Oppression Quotes

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1. “I want to read so I can read the Koran read the signs in the street know the number of the bus I'm supposed to take when I one day leave this house.”

Tags : Girls Illiteracy Oppression Women Women S Rights
Author : Eve Ensler
Source : I am an Emotional Creature

2. “We stand hand-clasped, our faces quite blank, as if this were not a nightmare that tells me, as clearly as if it were written in letters of fire, what ending a girl may expect if she defies the rules of men and thinks she can make her own destiny. I am here not only to witness what happens to a heretic. I am here to witness what happens to a woman who thinks she knows more than men.”

Tags : Education Fear History Oppression Religion Witchhunt Women S Rights
Source : The Lady of the Rivers

3. “It is difficult to exaggerate the adverse influence of the precepts and practices of religion upon the status and happiness of woman. Owing to the fact that upon women devolves the burden of motherhood, with all its accompanying disabilities, they always have been, and always must be, at a natural disadvantage in the struggle of life as compared with men....With certain exceptions, women all the world over have been relegated to a position of inferiority in the community, greater or less according to the religion and the social organisation of the people; the more religious the people the lower the status of the women...”

Tags : Equality Happiness Influence Motherhood Oppression Religion Status Women Women S Rights

4. “When female stories are muted, we are teaching our kids that their dignity is second class and the historical accounts of their lives [are] less relevant. This lowered value carries over when women face sexual objectification and systemic brutalization from inside and outside the community.”

Tags : Black History Month Feminism Oppression Self Worth Sexual Objectification Subjugation Women S Rights Womens Rights Womens Studies
Author : Aurin Squire

5. “Notwithstanding the memories of slavery, and in the face poverty, ignorance, terrorism, and subjugation still deeply woven into their lives, the embittered past of blacks was taken onto a much higher plane of intellectual and artistic consideration during the Renaissance.”

Tags : African American Artists African American Authors African American Music African Literature Creative Genius Demograghic Shifts Harlem Renaissance Harlem Renaissance Historians Intellectuals Moral Victories Oppression Poverty Slavery Terrorism
Source : Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance

6. “I could reply. I could tell him that a metaphor is inadequate in the face of a bloodbath. That a Platonic inclination for dying doesn't balance out the serious decision to kill. That through the ages there has never been a great historical infamy committed for which there couldn't be found a symbol just as big, to justify it. That, in consequence, we would do well to pay attention to great certainties, to great invocations, to the great 'droughts' and 'rains'. That the temper of our most violent outbursts might benefit from a shade less enthusiasm.I could reply. But what good would it do? I have a simple, resigned, inexplicable sensation that everything that is happening is in the normal order of things and that I am awaiting a season that will come and pass -- because it has come and passed before.”

Tags : Futility Impotence Inevitability Oppression
Source : For Two Thousand Years

7. “Our evolution depends on our memory. If we keep forgetting the mistakes of the past, only to keep repeating them, then we will never change. Humanity will never move forward, spiritually or morally, to become superior beings. We must apply the wisdom of our forefathers and the lessons gained from their experiences to today's decision-making. We should be intellectually smarter, not the opposite. We should be wiser, not the opposite. It is time for us to really examine and understand why certain causes in the past have produced major negative effects. This is the only way we can prevent repeating the same mistakes in our present and future. It is the only way we will evolve.”

Tags : Apathy Awareness Changing Colonialism Elder Elders Empathy Forefather Growth Ignorance Ignorant Intellectual Intelligence Leaders Learn Learning From Mistakes Opposites Oppression Political Decisions Relationships Repeating Past Mistakes Spirit Spiritality Spiritual Wisdom Spirituality Stody Studying Superior Beings Truth Wise
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

8. “it is not true that good can follow only from good and evil only from evil, but that often the opposite is true. Anyone who fails to see this is, indeed, a political infant.”

Tags : Morality Morality Without Religion Oppression Politics Tyranny
Author : Max Weber
Source : From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology

9. “When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”

Tags : Crime Freedom Oppression

10. “We're a government that believes in everybody having the illusion of free will.”

Tags : Free Will Government Oppression State
Source : The Wanting Seed

11. “We aren't human.""Yes. We. Are." His voice turns fierce. "I don't give a shit what the something-somethingth council of big important farts decreed, or how the geomests classify things, or any of that. That we're not human is just the lie they tell themselves so they don't have to feel bad about how they treat us.”

Tags : Alienation Caste Caste System Classification Humanity Labeling Labels Oppression Outcast Outcasts Taxonomy
Author : N.K. Jemisin
Source : The Fifth Season

12. “We first crush people to the earth, and then claim the right of trampling on them forever, because they are prostrate.”

Tags : Classism Imperialism Injustice Oppression Racism Rationalization Sexism

13. “Feminism is the struggle to end sexist oppression. Therefore, it is necessarily a struggle to eradicate the ideology of domination that permeates Western culture on various levels, as well as a commitment to reorganizing society so that the self-development of people can take precedence over imperialism, economic expansion, and material desires.”

Tags : Capitalism Domination Feminism Ideology Imperialism Oppression Politics Radical Feminism Society
Author : bell hooks
Source : Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center

14. “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.”

Tags : Aristocracy Capitalism Corruption Government History Oppression Power Rationalization Society
Author : Carl Sagan
Source : The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

15. “The means of defence agst. foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.”

Tags : Oppression Patriot Act Tyranny War
Author : James Madison

16. “In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People."(Canton, OH, Anti-War Speech, June 16, 1918)”

Tags : Deception Exploitation Fundamentalism Oppression Patriotism Religion Tyranny
Source : Voices of a People's History of the United States

17. “The distrust of wit is the beginning of tyranny.”

Tags : Government Oppression Subversion Totalitarianism Tyranny Wit
Author : Edward Abbey

18. “Long before it was known to me as a place where my ancestry was even remotely involved, the idea of a state for Jews (or a Jewish state; not quite the same thing, as I failed at first to see) had been 'sold' to me as an essentially secular and democratic one. The idea was a haven for the persecuted and the survivors, a democracy in a region where the idea was poorly understood, and a place where—as Philip Roth had put it in a one-handed novel that I read when I was about nineteen—even the traffic cops and soldiers were Jews. This, like the other emphases of that novel, I could grasp. Indeed, my first visit was sponsored by a group in London called the Friends of Israel. They offered to pay my expenses, that is, if on my return I would come and speak to one of their meetings.I still haven't submitted that expenses claim. The misgivings I had were of two types, both of them ineradicable. The first and the simplest was the encounter with everyday injustice: by all means the traffic cops were Jews but so, it turned out, were the colonists and ethnic cleansers and even the torturers. It was Jewish leftist friends who insisted that I go and see towns and villages under occupation, and sit down with Palestinian Arabs who were living under house arrest—if they were lucky—or who were squatting in the ruins of their demolished homes if they were less fortunate. In Ramallah I spent the day with the beguiling Raimonda Tawil, confined to her home for committing no known crime save that of expressing her opinions. (For some reason, what I most remember is a sudden exclamation from her very restrained and respectable husband, a manager of the local bank: 'I would prefer living under a Bedouin muktar to another day of Israeli rule!' He had obviously spent some time thinking about the most revolting possible Arab alternative.) In Jerusalem I visited the Tutungi family, who could produce title deeds going back generations but who were being evicted from their apartment in the old city to make way for an expansion of the Jewish quarter. Jerusalem: that place of blood since remote antiquity. Jerusalem, over which the British and French and Russians had fought a foul war in the Crimea, and in the mid-nineteenth century, on the matter of which Christian Church could command the keys to some 'holy sepulcher.' Jerusalem, where the anti-Semite Balfour had tried to bribe the Jews with the territory of another people in order to seduce them from Bolshevism and continue the diplomacy of the Great War. Jerusalem: that pest-house in whose environs all zealots hope that an even greater and final war can be provoked. It certainly made a warped appeal to my sense of history.”

Tags : 19Th Century Antisemitism Arabs Armageddon Arthur Balfour Bolshevism Britain Colonialism Crimea Diplomacy Free Speech History House Arrest Jerusalem Oppression Palestine Palestinians Persecution Philip Roth Raimonda Tawil Ramallah Religious Extremism Russia Secularism
Source : Hitch-22: A Memoir

19. “As long as you persecute people, you will actually throw up terrorism.”

Tags : Hatred Oppression Persecution Terrorism Violence

20. “Within a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day. Fear of imprisonment, fear of torture, fear of death, fear of losing friends, family, property or means of livelihood, fear of poverty, fear of isolation, fear of failure. A most insidious form of fear is that which masquerades as common sense or even wisdom, condemning as foolish, reckless, insignificant or futile the small, daily acts of courage which help to preserve man's self-respect and inherent human dignity. It is not easy for a people conditioned by fear under the iron rule of the principle that might is right to free themselves from the enervating miasma of fear. Yet even under the most crushing state machinery courage rises up again and again, for fear is not the natural state of civilized man.”

Tags : Civilization Dictatorship Dignity Fear Freedom Human Rights Oppression Self Respect
Source : Freedom from Fear

21. “Das war ein Vorspiel nur; dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen."(Almansor)”

Tags : Book Burning Books Bücherverbrennung Freedom Of Thought Human Rights Meinungsfreiheit Menschenwürde Oppression Toleranz Torture
Source : Gesammelte Werke

22. “Like most people who decide to get sober, I was brought to Alcoholics Anonymous. While AA certainly works for others, its core propositions felt irreconcilable with my own experiences. I couldn't, for example, rectify the assertion that "alcoholism is a disease" with the facts of my own life.The idea that by simply attending an AA meeting, without any consultation, one is expected to take on a blanket diagnosis of "diseased addict" was to me, at best, patronizing. At worst, irresponsible. Irresponsible because it doesn't encourage people to turn toward and heal the actual underlying causes of their abuse of substances.I drank for thirteen years for REALLY good reasons. Among them were unprocessed grief, parental abandonment, isolation, violent trauma, anxiety and panic, social oppression, a general lack of safety, deep existential discord, and a tremendous diet and lifestyle imbalance. None of which constitute a disease, and all of which manifest as profound internal, mental, emotional and physical discomfort, which I sought to escape by taking external substances.It is only through one's own efforts to turn toward life on its own terms and to develop a wiser relationship to what's there through mindfulness and compassion that make freedom from addictive patterns possible. My sobriety has been sustained by facing life, processing grief, healing family relationships, accepting radically the fact of social oppression, working with my abandonment conditioning, coming into community, renegotiating trauma, making drastic diet and lifestyle changes, forgiving, and practicing mindfulness, to name just a few. Through these things, I began to relieve the very real pressure that compulsive behaviors are an attempt to resolve.”

