What a terrible wrong inflict those nations that force their reign on minorities, depriving them of freedom without allowing them to live their lives by the tendencies they have inherited from their ancestors (…) For we can see how all the nations that ever fell, throughout the generations, came to it only due to their oppression of minorities and individuals, which had therefore rebelled against them and ruined them. Hence, it is clear to all that peace cannot exist in the world if we do not take into consideration the freedom of the individual. Without it, peace will not be sustainable and ruin shall prevail.

Competition is merely the absence of oppression

Every revolutionary ends as an oppressor or a heretic.

Oppression is more easily borne than insult.

God and Country are an unbeatable team; they break all records for oppression and bloodshed.

If a man wishes to rid himself of a feeling of unbearable oppression, he may have to take hashish.

It is thus that the few rare lucid well-disposed people who have had to struggle on the earth find themselves at certain hours of the day or night in the depth of certain authentic and waking nightmare states, surrounded by the formidable suction, the formidable tentacular oppression of a kind of civic magic which will soon be seen appearing openly in social behavior.

Everybody knows there is no fineness or accuracy of suppression; if you hold down one thing, you hold down the adjoining.

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

It is true that two wrongs don’t make a right, as we love to point out to the people we have wronged. But one wrong doesn’t make a right, either. People who have been wronged will attempt to right the wrong; they would not be people if they didn’t. They can rarely afford to be scrupulous about the means they will use. They will use such means as come to hand. Neither, in the main, will they distinguish one oppressor from another, nor see through to the root principle of their oppression.

A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.

He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.

Without Liberty, Law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without Law, Liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.

You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.

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.

There can be no really pervasive system of oppression, such as that in the United States, without the consent of the oppressed

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.

Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.

But there is only one thing which gathers people into seditious commotion, and that is oppression

Competition is easier to accept if you realize it is not an act of oppression or abrasion – I’ve worked with my best friends in direct competition

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.

Lasting peace is sought, it is essential to adopt international measures to improve the lot of the masses. The welfare of the entire human race must replace hunger and oppression. People of the world must be taught to give up envy, avarice and rancour.

Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.

He who allows oppression shares the crime.

The oppression of any people for opinion’s sake has rarely had any other effect than to fix those opinions deeper and render them more important.

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

Oppression can only survive through silence.

We were all victims of an oppressive system, but that mattered far less to us than our deep bonding with our owners.

Oppression is but another name for irresponsible power, if history is to be trusted.

All oppression creates a state of war.

Human beings are so made that the ones who do the crushing feel nothing; it is the person crushed who feels what is happening. Unless one has placed oneself on the side of the oppressed, to feel with them, one cannot understand.

No other offense has ever been visited with such severe penalties as seeking to help the oppressed.

Resistance to oppression is second nature.

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.

An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.

Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever.

We will persistently clarify the choice before every ruler and every nation the moral choice between oppression, which is always wrong, and freedom, which is eternally right.

People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence.

We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization

Any government that chooses to be an ally of terror has also chosen to be an enemy of civilization.

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

Whenever a time comes that the justice overwhelms and overcomes cruelty, it is prohibited to form negative conjectures and opinions about anyone, except when one knows it about him. But whenever a time comes that cruelty and oppression overwhelms the (quantum of) justice, then one must not have good opinions about the beneficence of a person, till such time he knows it(for sure).

Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression.

It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home.

Now I say that with cruelty and oppression it is everybody’s business to interfere when they see it.

The history of an oppressed people is hidden in the lies and the agreed myth of its conquerors.

The worst government is 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.

To ravage, to slaughter, to usurp under false titles, they call empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace.