Oppression Quotes

 A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man. 
Author: Publius Cornelius Tacitus
Nationality: Roman
b. December 56  - d.  December 117
  
 All oppression creates a state of war. 
Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Nationality: French
b. 9 January 1908  - d. 14 April 1986
  
 An oppressed people are Literatureized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters. 
Author: Henry Clay, Sr.
Nationality: American
b. 12 April 1777  - d. 29 June 1852
  
 And tonight I have a message for the brave and oppressed people of Iraq: Your enemy is not surrounding your country, your enemy is ruling your country. 
Author: George W. Bush
Nationality: American
b. 6 July 1946
  
 Chance has never yet satisfied the hope of a suffering people. Action, self-reliance, the vision of self and the future have been the only means by which the oppressed have seen and realized the light of their own freedom. 
Author: Marcus Mosiah Garvey
Nationality: Jamaican
b. 17 October 1887  - d. 10 June 1940
  
 Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor. 
Author: James Russell Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1819  - d. 12 August 1891
  
 Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor. 
Author: James Russell Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1819  - d. 12 August 1891
  
 Enjoy what thou has inherited from thy sires if thou wouldst really possess it. What we employ and use is never an oppressive burden; what the moment brings forth, that only can it profit by. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 I was born on July 4, 1776, and the Declaration of Independence is my birth certificate. The bloodlines of the world run in my veins, because I offered freedom to the oppressed. I am many things, and many people. I am the nation. I am 213 million living souls - and the ghost of millions who have lived and died for me. 
Author: Otto Whittaker
Nationality: American   
 In Afghanistan, we helped to liberate an oppressed people, and we will continue helping them secure their country, rebuild their society and educate all their children, boys and girls. In the Middle East, we will continue to seek peace between a secure Israel and a democratic Palestine. 
Author: George W. Bush
Nationality: American
b. 6 July 1946
  
 Intolerance of oppression and sympathy with the underdog are among the most attractive features of the Australian character. 
Author: Sir William Keith Hancock
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 June 1898  - d. 13 August 1988
  
 It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. 
Author: Robert F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1925  - d. 6 June 1968
  
 It was the boast of Augustus that he found Rome of brick and left it of marble. But how much nobler will be the sovereign's boast when he shall have it to say that he found law... a sealed book and left it a living letter; found it the patrimony of the rich and left it the inheritance of the poor; found it the two-edged sword of craft and oppression and left it the staff of honesty and the shield of innocence. 
Author: Lord Henry Brougham
Nationality: English
b. December 1778  - d.  December 1868
  
 Let honesty and industry be thy constant companions, and spend one penny less than thy clear gains; then shall thy pocket begin to thrive; creditors will not insult, nor want oppress, nor hungerness bite, nor nakedness freeze thee. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Money is a singular thing. It ranks with love as man's greatest source of joy. And with death as his greatest source of anxiety. Over all history it has oppressed nearly all people in one of two ways: either it has been abundant and very unreliable, or reliable and very scarce. 
Author: J. K. Galbraith
Nationality: American
b. December 1908
  
 Much reading is an oppression of the mind, and extinguishes the natural candle, which is the reason there are so many senseless scholars in the world. 
Author: William Penn
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1644  - d. 30 June 1718
  
 No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal Literatureity. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 No other offense has ever been visited with such severe penalties as seeking to help the oppressed. 
Author: Clarence Darrow
Nationality: English
b. 18 April 1857  - d. 13 March 1938
  
 Oppression can only survive through silence. 
Author: Carmen de Monteflores
Nationality: English   
 Revolution is the festival of the oppressed. 
Author: Germaine Greer
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1939
  
 The body oppressed by excesses, bears down the mind, and depresses to the earth any portion of the divine spirit we had been endowed with. 
Author: Edward St. John Gorey
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1925  - d. 15 April 2000
  
 The genius of any slave system is found in the dynamics which isolate slaves from each other, obscure the reality of a common condition, and make united rebellion against the oppressor inconceivable. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 The government of the absolute majority is but the government of the strongest interests; and when not effectively checked, is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised. To read the Constitution is to realize that no free system was ever farther removed from the principle that the absolute majority, without check or limitation, ought to govern. 
Author: John C. Calhoun
Nationality: American
b. 18 March 1782  - d. 31 March 1850
  
 The man is indecisively unable to deal with adversity and is oppressed by something which should not oppress him. He leans on things like thorns and thistles, which are hazardous yet cannot support him. 
Tome: I Ching
Nationality: Chinese   
 The minority of a country is never known to agree, except in its efforts to reduce and oppress the majority. 
Author: James Fenimore Cooper
Nationality: American
b. 15 September 1789  - d. 14 September 1851
  
