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82,437. Nationalism has a way of oppressing others. (Nationalism & Oppression) Noam Chomsky
91,921. Orwell’s 1984 convinced me, rightly or wrongly, that Marxism was only a quantum leap away from tyranny. By contrast, Huxley's Brave New World suggested that the totalitarian systems of the future might be subservient and ingratiating. (Tyranny & Oppression & Totalitarianism & Big Brother) J G Ballard
338. Long time men lay oppressed to slavish fear. Religion’s tyranny did domineer. (Religion & Oppression & Tyranny) Lucretius, Ode to Epicurus
436. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of the heartless world, the spirit of the spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people. (Religion & Oppression & Opium & Marxism) Karl Marx
6,137. The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them. (Society & Oppression & Democracy) Karl Marx
505. Will religion, the only remaining motive, be a restraint? ... religion in its coolest state is not infallible, it may become a motive of oppression as well as a restraint from injustice. (Religion & Oppression) James Madison
921. Truth is on the side of the oppressed. (Truth & Oppression) Malcolm X
5,549. The only way we’ll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba – yes Cuba too. (Freedom & Oppression & Solidarity & Unity) Malcolm X
5,016. 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. (Equality & Oppression) Malcolm X
50,198. I just don’t believe that when people are being unjustly oppressed that they should let someone else set rules for them by which they can come out from under that oppression. Malcolm X
1,194. To be, or not to be – that is the question.
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? – To die – to sleep –
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to; ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die – to sleep –
To sleep! Perchance to dream. Aye, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause. There’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office...’ (Life’s Like That & Be & Question & Noble & Mind & Suffer & Fortune & Arms & Trouble & Opposition & Death & Pain & Suicide & Dream & Oppress & Law & Office & Fortunate) William Shakespeare, Hamlet, III i 56-73
4,918. Women are the only oppressed group in our society that lives in intimate association with their oppressors. (Woman & Oppression) Evelyn Cunningham
5,031. In the problem of women was the germ of a solution, not only for their oppression, but for everybody’s. The control of women in society was ingeniously effective. It was not done directly by the state. Instead the family was used – men to control women, women to control children, all to be preoccupied with one another, to turn to one another for help, to blame one another for trouble, to do violence to one another when things weren’t going right. Why could this not be turned around? Could women liberating themselves, children freeing themselves, men and women beginning to understand one another, find the source of their common oppression outside rather than in one another? Perhaps then they could create nuggets of strength in their own relationships, millions of pockets of insurrection. They could revolutionize thought and behavior in exactly that seclusion of family privacy which the system had counted on to do its work of control and indoctrination. And together, instead of at odds – male, female, parents, children – they could undertake the changing of society itself. (Equality & Family & Oppression & Control) Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States
5,104. Then she lay down in the street
Right before the horse’s feet
Expecting with a patient eye
Murder Fraud and Anarchy ...
Tis to work and have such pay
As just keeps life from day to day ...
From the workhouse and the prison
Where pale as corpses newly risen
Women, children, young and old
Groan for pain and weep for cold ...
And that slaughter to the nation
Shall steam up like inspiration,
A volcano heard afar.
And these words shall then become
Like oppression’s thundered doom,
Ringing through each heart and brain
Heard again, again, again –
Rise like lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you.
Ye are many. They are few. (Trade Union & Work & Working Class & Oppression & Protest & Revolution & Demonstration) Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Mask of Anarchy