Tags : Aa Addiction Addiction And Recovery Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholism Buddhism Na Narcotics Anonymous Oppression Recovery Secularism Sobriety Substance Abuse Trauma Xa
Author : Noah Levine
Source : Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction

23. “The blues is relevant today because when we look down through the corridors of time, the black American interpretation of tragicomic hope in the face of dehumanizing hate and oppression will be seen as the only kind of hope that has any kind of maturity in a world of overwhelming barbarity and bestiality. That barbarity is found not just in the form of terrorism but in the form of the emptiness of our lives - in terms of the wasted human potential that we see around the world. In this sense, the blues is a great democratic contribution of black people to world history.”

Tags : Black Americans Blues Oppression World History
Author : Cornel West
Source : Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism

24. “How many women are there ... who because of their husbands' harshness spend their weary lives in the bond of marriage in greater suffering than if they were slaves among the Saracens?”

Tags : Harshness Husbands Lovelessness Marriage Married Life Matrimony Men Oppression Slavery Suffering Wedlock Wives Women
Source : The Book of the City of Ladies

25. “It's no accident that the countries that have enjoyed an economic take off have been those that educated girls and then gave them the autonomy to move to the cities to find work”

Tags : Educational Injustice Oppression
Author : Sheryl WuDunn
Source : Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

26. “Conventional wisdom would have one believe that it is insane to resist this, the mightiest of empires, but what history really shows is that today's empire is tomorrow's ashes; that nothing lasts forever, and that to not resist is to acquiesce in your own oppression. The greatest form of sanity that anyone can exercise is to resist that force that is trying to repress, oppress, and fight down the human spirit.”

Tags : America Emancipation Freedom History Imperialism Oppression Resist Worldview

27. “The 'Manifesto' being our joint production, I consider myself bound to state that the fundamental proposition which forms its nucleus belongs to Marx. That proposition is: that in every historical epoch, the prevailing mode of economic production and exchange, and the social organization necessarily following from it, form the basis upon which is built up, and from which alone can be explained, the political and intellectual history of that epoch; that consequently the whole history of mankind (since the dissolution of primitive tribal society, holding land in common ownership) has been a history of class struggles, contests between exploiting and exploited, ruling and oppressed classes; that the history of these class struggles forms a series of evolution in which, nowadays, a stage has been reached where the exploited and the oppressed class—the proletariat—cannot attain its emancipation from the sway of the exploiting and ruling class—the bourgeoisie—without, at the same time, and once for all, emancipating society at large from all exploitation, oppression, class distinctions and class struggles.This proposition, which, in my opinion, is destined to do for history what Darwin's theory has done for biology, we, both of us, had been gradually approaching for some years before 1845.”

Tags : Capitalism Charles Darwin Class Struggle Communism Darwin Exploitation History Karl Marx Marx Oppression
Source : The Communist Manifesto

28. “The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?”

Tags : Oppression Power Terrorism Torture
Author : George Orwell
Source : 1984

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

Tags : Class Class Struggle Class Warfare Conspiracy Denial Ignorance Inequity Justice Oppression Society Society Denial

30. “Tolerance of intolerance enables oppression.”

Tags : Homophobia Inequality Intolerance Intolerance Quotes Lgbt Lgbt Rights Lgbtq Lgbtqia Oppression Racism Sexism Tolerance Tolerance Respect

31. “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.”

Tags : Altruism Inspirational Justice Oppression Social Justice
Author : Jane Addams
Source : Twenty Years at Hull House

32. “Power in the hands of the reformer is no less potentially corrupting than in the hands of the oppressor.”

Tags : Corruption Oppression Power Reformers Social Justice
Source : Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth

33. “One is that if women’s sexuality in Africa wasn’t under assault, if women were able to say no, if women weren’t subject to predatory attacks by men, or predatory behavior generally, then you would have a disease in Africa called AIDS. But you wouldn’t have a pandemic.”

Tags : Abuse Africa Aids Gender Roles Hiv Oppression Predator Predatory Behavior Rape Sex Sexual Abuse Sexual Assault Sexuality Violence Violence Against Women Women
Author : Stephen Lewis

34. “It requires something more than personal experience to gain a philosophy or point of view from any specific event. It is the quality of our response to the event and our capacity to enter into the lives of others that help us to make their lives and experiences our own. In my own case my convictions have derived and developed from events in the lives of others as well as from my own experience. What I have seen meted out to others by authority and repression, economic and political, transcends anything I myself may have endured.”

Tags : Authority Oppression Personal Experience Philosophy
Author : Emma Goldman
Source : Red Emma Speaks

35. “Forcing your love on someone who doesn't love you is an emotional rape, because your victim's heart was not aroused, you jumped into it without foreplay.”

Tags : Abuse Agitation Assault Bullying Coercion Destroyers Emotional Emotional Rape Enforcement Foreplay Intimidation Kindle Obligation Phony Pressure Provoke Sensitivity Sentimental Sentiments Unconvincing Victimization Violation
Source : The Infinity Sign

36. “You can get to oppression through regulation, especially in an "Idea Economy" which necessitates liberty of the mind to explore.”

Tags : Central Planners Government Regulation Idea Economy Libertarian Libertarianism Liberty Oppression Planned Economies Progressive Policy Technological Evolution Technological Progress Technology
Author : A.E. Samaan

37. “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.”

Tags : Liberation Oppression
Author : Paulo Freire
Source : Pedagogy of the Oppressed

38. “People get used to anything. The less you think about your oppression, the more your tolerance for it grows. After a while, people just think oppression is the normal state of things. But to become free, you have to be acutely aware of being a slave.”

Tags : Liberation Oppression Resistance
Author : Assata Shakur
Source : Assata: An Autobiography

39. “Looking at the past must only be a means of understanding more clearly what and who they are so that they can more wisely build the future.”

Tags : Liberation Oppression
Author : Paulo Freire
Source : Pedagogy of the Oppressed

40. “The oppressors do not favor promoting the community as a whole, but rather selected leaders.”

Tags : Liberation Oppression
Author : Paulo Freire
Source : Pedagogy of the Oppressed

41. “To simply think about the people, as the dominators do, without any self-giving in that thought, to fail to think with the people, is a sure way to cease being revolutionary leaders. ”

Tags : Liberation Oppression
Author : Paulo Freire
Source : Pedagogy of the Oppressed

42. “..the struggle to end sexist oppression that focuses on destroying the cultural basis for such domination strengthens other liberation struggles. Individuals who fight for the eradication of sexism without struggles to end racism or classism undermine their own efforts. Individuals who fight for the eradication of racism or classism while supporting sexist oppression are helping to maintain the cultural basis of all forms of group oppression.”

Tags : Liberation Oppression
Author : bell hooks
Source : Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center

43. “When I say that we must establish values with originate in sisterhood, I mean to say that we must not accept, even for a moment, male notions of what non-violence is. These notions have never condemned the systematic violence against us. The men who hold these notions have never renounced the male behaviours, privileges, values and conceits which are in and of themselves acts of violence against us.”

Tags : Feminism Liberation Non Violence Oppression Radical Violence Women

44. “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”

Tags : Adam Gottbetter Dehumanisation Dehumanization Education System Educational Educational System Oppression
Author : Paulo Freire
Source : Pedagogy of the Oppressed

45. “Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.”

Tags : Authority Brute Force Force Oppression Wisdom

46. “I want my life to be a battle cry, a war zone, an arrow pointed and loosed into the heart of domination: patriarchy, imperialism, industrialization, every system of power and sadism.”

Tags : Domination Food Imperialism Industrialization Justice Oppression Patriarchy Power
Author : Lierre Keith

47. “Not being treated as equal IS oppression”

Tags : Equal Oppression
Source : Autumn Burning: Dreadtime Stories for the Wicked Soul

48. “A human being can only take so much when their basic rights as a citizen of the earth are being denied to them – or sold at a high cost.”

Tags : Basic Rights Capitalism Capitalist Citizen Cost Of Life Denied Freedom Healthcare Human Human Being Human Rights Humanism Humanity Humankind Life Mankind Oppression Poverty Profit Refugee Rights Sold Suffering War
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

49. “Subjugation requires vigilance; if you relax your brutality even for a moment, the people you're oppressing will revolt at the first sign of weakness. That's why dictatorial regimes are always a slippery slope of cruelty doomed to end in failure.”

Tags : Cruelty Dictatorships Helplessness Life Life Lessons Morality Oppression Philosophy Power Powerlessness Slavery Subjugation Surrender Tyranny
Source : Cease and Desist

50. “A nation will never be vanished by subjugation or oppression, unless they get used to.”

Tags : Nation Oppression Subjugation Vanish

51. “A wife can let her husband to have anything except the freedom to live life of his own.”

Tags : Bondage Cunning Freedom Inspiring Life And Living Living Standard Man And Woman Marital Wisdom Marriage Materialist Money Minded Motivational Oppression Selfish Selfishness Slavery Solitary Spouse Woman
Author : Anuj Somany

52. “The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.”

Tags : Duopoly Oppression Politics Representation Repression Society
Author : Karl Marx

53. “Do remember, though, that sometimes the people you oppress become mightier than you would like.”

Tags : Oppression
Author : Veronica Roth
Source : Insurgent

54. “Voldemort himself created his worst enemy, just as tyrants everywhere do! Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that, one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one who rises against them and strikes back!”

Tags : Oppression Tyrants
Author : J.K. Rowling
Source : Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

55. “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Tags : Incrementalism Influence Justice Kindness Make A Difference Oppression

56. “Since mankind's dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. We've seen where their way leads, through camps and wars, towards the slaughterhouse.”

Tags : Freedom Oppression Politics Power
Author : Alan Moore
Source : V for Vendetta

57. “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guildmaster and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, that each time ended, either in the revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.”

Tags : Class Struggles Communism History Oppression Society
Author : Karl Marx
Source : The Communist Manifesto

58. “Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one’s own actions or lack of action. If it leads to change then it can be useful, since it is then no longer guilt but the beginning of knowledge. Yet all too often, guilt is just another name for impotence, for defensiveness destructive of communication; it becomes a device to protect ignorance and the continuation of things the way they are, the ultimate protection for changelessness.”

Tags : Action Anger Black Feminism Feminism Guilt Oppression
Author : Audre Lorde
Source : Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

59. “Because to take away a man's freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.”

Tags : Abuse Of Authority Abuse Of Power Autonomy Choice Control Freedom Of Choice Manipulation Oppression Puppet

60. “I believe that there will be ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those who do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the system of exploitation. I believe that there will be that kind of clash, but I don't think it will be based on the color of the skin...”

Tags : Equality Exploitation Freedom Justice Malcolm X Oppression
Author : Malcolm X

61. “It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”

Tags : Corruption Fear Oppression Power
Source : Freedom from Fear

62. “You can't hold a man down without staying down with him.”

Tags : Oppression Slavery

63. “The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.”

Tags : Classes Criticism Democracy Oppression
Author : Gore Vidal

64. “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.”

Tags : Oppression Privacy
Author : James Madison
Source : Letters and Other Writings of James Madison Volume 3

65. “You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home -- all the more powerful because forbidden -- terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”

Tags : Democracy Dictatorship Fear Freedom Government Independent Thought Liberty Oppression Power Thought
Source : Blood, Sweat and Tears

66. “And when I speak, I don't speak as a Democrat. Or a Republican. Nor an American. I speak as a victim of America's so-called democracy. You and I have never seen democracy - all we've seen is hypocrisy. When we open our eyes today and look around America, we see America not through the eyes of someone who has enjoyed the fruits of Americanism. We see America through the eyes of someone who has been the victim of Americanism. We don't see any American dream. We've experienced only the American nightmare.”

Tags : American Dream Deception Democracy Hypocrisy Liberty Oppression
Author : Malcolm X

67. “When we're afraid, we lose all sense of analysis and reflection. Our fear paralyzes us. Besides, fear has always been the driving force behind all dictators' repression.”

Tags : Dictatorship Fear Oppression Repression
Source : The Complete Persepolis

68. “If you're going to hold someone down you're going to have to hold on by the other end of the chain. You are confined by your own repression.”

Tags : Oppression
Author : Toni Morrison

69. “The truth is that every intelligent man, as you know, dreams of being a gangster and of ruling over society by force alone. As it is not so easy as the detective novels might lead one to believe, one generally relies on politics and joins the cruelest party.What does it matter, after all, if by humiliating one's mind one succeeds in dominating every one? I discovered in myself sweet dreams of oppression.”

Tags : Cruelty Oppression
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Fall

70. “How reprehensible it is when those blessed with commodities insist on ignoring the poor. Better to torment them, force them into indentured servitude, inflict compulsion and blows—this at least produces a connection, fury and a pounding heart, and these too constitute a form of relationship. But to cower in elegant homes behind golden garden gates, fearful lest the breath of warm humankind touch you, unable to indulge in extravagances for fear they might be glimpsed by the embittered oppressed, to oppress and yet lack the courage to show yourself as an oppressor, even to fear the ones you are oppressing, feeling ill at ease in your own wealth and begrudging others their ease, to resort to disagreeable weapons that require neither true audacity nor manly courage, to have money, but only money, without splendor: That’s what things look like in our cities at present”

Tags : City Class Warfare Courage Cowardice Inequality Money Neighborhoods Oppression Poor Poverty Urban Urbanization Wealth
Author : Robert Walser
Source : The Tanners

71. “How is it possible to live? Life is so hard?’‘You must be harder than life, Firdaus. Life is very hard. The only people who really live are those who are harder than life itself.’‘But you are not hard, Sharifa, so how do you manage to live?’‘I am hard, terribly hard, Firdaus.’‘No, you are gentle and soft.’‘My skin is soft, but my heart is cruel, and my bite deadly.’‘Like a snake?’‘Yes, exactly like a snake. Life is a snake. They are the same, Firdaus. If the snake realises you are not a snake, it will bite you. And if life knows you have no sting, it will devour you.”

Tags : Bravery Courage Determination Life Oppression Overcoming Fear Women
Source : Woman at Point Zero

72. “If that's the case, waiter, please bring me another piece of cake," Gramps said as lunch was brought to the table, "I'm all for fighting tyranny and oppression.”

Tags : Cake Crashing Your Diet Dessert Fighting For Your Right Fighting Tyranny Food Foodie Foodies Funny Gadfly Grandparents Humor Humorous Humourous Lunch Oppression Rights Tyranny
Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

73. “BLOODY LIPSThe bloody woundOf the gladiatorGurgles out life's end.The cries of acclimations from the standsFill the sky with raging tigers.Waving their arms about to incite the massesThe aging notables add an air of dignity to the arena.Making their separate entriestheyKNEELover the still-warm corpsesOf the young. Their withered lips they poseUpon the fresh flowing woundsAnd, to prolong their lives – so they believe,Suck, ravenously suck out the blood, blood, blood.Fresh blood from the sunFlowing into filthy veinsAs into sewage pipes,And thus the Heart of the Nation is abandoned.”

Tags : Arena Bloodsport Gladiators Oppression Tyranny Vampire
Author : Visar Zhiti
Source : The Condemned Apple: Selected Poetry

74. “The ever more sophisticated weapons piling up in the arsenals of the wealthiest and the mightiest can kill the illiterate, the ill, the poor and the hungry, but they cannot kill ignorance, illness, poverty or hunger.”

Tags : Hunger Ignorance Illness Oppression Poverty War Wealth Weapons Weapons Of Mass Destruction
Author : Fidel Castro

75. “You can not fight "RACISM" when the "MIND" is weak. You can't fight "INJUSTICE" or "CORRUPTION" when you're not a true follower of your soul. You can't fight "OPPRESSION" when you "THINK" and "ACT" like the oppressor. You can't become a "CHANGE" when you keep on accepting the same old results.You can't become a valuable source in society when you devalued your brothers and sisters from distant lands.It is impossible to change America when you see foul practices at institutions and don't speak up because it is not affecting you. What affect others should affect you mentally and physically, be part of the "HUMAN RACE." Be your brother's/sister's keeper no matter what religion or race he or she is. Be the change that you want to see in America.”

Tags : Africa America Corruption Devalued Human Race Injustice Oppression Racism

76. “How often you impress people when you have nothing and how often you oppress them when you have everything is what defines your real character!”

Tags : Behaviour Character Food For Thought Human Behaviour Impress Impression Impressive Israelmore Ayivor Oppress Oppression Who You Are
Source : Daily Drive 365

77. “I'm all for fighting tyranny and oppression.”

Tags : Activism Activist Demonstration Demonstrations Do The Right Thing Fighting Oppression Fighting Tyrany Gadfly Human Rights Inspirational Motivational Oppression People Power Protest Protesters Stand Up For Your Rights Tyranny Tyrants Whistle Blower Whistle Blowers
Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

78. “the very day we get to know the enough is enough of our lives; the very day we get to know that enough is lacking enough”

Tags : Advancement Assertiveness Brainy Quote Enough Enough Is Enough Quotes Inspirational Quotes Life Lessons Life Problems Moving On And Letting Go Moving On Quotes Opportunities Opportunities In Life Oppression Ponder Ponder To Wonder Tenacity Wisdom Quotes

79. “The educated ones leave, the ones with the potential to right the wrongs. They leave the weak behind. The tyrants continue to reign because the weak cannot resist. Do you not see that it is a cycle? Who will break that cycle?”

Tags : Education Fight Oppression Revolution Voice
Source : Purple Hibiscus

80. “A good man will never harm or oppress another. A good man will share his last morsel of food with others in need, and die of hunger when he no longer has any food -- instead of cheat or steal from others to survive. Selflessness. Humility. Truthfulness. These are the three marks of an honorable man.”

Tags : Honor Oppression Quotes Selflessness Suzy Kassem
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

81. “Just like freedom, Truth is not cheap. Yet both are worth more than all the gold in the world. But what is freedom, if there is no truth? And what is truth, if there is no freedom? Both are worth fighting for — because one without the other would be hell.”

Tags : Cause Cheap Corrupt Corruption Cost Cost Of Freedom Death Fight Fighting Freedom Gold Hell Justice Justice System Liberty Oppressed Oppression Price Regime Slave Truth World Worth
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

82. “We despise and abhor the bully, the brawler, the oppressor, whether in private or public life, but we despise no less the coward and the voluptuary. No man is worth calling a man who will not fight rather than submit to infamy or see those that are dear to him suffer wrong.”

Tags : Assertiveness Bully Coward Oppression Timidity

83. “. . . in no instance has a system in regard to religion been ever established, but for the purpose, as well as with the effect of its being made an instrument of intimidation, corruption, and delusion, for the support of depredation and oppression in the hands of governments.”

Tags : Corruption Delusion Government Intimidation Oppression Purpose System Of Religion
Source : Constitutional Code; For the Use All Nations and All Governments Professing Liberal Opinions Volume 1

84. “Power without compassion is like a giant that blocks the sunlight.”

Tags : Apathy Arrogance Considerate Control Cruelty Dictatorship Giant Leadership Light Oppression Political Power Protect Responsibility Selfishness Selflessness Serve Sunlight Totalitarian Tyrant
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

85. “[A] person whose head is bowed and whose eyes are heavy cannot look at the light.”