 The oppression of any people for opinion's sake has rarely had any other effect than to fix those opinions deeper and render them more important. 
Author: Hosea Ballou II
Nationality: American
b. December 1796  - d.  December 1861
  
 The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 There's a certain Slant of light, Winter Afternoons - That oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes. 
Author: Emily Dickinson
Nationality: American
b. 10 December 1830  - d. 15 May 1886
  
 To accept passively an unjust system is to cooperate with that system; thereby the oppressed become the oppressor. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 To fear the foe, since fear oppresseth strength, Gives in your weakness strength unto your foe. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder 'censorship,' we call it 'concern for commercial viability.' 
Author: James Russell Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1819  - d. 12 August 1891
  
 We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization. 
Author: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 30 January 1882  - d. 12 April 1945
  
 We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression. 
Author: Confucius
Nationality: Chinese
b. 28 September 551  - d.  December 479
  
 When it shall be said in any country in the world, 'My poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive; the rational world is my friend, because I am a friend of its happiness' - when these things can be said, then may that country boast of its constitution and its government. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 Write on my gravestone: 'Infidel, Traitor.' - infidel to every church that compromises with wrong; traitor to every government that oppresses the people. 
Author: Wendell Phillips
Nationality: American
b. December 1811  - d.  December 1884
  
 People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles. 
Author: Frank Patrick Herbert
Nationality: American
b. 8 October 1920  - d. 11 February 1986
  
 Art is on the side of the oppressed. Think before you shudder at the simplistic dictum and its heretical definition of the freedom of art. For if art is freedom of the spirit, how can it exist within the oppressors? 
Author: Edith Wharton
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1862  - d. 11 August 1937
  
 Men neglect the duties incumbent on man, yet are treated like demi-gods; religion is also separated from morality by a ceremonial veil, yet men wonder that the world is almost, literally speaking, a den of sharpers or oppressors. 
Author: Mary Wollstonecraft
Nationality: British
b. 27 April 1759  - d. 10 September 1797
  
 Many slaves on this continent are oppressed, and their cries have reached the ears of the Most High. Such are the purity and certainty of his judgments, that he cannot be partial in our favor. 
Author: John Woolman
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1720  - d. 7 October 1772
  
 I amongist other have indured a Parlyament which contenewid by the space of xvij hole wekes, wher we communyd of warre, pease, stryffe, contencyon, debatt, murmure, grudge, riches, poverte, penwrye, trowth, falshode, justyce, equyte, discayte, oppressyon, magnanymyte, actyvyte, force, attempraunce, treason, murder, felonye, consyle[ation], and also how a commune welth myght be edeffyed and contenewed within our realme. Howbeyt in conclusion we have done as our predecessors have bene wont to doo, that ys to say as well as we myght, and lefte wher we began. 
Author: Thomas Cromwell
Nationality: English
b. December 1485  - d.  December 1540
  
 Powerful people cannot afford to educate the people that they oppress, because once you are truly educated, you will not ask for power. You will take it. 
Author: John Henrik Clarke
Nationality: American
b. 1 January 1915  - d. 16 July 1998
  
 Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor. 
Author: Anne Lamott
Nationality: American
b. 10 April 1954
  
 I am able to think, to study and to pray, things which I cannot accomplish when my brain is oppressed. 
Author: Julia Ward Howe
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1819  - d. 17 October 1910
  
 The habit of religion is oppressive, an easy way out of thought. 
Author: Peter Ustinov
Nationality: English
b. 16 April 1921  - d. 28 March 2004
  
 Every revolutionary ends by becoming either an oppressor or a heretic. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible. 
Author: Noah Webster
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1758  - d. 28 April 1843
  
 The beginning of Canadian cultural nationalism was not 'Am I really that oppressed?' but 'Am I really that boring?' 
Author: Margaret Eleanor Atwood
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 November 1939
  
 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. 
Author: Simone Weil
Nationality: French
b. 3 February 1909  - d. 24 August 1943
  
 Oppression that is clearly inexorable and invincible does not give rise to revolt but to submission. 
Author: Simone Weil
Nationality: French
b. 3 February 1909  - d. 24 August 1943
  
 The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them. 
Author: Karl Marx
Nationality: German
b. 5 May 1818  - d. 14 March 1883
  
 Very few men imprisoned for economic crimes or even crimes of passion against the oppressor feel that they are really guilty. 
Author: George Jackson
Nationality: African-American
b. 23 September 1941  - d. 21 July 1971
  
 We need to work on the world so it will not be so oppressive. 
Author: James Hillman
Nationality: American
b. December 1926
  
 When they talk about family values, it's in a repressive way, as if our American tradition were only the Puritan tradition or the 19th century oppressive tradition. The Christian tradition. 
Author: James Hillman
Nationality: American
b. December 1926
  
 Your generous part in my liberation is taken by the world for the revelation of the fact, that the United States are resolved not to allow the despots of the world to trample on oppressed humanity. 
Author: Lajos Kossuth
Nationality: Hungarian
b. 19 September 1802  - d. 20 March 1894
  
 The Tsarist police, in alliance with the landowners and the capitalists, organized pogroms against the Jews. The landowners and capitalists tried to divert the hatred of the workers and peasants who were tortured by want against the Jews. ... Only the most ignorant and downtrodden people can believe the lies and slander that are spread about the Jews. ... It is not the Jews who are the enemies of the working people. The enemies of the workers are the capitalists of all countries. Among the Jews there are working people, and they form the majority. They are our brothers, who, like us, are oppressed by capital; they are our comrades in the struggle for socialism. Among the Jews there are kulaks, exploiters and capitalists, just as there are among the Russians, and among people of all nations. Rich Jews, like rich Russians, and the rich in all countries, are in alliance to oppress, crush, rob and disunite the workers. Shame on accursed Tsarism which tortured and persecuted the Jews. Shame on those who foment hatred towards the Jews, who foment hatred towards other nations. 
Author: Vladimir Lenin
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 April 1870  - d. 21 January 1924
  
 Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations? It cannot. 
Author: Vladimir Lenin
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 April 1870  - d. 21 January 1924
  
 Black people must address itself to the causes of poverty. That's oppression in this country. 
Author: H. Rap Brown
Nationality: American
b. 4 October 1943
  
 We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses. 
Author: Carl Jung
Nationality: Swiss
b. 26 July 1875  - d. 6 June 1961
  
 As night-fall does not come at once, neither does oppression. It is in such twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air - however slight - lest we become victims of the darkness. 
Author: William O. Douglas
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1898  - d. 19 January 1980
  
 Terrorism is a terrible weapon but the oppressed poor have no others. 
Author: Jean-Paul Sartre
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1905  - d. 15 April 1980
  
 Language is legislation, speech is its code. We do not see the power which is in speech because we forget that all speech is a classification, and that all classifications are oppressive. 
Author: Roland Barthes
Nationality: French
b. 12 November 1915  - d. 25 March 1980
  
 I am said to be a revolutionist in my sympathies, by birth, by breeding and by principle. I am always on the side of the revolutionists, because there never was a revolution unless there were some oppressive and intolerable conditions against which to revolt. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 In order for the artist to have a world to express he must first be situated in this world, oppressed or oppressing, resigned or rebellious, a man among men. 
Author: Charles Pierre Baudelaire
Nationality: French
b. 9 April 1821  - d. 21 August 1867
  
 If all this oppression and all this sin and shame are perpetrated under the eye of the German God, or the American God, or the British God, and if our states do not feel obliged first to lay aside their claim to be "Christian' - then the name of Jesus is blasphemed and made a mockery. And the Christianity of our states is blasphemed and made a mockery before those poor people. The name of Jesus has become a curse, and our Christianity - yours and mine - has become a falsehood and a disgrace, if the crimes are not atoned for in the very place where they were instigated. For every person who committed an atrocity in Jesus' name, someone must step in to help in Jesus' name; for every person who robbed, someone must bring a replacement; for everyone who cursed, someone must bless. 
Author: Albert Schweitzer
Nationality: French
b. 14 January 1875  - d. 4 September 1965
  
 The surest guide to the correctness of the path that women take is joy in the struggle. Revolution is the festival of the oppressed. 
Author: Germaine Greer
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1939
  
 You cannot raise the standard against oppression, or leap into the breach to relieve injustice, and still keep an open mind to every disconcerting fact, or an open ear to the cold voice of doubt. 
Author: Learned Hand
Nationality: American
b. 27 January 1872  - d. 18 August 1961
  
