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Engrave this Quote It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority. For there is a reserve of latent power in the masses which, if it is called into play, the minority can seldom resist. But from the absolute will of an entire people there is no appeal, no redemption, no refuge but treason.
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-Lord (John Emerich Edward Dalberg) Acton
Engrave this Quote You know, it's not the world that was my oppressor, because what the world does to you, if the world does it to you long enough and effectively enough, you begin to do to yourself.
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-James Baldwin
Engrave this Quote All oppression creates a state of war.
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-Simone de Beauvoir
Engrave this Quote Everybody knows there is no fineness or accuracy of suppression; if you hold down one thing, you hold down the adjoining.
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-Saul Bellow
Engrave this Quote The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
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-Steve Biko
Engrave this Quote Nature in darkness groans and men are bound to sullen contemplation in the night: restless they turn on beds of sorrow; in their inmost brain feeling the crushing wheels, they rise, they write the bitter words of stern philosophy and knead the bread of knowledge with tears and groans.
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-William Blake
Engrave this Quote Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.
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-Napoleon Bonaparte
Engrave this Quote They have given us into the hand of new unhappy lords. Lords without anger and honor, who dare not carry their swords. They fight by shuffling papers; they have bright dead alien eyes; They look at our labor and laughter as a tired man looks at flies.
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-G. K. Chesterton
Engrave this Quote Tyranny destroys or strengthens the individual; freedom enervates him, until he becomes no more than a puppet. Man has more chances of saving himself by hell than by paradise.
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-E. M. Cioran
Engrave this Quote No free people ever existed, or can ever exist, without keeping the purse strings in their own hands. Where this is the case, they have a constitutional check upon the administration, which may thereby by brought into order without violence. But when such a power is not lodged in the people, oppression proceeds uncontrolled in its career, till the governed, transported into rage, seek redress in the midst of blood and confusion.
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-John Dickinson
Engrave this Quote Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
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-Frederick Douglass
Engrave this Quote The will to domination is a ravenous beast. There are never enough warm bodies to satiate its monstrous hunger. Once alive, this beast grows and grows, feeding on all the life around it, scouring the earth to find new sources of nourishment. This beast lives in each man who battens on female servitude.
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-Andrea Dworkin
Engrave this Quote I see the eight of us with our 'Secret Annexe' as if we were a little piece of blue heaven, surrounded by heavy black rain clouds. The round, clearly defined spot where we stand is still safe, but the clouds gather more closely about us and the circle which separates us from the approaching danger closes more and more tightly. Now we are so surrounded by danger and darkness that we bump against each other, as we search desperately for a means of escape. We all look down below, where people are fighting each other, we look above, where it is quiet and beautiful, and meanwhile we are cut off by the great dark mass, which will not let us go upwards, but which stands before us as an impenetrable wall; it tries to crush us, but cannot do so yet. I can only cry and implore: 'Oh, if only the black circle could recede and open the way for us!'
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-Anne Frank
The Diary of Anne Frank: Monday, 8 November, 1943, pg. 103
Engrave this Quote We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again.
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-Nathanael Greene
Engrave this Quote You cannot raise the standard against oppression, or leap into the breach to relieve injustice, and still keep an open mind to every disconcerting fact, or an open ear to the cold voice of doubt.
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-Judge Learned Hand
Engrave this Quote True enough, the country is calm. Calm as a morgue or a grave, would you not say?
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-Vaclav Havel
Engrave this Quote My dear fellow citizens: For forty years you have heard from my predecessors on this day different variations of the same theme: how our country flourished, how many millions of tons of steel we produced, how happy we all were, how we trusted our government, and what bright perspectives were unfolding in front of us. I assume you did not propose me for this office so that I, too, would lie to you. . . We live in a contaminated moral environment. We have fallen morally ill because we became used to saying one thing and thinking another. We have learned not to believe in anything, to ignore each other, to care only about ourselves. Notions such as love, friendship, compassion, humility, or forgiveness have lost their depth and dimensions. . . The previous regime . . . reduced man to a means of production and nature to a tool of production. Thus it attacked both their very essence and their mutual relationship. It reduced gifted and autonomous people to nuts and bolts in some monstrously huge, noisy, and stinking machine.
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-Vaclav Havel
Engrave this Quote When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, - not anything - you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.
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-Robert A. Heinlein
If This Goes On, Revolt in 2100
Engrave this Quote First we kill all the subversives; then, their collaborators; later, those who sympathize with them; afterward, those who remain indifferent; and finally, the undecided.
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-General Iberico Saint Jean
Engrave this Quote Do not be misled by the fact that you are at liberty and relatively free; that for the moment you are not under lock and key: you have simply been granted a reprieve.
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-Ryszard Kapuscinski
Engrave this Quote Loss of freedom seldom happens overnight. Oppression doesn't stand on the doorstep with toothbrush moustache and swastika armband -- it creeps up insidiously... step by step, and all of a sudden the unfortunate citizen realizes that it is gone.
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-Baron Lane
Engrave this Quote The history of an oppressed people is hidden in the lies and the agreed myth of its conquerors.
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-Meridel Le Sueur
Engrave this Quote A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.
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-G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg
Engrave this Quote The web of domination has become the web of Reason itself, and this society is fatally entangled in it.
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-Herbert Marcuse
Engrave this Quote When there is oppression, the only self-respecting thing is to rise and say this shall cease today, because my right is justice. If you are stronger, you have to help the weaker boy or girl both in play and in the work.
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-Sarojini Naidu

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