Oppression Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old oppression quotes, oppression sayings, and oppression proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

He who allows oppression shares the crime.     

Desiderius Erasmus

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

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

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

Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions.     

Victor Hugo

Any kind of civil rights oppression is wrong.     

Bryan Cranston