Oppressed Quotes


Oppressed cultures often envy those which are not, or oppressed individuals do, and sometimes those which - and who - are not envy those which - who - are. Gerald Stern

Indeed, the interests of the oppressors lie in 'changing the consciousness of the oppressed, not the situation which oppresses them'; Paulo Freire

At the end of the day it doesn't matter which group is most oppressed or whether they are identically oppressed, what matters is that no group be oppressed. Keith Boykin

No pedagogy which is truly liberating can remain distant from the oppressed by treating them as unfortunates and by presenting for their emulation models from among the oppressors. The oppressed must be their own example in the struggle for their redemption (Freire, 1970, p. 54). Paulo Freire

This book will present some aspects of what the writer has termed the pedagogy of the oppressed, a pedagogy which must be forged with, not for, the oppressed (whether individuals or peoples) in the incessant struggle to regain their humanity. Paulo Freire

Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. You don't need anything else. Malcolm X

Till people find themselves greatly abused and oppressed by their governors, they are not apt to complain; and whenever they do, in fact, find themselves thus abused and oppressed, they must be stupid not to complain Jonathan Mayhew

Those who call for censorship in the name of the oppressed ought to recognize it is never the oppressed who determine the bounds of censorship. Aryeh Neier

The masses never revolt of their own accord, and they never revolt merely because they are oppressed. Indeed, so long as they are not permitted to have standards of comparison, they never even become aware that they are oppressed. George Orwell

It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority. Lord Acton

We will no longer be oppressed by the fascism called Christianity. We will no longer be oppressed by the mentality of the police state. Marilyn Manson

It is no merit in the sorrowful that they weep, or to the oppressed and smothering that they gasp and struggle, not to me, that I must speak for the oppressed - who cannot speak for themselves. Harriet Beecher Stowe

To say that poverty explains terror is to slander those caught in poverty who choose to lead worthy lives. [Terrorists] are not the oppressed, but they are the parasites of the oppressed. Sean Wilentz

Oppressed persons, oppressed cultures, tend to be more political, obviously, as are those with a rage for justice, or the crazy messianic desire. Gerald Stern

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

Religion is against women's rights and women's freedom. In all societies women are oppressed by all religions. Taslima Nasrin

And clenching your fist for the ones like us Who are oppressed by the figures of beauty. Leonard Cohen

The oppressed martyrs of our culture have shed blood that nourish the red tulips of our nation. Mahmud Tarzi



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