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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

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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

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All oppression creates a state of war. Simone de Beauvoir

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

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

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

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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

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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

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Even today a crude sort of persecution is all that is required to create an honorable name for any sect, no matter how indifferent in itself. Friedrich Nietzsche

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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. Ryszard Kapuściński

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Ours is the century of enforced travel of disappearances. The century of people helplessly seeing others, who were close to them, disappear over the horizon. John Berger

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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. Frederick Douglass

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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. G. K. Chesterton

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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

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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. Andrea Dworkin

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True enough, the country is calm. Calm as a morgue or a grave, would you not say? Václav Havel

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A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg