To throw oneself to the side of the oppressed is the only dignified thing to do in life.
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 smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.
To the right wing ‘law and order’ is often just a code phrase, meaning ‘get the niggers’. To the left wing it often means political oppression.
You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.
In the memory of oppression, oppression peretuates itself. The scar does the work of the wound. That is the real tragedy: that injustice retains the power to distort long after it has ceased to be real. It is a posthumous victory for the oppressors, when pain becomes a tradition. This is the unfairly difficult dilemma […]
He (Thomas Paine) saw oppression on every hand; injustice everywhere; hypocrisy at the altar; venality on the bench, tyranny on the throne; and with a splendid courage he espoused the cause of the weak against the strong.
The real oppressor, enslaver, and corrupter of the people is the Bible.
Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.