Oppression means to enact a set of laws and conditions that severely restricts and discriminates an individual or group of people based on gender, color, caste, wealth, ethnicity, or religion basis.
There are so many prevalent examples of social oppression: female oppression, LGBT oppression, racial oppression, oppressive government policies, the oppression of the poor by the wealthy ones, etc.
Whatever be the case, freedom from oppression is possible only we strongly stand against enslavement and fight relentlessly for basic individual rights.
Charles Caleb has a thought-provoking saying on internalized oppression, ‘ oppression cannot prosper where none will submit to be enslaved.’
There are still many people (refugees, immigrants, victims of civil war, colonization, slave trade) who live a life of silent oppression.
We hope these empowering and inspiring resistance to oppression quotes and sayings help us live dignified lives and say no to enslavements of any kind.
Best Oppression Quotes and Sayings
He who allows oppression shares the crime.
– Desiderius Erasmus
A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.
Oppression cannot prosper where none will submit to be enslaved.
– Charles Caleb Colton
Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions.
– Victor Hugo
When people are intimidated about having their own opinions, oppression is at hand.
– Jimmy Carter
The oppression of women is the single most corrosive and urgent problem of our time.
– Brandi Carlile
To hold a people in oppression you have to convince them first that they are supposed to be oppressed.
– John Henrik Clarke
Oppression makes a wise man mad.
– Frederick Douglass
Oppression is the essence of power.
– Ernst Kaltenbrunner
All oppression creates a state of war. And this is no exception.
– Simone De Beauvoir
Standing in line is a form of oppression.
– John Green
Oppression breeds the power to oppose it.
– Andrew Solomon
Resistance to oppression is second nature.
– Seneca The Younger
The root of oppression is the loss of memory.
– Paula Gunn Allen
Oppression is more easily endured than insult.
Where there is power, there is resistance.
– Michel Foucault
Only oppression should fear the full exercise of freedom.
– Jose Marti
To forgive an oppressor is oppression upon the oppressed.
Freeing people from oppression and despair is eternally right.
– George W. Bush
To oppression, plundering and abandonment, we respond with life.
– Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The most odious of all oppressions are those which mask as justice.
– Robert H. Jackson
Death may beget life, but oppression can beget nothing other than itself.
– Charles Dickens
Oppression is often the consequence, but seldom or never the means of riches.
– Thomas Paine
Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression.
– James Madison
An educator in a system of oppression is either a revolutionary or an oppressor.
– Lerone Bennett, Jr.
The danger of oppression is not just being oppressed, it’s becoming an oppressor.
– Jon Stewart
There is unity in the oppression. There must be absolute unity and determination, in the response.
– Julian Assange
Oppression has no logic–just a self-fulfilling prophecy, justified by a self-perpetuating system.
– Gloria Steinem
Too often, systems of oppression turn those who are the targets of the oppression against one another.
– Tim Wise
Never forget that turning a blind eye to oppression and watching from the sidelines is itself oppression.
– Harun Yahya
People will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.
– Aldous Huxley
One writes fables in periods of oppression.
– Italo Calvino
Any kind of civil rights oppression is wrong.
– Bryan Cranston
Competition is merely the absence of oppression.
– Frederic Bastiat
Oppression tries to defend itself by its utility.
– Simone De Beauvoir
Oppression won’t win, the light comes from within.
– Linda McCartney
If writers just sit and talk about oppression, they are not going to do much writing.
– V. S. Naipaul
They say that oppression engenders hate. They are heard on all sides crying hate hate.
– Monique Wittig
As there is oppression of the majority such oppression will be fought with increasing hatred.
– Bram Fischer
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
– James Madison
But there is only one thing which gathers people into seditious commotion, and that is oppression.
– John Locke
Oppression that is clearly inexorable and invincible does not give rise to revolt but to submission.
– Simone Weil
If you see oppression of the poor, and justice and righteousness trampled in a country, do not be astounded.
– King Solomon
If a man wishes to rid himself of a feeling of unbearable oppression, he may have to take hashish.
– Friedrich Nietzsche
Oppressors in front of the Lord, truth be told shall inherit oppression, while others receive gold.
– Muhammad Atta-ullah Faizani
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