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17 Oppression Quotes

Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing [a people] to slavery.

Thomas Jefferson Quotes

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

Meridel Le Sueur Quotes

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No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.

Joseph Addison Quotes

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Oppression can only survive through silence.

John Locke Quotes

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Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

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Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.

Frederick Douglass Quotes

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

Saul Bellow Quotes

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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 Quotes

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

Anna Sewell Quotes

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

General Iberico Saint Jean Quotes

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[Bigotry's] birthplace is the sinister back room of the mind where plots and schemes are hatched for the persecution and oppression of other human beings.

Bayard Ruskin Quotes

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

Simone Weil Quotes

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The oppression of any people for opinion's sake has rarely had any other effect than to fix those opinions deeper and render them more important.

Hosea Ballou Quotes

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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 Quotes

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No other offense has ever been visited with such severe penalties as seeking to help the oppressed.

Clarence Darrow Quotes

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

Booker T. Washington Quotes

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

Tacitus Quotes

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