrian Lyndon
#154. The rationale seems to be that we keep people as victims by validating them, empathizing with them, and fighting alongside them for equality and the dignity they deserve. I don't think people are kept down by that. I believe what keeps people down is the constant dismissal of their pain, the degradation, the humiliation, the fear of injustice, and the continuous crushing of their will, their faith, and their hope. This type of oppression kills the self-esteem people need to empower themselves, and it's flat-out terrorism. #Quote by Kyrian Lyndon
Oppression quotes by Andrew Dickson White
#155. After Bruno's death, during the first half of the seventeenth century, Descartes seemed about to take the leadership of human thought ... in promoting an evolution doctrine as regards the mechanical formation of the solar system ... but his constant dread of persecution, both from Catholics and Protestants, led him steadily to veil his thoughts and even to suppress them ... Since Roger Bacon, perhaps, no great thinker had been so completely abased and thwarted by theological oppression. #Quote by Andrew Dickson White
Oppression quotes by Thomas Paine
#156. If anything had or could have a value equal to gold and silver, it would require no tender law; and if it had not that value it ought not to have such a law; and, therefore, all tender laws are tyrannical and unjust and calculated to support fraud and oppression. #Quote by Thomas Paine
Oppression quotes by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
#157. Now, Woolf calls her fictional bastion of male privilege Oxbridge, so I'll call mine Yarvard. Even though she cannot attend Yarvard because she is a woman, Judith cheerfully applies for admission at, let's call it, Smithcliff, a prestigious women's college. She is denied admission on the grounds that
the dorms and classrooms can't
accommodate wheelchairs, that her speech pattern would interfere with her elocution lessons, and that her presence would upset the other students. There is also the suggestion that she is not good marriage material for the men at the elite college to which Smithcliff is a bride-supplying "sister school." The letter inquires as to why she hasn't been institutionalized.
When she goes to the administration building to protest the decision, she can't get up the flight of marble steps on the Greek Revival building. This edifice was designed to evoke a connection to the Classical world, which practiced infanticide of disabled newborns. #Quote by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
Oppression quotes by Gautama Buddha
#158. It is the fool who is haunted by fears, dread of dangers, oppression of mind, not the wise man. #Quote by Gautama Buddha
Oppression quotes by Charles Lee
#159. Let me tell you humans something. You are not fighters. You don't have what it takes to actually change your current living situations. You can't even organize a decent group to combat oppression. How can beings of such low stature hope to do anything? You are not heroes. Stop pretending you are helping by playing commando and get out of the way of someone who can. #Quote by Charles Lee
Oppression quotes by Larken Rose
#160. Ayn Rand called it 'the sanction of the victim.' If you give the impression to your oppressor that you accept, or even approve of, his oppression of you, things will only get worse. Whatever else happens, never tell someone that you accept that he has the right to rule you. Never. You will make him into a monster, and you will make yourself into a slave. #Quote by Larken Rose
Oppression quotes by Tawakkol Karman
#161. Peace does not mean just to stop wars, but also to stop oppression and injustice. #Quote by Tawakkol Karman
Oppression quotes by Aleister Crowley
#162. Look at the testimony of literature. In the days of chivalry our sympathies go with the Knight-errant, who redresses wrongs; with the King, whose courage and wisdom deliver his people from their enemies. But when Kingship became tyranny, and feudalism oppression, we took our heroes from the rebels. Robin Hood, Hereward the Wake, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Rob Roy; it was always the Under Dog that appealed to the artist. #Quote by Aleister Crowley
Oppression quotes by Richelle E. Goodrich
#163. Some live for their own joy and pleasure.
Some live to ease the burdens of others.
Then there are those who seem to exist for pain's sake only, that in the end the wrathful fire sent to consume their oppressors will be justified."

