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In order for us as poor and oppressed people to become part of a society that is meaningful, the system under which we now exist has to be radically changed... It means facing a system that does not lend its self to your needs and devising means by which you change that system. Ella Baker

There remains an experience of incomparable value . . . to see the great events of world history from below; from the perspective of the outcast, the suspects, the maltreated, the powerless, the oppressed, the reviled - in short, from the perspective of those who suffer . . . to look with new eyes on matters great and small. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Women over fifty already form one of the largest groups in the population structure of the western world. As long as they like themselves, they will not be an oppressed minority. In order to like themselves they must reject trivialization by others of who and what they are. A grown woman should not have to masquerade as a girl in order to remain in the land of the living. Germaine Greer

Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other. Paulo Freire

The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with. Eleanor Holmes Norton

The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. H L Mencken

When people are oppressed, and human rights are denied - particularly along sectarian lines or ethnic lines - when dissent is silenced, it feeds violent extremism, it creates an environment that is ripe for terrorists to exploit. When peaceful, democratic change is impossible, it feeds into the terrorist propaganda that violence is the only answer available. Barack Obama

A liberation movement that is nonviolent sets the oppressor free as well as the oppressed. Barbara Deming

Heavy thoughts bring on physical maladies; when the soul is oppressed so is the body. Martin Luther

Societies without a reservoir of people who don't follow the rules lack an important mechanism for societal evolution. Vibrant societies need a dishonest minority; if society makes its dishonest minority too small, it stifles dissent as well as common crime. Bruce Schneier

Dissent and dissenters have no monopoly on freedom. They must tolerate opposition. They must accept dissent from their dissent. Abe Fortas

We must dissent from the fear. Thurgood Marshall

It's so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked. Harold Pinter

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Frederick Douglass

We may be so eager to protect the right to dissent that we lose sight of the difference between dissent and subversion. Richard Perle

The greatest humanistic and historical task of the oppressed: to liberate themselves... Paulo Freire

The oppressed, having internalized the image of the oppressor and adopted his guidelines, are fearful of freedom. Paulo Freire

Quote/Unquote and you can quote me on the quote/unquote. Dane Cook

The teacher is no longer merely the-one-who-teaches, but one who is him/herself taught in dialogue with the students, who in turn while being taught also teach. They become jointly responsible for a process in which all grow. Paulo Freire

The original crime of niggers and lesbians is that they prefer themselves. Alice Walker

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