Selected Quotes about Injustice

If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation. -- Abigail Adams

Last guys don't finish nice. -- Saul Alinsky

We live in an era where masses of people come and go across a hostile planet, desolate and violent. Refugees, emigrants, exiles, deportees. We are a tragic contingent. -- Isabel Allende

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. -- Maya Angelou

Hunger makes a thief of any man. -- Pearl S. Buck

We send missionaries to China so the Chinese can get to heaven, but we won't let them into our country. -- Pearl S. Buck

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. -- Edmund Burke

Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander. -- Holocaust Museum, Washington, DC

As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. -- Justice William O. Douglas

Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. -- Frederick Douglass

You just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough committed fleas biting strategically can make even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation. -- Marian Wright Edelman

That's free enterprise, friends: freedom to gamble, freedom to lose. And the great thing -- the truly democratic thing about it -- is that you don't even have to be a player to lose. -- Barbara Ehrenreich

Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. -- Paulo Freire

All the world over, I will back the masses against the classes. -- William Gladstone

I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein's brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops. -- Stephen Jay Gould

The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few to ride them. -- Thomas Jefferson

An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law. -- Martin Luther King, jr.

Fear is not the natural state of civilized people. -- Aung San Suu Kyi

Let the workers organize. Let the toilers assemble. Let their crystallized voice proclaim their injustices and demand their privileges. Let all thoughtful citizens sustain them, for the future of Labor is the future of America. -- John L. Lewis

The big majority of Americans, who are comparatively well off, have developed an ability to have enclaves of people living in the greatest misery without almost noticing them. -- Gunnar Myrdal

An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. -- Plato

That only a few, under any circumstances, protest against the injustice of long-established laws and customs, does not disprove the fact of the oppressions, while the satisfaction of the many, if real only proves their apathy and deeper degradation. -- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Perhaps it is this specter that most haunts working men and women: the planned obsolescence of people that is of a piece with the planned obsolescence of the things they make. Or sell. -- Studs Terkel

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison. -- Henry David Thoreau

Obvious and inexorable oppression that cannot be overcome does not give rise to revolt but to submission. -- Simone Weil

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