Best Quotes About Persecution

Religions that teach brotherly love have been used as an excuse for persecution, and our profoundest scientific insight is made into a means of mass destruction. -Bertrand Russell

Government 'help' to business is just as disastrous as government persecution… the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off. -Ayn Rand

The dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution is one of the pleasant falsehoods which men repeat after one another till they pass into commonplaces, but which all experience refutes. -John Stuart Mill

It is folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution. -Joseph Addison

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others. -John F. Kennedy

Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution. -George Eliot

Bigotry and intolerance, silenced by argument, endeavors to silence by persecution, in old days by fire and sword, in modern days by the tongue. -Charles Simmons

To show a 'well-founded fear of persecution', an alien need not prove that it is more likely than not that he or she will be persecuted in his or her home country. -John Paul Stevens

Religious tolerance is something we should all practice; however, there have been more persecution and atrocities committed in the name of religion and religious freedom than anything else. -Walter Koenig

I believe that pluralistic secularism, in the long run, is a more deadly poison than straightforward persecution. -Francis Schaeffer

Even in November 1938, after five years of anti-Semitic legislation and persecution, they still owned, according to the Times correspondent in Berlin, something like a third of the real property in the Reich. -Arthur Bryant

Cruel persecutions and intolerance are not accidents, but grow out of the very essence of religion, namely, its absolute claims. -Morris Raphael Cohen

The white people of the South are the greatest minority in this nation. They deserve consideration and understanding instead of the persecution of twisted propaganda. -Strom Thurmond

The advancement of all sciences, especially where there has been such a radical change, have been attended with persecution. -Daniel D. Palmer

There have been times I almost got a persecution complex. I felt like people wouldn't let me grow up. They always saw me as a smiling kid or goofy teenager, no matter how much I'd changed. -Ricky Schroder

When the Jewish people, after nearly 2,000 years of exile, under relentless persecution, became a nation again on 14 May 1948 the 'fig tree' put forth its first leaves. Jesus said that this would indicate that He was 'at the door,' ready to return. -Hal Lindsey

Kinsey would identify himself with Galileo in moments of feelings of persecution. -Bill Condon

And in times and places where there was not much persecution, people could become and continue Christians who neither were nor professed to be very devoted persons. -Robert Rainy

All religion seems to need to prove that it's the only truth. And that's where it turns demonic. Because that's when you get religious wars and persecutions and burning heretics at the stake. -John Shelby Spong

To punish a man because we infer from the nature of some doctrine which he holds, or from the conduct of other persons who hold the same doctrines with him, that he will commit a crime, is persecution, and is, in every case, foolish and wicked. -Thomas Babington Macaulay

I think the thing that I most appreciate now is that stereotypes involving Jewish identity activate fears of persecution that exist in the present day. -Gregg Easterbrook

Jewish persecution is a historical memory of the present generation and people fear it in the present day, and that's why those references are so much more powerful. I just understand that better now. -Gregg Easterbrook

Stereotypes involving Christian identity, Christian persecution is so far back in history now that no one fears it being revived, unless you live in China, I guess. -Gregg Easterbrook

The causes of the China Incident were the exclusion and insult of Japan throughout China, the exclusion of Japanese goods, the persecution of Japanese residents in China, and the illegal violation of Japanese rights. -Hideki Tojo

The first persecution of the Church took place in the year 67, under Nero, the sixth emperor of Rome. -John Foxe

All religions have periods in their history which are looked back to with retrospective fear and trembling as eras of persecution, and each religion has its own book of martyrs. -Richard Le Gallienne

In 1933, the Nazis came to power and the more systematic persecution of the Jews followed quickly. Laws were enacted which excluded Jewish children from higher education in public schools. -Jack Steinberger

Jews have suffered persecution from misguided Christians who tortured the Jews for their part in killing Christ. These Christians forgot that Christ died because of the sins of all men. -Sargent Shriver

And at home in the United States we found continued and increased persecution, first of leaders of the Communist Party, and then of all honest anti-fascists. -Paul Robeson

Knowledge of God's Word is a bulwark against deception, temptation, accusation, even persecution. -Edwin Louis Cole

Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety. -Edmund Burke

Religion which requires persecution to sustain, it is of the devil's propagation. -Hosea Ballou

Once you attempt legislation upon religious grounds, you open the way for every kind of intolerance and religious persecution. -William Butler Yeats

Continuous persecution of widows and orphans is a crime. Even the Bible says there is a specific place in hell for those who oppress widows. -Imelda Marcos

You should read history and look at ostracism, persecution, martyrdom, and that kind of thing. They always happen to the best men, you know. -George Eliot

I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution. -Jonathan Swift

In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution. -Alexander Hamilton

War will disappear only when men shall take no part whatever in violence and shall be ready to suffer every persecution that their abstention will bring them. It is the only way to abolish war. -Anatole France

I think if you come from a history of persecution you have to develop a sense of humour. -Sacha Baron Cohen

Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and also in the Occupied Territories. -Alice Walker

I can't even explain to you how terrible that feels, that I equate dating a woman with punishment, shame, guilt, disappointment, reproach, reprimand, persecution. It's a nightmare. -John Mayer

