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Oppression Quotes

Oppression begets resistance almost always. True power is attained when respect commands obedience and not by resorting to domination or oppression. Over the years, we might have come across several victims of oppression, especially the downtrodden. In many societies the fairer sex is still suppressed and patriarchy continues to exist. Domination or inequality has been plaguing the society like cancer today. Many activists and crusaders of equality have been relentlessly fighting to eradicate oppression. It’s very disheartening to see that our society still practices patriarchy and racism. In our opinion, two of the many important factors that are causing oppression are money and caste. Don’t you agree? Money in particular, has been creating hierarchy in the society and has been giving the rich opportunities to exploit the poor. Education, enlightenment and open mindedness can put an end to oppression and only after treading on these paths can peace truly prevail.  Educating the masses about moral values is quite important and parents need to nurture such thoughts in their kids at a tender age. This seems to be the only way to eliminate the roots of domination and oppression. Read the following famous quotes and sayings on oppression to find out more.

Joseph Addison

No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

Malcolm X

Truth is on the side of the oppressed.

John Stuart Mill

We have a right, also, in various ways, to act upon our unfavorable opinion of anyone, not to the oppression of his individuality, but in the exercise of ours.

Emily Dickinson

People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.

Jurnee Smollett

There's still a really divisive residue in our nation that's called racism and prejudice and oppression and sexism.

Jimmy Carter

At the Carter Center we work with victims of oppression, and we give support to human rights heroes.

H. L. Mencken

The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.

Simone Weil

Oppression that is clearly inexorable and invincible does not give rise to revolt but to submission.


We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.

Ronald Reagan

Poland is not East or West. Poland is at the center of European civilization. It has contributed mightily to that civilization. It is doing so today by being magnificently unreconciled to oppression.

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.