Quotations on Oppression

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In the past I have defended the right of the IRA to engage in armed struggle. I did so because there was no alternative for those who would not bend the knee, or turn a blind eye to oppression, or for those who wanted a national republic.
- Gerry Adams
(Keywords: Blind, Eye, Oppression, Past, Right, Struggle)

What we call soul has been around a long time. It comes out of a particular culture that is African in origin, but influenced by 250 years of slavery, as well as other forms of racial oppression.
- Roy Ayers
(Keywords: Time, Soul, African, Culture, Oppression, Slavery, Years)

All oppression creates a state of war.
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Keywords: War, Oppression, State)

Fascism is fascism. Terrorism is terrorism. Oppression is oppression.
- Harry Belafonte
(Keywords: Fascism, Oppression, Terrorism)

I have always striven to raise the voice of hope for a world where hate gives way to respect and oppression to liberation.
- Theodore Bikel
(Keywords: Hope, Hate, Oppression, Respect, Voice, World)

Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.
- Louis D. Brandeis
(Keywords: Men, Women, Fear, Free speech, Injury, Oppression, Witches)

Black people must address itself to the causes of poverty. That's oppression in this country.
- H. Rap Brown
(Keywords: People, Causes, Country, Oppression, Poverty)

There is no doubt that Iraqis, like Australians and Americans, love and desire freedom. However, if freedom doesn't mean the right to complete self-determination, unfettered by interests other than one's own, then that freedom is less than worthless - it's oppression.
- Amir Butler
(Keywords: Love, Americans, Desire, Doubt, Freedom, Oppression, Right, Self)

At the Carter Center we work with victims of oppression, and we give support to human rights heroes.
- Jimmy Carter
(Keywords: Work, Rights, Heroes, Human rights, Oppression, Support, Victims)

Under adversity, under oppression, the words begin to fail, the easy words begin to fail. In order to convey things accurately, the human being is almost forced to find the most precise words possible, which is a precondition for literature.
- Rita Dove
(Keywords: Adversity, Being, Literature, Oppression, Order, Words)

We must not enable anyone to impose his personal view regarding religion on others by force, oppression, or pressure.
- Shirin Ebadi
(Keywords: Religion, Force, Oppression, Pressure)

As there is oppression of the majority such oppression will be fought with increasing hatred.
- Bram Fischer
(Keywords: Hatred, Majority, Oppression, Will)

People have got to get together and work together. I'm tired of the kind of oppression that white people have inflicted on us and are still trying to inflict.
- Fannie Lou Hamer
(Keywords: Work, People, Oppression, Trying)

You cannot raise the standard against oppression, or leap into the breach to relieve injustice, and still keep an open mind to every disconcerting fact, or an open ear to the cold voice of doubt.
- Learned Hand
(Keywords: Doubt, Fact, Injustice, Mind, Open, Oppression, Voice)

When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.
- Robert A. Heinlein
(Keywords: Government, Church, End, Forbidden, May, Motives, Oppression, Result, Tyranny)

The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.
- Thomas Jefferson
(Keywords: Error, Humanity, Oppression, Reason, World)

All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
- Thomas Jefferson
(Keywords: Rights, Law, Majority, Mind, Minority, Oppression, Will)

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.
- John F. Kennedy
(Keywords: Beliefs, Commitment, Oppression, Persecution, Tolerance)

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Keywords: People, Cruelty, Oppression, Silence, Tragedy)

America is just the country that how all the written guarantees in the world for freedom are no protection against tyranny and oppression of the worst kind. There the politician has come to be looked upon as the very scum of society.
- Peter Kropotkin
(Keywords: Society, America, Country, Freedom, Oppression, Protection, Tyranny, World)

We shall all respect the principles of each other and do nothing that would be regarded as an act of oppression to any portion of the people.
- Alexander Mackenzie
(Keywords: People, Act, Nothing, Oppression, Principles, Respect)