Historically the Puritans left England to escape religious persecution, and they promptly turned around and started persecuting the people they didn't agree with – the scarlet letter A, and the stocks and the dunking board came from that. That puritanism is still there. -Hugh Hefner

The truth is, the secular world isn't too enamored with Jesus. And they're not too enamored with someone who is leading people to Jesus. So if you're out there talking about people's sins, and you're talking about righteousness, you will get pushback. Jesus Himself did. The apostles did. I mean, there's persecution all up and down the line. -Pat Robertson

Iran's continued, widespread persecution of ethnic minorities, human rights defenders and political prisoners is a disgrace and stands as a shameful indictment of Iran's leaders. -William Hague

There are about 15 million Muslims in the EU. They face ignorance, insult and even persecution. They cannot be wished away. To impose Enlightenment freedoms is self-defeating. Anyway, the Muslims have their own enlightenment. -James Buchan

The Christians tried to separate themselves from the Jewish crowd so they wouldn't be the recipients of the persecution of the Romans. And the way they did it was to say, the Jews killed our hero too. And so Christians began to define themselves over against the orthodox party of the Jews as a way of surviving against the Roman onslaught. -John Shelby Spong

Journalism has a special, hallowed place for stories of its practitioners' persecution. -Thomas Frank

Jews survived all the defeats, expulsions, persecutions and pogroms, the centuries in which they were regarded as a pariah people, even the Holocaust itself, because they never gave up the faith that one day they would be free to live as Jews without fear. -Jonathan Sacks

Christians well know that the much-decorated statue of the Church, as it now stands, is not of pure chiseled marble, but of clay, cemented together by blood and tears and hardened in the fires of hatred and persecution. -Virchand Gandhi

Perhaps the gravest under-publicized atrocity in the world is the persecution of Christians. -Conrad Black

If I had not been discriminated against or had not suffered persecution, I would never have received the Nobel Prize. -Rita Levi-Montalcini

I beg you be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution. -George Washington

Throughout history, when societies face tough economic times, we have seen democratic reforms deferred, decreased trust in government, persecution of minority groups, and a general shrinking of the democratic space. -Samantha Power

President Obama understands that, as a nation founded by those who fled religious persecution, freedom of religion is central to who we are as Americans. Our rights are not given to us by government, they are endowed by our Creator. -Denis McDonough

When I was growing up, I, like many Jews, cheered what appeared to be the receding of faith from everyday life. The further religion got from our lives the better our lives would get, I thought, because persecution had been such a burden to Jewish families for generations. -Bruce Feiler

The European wars of religion were more deadly than the First World War, proportionally speaking, and in the range of the Second World War in Europe. The Inquisition, the persecution of heretics and infidels and witches, they racked up pretty high death tolls. -Steven Pinker

As a global society, we do not have to agree, endorse or condone the lifestyle choices of others. However, history has taught us that we equally cannot and should not excuse those who would hide behind religion or misuse God's word to justify bigotry and persecution. -Joyce Meyer

My life has been immensely enriched by gay mentors, colleagues and friends, and any discrimination and persecution of gay people is unacceptable. -Mikhail Baryshnikov

Many instances of persecution and killing have occurred in countries with atrocious human rights records such as Sri Lanka, Guatemala and the Democratic Republic of Congo. -David Suzuki

The point of asylum is not to declare to the world what country you think is the pinnacle of civilization. The point of asylum is to find a country that's both willing and able to protect you from political persecution. In no way is asylum an endorsement of a country's politics, laws, or values. -Glenn Greenwald

The FSB's invisible presence continued; the agency became an intangible part of my Moscow life – sometimes loudly, sometimes quietly, with someone in a back room clearly turning the volume of minor persecution up and down. -Luke Harding

The forefathers of the United States were children of religious bigotry and persecution, and, as a result, fled Britain to create a new approach to life and government. They valued intellect and education. In fact, they outlined the principles of the United States' democracy to establish intellectual freedom from the Church. -Mike Medavoy

I have never found out that there was in my family an artist or anyone interested in the arts or sciences, and I have never been sufficiently interested in my 'family tree' to bother. My father and mother had come to America on one of those great waves of immigration that followed persecution and pogroms in Czarist Russia and Poland. -Jacob Epstein

I do not want to be misunderstood that you need a dose of persecution in order, really, to have a sense of your identity. Otherwise, you know, there would be no American Jews. Even if you're not strictly, fiercely Orthodox, you commit yourselves to a community of memory. -Simon Schama

I have spent seven of the 12 years I have been married a victim of political persecution. I must be the first male spouse being held hostage by a regime. I accept this, as Pakistan has traditional elements who find it hard to reconcile with a man whose wife works and who other men salute perforce of her office. -Asif Ali Zardari

You can easily see why the experience of Jews would be helpful if you're looking to get action on religious persecution. -Elliott Abrams

We must confront persecution faced by many Christian communities and the intolerance that plagues us. We must overcome anti-Semitism and the prejudice that divides us. We must defeat Islamophobia and the fears that weaken us. -Ban Ki-moon

