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AristotleOligarchs and tyrants mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

George OrwellBig Brother is Watching You.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

NapoleonAmong those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Vladimir LeninIt is true that liberty is precious — so precious that it must be rationed.

—  Vladimir Lenin, 1870-1924, Soviet revolutionary & leader

George OrwellIf you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face, for ever.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

George OrwellLooking at the world as a whole, the drift for many decades has been not towards anarchy but towards the reimposition of slavery.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

VoltaireTo learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

Martin Luther KingFreedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

—  Martin Luther King, 1929-1968, American leader in the Civil Rights Movement

Fyodor DostoyevskyThe best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he's in prison.

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881, Russian writer

Harry TrumanI never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Eugene IonescoI have never been to the Right, nor have I been a Communist, because I have experienced, personally, both forms of totalitarianism. It is those who have never lived under tyranny who call me petit bourgeois.

—  Eugene Ionesco, 1912-1994, French-Romanian playwright

Benjamin FranklinFreedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Vladimir LeninWhen feudalism was overthrown and “free” capitalist society appeared in the world, it became apparent that this freedom meant a new system of oppression and exploitation of the working people.

—  Vladimir Lenin, 1870-1924, Soviet revolutionary & leader


Movie Quotes

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966)You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.

—  from the film The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966)










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