Opression Quotes

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Marjane Satrapi
“The regime had understood that one person leaving her house while asking herself:
Are my trousers long enough?
Is my veil in place?
Can my make-up be seen?
Are they going to whip me?

No longer asks herself:
Where is my freedom of thought?
Where is my freedom of speech?
My life, is it liveable?
What's going on in the political prisons?”
Marjane Satrapi, The Complete Persepolis

“If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves?”
Mary Astell

Martin Luther King Jr.
“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail

“They make a desolation and call it peace.”
Gaius Cornelius Tacitus, C. Cornelii Taciti Germania, Agricola, Et de Oratoribus Dialogus

Thomas Jefferson
“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and opressions of the body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”
Thomas Jefferson

Maximilien Robespierre
“To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is cruelty.”
Maximilien de Robespierre

“Mary’s childhood was rough. She was frequently beaten and chastised by the nuns who served as her protectors and brutalized by the older girls in the orphanage.

Oh how I wept those first few years of my life. My tears came like tropical storms. Every pore in my body wept. I heaved and shuddered and sighed. Everything around me seemed dark and terrifying.”
Maria Nhambu, Africa's Child

Frederick Douglass
“This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. 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 with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
Frederick Douglass

Jean-Dominique Bauby
“My diving bell becomes less oppressive, and my mind takes flight like a butterfly.”
Jean-Dominique Bauby, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

“Pretend you are a foolish to the tyrant – because if he realizes you are a genius, he might use you to harm others.”
A Gentlemen

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“Every revolution starts with the aim to help the poor, but when the poor get it they forget who they were and become the new oppressors. The cycle goes on forever”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

Martin Luther King Jr.
“My friends, I must say to you that we have not made a single gain in civil rights without determined legal and nonviolent pressure. Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups tend to be more immoral than individuals.”
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail

Mehmet Murat ildan
“The name of the regime where media is on the side of the government is undoubtedly fascism, a regime of the sick minds where freedoms are drowned in the cold waters of oppressions!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

“The collective heartbeat of the oppressed will always be louder than any missile strike, gunshot or bomb.”

Kent Marrero
“Language has everything to do with oppression and liberation. When the word "victory" means conquer vs. harmony and the word "equality" means homogenization vs. unity in/through diversity, then the liberation of a people from a "minority" class to "communal stakeholders" becomes much more difficult. Oppression has deep linguistic roots. We see it in conversations which interchange the idea of struggle with suffering in order to normalize abuse. We are the creators of our language, and our definitions shape the perceptions we have of the world. The first step to ending oppression is finding a better method of communication which is not solely dependent on a language rooted in the ideology of oppressive structures.”
Cristina Marrero

Mary Daly
“Since patriarchy is the perpetual poorhouse in which women are stored/restored, afflicted with poverty of spirit, imagination, intellect, passion, physical vigor, as well as economic poverty, it is clear - and clearer than ever - that we have basically Nothing to loose.”
Mary Daly, Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women's Liberation

Emily Brontë
“You forget you have a master here,'' says the tyrant. ''I'll demolish the first who puts me out of temper! I insist on perfect sobriety and silence. Oh, boy! was that you? Frances, darling, pull his hair as you go by; I heard him snap his fingers.''
'Frances pulled his hair heartily;”
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

Angela Y. Davis
“les gens n'ont pas une mémoire aussi longue que les institutions, en particulier les institutions répressives.”
Angela Y. Davis, Une lutte sans trêve

Wayne Gerard Trotman
“Judicial systems that enforce inequality as law are tools of subjugation.”
Wayne Gerard Trotman

Mary Daly
“The exploitative sexual caste system could not be perpetuated without the consent of the victims as well as of the dominant sex, and such consent if obtained through sex role socialization - a conditioning process which beings to operate the moment we are born, and which is enforced by most institutions. Parents, friends, teachers, textbook authors and illustrators, advertisers, those who control the mass media, toy and clothes manufacturers, professionals such a doctors and psychologists - all contribute to the socialization process. This happens through dynamics that are largely uncalculated and unconscious, yet which reinforce the assumptions, attitudes, stereotypes, customs, and arrangements of sexually hierarchical society.
The fact of womne's low caste status has been - and is - disguised. It is masked, first of all, by sex role segregation, as in a ghetto, for it makes possible the delusion that women should be "equal but different". Sexual caste is hidden also by the fact that women have various forms of *derivative status* as a consequence of relationships with men. That is, women have duality of status, and the derivative aspect of this status - for example, as daughters and wives - divides us against each other and encourages identification with patriarchal institutions which serve the interests of men at the expense of women. Finally sexual caste is hidden by ideologies that bestow false identities upon women and men. Patriarchal religion has served to perpetuate all of these dynamics of delusion, naming them "natural" and bestowing its supernatural blessings upon them. The system has been advertised as "according to the divine plan".”
Mary Daly, Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women's Liberation

Emily Brontë
“The service lasted precisely three hours; and yet my brother had the face to exclaim, when he saw us descending,
' ''What, done already?''
'On Sunday evenings we used to be permitted to play, if we did not make much noise; now a mere titter is sufficient to send us into corners!”
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

“You do not know black if you haven’t been shot. Being black is great target practice.”
Jerm Davitos

Simon Brass
“Within the elaborate tableau of illusions weaved by every optimist lies a cynic longing to escape from its cave. This is not a world redeemed, but one saturated with oppression and misery. That is its currency. I feel as if I am Atlas, but instead of carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders, I am crushed beneath its injustice”
Simon Brass, Lamentations on the Nothingness of Being

“[Frmesk] er først og fremmest en tåre for alle verdens undertrykte piger og børn. Hun er alle vegne: i daginstitutioner, i skoler, på sygehusene, i hjemmene, Hun er symbolet på den undertrykte kvinde, men hun er også den Fugl Føniks, der rejser sig fra asken og støvet.”
Sara Omar

Toni Morrison
“You don’t know what heat is until you cross the border from Texas to Louisiana in the summer. You can’t come up with words that catch it. Trees give up. Turtles cook in their shells. Describe that if you know how.”
Toni Morrison

Sabaa Tahir
“But you are a paragon of perfection?" Cain tilts his head, appearing genuinely curious. "You live and breath and eat and sleep on the backs of those less fortunate. Your entire existence is due to the oppression of those you view to be lesser. But why you, Blood Shrike? Why did fate see fit to make you the oppressor instead of the oppressed ? What is the meaning of your life?”
Sabaa Tahir, A Reaper at the Gates

János Arany
“Ötszáz, bizony, dalolva ment
Lángsírba velszi bárd:
De egy se birta mondani
Hogy: éljen Eduárd.”
János Arany, Balladák

Kamaran Ihsan Salih
“The wealth that you get it by oppression which it is not in your destiny you will lose it after a short period of time.”
Kamaran Ihsan Salih

“injustice It is the beginning of darkness in life . Forgiveness towards the unjust ، It is betrayal and injustice for the oppressed . We only forgive those who make mistakes ، and there is a huge difference between mistaking and injustice ، Injustice is the darkness that extinguishes the light of truth .”
Elhachemi Sabi

Kamaran Ihsan Salih
“The universe is spinning when it stops at your point of happiness don't have two things arrogance and oppression.”
Kamaran Ihsan Salih

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