 I'm a middle age white guy, which means I'm constantly reminded that my particular group is responsible for the oppression of every known minority PLUS most wars PLUS government corruption PLUS pollution of the environment, not to mention that it was middle-age white guys who killed Bambi's mom. 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 As long as they live in the duality in which to be is to to be like, and to be like is to be like the oppressor, this contribution is impossible. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 The former oppressors do not feel liberated. On the contrary, they genuinely consider themselves to be oppressed. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 Discovering himself to be an oppressor may cause considerable anguish, but it does not necessarily lead to solidarity with the oppressed. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 It would be a contradiction in terms if the oppressors not only defended but actually implemented a liberating education. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 Dehumanization, although a concrete historical fact, is not a given destiny but the result of an unjust order that engenders violence in the oppressors, which in turn dehumanizes the oppressed. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 This book will present some aspects of what the writer has termed the pedagogy of the oppressed, a pedagogy which must be forged with, not for, the oppressed, whether individuals or peoples, in the incessant struggle to regain their humanity. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 The oppressors, who oppress, exploit, and rape by virtue of their power, cannot find in this power the strength to liberate either the oppressed or themselves. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 The oppressed, instead of striving for liberation, tend themselves to become oppressors. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 They have no consciousness of themselves as persons or as members of an oppressed class. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 The oppressed find in the oppressors their model of 'manhood. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 The behavior of the oppressed is a prescribed behavior, following as it does the guidelines of the oppressor. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 The oppressor, who is himself dehumanized because he dehumanizes others, is unable to lead this struggle. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 How can the oppressed, as divided unauthentic beings, participate in the pedagogy of their liberation?. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 Critical and liberating dialogue, which presupposes action, must be carried on with the oppressed at whatever the stage of their struggle for liberation. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 Money is the measure of all things, and profit the primary goal. For the oppressors, what is worthwhile is to have more - always more - even at the cost of the oppressed having less or having nothing. For them, to be is to have. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 Certain members of the oppressor class join the oppressed in their struggle for liberation. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 The oppressed want at any cost to resemble the oppressors. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 Attempting to liberate the oppressed without their reflective participation in the act of liberation is to treat them as objects that must be saved from a burning building. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 It is necessary to trust in the oppressed and in their ability to reason. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 The correct method lies in dialogue. The conviction of the oppressed that they must fight in their liberation is not a gift bestowed by the revolutionary leadership, but the result of their own conscientização. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 It is essential for the oppressed to realize that when they accept the struggle for humanization they also accept, from that moment, their total responsibility for the struggle. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 The task of revolutionary leaders is to pose as problems not only this myth, but all the other myths used by the oppressor elites to oppress. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 The oppressors develop a series of methods precluding any presentation of the world as a problem and showing it rather as a fixed entity, as something given - something to which people, as mere spectators, must adapt. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 It is accomplished by the oppressors depositing myths indispensable to the preservation of the status quo. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 As the oppressor minority subordinates and dominates the majority, it must divide it and keep it divided in order to remain in power. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 The oppressors do not favor promoting the community as a whole, but rather selected leaders. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 Welfare programs as instruments of manipulation ultimately serve the end of conquest. They act as an anesthetic, distracting the oppressed from the true causes of their problems and from the concrete solutions of these problems. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 The object of a dialogical-liberterian action is not to 'dislodge' the oppressed from a mythological reality in order to 'bind' them to another reality. On the contrary, the object of dialogical action is to make it possible for the oppressed, by perceiving their adhesion, to opt to transform an unjust reality. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 The behavior and reactions of the oppressed, which lead the oppressor to practice cultural invasion, should evoke from the revolutionary a different theory of action. What distinguishes revolutionary leaders from the dominant elite is not only their objectives, but their procedures. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 In order for the oppressed to unite they must first cut the umbilical cord of magic and myth which binds them to the world of oppression; the unity which links them to each other must be of a different nature. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 This work deals with a very obvious truth: just as the oppressor, in order to oppress, needs a theory of oppressive action, so the oppressed, in order to become free, also need a theory of action. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people - they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 The socialists declare that the state owes subsistence, well-being, and education to all its citizens; that it should be generous, charitable, involved in everything, devoted to everybody. That it should intervene directly to relieve all suffering, satisfy and anticipate all wants, furnish capital to all enterprises, enlightenment to all minds, balm for all wounds, asylums for all the unfortunate, and even aid to the point of shedding French blood, for all oppressed people on the face of the earth. 
Author: Frederic Bastiat
Nationality: French
b. 30 June 1801  - d. 24 December 1850
  
 I have been in my bed for five weeks, oppressed with weakness and other infirmities from which my age, seventy four years, permits me not to hope release. Added to this ( proh dolor! ) the sight of my right eye - that eye whose labors (dare I say it) have had such glorious results - is for ever lost. That of the left, which was and is imperfect, is rendered null by continual weeping. 
Author: Galileo Galilei
Nationality: Italian
b. 15 February 1564  - d. 8 January 1642
  
 Between the weak and the strong, it is freedom which oppresses and the law which sets free. 
Author: Jean Baptiste Lacordaire
Nationality: French
b. 12 May 1802  - d. 21 November 1861
  
 Up till now human life has generally been, as Hobbes described it, "nasty, brutish and short"; the great majority of human beings, if they have not already died young) have been afflicted with misery in one form or another - poverty, disease, ill-health, over-work, cruelty, or oppression. They have attempted to lighten their misery by means of their hopes and their ideals. The trouble has been that the hopes have generally been unjustified, the ideals have generally failed to correspond with reality. 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 In any group endeavour, there are practical and effective, or impractical and ineffective, ways to manage a complex system. Impractical, frustrating, and time-consuming systems are those governed by large boards, assemblies, or groups - seven or more people. These "meetings" have a chairperson, agendas, proposals, votes, or use concensus, and can go on for hours. Concensus, in particular, is an endless and pointless affair, with coercion of the often silent or incoherent abstainer by a vociferous minority. Thus, decisions reached by boards, parliaments, and concensus groups either oppress some individuals (votes) or are vetoed by dissenters. In either case, we have tyranny of a majority or tyranny of a minority, and a great deal of frustration and wasted time. The way to abolish such systems is to have one meeting where the sole agenda is to vote to abolish decision meetings - this is usually carried unanimously - and another where a concensus is reached to abolish concensus - this too shouldn't take long. 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 The reason for the slow progress of the world seems to lie in a single fact. Every man is born under the yoke, and grows up beneath the oppressions of his age. 
Author: John Jay Chapman
Nationality: American
b. December 1862  - d.  December 1933
  
 To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is cruelty. 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 Atheism is aristocratic; the idea of a great Being that watches over oppressed innocence and punishes triumphant crime is altogether popular. 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 St. George paced slowly up the street. The Boy's heart stood still and he breathed with sobs, the beauty and the grace of the hero were so far beyond anything he had yet seen. His fluted armour was inlaid with gold, his plumed helmet hung at his saddle-bow, and his thick fair hair framed a face gracious and gentle beyond expression till you caught the sternness in his eyes. He drew rein in front of the little inn, and the villagers crowded round with greetings and thanks and voluble statements of their wrongs and grievances and oppressions. The Boy heard the grave gentle voice of the Saint, assuring them that all would be well now, and that he would stand by them and see them righted and free them from their foe; then he dismounted and passed through the doorway and the crowd poured in after him. But the Boy made off up the hill as fast as he could lay his legs to the ground. 
Author: Kenneth Graham
Nationality: Scottish
b. 20 July 1859  - d. 6 July 1932
  
 Men without hope, resigned to despair and oppression, do not make revolutions. It is when expectation replaces submission, when despair is touched with the awareness of possibility, that the forces of human desire and the passion for justice are unloosed. 
Author: Robert F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1925  - d. 6 June 1968
  
 What would happen if capital succeeded in smashing the Republic of Soviets? There would set in an era of the blackest reaction in all the capitalist and colonial countries, the working class and the oppressed peoples would be seized by the throat, the positions of international communism would be lost. 
Author: Joseph Stalin
Nationality: Russian
b. 21 December 1879  - d. 5 March 1953
  
