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An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters.
– Henry Clay
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.
– The Bible
No other offense has ever been visited with such severe penalties as seeking to help the oppressed.
– Clarence Darrow
Break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be a lengthening of your prosperity.
The oppressed, having internalized the image of the oppressor and adopted his guidelines, are fearful of freedom.
– Paulo Freire
If you’ve ever felt oppressed on any level, there’s something from ‘The Wire’ that you can take and identify with.
– Michael K. Williams
Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
– Erica Jong
To throw oneself to the side of the oppressed is the only dignified thing to do in life.
– Edwin Markham
The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
Truth is on the side of the oppressed.
– Malcolm X
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
Remember that our Spanish conquerors, for their own benefit, deliberately created an oppressed underclass whose collective psyche became rooted in passivity and underachievement.
– Lionel Sosa
The beginning of Canadian cultural nationalism was not ‘Am I really that oppressed?’ but ‘Am I really that boring?’
– Margaret Atwood
Those who oppressed us described us as the Dark Continent!
– Thabo Mbeki
The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
– Steven Biko
The Bible has been the Magna Carta of the poor and of the oppressed.
– Thomas Huxley