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Oppression Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Oppression

Please enjoy these Oppression Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

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

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.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oppression is more easily endured than insult.
- Junius

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What we call soul has been around a long time.
It comes out of a particular culture that is African in origin,
but influenced by 250 years of slavery,
as well as other forms of racial oppression.
- Roy Ayers

All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle,
that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail,
that will to be rightful must be reasonable;
that the minority possess their equal rights,
which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
- Thomas Jefferson

An enthusiast broods over the oppression of a people
till he fancies himself commissioned by Heaven to liberate them.
He ventures the attempt, which ends in little else than his own execution.
- George Haven Putnam

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

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

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

War, famine, poverty and oppression of the workers
will continue while woman makes life cheap.
They will cease only when she limits her reproductivity
and human life is no longer a thing to be wasted.
- Margaret Sanger

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

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

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

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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