~ In loving memory of Miss Annabelle Fancher #Quote by Richelle E. Goodrich
Oppression quotes by Clarice Taylor
#164. I certainly know about the oppression and prejudices of being black and a woman and from the South. #Quote by Clarice Taylor
Oppression quotes by Simone Weil
#165. Oppression that is clearly inexorable and invincible does not give rise to revolt but to submission. #Quote by Simone Weil
Oppression quotes by Souad Mekhennet
#166. As I'd seen over and again, people who see themselves as victims sometimes don't notice when they become oppressors. #Quote by Souad Mekhennet
Oppression quotes by Darnell Lamont Walker
#167. My heart isn't big enough to care for the oppressors. #Quote by Darnell Lamont Walker
Oppression quotes by Rigoberta Menchu
#168. We have learned that change cannot come through war. War is not a feasible tool to use in fighting against the oppression we face. War has caused more problems. We cannot embrace that path. #Quote by Rigoberta Menchu
Oppression quotes by Isaac Bashevis Singer
#169. In their behavior toward creatures, all men are Nazis. Human beings see oppression vividly when they're the victims. Otherwise they victimize blindly and without a thought. #Quote by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Oppression quotes by Albert Einstein
#170. Humiliation and mental oppression by ignorant and selfish teachers wreak havoc in the youthful mind that can never be undone and often exert a baleful influence in later life. #Quote by Albert Einstein
Oppression quotes by Wendy C. Top
#171. [The] women's movement has been a blessing in many ways. [But] even as we have gained more physical and social opportunities, we are more spiritually and emotionally enslaved than ever in other arenas. Why? Because Satan has cleverly switched one form of oppression -- the undervaluing of women by men -- for another and perhaps more devastating form-- the undervaluing of women by themselves. #Quote by Wendy C. Top
Oppression quotes by Audre Lorde
#172. There is no Hierarchy of Oppressions #Quote by Audre Lorde
Oppression quotes by Cari Beauchamp
#173. While Photoplay mused that "Strangely enough, women outrank men as continuity writers," it wasn't strange to them. Women had always found sanctuary in writing; it was accomplished in private and provided a creative vent when little was expected or accepted of a woman other than to be a good wife and mother. For Frances and her friends, a virtue was derived from oppression; with so little expected of them, they were free to accomplish much. They were drawn to a business that, for a time, not only allowed, but welcomed women. And Cleo Madison, Gene Gauntier, Lois Weber, Ruth Ann Baldwin, Dorothy Arzner, Margaret Booth, Blanche Sewall, Anne Bauchens, and hundreds of other women flocked to Hollywood, where they could flourish, not just as actresses or writers, but also as directors, producers, and editors. With few taking moviemaking seriously as a business, the doors were wide open to women. #Quote by Cari Beauchamp
Oppression quotes by Leonard Peltier
#174. According to court records, during the siege at Wounded Knee, more than two hundred and fifty thousand rounds were fired at our people by U.S. marshalls, FBI agents, the tribal police, the GOONs, and white vigilantes. These boys weren't kidding. And neither were we. #Quote by Leonard Peltier
Oppression quotes by Brian McLaren
#175. Oppression theology and supremacist spirituality developed in the belief ecosystem of an angry God who needed appeasement in order to dispense grace, who favored some and disfavored others, and who welcomed the favored into religious institutions that accumulated and hoarded privilege and protected the status quo. #Quote by Brian McLaren
Oppression quotes by Wisława Szymborska
#176. Some People

Some people flee some other people.
In some country under a sun
and some clouds.

They abandon something close to all they've got,
sown fields, some chickens, dogs,
mirrors in which fire now preens.

Their shoulders bear pitchers and bundles.
The emptier they get, the heavier they grow.

What happens quietly: someone's dropping from exhaustion.
What happens loudly: someone's bread is ripped away,
someone tries to shake a limp child back to life.

Always another wrong road ahead of them,
always another wrong bridge
across an oddly reddish river.
Around them, some gunshots, now nearer, now farther away,
above them a plane seems to circle.

Some invisibility would come in handy,
some grayish stoniness,
or, better yet, some nonexistence
for a shorter or a longer while.

