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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.

James Baldwin (1924-1987) African-American writer.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face -- forever.

George Orwell (1903-1950) British novelist, essayist, and critic.

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

Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher

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.

Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher

All oppression creates a state of war.

Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) French novelist and essayist.


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.

William Blake (1757-1827) British poet and painter.

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

Napoleon I (1769-1821) Napoleon Bonaparte. French general.

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.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British journalist, novelist and poet.

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.

Emil Cioran (1911-1995) Romanian philosopher and essayist.

You may try but you can never imagine what it is to have a man's form of genius in you, and to suffer the slavery of being a girl.

George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.