 In any event, any person from 2.0 down on the Tone Scale should not have, in any thinking society, any civil rights of any kind, because by abusing those rights he brings into being arduous and strenuous laws which are oppressive to those who need no such restraints. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 In summer, intolerable closeness; in winter, unendurable cold. All the floors were rotten. Filth on the floors an inch thick; one could slip and fall...We were packed like herrings in a barrel...There was no room to turn around. From dusk to dawn it was impossible not to behave like pigs...Fleas, lice, and black beetles by the bushel... 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by observing its prisoners. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 If you want to be respected by others the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 I am a sick man... I am a spiteful man. I am an unpleasant man. I think my liver is diseased. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 To be acutely conscious is a disease, a real, honest-to-goodness disease. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 The best definition of man is: a being that goes on two legs and is ungrateful. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 When... in the course of all these thousands of years has man ever acted in accordance with his own interests? 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 The formula 'two plus two equals five' is not without its attractions. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Yes - you, you alone must pay for everything because you turned up like this, because I'm a scoundrel, because I'm the nastiest, most ridiculous, pettiest, stupidest, and most envious worm of all those living on earth who're no better than me in any way, but who, the devil knows why, never get embarrassed, while all my life I have to endure insults from every louse - that's my fate. What do I care that you do not understand any of this? 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 I could never stand more than three months of dreaming at a time without feeling an irresistible desire to plunge into society. To plunge into society meant to visit my superior, Anton Antonich Syetochkin. He was the the only permanent acquaintance I have had in my life, and I even wonder at the fact myself now. But I even went to see him only when that phase came over me, and when my dreams had reached such a point of bliss that it became essential to embrace my fellows and all mankind immediately. And for that purpose I needed at least one human being at hand who actually existed. I had to call on Anton Antonich, however, on Tuesday - his at-home day; so I always had to adjust my passionate desire to embrace humanity so that it might fall on a Tuesday. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Every man has some reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone, but only to his friends. He has others which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But finally there are still others which a man is even afraid to tell himself, and every decent man has a considerable number of such things stored away. That is, one can even say that the more decent he is, the greater the number of such things in his mind. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 The characteristics of our "romantics" are absolutely and directly opposed to the transcendental European type, and no European standard can be applied to them. (Allow me to make use of this word "romantic" - an old-fashioned and much respected word which has done good service and is familiar to all.) The characteristics of our romantics are to understand everything, to see everything and to see it often incomparably more clearly than our most realistic minds see it; to refuse to accept anyone or anything, but at the same time not to despise anything; to give way, to yield, from policy; never to lose sight of a useful practical object (such as rent-free quarters at the government expense, pensions, decorations), to keep their eye on that object through all the enthusiasms and volumes of lyrical poems, and at the same time to preserve "the sublime and the beautiful" inviolate within them to the hour of their death, and to preserve themselves also, incidentally, like some precious jewel wrapped in cotton wool if only for the benefit of "the sublime and the beautiful." Our "romantic" is a man of great breadth and the greatest rogue of all our rogues, I assure you .... I can assure you from experience, indeed. Of course, that is, if he is intelligent. But what am I saying! The romantic is always intelligent, and I only meant to observe that although we have had foolish romantics they don't count, and they were only so because in the flower of their youth they degenerated into Germans, and to preserve their precious jewel more comfortably, settled somewhere out there - by preference in Weimar or the Black Forest. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 It was not only that I could not become spiteful, I did not know how to become anything; neither spiteful nor kind, neither a rascal nor an honest man, neither a hero nor an insect. Now, I am living out my life in my corner, taunting myself with the spiteful and useless consolation that an intelligent man cannot become anything seriously, and it is only the fool who becomes anything. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Granted I am a babbler, a harmless vexatious babbler, like all of us. But what is to be done if the direct and sole vocation of every intelligent man is babble, that is, the intentional pouring of water through a sieve? 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 To care only for well-being seems to me positively ill-bred. Whether it's good or bad, it is sometimes very pleasant, too, to smash things. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Man grows used to everything, the scoundrel. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Talking nonsense is man's only privilege that distinguishes him from all other organisms. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 "You're a gentleman," they used to say to him. "You shouldn't have gone murdering people with a hatchet; that's no occupation for a gentleman." 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Do a man dirt, yourself you hurt. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Accept suffering and achieve atonement through it - that is what you must do. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 If not reason, then the devil. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 A widow, the mother of a family, and from her heart she produces chords to which my whole being responds. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 It wasn't the New World that mattered ... Columbus died almost without seeing it; and not really knowing what he had discovered. It's life that matters, nothing but life - the process of discovering, the everlasting and perpetual process, not the discovery itself, at all. But what's the use of talking! I suspect that all I'm saying now is so like the usual commonplaces that I shall certainly be taken for a lower-form schoolboy sending in his essay on "sunrise", or they'll say perhaps that I had something to say, but that I did not know how to "explain" it. But I'll add, that there is something at the bottom of every new human thought, every thought of genius, or even every earnest thought that springs up in any brain, which can never be communicated to others, even if one were to write volumes about it and were explaining one's idea for thirty-five years; there's something left which cannot be induced to emerge from your brain, and remains with you forever; and with it you will die, without communicating to anyone perhaps the most important of your ideas. But if I too have failed to convey all that has been tormenting me for the last six months, it will, anyway, be understood that I have paid very dearly for attaining my present "last conviction." This is what I felt necessary, for certain objects of my own, to put forward in my "Explanation". However, I will continue. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Lack of originality, everywhere, all over the world, from time immemorial, has always been considered the foremost quality and the recommendation of the active, efficient and practical man... 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 To kill someone for committing murder is a punishment incomparably worse than the crime itself. Murder by legal sentence is immeasurably more terrible than murder by brigands. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Roman Catholicism is even worse than Atheism itself, in my opinion! Yes, that's my opinion! Atheism only preaches a negation, but Catholicism goes further: it preaches a distorted Christ, a Christ calumniated and defamed by themselves, the opposite of Christ! It preaches the Antichrist, I declare it does, I assure you it does! This is the conviction I have long held, and it has distressed me, myself... Roman Catholicism cannot hold its position without universal political supremacy, and cries: 'Non possumus!' To my thinking Roman Catholicism is not even a religion, but simply the continuation of the Western Roman Empire, and everything in it is subordinated to that idea, faith to begin with. The Pope seized the earth, an earthly throne, and grasped the sword; everything has gone on in the same way since, only they have added to the sword lying, fraud, deceit, fanaticism, superstition, villainy. They have trifled with the most holy, truthful, sincere, fervent feelings of the people; they have bartered it all, all for money, for base earthly power. And isn't that the teaching of Antichrist? How could Atheism fail to come from them? Atheism has sprung from Roman Catholicism itself. It originated with them themselves. Can they have believed themselves? It has been strengthened by revulsion from them; it is begotten by their lying and their spiritual impotence! Atheism! Among us it is only the exceptional classes who don't believe, those who, as Yevgeny Pavlovitch splendidly expressed it the other day, have lost their roots. But over there, in Europe, a terrible mass of the people themselves are beginning to lose their faith - at first from darkness and lying, and now from fanaticism and hatred of the church and Christianity. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 A fool with a heart and no sense is just as unhappy as a fool with sense and no heart. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 It was evident that he revived by fits and starts. He would suddenly come to himself from actual delirium for a few minutes; he would remember and talk with complete consciousness, chiefly in disconnected phrases which he had perhaps thought out and learnt by heart in the long weary hours of his illness, in his bed, in sleepless solitude. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Inventors and geniuses have almost always been looked on as no better than fools at the beginning of their career, and very frequently at the end of it also. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 I consider you the most honest and truthful of men, more honest and truthful than anyone; and if they say that your mind . . . that is, that you're sometimes afflicted in your mind, it's unjust. I made up my mind about that, and disputed with others, because, though you really are mentally afflicted (you won't be angry with that, of course; I'm speaking from a higher point of view), yet the mind that matters is better in you than in any of them. It's something, in fact, they have never dreamed of. For there are two sorts of mind: one that matters, and one that doesn't matter. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 I have never in my life met a man like him for noble simplicity, and boundless truthfulness. I understood from the way he talked that anyone who chose could deceive him, and that he would forgive anyone afterwards who had deceived him, and that was why I grew to love him. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Humiliate the reason and distort the soul... 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Nor is there any embarrassment in the fact that we're ridiculous, isn't it true? For it's actually so, we are ridiculous, light-minded, with bad habits, we're bored, we don't know how to look, how to understand, we're all like that, all, you, and I, and they! Now, you're not offended when I tell you to your face that you're ridiculous? And if so, aren't you material? You know, in my opinion it's sometimes even good to be ridiculous, if not better: we can the sooner forgive each other, the sooner humble ourselves; we can't understand everything at once, we cant start right out with perfection! To achieve perfection, one must first begin by not understanding many things! And if we understand too quickly, we may not understand well. This I tell you, you, who have already been able to understand. .. and not understand ... so much. I'm not afraid for you now; 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Who consciously throws himself into the water or onto the knife? 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 The prince says that the world will be saved by beauty! And I maintain that the reason he has such playful ideas is that he is in love. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Pass by us, and forgive us our happiness. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Man is unhappy because he doesn't know he's happy. It's only that. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Hold your tongue; you won't understand anything. If there is no God, then I am God. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 I am a ridiculous person. Now they call me a madman. That would be a promotion if it were not that I remain as ridiculous in their eyes as before. But now I do not resent it, they are all dear to me now, even when they laugh at me - and, indeed, it is just then that they are particularly dear to me. I could join in their laughter - not exactly at myself, but through affection for them, if I did not feel so sad as I look at them. Sad because they do not know the truth and I do know it. Oh, how hard it is to be the only one who knows the truth! But they won't understand that. No, they won't understand it. Primarily the translation of Constance Garnett - 1916 Variant translation: I am a ridiculous man. They call me a madman now. That would be a distinct rise in my social position were it not that they still regard me as being as ridiculous as ever. But that does not make me angry any more. They are all dear to me now even while they laugh at me - yes, even then they are for some reason particularly dear to me. I shouldn't have minded laughing with them - not at myself, of course, but because I love them - had I not felt so sad as I looked at them. I feel sad because they do not know the truth, whereas I know it. Oh, how hard it is to be the only man to know the truth! But they won't understand that. No, they will not understand. Translated by David Magarshack 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 I gave up caring about anything, and all the problems disappeared. And it was after that that I found out the truth. I learnt the truth last November - on the third of November, to be precise - and I remember every instant since. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 The sky was horribly dark, but one could distinctly see tattered clouds, and between them fathomless black patches. Suddenly I noticed in one of these patches a star, and began watching it intently. That was because that star had given me an idea: I decided to kill myself that night. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 It seemed clear to me that life and the world somehow depended upon me now. I may almost say that the world now seemed created for me alone: if I shot myself the world would cease to be at least for me. I say nothing of its being likely that nothing will exist for anyone when I am gone, and that as soon as my consciousness is extinguished the whole world will vanish too and become void like a phantom, as a mere appurtenance of my consciousness, for possibly all this world and all these people are only me myself. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Dreams, as we all know, are very queer things: some parts are presented with appalling vividness, with details worked up with the elaborate finish of jewellery, while others one gallops through, as it were, without noticing them at all, as, for instance, through space and time. Dreams seem to be spurred on not by reason but by desire, not by the head but by the heart, and yet what complicated tricks my reason has played sometimes in dreams, what utterly incomprehensible things happen to it! 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Yes, I dreamed a dream, my dream of the third of November. They tease me now, telling me it was only a dream. But does it matter whether it was a dream or reality, if the dream made known to me the truth? If once one has recognized the truth and seen it, you know that it is the truth and that there is no other and there cannot be, whether you are asleep or awake. Let it be a dream, so be it, but that real life of which you make so much I had meant to extinguish by suicide, and my dream, my dream - oh, it revealed to me a different life, renewed, grand and full of power! 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 I suddenly dreamt that I picked up the revolver and aimed it straight at my heart - my heart, and not my head; and I had determined beforehand to fire at my head, at my right temple. After aiming at my chest I waited a second or two, and suddenly my candle, my table, and the wall in front of me began moving and heaving. I made haste to pull the trigger. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 That the Indians have been oppressed - are now, is true, but the United States has treaties with them, recognising them as distinct political communities, and duty towards them demands not an enforced citizenship but a faithful living up to its obligations on the part of the government. 
Author: Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1826  - d.  December 1898
  