Tags : Burdens Eyes Grief Hope Hopelessness Light Oppression Sadness Salvation Sorrows Subjection
Source : Ditié de Jehanne d'Arc

86. “In this martial world dominated by men, women had little place. The Church's teachings might underpin feudal morality, yet when it came to the practicalities of life, a ruthless pragmatism often came into play. Kings and noblemen married for political advantage, and women rarely had any say in how they or their wealth were to be disposed in marriage. Kings would sell off heiresses and rich widows to the highest bidder, for political or territorial advantage, and those who resisted were heavily fined.Young girls of good birth were strictly reared, often in convents, and married off at fourteen or even earlier to suit their parents' or overlord's purposes. The betrothal of infants was not uncommon, despite the church's disapproval. It was a father's duty to bestow his daughters in marriage; if he was dead, his overlord or the King himself would act for him. Personal choice was rarely and issue.Upon marriage, a girl's property and rights became invested in her husband, to whom she owed absolute obedience. Every husband had the right to enforce this duty in whichever way he thought fit--as Eleanor was to find out to her cost. Wife-beating was common, although the Church did at this time attempt to restrict the length of the rod that a husband might use.”

Tags : Abuse Eleanor Of Aquitaine Feminism History Life Marriage Medieval Medieval History Oppression Politics Royalty Serfdom Slavery
Author : Alison Weir
Source : Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life

87. “Self-hatred is self-imprisonment. Self-forgiveness is self-liberation. You have the right to suppress yourself, oppress yourself and depress yourself. You have the right to impress yourself too. Feel happy!”

Tags : Anger Depress Don T Hate Yourself Food For Thought Forgiveness Free Freedom Happiness Happy Hatred Impress Impression Israelmore Ayivor Liberate Liberation Liberty Oppress Sad Self Imprisonment Self Liberation Suppress Suppression Unhappy Yourself
Source : Daily Drive 365

88. “Do well to impress; don't depress, suppress or oppress anyone. Inspire a soul; never despise!”

Tags : Depress Despise Food For Thought Impress Impression Inspirations Inspire Israelmore Ayivor Motivate Motivations Oppress Oppression Soul Suppress Suppression
Source : Daily Drive 365

89. “People either build a castle or a dungeon. The former by their virtues, pull people into positive edifices with gainful impression. The later by their vices, push people into negative huts with painful oppression.”

Tags : Bad Castle Dungeons Edifice Edifices Gain Gainful Good Heal Impression Israelmore Ayivor Lead People Leadership Manipulate Manipulations Manipulator Manipulators Misleaders Oppress Pain Pain And Gain Vice Vices Virtue
Source : Leaders' Ladder

90. “You should never leave your "house of bread", under any pretence, whether it is oppression, troubles or hardships.”

Tags : Bread Hardships House Leave Oppression Pretence

91. “Becoming conscious of racism does not mean you are a racist.”

Tags : Anti Racism Anti Racist Discrimination No Racism Oppressed Oppression Race Relations Racial Discrimination Racial Injustice Racial Superiority Racial Tension Racism Segregation
Author : Auliq Ice

92. “Domination is a relationship, not a condition; it depends on the participation of both parties. Hierarchical power is not just the gun in the policeman's hand; it is just as much the obedience of the ones who act as if it is always pointed at them. It is not just the government and the executives and the armed forces; it extends through society from top to bottom, an interlocking web of control and compliance. Sometimes all it takes to be complicit in the oppression of millions is to die of natural causes.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Armed Forces Compliance Complicity Crimethinc Domination Executives Government Gun Law Enforcement Oppression Participation Police Relationship Society
Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Contradictionary

93. “Men promise freedom while establishing laws; God promises laws while establishing freedom.”

Tags : Apologetics Deceit Delight Establishment Freedom God Government Grace Law Legalism Lies Love Mean Mercy Oppression Political Promise Responsibility Salvation Transformation
Author : Criss Jami

94. “[Letter to his wife, Natalia Sedova]In addition to the happiness of being a fighter for the cause of socialism, fate gave me the happiness of being her husband. During the almost forty years of our life together she remained an inexhaustible source of love, magnanimity, and tenderness. She underwent great sufferings, especially in the last period of our lives. But I find some comfort in the fact that she also knew days of happiness.For forty-three years of my conscious life I have remained a revolutionist; for forty-two of them I have fought under the banner of Marxism. If I had to begin all over again I would of course try to avoid this or that mistake, but the main course of my life would remain unchanged. I shall die a proletarian revolutionist, a Marxist, a dialectical materialist, and, consequently, an irreconcilable atheist. My faith in the communist future of mankind is not less ardent, indeed it is firmer today, than it was in the days of my youth.Natasha has just come up to the window from the courtyard and opened it wider so that the air may enter more freely into my room. I can see the bright green strip of grass beneath the wall, and the clear blue sky above the wall, and sunlight everywhere. Life is beautiful. Let the future generations cleanse it of all evil, oppression and violence, and enjoy it to the full.”

Tags : Atheism Atheist Communism Dialectical Materialism Enjoyment Happiness Hope Irreconcilable Atheism Irreconcilable Atheist Life Love Magnanimity Materialism Materialist Oppression Proletarian Red Army Revolutionist Soviet Suffering Tenderness True Love Wife Youth
Author : Leon Trotsky

95. “Wir sind das Volk!"Dieser Satz hat uns gelehrt, dass wir, wenn wir unserer Sehnsucht glauben und ihr vertrauen, die Angst verlieren können. Eine Angst, die willfährige Dienerin jeder Art von nicht legitimierter Herrschaft ist, die uns ohnmächtig macht, die uns bindet. In dem Augenblick aber, in dem wir unsere Angst als Angst benennen und Anpassung und Angst als Geschwisterkinder erkennen, sind wir möglicherweise bereit zu erproben: Können wir auch ohne sie leben? In genau diesem Augenblick wachsen uns jene Kräfte zu, die eine ganze Gesellschaft verändern können.”

Tags : Change Civil Rights Courage Democracy Dictatorship Empowerment Fear Freedom Human Rights Opposition Oppression People Society Speaking Up Strength
Author : Joachim Gauck
Source : Freiheit. Ein Plädoyer

96. “From time to time our national history has been marred by forgetfulness of the Jeffersonian principle that restraint is at the heart of liberty. In 1789 the Federalists adopted Alien and Sedition Acts in a shabby political effort to isolate the Republic from the world and to punish political criticism as seditious libel. In 1865 the Radical Republicans sought to snare private conscience in a web of oaths and affirmations of loyalty. Spokesmen for the South did service for the Nation in resisting the petty tyranny of distrustful vengeance. In the 1920's the Attorney General of the United States degraded his office by hunting political radicals as if they were Salem witches. The Nation's only gain from his efforts were the classic dissents of Holmes and Brandeis.In our own times, the old blunt instruments have again been put to work. The States have followed in the footsteps of the Federalists and have put Alien and Sedition Acts upon their statute books. An epidemic of loyalty oaths has spread across the Nation until no town or village seems to feel secure until its servants have purged themselves of all suspicion of non-conformity by swearing to their political cleanliness.Those who love the twilight speak as if public education must be training in conformity, and government support of science be public aid of caution.We have also seen a sharpening and refinement of abusive power. The legislative investigation, designed and often exercised for the achievement of high ends, has too frequently been used by the Nation and the States as a means for effecting the disgrace and degradation of private persons. Unscrupulous demagogues have used the power to investigate as tyrants of an earlier day used the bill of attainder.The architects of fear have converted a wholesome law against conspiracy into an instrument for making association a crime. Pretending to fear government they have asked government to outlaw private protest. They glorify "togetherness" when it is theirs, and call it conspiracy when it is that of others.In listing these abuses I do not mean to condemn our central effort to protect the Nation's security. The dangers that surround us have been very great, and many of our measures of vigilance have ample justification. Yet there are few among us who do not share a portion of the blame for not recognizing soon enough the dark tendency towards excess of caution.”

Tags : Anti Terrorism Anticommunism Association Civil Liberties Civil Rights Fear First Amendment Free Speech Freedom Of Association Government National Security Oppression War War On Terror

97. “When there is liberty, you expect a higher degree of freedom and not human rights abuse.”

Tags : Democracy Freedom Freedom Of Choice Freedom Of Expression Freedom Of Religion Freedom Of Speech Freedom Of The Press Freedom Of Thought Injustice Justice Liberty Oppression
Author : Auliq Ice

98. “Black and Third World people are expected to educate white people as to our humanity. Women are expected to educate men. Lesbians and gay men are expected to educate the heterosexual world. The oppressors maintain their position and evade their responsibility for their own actions. There is a constant drain of energy which might be better used in redefining ourselves and devising realistic scenarios for altering the present and constructing the future.”

Tags : Humanity Minority Oppression Race Relations Responsibility Sexual Orientation
Author : Audre Lorde
Source : Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

99. “Privilege is when you contribute to the oppression of others and then claim that you are the one being discriminated against.”

Tags : Bias Biases Denial Discrimination Hurt Hurting Inequality Lgbt Lgbtq Oppression Privilege Privileged Privileges Racism Racist Racists

100. “In asking me to contribute a mite to the memorial to Gutenberg you give me pleasure and do me honor. The world concedes without hesitation or dispute that Gutenberg’s invention is incomparably the mightiest event that has ever happened in profane history. It created a new and wonderful earth, and along with it a new hell. It has added new details, new developments and new marvels to both in every year during five centuries. It found Truth walking, and gave it a pair of wings; it found Falsehood trotting, and gave it two pair. It found Science hiding in corners and hunted; it has given it the freedom of the land, the seas and the skies, and made it the world’s welcome quest. It found the arts and occupations few, it multiplies them every year. It found the inventor shunned and despised, it has made him great and given him the globe for his estate. It found religion a master and an oppression, it has made it man’s friend and benefactor. It found War comparatively cheap but inefficient, it has made it dear but competent. It has set peoples free, and other peoples it has enslaved; it is the father and protector of human liberty, and it has made despotisms possible where they were not possible before. Whatever the world is, today, good and bad together, that is what Gutenberg’s invention has made it: for from that source it has all come. But he has our homage; for what he said to the reproaching angel in his dream has come true, and the evil wrought through his mighty invention is immeasurably outbalanced by the good it has brought to the race of men.”

