quote by Steven Biko

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

— Steven Biko

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Powerful people cannot afford to educate the people that they oppress, because once you are truly educated, you will not ask for power. You will take it.


Oppressive quote All oppression creates a state of war.
All oppression creates a state of war.

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

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Oppressed people, whatever their level of formal education, have the ability to understand and interpret the world around them, to see the world for what it is, and move to transform it.

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.

When the church hears the cry of the oppressed it cannot but denounce the social structures that give rise to and perpetuate the misery from which the cry arises.


In every human Beast, God has implanted a Principle, which we call Love of Freedom; it is impatient of Oppression, and pants for Deliverance.

People will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.

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.

True religion is a revolutionary force: it is an inveterate enemy of oppression, privilege, and injustice.

If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.


As long as I breathe I hope. As long as I breathe I shall fight for the future, that radiant future, in which man, strong and beautiful, will become master of the drifting stream of his history and will direct it towards the boundless horizons of beauty, joy and happiness!

The Irish Republic must be made a word to conjure with - a rallying point for the disaffected, a haven for the oppressed, a point of departure for the socialist, enthusiastic in the cause of human freedom.

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

The rage of the oppressed is never the same as the rage of the privileged.

Oppression costs the oppressor too much if the oppressed stands up and protests.

The protest need not be merely physical-the throwing of stones and bullets-if it is mental, spiritual; if it expresses itself in silent, persistent dissatisfaction, the cost to the oppressor is terrific.


We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.

As long as people use tactics to oppress or restrict other people from being free, there is work to be done.

The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others.

Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.

No one is born fully-formed: it is through self-experience in the world that we become what we are.


At the age of nineteen, on my own initiative and at my own expense, I raised an army by means of which I restored liberty to the republic, which had been oppressed by the tyranny of a faction. For which service the senate, with complimentary resolutions, enrolled me in its order.

The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations And Religions; whom we shall wellcome to a participation of all our rights and previleges...

Because love is an act of courage, not of fear, love is a commitment to others.

No matter where the oppressed are found, the act of love is commitment to their cause--the cause of liberation.

There can be no peace among men and nations, so long as the strong continues to oppress the weak, so long as injustice is done to other peoples, just so long we will have cause for war, and make a lasting peace an impossibility.

Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.


Dehumanization, although a concrete historical fact, is not a given destiny but the result of an unjust order that engenders violence in the oppressors, which in turn dehumanizes the oppressed

Extreme taxation, excessive controls, oppressive government competition with business, frustrated minorities and forgotten Americans are not the products of free enterprise. They are the residue of centralized bureaucracy, of government by a self-anointed elite.

Young people want to learn, they are thirsty for knowledge, they want to understand and remember. The main thing is to teach them where not to go. Oppression, not to go; dictatorship, not to go; racism and prejudice, absolutely not to go. This is a moral plan [for society].

Education must begin with the solution of the teacher-student contradiction, by reconciling the poles of the contradiction so that both are simultaneously teachers and students.

When I go around in America and I see the bulk of the white people, they do not feel oppressed; they feel powerless... and we understand the psychological genocide that they have already inflicted upon their own people.


If our church is not marked by caring for the poor, the oppressed, the hungry, we are guilty of heresy.

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.

Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people--they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress.

All oppression creates a state of war.