Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Democracy give every man the right to be his own oppressor.
James Russell Lowell oppressor quote

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

We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
— Elie Wiesel

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.
— oppressor quotation by Desmond Tutu