Something else will happen, only where and what.
Someone will come at them, only when and who,
in how many shapes, with what intentions.
If he has a choice,
maybe he won't be the enemy
and will leave them to some sort of life. #Quote by Wisława Szymborska
Oppression quotes by Ulysses S. Grant
#177. The right of revolution is an inherent one. When people are oppressed by their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of oppression, if they are strong enough, whether by withdrawal from it, or by overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable. #Quote by Ulysses S. Grant
Oppression quotes by Michael Parenti
#178. Most social revolutions begin peaceably. Why would it be other-wise? Who would not prefer to assemble and demonstrate rather than engage in mortal combat against pitiless forces that enjoy every advantage in mobility and firepower? Revolutions in Russia, China, Vietnam, and El Salvador all began peacefully, with crowds of peasants and workers launching nonviolent protests only to be met with violent oppression from the authorities. Peaceful protest and reform are exactly what the people are denied by the ruling oligarchs. The dissidents who continue to fight back, who try to defend themselves from the oligarchs' repressive fury, are then called "violent revolutionaries" and "terrorists. #Quote by Michael Parenti
Oppression quotes by Unknown
#179. When You're Accustomed to Privilege, Equality Feels Like Oppression #Quote by Unknown
Oppression quotes by Thomas Hardy
#180. Human beings, in their generous endeavour to construct a hypothesis that shall not degrade a First Cause, have always hesitated to conceive a dominant power of lower moral quality than their own; and, even while they sit down and weep by the waters of Babylon, invent excuses for the oppression which prompts their tears. #Quote by Thomas Hardy
Oppression quotes by Cornel West
#181. The major enemy of black survival in America has been and is neither oppression nor exploitation but rather the nihilistic threat - that is, loss of hope and absence of meaning. For as long as hope remains and meaning is preserved, the possibility of overcoming oppression stays alive. The self-fulfilling prophecy of the nihilistic threat is that without hope there can be no future, that without meaning there can be no struggle. #Quote by Cornel West
Oppression quotes by Paulo Freire
#182. As long as I fight, I am moved by hope; and if I fight with hope, then I can wait. #Quote by Paulo Freire
Oppression quotes by Joseph P. Kauffman
#183. Human beings have become a virus to planet Earth. Our way of life consists of constant pollution of natural resources, violence between nations, oppression of populations, torturing of animals, and the destruction of our own health and wellness. Our society is not sustainable and the people in control have no interest in the well being of the people or the planet. #Quote by Joseph P. Kauffman
Oppression quotes by Mark Twain
#184. What dost thou know of suffering and oppression! I and my people know, but not thou. #Quote by Mark Twain
Oppression quotes by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
#185. An unbroken horse erects his mane, paws the ground and starts back impetuously at the sight of the bridle; while one which is properly trained suffers patiently even whip and spur: so savage man will not bend his neck to the yoke to which civilised man submits without a murmur, but prefers the most turbulent state of liberty to the most peaceful slavery. We cannot therefore, from the servility of nations already enslaved, judge of the natural disposition of mankind for or against slavery; we should go by the prodigious efforts of every free people to save itself from oppression. I know that the former are for ever holding forth in praise of the tranquillity they enjoy in their chains, and that they call a state of wretched servitude a state of peace: miserrimam servitutem pacem appellant. But when I observe the latter sacrificing pleasure, peace, wealth, power and life itself to the preservation of that one treasure, which is so disdained by those who have lost it; when I see free-born animals dash their brains out against the bars of their cage, from an innate impatience of captivity; when I behold numbers of naked savages, that despise European pleasures, braving hunger, fire, the sword and death, to preserve nothing but their independence, I feel that it is not for slaves to argue about liberty. #Quote by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Oppression quotes by Thomas Paine
#186. O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but
the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression.
Freedom hath been hunted round the globe. Asia, and Africa,
have long expelled her.?Europe regards her like a stranger, and England
hath given her warning to depart. O! receive the fugitive, and prepare in
time an asylum for mankind. #Quote by Thomas Paine
Oppression quotes by Jeanette Coron
#187. What you're going through is not meant to hurt you, but meant to deliver you from the evil oppressing you. #Quote by Jeanette Coron
Oppression quotes by Mona Eltahawy
#188. When Westerners remain silent out of 'respect' for foreign cultures, they show support only for the most conservative elements of those cultures. Cultural relativism is as much my enemy as the oppression I fight within my culture and faith. #Quote by Mona Eltahawy
Oppression quotes by Jane Addams
#189. In the unceasing ebb and flow of justice and oppression we must all dig channels as best we may, that at the propitious moment somewhat of the swelling tide may be conducted to the barren places of life. #Quote by Jane Addams
Oppression quotes by Stacy Schiff
#190. Like any oppressed people, they defined themselves by what offended them, which would give New England its gritty flavor and, it has been argued, America its independence. #Quote by Stacy Schiff
Oppression quotes by Peter Ho Davies
#191. The Green Shore is an engrossing novel about political oppression, played out on an intimate family scale. Bakopoulos charts the subtle, gnawing pressures of life under the Greek junta - the steady drip of daily coercion - with an exacting empathy. In particular, her depiction of love under tyranny - by turns hesitant, furtive and liberating - is as astute as it is moving, #Quote by Peter Ho Davies
Oppression quotes by Mary Hays
#192. Coercive measures may have a restraining effect for a time, but can never subdue an untractable spirit: it is only by engaging the affections and enlarging the understanding, that the heart can be meliorated or principles be formed; for like a bow forcibly bent, the mind recoils from oppression with elastic power. #Quote by Mary Hays
Oppression quotes by Bayard Rustin
#193. The resort to stereotype is the first refuge and chief strategy of the bigot. Though this is a matter that ought to concern everyone, it should be of particular concern to Negroes. For their lives, as far back as we can remember, have been made nightmares by one kind of bigotry or another.