Tags : Greater Good Oppression Print
Author : Mark Twain

101. “Conquest occurred through violence, and over-expolitation and oppression necessitate continued violence, so the army is present. There would be no contradiction in that, if terror reigned everywhere in the world, but the colonizer enjoys, in the mother country, democratic rights that the colonialist system refuses to the colonized native. In fact, the colonialist system favors population growth to reduce the cost of labor, and it forbids assimilation of the natives, whose numerical superiority, if they had voting rights, would shatter the system. Colonialism denies human rights to human beings whom it has subdued by violence, and keeps them by force in a state of misery and ignorance that Marx would rightly call a subhuman condition. Racism is ingrained in actions, institutions, and in the nature of the colonialist methods of production and exchange. Political and social regulations reinforce one another. Since the native is subhuman, the Declaration of Human Rights does not apply to him; inversely, since he has no rights, he is abandoned without protection to inhuman forces - brought in with the colonialist praxis, engendered every moment by the colonialist apparatus, and sustained by relations of production that define two sorts of individuals - one for whom privilege and humanity are one, who becomes a human being through exercising his rights; and the other, for whom a denial of rights sanctions misery, chronic hunger, ignorance, or, in general, 'subhumanity.”

Tags : Arabs Colonialism Colonies Democracy Europeans Human Rights Imperialism Marx Oppression Politics Racism Violence
Author : Albert Memmi
Source : The Colonizer and the Colonized

102. “Lightness and weightiness are both linked to a philosophy of life. They are choices in life. Heaviness can be the embodiment of a sense of responsibility, the expression of maturity, the result of profound meditation or the emanation of a search for meaning in life. Weightiness, however, may also lead to a feeling of oppression, when it is felt as a burden, an unbearable burden. Then time has come to let loose and things can finally lose their gravity. ( "The unbearable heaviness of being" )”

Tags : Burden Choices Gravity Heaviness Let Loose Life Lightness Maturity Meaning Meditation Oppression Philosophy Responsibility Weightiness

103. “One way to be sure you are not making the wrong decision, is to lookvertically upwards”

Tags : Bible Confusion Decision Depression Divorce God Heaven Job Marriage Ministry Oppression Prayer Resignation Separation Transfer Wedding
Author : Oche Otorkpa
Source : The Unseen Terrorist

104. “Don't be a zombie for anyone, if your oppressor likes zombies, cinemas are not located in mars.”

Tags : Abuse Anyone Bad Influence Bickering Bondage Brutality Bugger Cage Cinema Control Dictation Domination Domineering Influence Mars Movies Oppression Overbearing Prison Problem Suffering Trouble Tyranny Zombie

105. “Wananchi wanapokosa huduma za muhimu za kijamii (kama vile afya, elimu, chakula, malazi, na ulinzi) ilhali wanalipa kodi, na wameajiri serikali kuwaendeshea nchi kwa kiapo cha uaminifu wa vitabu vitakatifu, watakosa imani na serikali yao! Vilevile wataathirika kiuchumi, kijamii na kisiasa, na vita itaweza kutokea kati ya wananchi na serikali, au wananchi kwa wananchi wataweza hata kujidhuru wenyewe – nikimaanisha vita ya wenyewe kwa wenyewe. Serikali ikifuata maadili ya kazi, na kuacha udikteta na urasimu wa aina yoyote ile, au ikifanya kazi kulingana na misingi ya katiba ya nchi; wananchi watapata huduma za kijamii kama wanavyostahili, na ndoto ya haki na ustawi wa jamii itaweza kutimia. Hata hivyo, serikali inaweza kuwadhulumu wananchi wake kwa sababu ya usalama wao.”

Tags : Basic Needs Bureaucracy Citizens Civil War Constitution Country Dictatorship Dream Education Ethics Food Government Abuse Health Care Lion Oath Oppression People Politics Security Shelter Social Welfare Society Tax War

106. “Serikali inayodhulumu wananchi wake ni hatari kuliko simba.”

Tags : Allegiance Basic Needs Bureaucracy Civil War Constitution Country Dangerous Dictatorship Dream Education Equality Ethics Food Government Government Abuse Health Care Lion Oath Oppression Politics Security Social Welfare Society Tax War

107. “Joy is meant to be felt; its not meant to be detained. It is meant to be shared with others; not to be felt alone. When all the mouths smile out their teeth together, thats when the greatest happiness can be measured. You don't smile in order to see your friends cry and claim your joy is divine.”

Tags : Alone Claim Community Detain Detention Food For Thought Freedom Friend Giving God Is Love Happines Happy Impression Joyful Joyous Laugh Love Loving Measure Mouth Share Sharing Smile Teeth Victory Weeping

108. “Ignore the voice that scorns and ridicules to ensure it does not mold you. Stifling subtleties like these, if unchecked, are oppressive. Freedom is a love supreme birthright, not a privilege to be governed by any other.”

Tags : Abuse Birthright Enslave Freedom Governance Love Oppression Privilege Punish Ridicule Stifle Voice
Author : T.F. Hodge
Source : From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"

109. “The devil would be powerless if he couldn't entice people to do his work. So as long as money continues to seduce the hungry, the hopeless, the broken, the greedy, and the needy, there will always be war between brothers.”

Tags : Bad Bribes Broken Brothers Conflict Corruption Demon Devil Divided Division Entice Evil Greedy Mercenaries Mercenary Needy Oppression People Power Powerless Seduce Violence War Work
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

110. “O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, butthe 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 Englandhath given her warning to depart. O! receive the fugitive, and prepare intime an asylum for mankind.”

Tags : Freedom Opposition Oppression Rebel
Author : Thomas Paine
Source : Common Sense

111. “London is one of the world's centres of Arab journalism and political activism. The failure of left and right, the establishment and its opposition, to mount principled arguments against clerical reaction has had global ramifications. Ideas minted in Britain – the notion that it is bigoted to oppose bigotry; 'Islamophobic' to oppose clerics whose first desire is to oppress Muslims – swirl out through the press and the net to lands where they can do real harm.”

Tags : Activism Arabs Bigotry Britain Islam Islamism Islamophobia Journalism Leftism London Oppression Politics Reactionary Religion Religious Fundamentalism Right Wing Politics Theocracy United Kingdom
Author : Nick Cohen

112. “Saying of the ProphetOppressionWhen oppression exists, even the bird dies in its nest.”

Tags : Ethics Islam Modern World Muhammad Oppression Politics Religion Sufis Sufism
Author : Idries Shah
Source : Caravan of Dreams

113. “The paradigm of Western culture is that the essence of persons is dangerous; thus, they must be taught, guided and controlled by those with superior authority.”

Tags : Oppression Trustworthiness
Source : A Way of Being

114. “There are no worse oppressors than those who have been oppressed themselves for they will justify all means of self-preservation, including persecution and oppression of others, to the extent of, and worse than that which they had endured. This will weigh heavily on the souls of future generations.”

Tags : Aparthide Ethnic Cleansing Genocide Human Rights Oppression Racism
Author : H.N.Ellessy

115. “Those who are most sensitive about "politically incorrect" terminology are not the average black ghetto-dweller, Asian immigrant, abused woman or disabled person, but a minority of activists, many of whom do not even belong to any "oppressed" group but come from privileged strata of society.”

Tags : Activism Censorship Class Emotions And Attitude Gender Feminism Hypocrisy Hypocrisy In Everyone Immigrant Experience Immigrants Insanity Insanity Is Normal Liberal Hypocrisy Liberalism Oppression Oppressors Patronization Patronizing Political Insanity Politics Politics Insanity Post Feminism Shits Fucked Up Yo Society Society Thinking White Privilege
Source : Industrial Society and Its Future

116. “Any religion-based state has a mission to limit the minds of its people, to fight the developments of history and logic, and to dumb down its citizens. It’s important to stand in the way of such a mentality, to deny it from continuing its mission to murder the souls of its people, killing them deep within while they are still alive and breathing.”

Tags : Authoritarianism Freedom Of Expression History Islam Liberty Logic Oppression Persecution Religion Saudi Arabia Stultification Theocracy Totalitarianism
Author : Raif Badawi
Source : 1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think

117. “States that are built on a religious foundation limit their own people in a circle of faith and fear.”

Tags : Authoritarianism Freedom Of Expression History Islam Liberty Logic Oppression Persecution Religion Saudi Arabia Stultification Theocracy Totalitarianism
Author : Raif Badawi
Source : 1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think

118. “My biggest fear is that the enlightened Arab thinkers are gong to leave the Arab world in search of fresh air: somewhere far away from the sword of the religious authorities.”

Tags : Freespeech Islam Liberty Oppression Presecution Religion Saudi Arabia Society Theocracy
Author : Raif Badawi
Source : 1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think

119. “To criticize a person for their race is manifestly irrational and ridiculous, but to criticize their religion, that is a right. That is a freedom. The freedom to criticize ideas, any ideas - even if they are sincerely held beliefs - is one of the fundamental freedoms of society. A law which attempts to say you can criticize and ridicule ideas as long as they are not religious ideas is a very peculiar law indeed.It all points to the promotion of the idea that there should be a right not to be offended. But in my view the right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended. The right to ridicule is far more important to society than any right not to be ridiculed because one in my view represents openness - and the other represents oppression”

Tags : Belief Beliefs Criticism Criticize Freedom Freedom Of Speech Idea Ideas Offense Opinion Oppression

120. “If someone asks you why you're oppressing a world and you reply with a lot of poetic crap, no. I guess there can't be a meeting of minds.”

Tags : Consensus Crap Oppression Poetic
Author : Roger Zelazny

121. “e have men sold to build churches, women sold to support the gospel, and babes sold to purchase Bibles for the poor heathen, all for the glory of God and the good of souls. The slave auctioneer's bell and the church-going bell chime in with each other, and the bitter cries of the heart-broken slave are drowned in the religious shouts of his pious master. Revivals of religion and revivals in the slave trade go hand in hand.”

Tags : Oppression Piety Revivals Slave Slave Owners Slavery Superstition
Source : Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

122. “They [feminists] share the instinct for tyranny and destruction - and they are filled with self-loathing. In the end, leftist feminists yearn to submit to, and submerge themselves within, a despotic monolith. Because they despise their own society and are bent on its destruction, they cannot concede that adversarial cultures may be more evil, because that would legitimize their own host society - and they can't allow that. It would rob them of the moral indignation -- and the identity of being victims -- that lies at the foundation of their politics of hate.”