To the press alone, chequered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.
- James Madison
(Keywords: Error, Humanity, Oppression, Reason, World)

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
- James Madison
(Keywords: Enemy, Fighting, Land, Oppression, Tyranny, Will)

Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression.
- Malcolm X
(Keywords: Power, Defense, Freedom, Oppression, Tyranny)

Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.
- Nelson Mandela
(Keywords: Experience, Land, Oppression, Will)

America and its allies are engaged in a war against a terrorist movement that spans all corners of the globe. It is sparked by radical ideologues that breed hatred, oppression, and violence against all of their declared enemies.
- Kenny Marchant
(Keywords: War, America, Enemies, Hatred, Oppression, Radical, Violence)

We have a right, also, in various ways, to act upon our unfavorable opinion of anyone, not to the oppression of his individuality, but in the exercise of ours.
- John Stuart Mill
(Keywords: Act, Exercise, Individuality, Opinion, Oppression, Right)

A sexual revolution begins with the emancipation of women, who are the chief victims of patriarchy, and also with the ending of homosexual oppression.
- Kate Millett
(Keywords: Women, Ending, Revolution, Oppression, Victims)

My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
- Vladimir Nabokov
(Keywords: Music, Crime, Cruelty, Oppression, Stupidity)

The people of Nicaragua were suffering oppression. This made us develop an awareness which eventually led us to commit ourselves to the struggle against the domination of the capitalists of our country in collusion with the U.S. government, i.e. imperialism.
- Daniel Ortega
(Keywords: Government, People, Awareness, Country, Oppression, Struggle, Suffering)

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
- Thomas Paine
(Keywords: Duty, Enemy, Liberty, Oppression, Will)

Much reading is an oppression of the mind, and extinguishes the natural candle, which is the reason of so many senseless scholars in the world.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Mind, Oppression, Reading, Reason, World)

Instead, in the absence of respect for human rights, science and its offspring technology have been used in this century as brutal instruments for oppression.
- John Charles Polanyi
(Keywords: Science, Technology, Absence, Rights, Human rights, Oppression, Respect)

Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against such oppression.
- James K. Polk
(Keywords: Constitution, Oppression, Right)

Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).
- Ayn Rand
(Keywords: Earth, Rights, Majority, Minority, Oppression, Public, Vote)

Half a world away nations that once lived under oppression and tyranny are now budding democracies due in large part to America 's leadership and the sacrifices of our military.
- Bob Riley
(Keywords: Leadership, America, Military, Nations, Now, Oppression, Tyranny, World)

It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home.
- Carl T. Rowan
(Keywords: Home, Discrimination, Injustice, Oppression, World)

War, famine, poverty and oppression of the workers will continue while woman makes life cheap. They will cease only when she limits her reproductivity and human life is no longer a thing to be wasted.
- Margaret Sanger
(Keywords: Life, War, Famine, Limits, Oppression, Poverty, Will, Woman, Workers)

If you see oppression of the poor, and justice and righteousness trampled in a country, do not be astounded.
- King Solomon
(Keywords: Country, Justice, Oppression, Poor, Righteousness)

Because some people have sex with people of the same sex, an entire culture has been created, broadly speaking, out of oppression. Which in a rational world would not be an issue.
- Neil Tennant
(Keywords: Sex, People, Culture, Oppression, World)

In a world without the law of God, you have chaos, oppression, tyranny, and everyone doing what is right in their own eyes.
- Randall Terry
(Keywords: God, Chaos, Eyes, Law, Oppression, Right, Tyranny, World)

All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.
- Noah Webster
(Keywords: Men, War, Bible, Ambition, Crime, Injustice, Oppression, Slavery, Vice)

Without the communist oppression, I am absolutely sure I would now be a local stupid professor of philosophy in Ljubljana.
- Slavoj Zizek
(Keywords: Now, Oppression, Philosophy)









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