 Dear Mr. Lyons, I am forwarding you the petition, signed by 1814 people of the Aboriginal race, praying His Majesty the King to exercise the Royal Prerogative by intervening for the preservation of our race from extinction and to grant representation to our race in the Federal Parliament. In requesting that you forward the petition to His Majesty. 
Author: William Cooper
Nationality: Australian Aboriginal
b. December 1861  - d.  December 1941
  
 If we cannot get full justice in Australia, we must ask the King. 
Author: William Cooper
Nationality: Australian Aboriginal
b. December 1861  - d.  December 1941
  
 I sit in one of the dives On Fifty-second Street Uncertain and afraid As the clever hopes expire Of a low dishonest decade: Waves of anger and fear Circulate over the bright And darkened lands of the earth, Obsessing our private lives; The unmentionable odour of death Offends the September night. Accurate scholarship can Unearth the whole offence From Luther until now That has driven a culture mad, Find what occurred at Linz, What huge imago made A psychopathic god: I and the public know What all schoolchildren learn, Those to whom evil is done Do evil in return. Exiled Thucydides knew All that a speech can say About Democracy, And what dictators do, The elderly rubbish they talk To an apathetic grave; Analysed all in his book, The enlightenment driven away, The habit-forming pain, Mismanagement and grief: We must suffer them all again. Into this neutral air Where blind skyscrapers use Their full height to proclaim The strength of Collective Man, Each language pours its vain Competitive excuse: But who can live for long In an euphoric dream; Out of the mirror they stare, Imperialism's face And the international wrong. Faces along the bar Cling to their average day: The lights must never go out, The music must always play, All the conventions conspire To make this fort assume The furniture of home; Lest we should see where we are, Lost in a haunted wood, Children afraid of the night Who have never been happy or good. The windiest militant trash Important Persons shout Is not so crude as our wish: What mad Nijinsky wrote About Diaghilev Is true of the normal heart; For the error bred in the bone Of each woman and each man Craves what it cannot have, Not universal love But to be loved alone. From the conservative dark Into the ethical life The dense commuters come, Repeating their morning vow; 'I will be true to the wife, I'll concentrate more on my work,' And helpless governors wake To resume their compulsory game: Who can release them now, Who can reach the dead, Who can speak for the dumb? All I have is a voice To undo the folded lie, The romantic lie in the brain Of the sensual man-in-the-street And the lie of Authority Whose buildings grope the sky: There is no such thing as the State And no one exists alone; Hunger allows no choice To the citizen or the police; We must love one another or die. Defenseless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, Beleaguered by the same Negation and despair, Show an affirming flame. 
Author: W. H. Auden
Nationality: American
b. 21 February 1907  - d. 29 September 1973
  




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