Tags : Destruction Feminism Feminists Left Wing Leftist Oppression Politics Tyranny Victim Politics
Author : Jamie Glazov

123. “Christie: “Even if he is – aren’t you the one who’s always saying we shouldn’t trust the wealthy, that they became that way by walking on the backs of the poor?”

Tags : Oppression Poverty Inequality Poverty Wealth Wealthy Oppress The Poor
Source : The Missionary

124. “It was the 'Are the boys doing it?' basis on which I finally decided I was against women wearing burkas. Yes, the idea is that it protects your modesty, and ensures that people regard you as a human being, rather than just a sexual object (...) But who are you being protected from? Men. And who - so long as you play by the rules, and wear the correct clothes - is protecting you from the men? Men. And who is it that is regarding you as a sexual object, instead of another human being, in the first place? Men. Well. This all seems like quite a man-based problem, really. (...) I don't know why we're suddenly having to put things on our heads to make it better.”

Tags : Double Standards Feminism Misogyny Modesty Mindsets Objectification Of Women Oppression Oppressive Body Coverings Patriarchy
Author : Caitlin Moran
Source : How to Be a Woman

125. “Elie Wiesel says that neutrality only helps the oppressor, never the victim. And I think you can apply that to journalism.”

Tags : Elie Wiesel Journalism Journalists Neutrality Oppression Oppressor Victim Victims
Author : Jorge Ramos

126. “A utopian system, when established by men, is likely to be synonymous with a dystopian depression. The only way for perfect peace by man is absolute control of all wrongs. Bully-cultures find this: with each and every mistake, another village idiot is shamed into nothingness and mindlessly shut down by the herd. This is a superficial peace made by force and by fear, one in which there is no freedom to breathe; and the reason it is impossible for man to maintain freedom and peace for everyone at the same time. Christ, on the other hand, transforms, instead of controls, by instilling his certain inner peace. This is the place where one realizes that only his holiness is and feels like true freedom, rather than like imprisonment, and, too, why Hell, I imagine, a magnified version of man's never-ending conflict between freedom and peace, would be the flesh's ultimate utopia - yet its ultimate regret.”

Tags : Artificiality Battle Bully Chaos Control Culture Depression Devil Dictatorship Establishment Fear Force Forgiveness Freedom Government Grace Holiness Imprisonment Man Mercy Philosophy Police State Reality Regret Satan Sin Society Utopia
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

127. “Being female in this world means having been robbed of the potential for human choice by men who love to hate us. One does does not make choices in freedom. Instead, one conforms in body type and behavior and values to become an object of male sexual desire, which requires an abandonment of a wide-ranging capacity for choice...Men too make choices. When will they choose not to despise us?”

Tags : Choice Feminism Freedom Men Morality Objectification Oppression Patriarchy Women
Source : Intercourse

128. “Human beings have capitalized on the silence of animals, just as certain human beings have historically imposed silence on certain other human beings by denying slaves the right to literacy, denying women the right to own property, and denying both the right to vote.”

Tags : Animals Domestication Injustice Justice Morality Oppression Power Silence Slavery Tragedy Veganism Violence
Author : Gary Steiner
Source : Animals and the Moral Community: Mental Life, Moral Status, and Kinship

129. “Not only are animals unable to avail themselves of language to assert their own rights, but many fewer humans have a clear sense of kinship with animals than have a clear sense of kinship with other humans. Among beings with subjective states of awareness, animals are the untouchable caste, those whom human others would rather not acknowledge, let alone render assistance.”

Tags : Animals Invisibility Kinship Morality Oppression Power Silence Speciesism Tragedy Violence
Author : Gary Steiner
Source : Animals and the Moral Community: Mental Life, Moral Status, and Kinship

130. “But they can rule by fraud, and by fraud eventually acquire access to the tools they need to finish the job of killing off the Constitution.''What sort of tools?''More stringent security measures. Universal electronic surveillance. No-knock laws. Stop and frisk laws. Government inspection of first-class mail. Automatic fingerprinting, photographing, blood tests, and urinalysis of any person arrested before he is charged with a crime. A law making it unlawful to resist even unlawful arrest. Laws establishing detention camps for potential subversives. Gun control laws. Restrictions on travel. The assassinations, you see, establish the need for such laws in the public mind. Instead of realizing that there is a conspiracy, conducted by a handful of men, the people reason—or are manipulated into reasoning—that the entire population must have its freedom restricted in order to protect the leaders. The people agree that they themselves can't be trusted.”

Tags : Conspiracy Freedom George Dorn Hagbard Celine Oppression Rights
Source : The Eye in the Pyramid

131. “For every King is right in his own eyes and rests the blame to whoever he wishes to carry it.”

Tags : Blame Blaming Others Dictatorship Oppression
Author : Auliq Ice

132. “I learned a lot about systems of oppression and how they can be blind to one another by talking to black men. I was once talking about gender and a man said to me, "Why does it have to be you as a woman? Why not you as a human being?" This type of question is a way of silencing a person's specific experiences. Of course I am a human being, but there are particular things that happen to me in the world because I am a woman. This same man, by the way, would often talk about his experience as a black man. (To which I should probably have responded, "Why not your experiences as a man or as a human being? Why a black man?")”

Tags : Black Men Blind Experiences Gender Human Being Oppression Question Silencing Systems Talking Woman World
Source : We Should All Be Feminists

133. “Anger - justifiable anger in the face of oppression and prejudice - should not be mistaken for hatred.”

Tags : Anger Face Hatred Justifiable Mistaken Oppression Prejudice

134. “Little Maiden Encounters FearDeepest regions walked she therelittle maiden sweet and fairventured far from the pathnever a whispernever a laugh...”

Tags : Absorbed Brotherhood Challenge Chase Consumed Danger Disguise Eerie Fairytale Friendship Hope Oppress Oppression Overcome Poem Poetry Prose Resolve Sisterhood Spirit Taken Warrior Woods
Author : Muse
Source : Enigmatic Evolution

135. “Do not allow the opinions of others to oppress you.”

Tags : Encouragement Opinions Opinions Lailah Gifty Akita Oppression Positive Mindset Self Determination Strong Will

136. “Weight and body oppression is oppressive to everyone. When you live in a society that says that one kind of body is bad and and other is good, those with “good” bodies constantly fear that their bodies will go “bad”, and those with “bad” bodies are expected feel shame and do everything they can to have “good” bodies. In the process, we torture our bodies, and do everything from engage in disordered eating to invasive surgery to make ourselves okay. Nobody wins in this kind of struggle.”

Tags : Body Acceptance Body Image Diet Dieting Diets Oppression

137. “The ignorance of the oppressed is strength for the oppressor.”

Tags : Ignorance Oppression
Author : A.R. Bernard

138. “The masters and overseers were so good at employee development, in their absence, the employees still achieved the company's mission”

Tags : Development Employees Masters Mission Oppression Slave Slavery Slaves

139. “White ain't nothing.'Mama's grip did not lessen. 'It is something, Cassie. White is something just like black is something. Everybody born on this Earth is something, and nobody, no matter what color is better than anybody else.''Then how come Mr. Simms don't know that.''Because he's one of those people who has to believe that white people are better than black people to make himself feel big.' I stared questionably at Mama, not really understanding.Mama squeezed my hadn't and explained further, 'You see, Cassie, many years ago, when our people were fist brought from Africa in chains to work as slaves in this country--''Like Big Ma's Papa and Mama?'Mama nodded. "Yes, baby. Like Papa Luke and Mama Rachael. Except they were born right here is Mississippi, but their grandparents were born in Africa. And when they came, there was some white people who thought that is was wrong for any people to be slaves. So the people who needed slaves to work in their fields and the people who were making money bringing slaves from Africa preached that black people weren't really people like white people were, so slavery was all right. They also said that slavery was good for us because it thought us to be good Christians, like the white people.' She sighed deeply, her voice fading into a distant whisper, 'But they didn't teach us Christianity to save our souls, but to teach us obedience. They were afraid of slave revolts and they wanted us to learn the Bible's teachings about slaves being loyal to their masters. But even teaching Christianity didn't make us stop wanting to be free and many slaves ran away.”

Tags : African Americans Christianity Civil Liberty Equality Freedom Inequality Mississippi Oppression Race Slavery Slaves

140. “It is impossible to enslave, mentally or socially, a bible-reading people. The principles of the bible are the groundwork of human freedom.”

Tags : Bible Freedom God Law Liberty Oppression Slavery Truth

141. “As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.”

Tags : Awareness Darkness Liberty Nightfall Oppression Twilight Watchfulness
Source : The Douglas Letters: Selections from the Private Papers of Justice William O. Douglas

142. “They'll never build a fence high enough or a wall thick enough to keep freedom out.”

Tags : Freedom Oppression Tyranny
Author : Marty Rubin

143. “And the truth must finally lie in that which every oppressed individual feels within himself but hasn't the courage to express”

Tags : Life Oppression Suppression Truth
Author : Wilhelm Reich
Source : Beyond Psychology: Letters and Journals, 1934-1939

144. “Civil disobedience, as I put it to the audience, was not the problem, despite the warnings of some that it threatened social stability, that it led to anarchy. The greatest danger, I argued, was civil obedience, the submission of individual conscience to governmental authority. Such obedience led to the horrors we saw in totalitarian states, and in liberal states it led to the public's acceptance of war whenever the so-called democratic government decided on it...In such a world, the rule of law maintains things as they are. Therefore, to begin the process of change, to stop a war, to establish justice, it may be necessary to break the law, to commit acts of civil disobedience, as Southern black did, as antiwar protesters did.”

Tags : Acquiescence Civil Disobedience Dangers Of Obedience Justice Oppression Rule Of Law
Author : Howard Zinn
Source : You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times

145. “Violence does not necessarily take people by the throat and strangle them. Usually it demands no more than an ultimate allegiance from its subjects. They are required merely to become accomplices in its lies.”

Tags : Acquiescence Oppression Violence

146. “When I write, I try to represent the voices of people I've known who had no voice.”

Tags : Author Quote Bravery Carla H Krueger Life Quote Oppression Represent Speak Up Underdog Writing From The Heart

147. “But no one could say he hadn't gotten even. He could not count the field women whom he had sexually degraded and demoralized and in whom he had left his seed so their bastard children would be a daily visual reminder of what a plantation white man could do to a plantation black woman whenever he wanted, nor could he count the black men whom he had made fear his blackjack as they would fear Satan himself, making each of them a lifetime enemy of all white people.”

Tags : Blackjack Crime Degrade Fear Hatred Oppression Plantations Racism Rape Satan Southern
Source : Jolie Blon's Bounce

148. “When Hughes writes, in the first two lines of his poem, “Let America be America again/ Let it be the dream it used to be,” he acknowledges that America is primarily a dream, a hope, an aspiration, that may never be fully attainable, but that spurs us to be better, to be larger. He follows this with the repeated counterpoint, “America never was America to me,” and through the rest of this remarkable poem he alternates between the oppressed and the wronged of America, and the great dreams that they have for their country, that can never be extinguished.”

Tags : America American Dreams Civil Rights Dreams Improvement Langston Hughes Oppression Poetry United States United States Of America Us Usa

149. “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.”

Tags : Aim American Indian Movement Civil Rights Native Americans Oppression
Source : Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance

150. “We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface hidden tension that is already alive”

Tags : Civil Rights Conflict Resolution Confronting Privilege Empathy Nonviolence Nonviolent Conflict Resolution Oppression Oppressors Privilege Racism Social Justice Tension White Privilege

151. “...the majority in a democracy has no more right to tyrannize over a minority than, under a different system, the latter would to oppress the former.”

Tags : Civil Rights Democracy Oppression
Source : Thomas Hart Benton

152. “The patriarchy longs for the days 'when men were men' and women were oppressed, subservient - and they can see no wrong in it. It justifies its former power and lust to hold on to it - and if possible, to regain it by quoting fundamentalist and radical religion and tradition and calling it 'love'. Some love. How can oppression and power over another person's life ever be 'love'?”

Tags : Fundamentalist Justifies Love Lust Men Were Men Oppressed Oppression Patriarchy Power Radical Religion Subservient Tradition Women Wrong
Source : Autumn Burning: Dreadtime Stories for the Wicked Soul

153. “P15 - Our advanced technological society is rapidly making objects of us and subtly programming us into conformity to the logic of its system to the degree that this happens, we are also becoming submerged in a new "Culture of Silence".”

Tags : Modern Society Oppression Technology
Author : Paulo Freire
Source : Pedagogy of the Oppressed

154. “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.”

Tags : Assets Force Government Governments Guns Libertarian Liberty Money Oppress Oppression Resistance Rob Robber State Steal Stealing Tax Taxes Theft Thievery Violence Wealth

155. “In the heart of appeasement there's the fear of rejection, and in acts of fear there are mirrors of oppression.”

Tags : Appeasement Art Failure Fear Insecurity Mirror Oppression Reflection Rejection Slavery
Author : Criss Jami

156. “Centuries of social conditioning has created a generational fear among women of being perceived as masculine.This is where all the shaming and labels come into play, which perpetuate the oppression of girls and women. As a society we shame girls with deep voices or masculine features and we shame boys with soft voices or effeminate gestures. Girls get called "too manly" and boys get called "too girly". The only solution I can think of is to be unashamedly "you". If that means challenging stereotypes and gender norms, go right ahead!”

Tags : Feminine Feminism Feminist Quotes Gender Identity Masculine Miya Yamanouchi Oppression Social Conditioning Societal Norms Stereotypes
Source : Embrace Your Sexual Self: A Practical Guide for Women

157. “Oh! What honour for the female sex! It is perfectly obvious that God has special regard for it when all these wretched people who destroyed the whole Kingdom – now recovered and made safe by a woman, something that 5000 men could not have done – and the traitors [have been] exterminated. Before the event they would scarcely have believed this possible.”

Tags : Courage Empowerment Feminism Freedom Gender Joan Of Arc Leadership Men Oppression Respect Salvation Strength Victory War Women
Source : Ditié de Jehanne d'Arc

158. “When we take your person into account, you who are a young maiden, to whom God gives the strength and power to be the champion who casts the rebels down and feeds France with the sweet, nourishing milk of peace, here indeed is something quite extraordinary! For if God performed such a great number of miracles through Joshua who conquered many a place and cast down many an enemy, he, Joshua, was a strong and powerful man. But, after all, a woman – a simple shepherdess – braver than any man ever was in Rome! As far as God is concerned, this was easily accomplished. But as for us, we never heard tell of such an extraordinary marvel, for the prowess of all the great men of the past cannot be compared to this woman's whose concern it is to cast out our enemies. This is God's doing: it is He who guides her and who has given her a heart greater than that of any man.”

Tags : Courage Empowerment Feminism Freedom Gender Joan Of Arc Leadership Men Oppression Respect Salvation Strength Victory War Women
Source : Ditié de Jehanne d'Arc

159. “Masculinity cannot exist without femininity. On its own, masculinity has no meaning, because it is but one half of a set of power relations. Masculinity pertains to male dominance as femininity pertains to female subordination.”

Tags : Feminism Masculinity Oppression Power Radical Feminism
Source : Unpacking Queer Politics: A Lesbian Feminist Perspective

160. “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.”

Tags : Nobel Peace Prize Nonviolence Oppression

161. “In our native terms, the ironic style is often compounded with the sardonic and the hard-boiled; even the effortlessly superior. But irony originates in the glance and the shrug of the loser, the outsider, the despised minority. It is a nuance that comes most effortlessly to the oppressed.”

Tags : Dissent Irony Losers Minorities Oppression Outsiders
Source : Unacknowledged Legislation: Writers in the Public Sphere

162. “Weak men cannot handle power. It will either crush them, or they will use it to crush others”

Tags : Bold Corruption Cowardice Government Oppression Power Tyranny Weakness And Strength
Source : The English Pirate

163. “Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education.”

Tags : Book Burning Books Censorship Education Freedom Of Thought Inquisition Intolerance Liberalism Oppression
Source : Essays on Education

164. “Sexual objectification doesn't get oppressive until it is done consistently, and to a specific group of people, and with no regard whatsoever paid to their humanity. Then it ceases to become about desire and starts to be about control. Seeing another person as meat and fat and bone and nothing else gives you power over them, if only for an instant. Structural sexual objection of women draws that instant out into an entire matrix of hurt. It tells us that women are bodies first, idealised, subservient bodies, and men are not.”

Tags : Control Feminism Feminist Theory Oppression Sexual Objectification
Author : Laurie Penny
Source : Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution

165. “The act of claiming an identity can be transformational. It can provide healing and empowerment. It can weld solidarity within a community. And, perhaps most importantly, it can diminish power from an oppressor, a dominant group.”

Tags : Community Dominant Identity Oppression Power Privilege Race Racism Reappropriation Reclaiming Social Justice
Author : Simon Tam

166. “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.”

Tags : Chaos Colonialism Feminism History Nature Oppression Order Postcolonialism Religion Theology
Source : Face of the Deep: A Theology of Becoming

167. “But too often men react to women in positions of power with misogyny, often in sexualized terms. I have heard men in such situations talk about how "I'd like to fuck that bitch and teach her a lesson," for example. That kind of reaction demonstrates that no matter what the class position of a man and woman, men can use the weapon of sexualized violence to attempt to assert their dominance.”

Tags : Men Misogyny Oppression Radical Feminism Sexism Sexual Violence Women
Author : Robert Jensen

168. “Women are prevented by the threat and reality of male violence from entering public space on equal terms with male citizens.”

Tags : Male Violence Oppression Radical Feminism
Source : Unpacking Queer Politics: A Lesbian Feminist Perspective

169. “Take terrorism, one example among the methods used in that struggle. We know that leftist tradition condemns terrorism and political assassination. When the colonized uses them, the leftist colonizer becomes unbearably embarrassed. He makes an effort to separate them from the colonized's voluntary action; to make an epiphenomenon out of his struggle. They are spontaneous outbursts of masses too long oppressed, or better yet, acts by unstable, untrustworthy elements which the leader of the movement has difficulty in controlling. Even in Europe, very few people admitted that the oppression of the colonized was so great, the disproportion of forces so overwhelming, that they had reached the point, whether morally correct or not, of using violent means voluntarily. The leftist colonizer tried in vain to explain actions which seemed incomprehensible, shocking and politically absurd. For example, the death of children and persons outside of the struggle, or even of colonized persons who, without being basically opposed, disapproved of some small aspect of the undertaking. At first he was so disconcerted that the best he could do was to deny such actions; for they would fit nowhere in his view of the problem. That it could be the cruelty of oppression which explained the blind fury of the reaction hardly seemed to be an argument to him; he can't approve acts of the colonized which he condemns in the colonizers because these are exactly why he condemns colonization.Then, after having suspected the information to be false, he says, as a last resort, that such deeds are errors, that is, they should not belong to the essence of the movement. He bravely asserts that the leaders certainly disapprove of them. A newspaper-man who always supported the cause of the colonized, weary of waiting for censure which was not forthcoming, finally called on certain leaders to take a public stand against the outrages, Of course, received no reply; he did not have the additional naïveté to insist.”

Tags : Colonialism Imperialism Islam Liberal Oppression Terrorism Violence
Author : Albert Memmi
Source : The Colonizer and the Colonized

170. “When the rich and the powerful rise they leave the powerless and the poor without possibility.”

Tags : Bribed Bribery Bribes Bribing Cost Of Living Misery Oppressed Oppression Poverty
Author : Auliq Ice

171. “To be something abnormal meant that you were to serve the normal. And if you refused, they hated you... and often the normal hated you even when you did serve them.”

Tags : Equality Hatred Injustice Justice Normalcy Oppression
Source : Who Fears Death

172. “... You can only properly oppress people through a stability bordering on stagnation.”