This urge to stereotype groups and deal wtih them accordingly is an evil urge. Its birthplace is in that sinister back room of the mind where plots and schemes are hatched for the persecution and oppression of other human beings.

It comes out of many things, but chiefly out of a failure or refusal to do the kind of tough, patient thinking that is required of difficult problems of relationship. It comes, as well, out of a desire to establish one's own sense of humanity and worth upon the ruins of someone else's. #Quote by Bayard Rustin
Oppression quotes by Daniele Bolelli
#194. Openness without strength is useless; strength without openness is oppression. #Quote by Daniele Bolelli
Oppression quotes by Aurora Levins Morales
#195. The only way to bear the overwhelming pain of oppression is by telling, in all its detail, in the presence of witnesses and in a context of resistance, how unbearable it is. If we attempt to craft resistance without understanding this task, we are collectively vulnerable to all the errors of judgement that unresolved trauma generates in individuals. It is part of our task as revolutionary people, people who want deep-rooted, radical change, to be as whole as it is possible for us to be. This can only be done if we face the reality of what oppression really means in our lives, not as abstract systems subject to analysis, but as an avalanche of traumas leaving a wake of devastation in the lives of real people who nevertheless remain human, unquenchable, complex and full of possibility. #Quote by Aurora Levins Morales
Oppression quotes by Federico Mayor Zaragoza
#196. The cost in human lives and suffering is so high that we all have to work to end violence and oppression once and for all. We have to proclaim that every human being is equal, in dignity, in freedom -and, as the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, we have to live in a spirit of brotherhood. #Quote by Federico Mayor Zaragoza
Oppression quotes by Frederic Bastiat
#197. Competition is merely the absence of oppression. #Quote by Frederic Bastiat
Oppression quotes by Mihailo Markovic
#198. Another basic characteristic of liberalism which constitutes a formidable obstacle to an oppressed group's liberation is its conception of human nature. If selfishness, aggressiveness, the drive to conquer and dominate, really are among defining human traits, as every liberal philosopher since Locke tries to convince us, the oppression in civil society - i.e. in the social sphere not regulated by the state - is a fact of life, and the basic civil relationship between a man and a women will always remain a battlefield. Woman, being less aggressive, is then either the less human of the two and doomed to subjugation, or else she must get more power-hungry herself and try to dominate man. Liberation for both is not feasible. #Quote by Mihailo Markovic
Oppression quotes by Philippa Gregory
#199. Everything that highly educated men can do to obscure a simple truth, to make a woman doubt her feelings, to make her own thoughts a muddle, they do to her. They use their learning as a hurdle to herd her one way and then the other and then finally trap her in contradictions of which she can make no sense. #Quote by Philippa Gregory
Oppression quotes by Marwan Barghouti
#200. I am not a terrorist, but neither am I a pacifist. I am simply a regular guy from the Palestinian street advocating only what every other oppressed person has advocated-the right to help myself in the absence of help from anywhere else. #Quote by Marwan Barghouti

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