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


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

James Madison

Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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

Vladimir Nabokov

A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.

G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg

If tyranny and oppression come to this land it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.

James Madison

The most common form of oppression is not believing in yourself.

Tim Fargo

Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against such oppression.

James K. Polk

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

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

Tacitus

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

All oppression creates a state of war.

Simone de Beauvoir

The web of domination has become the web of Reason itself, and this society is fatally entangled in it.

Herbert Marcuse

Do not be misled by the fact that you are at liberty and relatively free; that for the moment you are not under lock and key: you have simply been granted a reprieve.

Ryszard Kapuscinski

The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.

Steve Biko

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

Anna Sewell

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

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

Carl Rowan

The history of an oppressed people is hidden in the lies and the agreed myth of its conquerors.

Meridel Le Sueur

True enough, the country is calm. Calm as a morgue or a grave, would you not say?

Vaclav Havel

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

He who allows oppression shares the crime.

Desiderius Erasmus

People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.

Emily Dickinson

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

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.

Desmond Tutu

People get used to anything. The less you think about your oppression, the more your tolerance for it grows.

Assata Shakur

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

Jimmy Carter

Before the palefaces came among us, we enjoyed the happiness of unbounded freedom and were acquainted with neither riches, wants, nor oppression.

Tecumseh

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.

Frederick Douglass

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

Nelson Mandela

Human beings are so made that the ones who do the crushing feel nothing; it is the person crushed who feels what is happening. Unless one has placed oneself on the side of the oppressed, to feel with them, one cannot understand.

Simone Weil

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

Simone Weil

When there is oppression, the only self-respecting thing is to rise and say this shall cease today, because my right is justice. If you are stronger, you have to help the weaker boy or girl both in play and in the work.

Sarojini Naidu

Loss of freedom seldom happens overnight. Oppression doesn't stand on the doorstep with toothbrush moustache and swastika armband -- it creeps up insidiously... step by step, and all of a sudden the unfortunate citizen realizes that it is gone.

Baron Lane

First we kill all the subversives; then, their collaborators; later, those who sympathize with them; afterward, those who remain indifferent; and finally, the undecided.

General Iberico Saint Jean

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.

Judge Learned Hand

Tyranny destroys or strengthens the individual; freedom enervates him, until he becomes no more than a puppet. Man has more chances of saving himself by hell than by paradise.

E. M. Cioran

They have given us into the hand of new unhappy lords. Lords without anger and honor, who dare not carry their swords. They fight by shuffling papers; they have bright dead alien eyes; They look at our labor and laughter as a tired man looks at flies.

G. K. Chesterton

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

Cherrie Moraga

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

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

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

Harry Belafonte

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

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

As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.

Donald Trump

The elephants are dancing on the graves of squeeling mice.

Cream

What had begun as a movement to free all black people from racist oppression became a movement with its primary goal the establishment of black male patriarchy.

Bell Hooks

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 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

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

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

Poland is not East or West. Poland is at the center of European civilization. It has contributed mightily to that civilization. It is doing so today by being magnificently unreconciled to oppression.

Ronald Reagan

Time begins the healing process of wounds cut deeply by oppression. We soothe ourselves with the salve of attempted indifference, accepting the false pattern set up by the horrible restriction of Jim Crow laws.

Rosa Parks

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

Ramman Kenoun

There is no doubt that Iraqis, like Australians and Americans, love and desire freedom. However, if freedom doesn't mean the right to complete self-determination, unfettered by interests other than one's own, then that freedom is less than worthless - it's oppression.

Amir Butler

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

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

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

Shirin Ebadi

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

We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again.

Nathanael Greene

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

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

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

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

Slavoj Zizek

By dismantling the narrow politics of racial identity and selective self-interest, by going beyond 'black' and 'white,' we may construct new values, new institutions and new visions of an America beyond traditional racial categories and racial oppression.

Manning Marable

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

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

Thomas Tryon

He would see civilization in danger of perishing under the oppression of a gigantic paradox: he would see multitudes of people starving in the midst of plenty, and nations preparing for war although pledged to peace.

Arthur Henderson

You know, it's not the world that was my oppressor, because what the world does to you, if the world does it to you long enough and effectively enough, you begin to do to yourself.

James Baldwin

All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.

Noah Webster

The will to domination is a ravenous beast. There are never enough warm bodies to satiate its monstrous hunger. Once alive, this beast grows and grows, feeding on all the life around it, scouring the earth to find new sources of nourishment. This beast lives in each man who battens on female servitude.

Andrea Dworkin

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

Jane Rule

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

Albanians are a nation of freedom fighters who know something about living under oppression.

Fatos Nano

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

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

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

Nature in darkness groans and men are bound to sullen contemplation in the night: restless they turn on beds of sorrow; in their inmost brain feeling the crushing wheels, they rise, they write the bitter words of stern philosophy and knead the bread of knowledge with tears and groans.

William Blake

Everybody knows there is no fineness or accuracy of suppression; if you hold down one thing, you hold down the adjoining.

Saul Bellow

It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority. For there is a reserve of latent power in the masses which, if it is called into play, the minority can seldom resist. But from the absolute will of an entire people there is no appeal, no redemption, no refuge but treason.

Lord (John Emerich Edward Dalberg) Acton

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

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

Anna Lindh

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

Bram Fischer

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

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

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

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

Sam Houston

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