Tags : Comfortable Oppression Politics Stagnant
Source : 8-Bit Theater

173. “There are many forms of tyrants, but there are none so terrible as those stifling their own people in the name of freedom.”

Tags : Catholic Catholic Author Christian Dark Truths Freedom Governments Hard Truths Hypocrisy Jrr Tolkien Liberty Lord Of The Rings Loss Of Freedom Lotr Oppression Politicians Sad But True Truth Tyrants
Source : Lord of the Rings: Apocalyptic Prophecies

174. “Other unsolved murders or untimely deaths were readily blamed on the supposedly sinister Jews: If a Jewish doctor failed to save a life, the whole Jewish community might be attacked and fined.”

Tags : Antisemitism Britain British Oppression Racism White Privilege
Author : Robert Winder
Source : Bloody Foreigners: The Story of Immigration to Britain

175. “All we can infer (from the archaeological shards dug up in Berkshire, Devon and Yorkshire) is that the first Britons, whoever they were and however they came, arrived from elsewhere. The land (Britain) was once utterly uninhibited. Then people came.”

Tags : Britain British England English Immigrants Migrants Oppression Race Relations Racism White Privilege
Author : Robert Winder
Source : Bloody Foreigners: The Story of Immigration to Britain

176. “At first glance it seems strange that the attitude of the anti-Semite can be equated with that of the negrophobe. It was my philosophy teacher from the Antilles who reminded me one day: “When you hear someone insulting the Jews pay attention; he is talking about you.” And I believed at the time he was universally right, meaning that I was responsible in my body and my soul for the fate reserved for my brother. Since then, I have understood that what he meant quite simply was the anti-Semite is inevitably a negrophobe.”

Tags : Antisemitism Oppression Racism
Author : Frantz Fanon
Source : Black Skin, White Masks

177. “In a society in which equality is a fact, not merely a word, words of racial or sexual assault and humiliation will be nonsense syllables.”

Tags : Inequality Language Oppression Power Racism Sexism Sociolinguistics

178. “Look, people need to conform the external reality they face daily with this subjective feeling they likewise experience constantly. To do this they have two options. First, they can achieve what passes for great things. Now the external reality matches their feeling; they really are better than the rest and maybe they'll even be remembered as such. These are the ambitious people, the overachievers. These are also, however, the people who go on these abominable talk shows where they can trade their psychoses for exposure on that box, modernity's ultimate achievement. Not that this tact, being ambitious, is not the preferred course of action. The reason is it's the equivalent of sticking your neck out which we all know is dangerous. Instead many act like they have no ambition whatsoever. Their necks come back in and they're safe. Only problem is now they're at everyone else's level, which we've seen is untenable. The remedy of course is that everyone else needs to be sunk. This helps explain racism's enduring popularity. If I myself don't appear to be markedly superior to everyone else at least I'm part of the better race, country, religion et cetera. This in turn reflects well on my individual worth. There are other options, of course. For example, you can constantly bemoan others' lack of moral worth by extension elevating yourself. Think of the average person's reaction to our clients. Do these people strike you as so truly righteous that they are viscerally pained by our clients' misdeeds or are they similarly flawed people looking for anything to hang their hat on? The latter obviously, they're vermin.”

Tags : Criminal Justice Domination Oppression People Racism Reality Righteousness The Populace
Source : A Naked Singularity

179. “It is amazing how dispiriting it can be to enter a learning environment and to be made immediately to suppress your own exploratory inclinations. So many learning environments in the world are still like this. Don’t question what you are taught! Just listen and get good marks on the test! It conditions us to be slaves. The minute we abandon our inquisitive nature, we cede our consciences to the whims of tyrants. We are capable of better. We owe it to ourselves and each other to create better opportunities that enhance human potential. Education is the externality that allows for this, but our methods of education must promote self-guidance and self-reliance.”

Tags : Drones Education Educational Philosophy Educational Reform Exploratory Learning Externality Hegemony Human Potential Inquistive Nature Oppression Self Growth Self Guidance Self Help Self Reliance Slaves Spirit Breaking Suppression Tyranny
Author : Ashim Shanker
Source : Sinew of the Social Species

180. “They oppressed us but unable to kill our spirit.”

Tags : Characteristics Of Leadership Inner Strength Quotes Inspirational Quotes Inspiring Thoughts Quotes Motivational Quotes Obstacles Quotes Oppression Overcomer Quotes Overcoming Obstacles Positive Motivation Positive Quotes Positive Thinking Quotes Problems Quotes Spiritual Quotes Spiritual Warfare Strength And Courage Strength Of Spirit Strength Through Adversity Surviving Hard Times Surviving Life Surviving Spirit Troubles Quotes Uplifting Quotes Wise Quotes Wise Words
Source : Think Great: Be Great!

181. “Millions of couples out there practiced the art of sadomasochism every day, without even realizing it. They went to work, came back, complained about everything, insulted their wife or were insulted by her, felt wretched, but were, nonetheless, tightly bound to their own unhappiness, not realizing that all it would take was a single gesture, a final goodbye, to free them from that oppression.”

Tags : Freedom Limits Oppression Sadomasochism Sex Sexuality Unhappiness
Author : Paulo Coelho
Source : Eleven Minutes

182. “Difficult times do not produce gentility, as if there is an angle hovering over the world of the oppressed.”

Tags : Apartheid Oppression Violence
Source : Thin Blue: The Unwritten Rules of Policing South Africa

183. “Convention is a jealous god and, like Saturn, eats its babies.”

Tags : Convention Custom Oppression Repression Tradition
Author : Marty Rubin

184. “After centuries of marginalization and neglect, we need to cast our own movements, projects, and ideas as a battle for relevancy in the face of historical manipulation, exploitation, and oppression. We need to fight, tooth and nail, for equity in all areas of social life. One point to make clear, ethnic and racial minorities are not looking for scraps or a handout from the old paternalistic system but an equitable, stable, and leveled playing field.”

Tags : Battle Equality Exploitation Fight Manipulation Marginalization Minorities Multiculturalism Neglect Oppression Social Life
Source : Twenty-first Century Dynamics of Multiculturalism: Beyond Post-racial America

185. “God's Word teaches a very hard, disturbing truth. Those who neglect the poor and the oppressed are really not God's people at all—no matter how frequently they practice their religious rituals nor how orthodox are their creeds and confessions.”

Tags : Bible Confession Creeds God S Word Neglect Oppression Orthodox Poor Poverty Religion Rituals Truth Wealth
Source : Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity

186. “Everyone who is not happy must be shot.”

Tags : Happiness Oppression Shooting Violence
Source : The Little Drummer Girl

187. “Tyranny is always better organized than freedom.”

Tags : Charles Freedom Government Oppression Organized Peguy The State Tyranny

188. “I think that when in doubt about the truth of an issue, it's safer and in better taste to select the least numerous of the adversaries.”

Tags : Challenge Doubt Minority Opinion Oppression Subversion Truth
Author : Ayn Rand
Source : We the Living

189. “Let them shoot us in the head,My blood will grow rootsand will blossom.”

Tags : Creativity Oppression Poetry Tyranny
Author : Visar Zhiti
Source : The Condemned Apple: Selected Poetry

190. “ABYSSOur country livesAmong the deadAnd dies among the livingSometimes.”

Tags : Countyr Nationalism Oppression Patriotism Tyranny
Author : Visar Zhiti
Source : The Condemned Apple: Selected Poetry

191. “Sometimes, the anger built up so much that people had to scream out their treasonous thoughts just to keep on breathing. Maybe not all of the were really crazy, but it was best for everyone involved to pretend that they were.”

Tags : Oppression Tyranny
Author : Ken Liu
Source : The Grace of Kings

192. “Law without reason is criminal.”

Tags : Control Crime Criminal Dictatorship Freedom Hypocrisy Law Legalism Meaning Oppression Purpose Reason Rights Rules Totalitarianism Tyranny
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

193. “The tyrant grinds down his slaves and they don't turn against him, they crush those beneath them.”

Tags : Oppression Revenge Transference Tyranny
Author : Emily Brontë

194. “If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. ...Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. ...Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

Tags : Justice Oppression Power Progress Tyranny

195. “So long as tyranny exists, in whatever form, man's deepest aspiration must resist it as inevitably as man must breathe.”

Tags : Anarchy Inequality Justice Oppression Resistance Tyranny
Author : Emma Goldman

196. “As history has also shown, especially in the twentieth century, one of the first things an ideologue will do after achieving absolute power is kill.”

Tags : Absolute Power Government History Ideologue Oppression Political Philosophy Politics Power Progressives Revolt Revolution Rule Violence
Author : Thomas Sowell
Source : The Quest for Cosmic Justice

197. “Nature gives children great emotional resilience to help them survive the oppressions of being small, but these oppressions still make them into slightly insane adults, either mad to seize all the power they once lacked or (more usually) mad to avoid it.”

Tags : Adolescents Adult Children Criticism Oppression Psychology Society Survivalism
Author : Alasdair Gray
Source : Poor Things

198. “It is high time for the living to get tough, for toughness is indispensable in the struggle to safeguard and develop the life-force; this will not detract from their goodness, as long as they stand courageously by the truth. There is ground for hope in the fact that among millions of decent, hard-working people there are only a few plague-ridden individuals, who do untold harm by appealing to the dark, dangerous drives of the armored average man and mobilizing him for political murder. There is but one antidote to the average man's predisposition to plague: his own feelings for true life. The life force does not seek power but demands only to play its full and acknowledged part in human affairs. It manifests itself through love, work and knowledge.”

Tags : Emotional Plague Exploitation Knowledge Love Oppression Orgone Politics Work
Author : Wilhelm Reich
Source : Listen, Little Man!

199. “Society's revenge matched its fright.”

Tags : Oppression Overreaction Punishment Terrorism
Source : The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914

200. “...den store folkesygdom, kilden til al vor fortræd, er den sort kristendom, som af træle prækes for træle, og hvori hælvedes-straffen og læren om guds-billedet, ifølge hvilken alt fribåret (som menneske-båret) er synd, bare synd, – holder folket ræd, hælvedes-ræd, præste-ræd.”

Tags : Christianity Faith Fear Liberty Oppression Original Sin