In fact, it is the dictatorship's policy that isolates the people of Burma while it reaches out to different countries every year and opens new embassies around the world. It is the dictatorship's policy that kills civilians and makes people poor. As long as the dictatorship is in power, foreign trade and investment in Burma will not benefit people. Instead, it will end up fueling the oppression in Burma.
— Zoya Phan
From joblessness to lack of education and professional skills to sexual and gender-based violence, women face a multi-faceted oppression.
— Zainab Salbi
The fact that 'Scrubs' is so popular in Israel is very important to me. I feel like I'm helping to cancel out the thousands of years of oppression the Jewish people have suffered.
— Zach Braff
It is my interpretation from the Koran that all people have equal rights. That means men and women, Muslims and non-Muslims too. Oppression doesn't exist in Islam. And in a society where all people have equal rights, that means all people should make decisions equally... This doesn't mean that we're changing God's law, It just means we're reinterpreting laws according to the development of science - and the realities of the times.
— Yousef Saanei
Like many resisting oppression, Palestinian Gandhis are likely to be found in prisons after being repressed by Israeli soldiers or police or in the hospital after being brutally beaten or worse.
— Yousef Munayyer
I want to incite people to loosen their oppression by giving them something to work with, to build on. They shouldn't be frightened of creating themselves - that's why I make things very open, with things for people to do.
— Yoko Ono
We may see how miraculously God defends our people, and makes us hope that, in spite of the malice of our enemies, He will bring our cause to a good and happy end, to the advancement of His glory and the deliverance of so many Christians from unjust oppression.
— William the Silent
A revolution was never fought, throughout history, for ideals. Revolutions were fought for much more concrete things: food, clothes, housing, and to relieve intolerable oppression. " I know of no one, outside of Patrick Henry, willing to die for an abstraction.
— William Powell
The air of England is too pure for a slave to breathe, and so everyone who breathes it becomes free. Everyone who comes to this island is entitled to the protection of English law, whatever oppression he may have suffered and whatever may be the colour of his skin.
— William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
The oppression of a majority is detestable and odious; the oppression of a minority is only by one degree less detestable and odious.
— William E. Gladstone
History of Ireland-lawlessness and turbulency, robbery and oppression, hatred and revenge, blind selfishness everywhere-no principle, no heroism. What can be done with it?
— William Allingham
There is no way to overstate the magnitude of the collective spiritual transformation that will occur when we shift from food of violent oppression to food of gentleness and compassion.
— Will Tuttle
While we sometimes feel and have felt in days that are past and gone, to complain because we meet with oppression, persecution, and affliction, yet I wish to say to my brethren and sisters that these things are the heritage of the Saints of God. " I have never read of the people of God in any dispensation passing through life, as the sectarian world would say, on flowery beds of ease, without opposition of any kind.
— Wilford Woodruff
Cruelty, if we consider it as a crime, is the greatest of all; if we consider it as a madness, we are equally justifiable in applying to it the readiest and the surest means of oppression.
— Walter Savage Landor
It should not be denied... that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations, with absolute freedom, and the road has always led West.
— Wallace Stegner
Oppression costs the oppressor too much if the oppressed stands up and protests. The protest need not be merely physical-the throwing of stones and bullets-if it is mental, spiritual; if it expresses itself in silent, persistent dissatisfaction, the cost to the oppressor is terrific.
— W. E. B. Du Bois
The Khodorkovsky case is typical of the "oprichnina" - the system of oppression.
— Vladimir Sorokin
As a child I perceived violence as a sort of natural law. In the totalitarian Soviet Union, oppression held everything together. It was the sinister energy of our country.
— Vladimir Sorokin
The Marxist doctrine is omnipotent because it is true. It is comprehensive and harmonious, and provides men with an integral world outlook irreconcilable with any form of superstition, reaction, or defence of bourgeois oppression. It is the legitimate successor to the best that man produced in the nineteenth century, as represented by German philosophy, English political economy and French socialism.
— Vladimir Lenin
Socialists cannot achieve their great aim without fighting against all oppression of nations.
— Vladimir Lenin
I have dedicated a significant portion of my time and artistry to making art that addresses various forms of oppression, including white supremacy, misogyny, and biphobia.
— Vivek Shraya
When anarchists are having a debate, they're having a debate about tactics, 'Should you do this?', 'Should you do that?' The question isn't 'Should you do this?', 'Should you do that?', the primary question is how do you build confidence among the masses of people who experience hierarchies, who experience exploitation, who experience oppression.
— Vijay Prashad
If the Sri Lankan government resorts to state oppression against the Tamils and Muslims, then we will fight.
— Velupillai Prabhakaran
Religion has gotten a bad rap for good reasons. Often, there are a lot of people - women, LBGT, and others - you know, hierarchical monotheism has been a real source of a type of oppression.
— Van Jones
English is the 'language of liberty' for nations emerging from years of cultural oppression.
— Vaclav Havel
If writers just sit and talk about oppression, they are not going to do much writing.
— V. S. Naipaul
To forgive an oppressor is oppression upon the oppressed.
The right of revolution is an inherent one. When people are oppressed by their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of oppression, if they are strong enough, whether by withdrawal from it, or by overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable.
— Ulysses S. Grant
The socialism of centralised state control of industry and production, is dead. It misunderstood the nature and development of a modern market economy. It failed to recognise that the state and public sector can become a vested interest capable of oppression as much as the vested interests of wealth and capital. it was based on a false view of class that became too rigid to explain or illuminate the nature of class division today.
— Tony Blair
Our history in this country dates from the moment that restless men among us became restless under oppression and rose against it . . . Agitation, contentions, ceaseless unrest, constant aspiring - a race so moved must prevail.
— Timothy Thomas Fortune
Too often, systems of oppression turn those who are the targets of the oppression against one another.
— Tim Wise
Too often, systems of oppression turn those who are the targets of the oppression against one another. It's happened in the USA between white working class and poor folks on the one hand, and people of color on the other.
— Tim Tebow
Legality and oppression are not unknown to run hand in hand.
— Tim Hawkins
Oppression is allowed to survive because people don't like to talk about it or about acts like what happened. We're hoping to counter some of that with the help of this banner.
— Tim Gordon
One of the most fashionable notions of our times is that social problems like poverty and oppression breed wars. Most wars, however, are started by well-fed people with the time on their hands to dream up half-baked ideologies or grandiose ambitions, and to nurse real or imagined grievances.
— Thomas Sowell
I have always striven to raise the voice of hope for a world where hate gives way to respect and oppression to liberation.
— Theodore Bikel
The reason I joined the struggle against Apartheid was because you had this system of oppression, which affected everybody who was black. Whether you were old or young, man or woman, in a village or a town, it didn't matter.
— Thabo Mbeki
The revolt against any oppression usually goes to an opposite extreme for a time; and that is right and necessary.
— Tennessee Celeste Claflin
Here in the US, we've built this insane infrastructure of oppression. When it's not run by a Barack Obama - who, by the way, I don't think is a perfect president - but by someone who is off-kilter, like a Carly Fiorina, that could be dangerous.
— Ted Rall
I think it's an enormous blessing to be the child of an immigrant who fled oppression, because you realize how fragile liberty is and how easily it can be taken away.
— Ted Cruz