When I first went to places where people were suffering from war and persecution, I felt ashamed of my feelings of sadness. I could see more possibilities in my life. -Angelina Jolie

Joseph Smith was true to his calling and fulfilled his duty even in the face of severe persecution and great personal sacrifice. -Joseph B. Wirthlin

In 1913, the noted German actor and director Paul Wegener was making a film in Prague when he heard the legend of Rabbi Loew, who created a golem to protect the inhabitants of the Prague ghetto from persecution. -Kage Baker

The systematic murder of Christians in the Middle East is a horrible atrocity, and all of us should be united against it. Likewise, we should speak with one voice against the persecution of Jews, usually being carried out by the very same jihadist radicals. -Ted Cruz

This country has a proud history of opening its doors to generations of people fleeing personal persecution, civil unrest and war. -Charles Kennedy

Religious or biblical can sometimes be a little soft, but 'A.D.' doesn't shy away from the violence of the time, the political intrigue. The story is really about the resurrection of faith, which is how the disciples went about keeping the word of Christ. So, they found all kinds of trouble and problems and torture and persecution. -Juan Pablo Di Pace

The fabled origin of the laurel is this. Daphne, daughter of the river Peneus, offended by the persecutions of Apollo, implored succour of the gods, who changed her into a laurel tree. Apollo crowned his head with the leaves and ordered that forever after, the tree should be sacred to him. -Dorothea Dix

Protestants in France are under intolerable despotism. Although open persecution does not now exist, yet it depends upon the whim of the king, queen, parliament, or any of the ministry. -Marquis de Lafayette

No person with a sense of the dignity of mankind can condone the persecution of the Jewish race in Germany. -Charles Lindbergh

The Enlightenment attacked religion – Christianity, mainly – for two reasons: that it was a set of ideological delusions, and that it was a system of institutional oppression, with immense powers of persecution and intolerance. -Tariq Ali

A greater persecution shall befall the Christian Church than has ever been in Africa, and will last until the year 1792, when there will be a revision of centuries. -Nostradamus

I'll work to ensure that every single refugee who seeks asylum in the United States has a fair chance to tell his or her story. This is the least we can offer people fleeing persecution and devastation. -Hillary Clinton

If there is one thing I fear less than everything else, it is, I believe, persecution for my opinions. There are a good many points about which I may be diffident, but when it comes to questions of Truth and intellectual independence, there is no holding me – I can envisage no finer end than to sacrifice oneself for a conviction. -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Is it really true that religion makes people more kindly, generous, or loving? History tends to disprove this. The worst wars, the most vicious Inquisitions, the cruelest pogroms and persecutions, were both fomented and supported by religion. -Barbara G. Walker

Britain has always been a home to the vulnerable, and we've always done what we need to do to help people who are fleeing persecution. -George Osborne

Venezuela's government must work toward achieving a true culture of democracy for our region. There's no room for persecution based on ideological reasons or for thinking differently. -Mauricio Macri

Our voice is an independent voice to represent the dignity and the search for peace and the reformulation of the international system; to denounce persecution and aggression of hegemonistic forces on the planet. This is how Venezuela has presented itself. Bolivar's home has sought a nonpermanent seat on the Security Council. -Hugo Chavez

There has been no persecution I have not tasted, no oppression I have not suffered. I neither care for Paradise nor fear Hell. If I see my nation's belief secured, I will not even care about burning in Hell, for while my body is burning, my heart will be as if in a rose garden. -Said Nursi

I talked about the persecution of Algerians and told about racism in my childhood. And it was as if, after that, I wasn't French anymore. -Isabelle Adjani

When is constancy required, except under persecution. Are not friends then proved? If they always yield, how can they ever succeed? They must, one time or other, make a stand. -Thomas Becket

I never experienced much outright anti-Semitism. While we learned about the Holocaust – endlessly, it felt like – no spray-painted swastika ever appeared on my childhood landscape. Jewish persecution was an ever-looming reality, but always an abstract one. -Laura Moser

I have been persecuted since I joined politics, and I have been living in persecution since then. -Roy Bennett

To write is a relief from life's problems. It is a way in which you revenge yourself. In art, the writer achieves utopia. But any attempt to achieve social utopia is bound to catastrophe. If you want a society of saints, the result is hell, repression, totalitarianism, and persecution. -Mario Vargas Llosa

My family reached the United States before the Holocaust. Both of my parents emigrated from Russia as young children. My grandparents were fleeing religious persecution and came to America seeking a better life for their family. -Jan Schakowsky

As American Jews and descendants of immigrants, we never forget where our families came from or what members of our community experienced. Because we remember, we look out for those who are freeing persecution, oppression, and danger. -Jan Schakowsky

We need to do more to stop Iran's persecution of different religious faiths, including Sunni Muslims, Christians, and Bahais. We must do more to protect the Iranian's people's right to freedom of expression. -Brad Schneider

In 1986, Pakistan got the blasphemy law. So, while we had just two cases of blasphemy before that year, now we have thousands. It shows that one should be careful while bringing religion into legislation, because the law itself can become an instrument of persecution. -Asma Jahangir

In the history of postwar German writing, for the first 15 or 20 years, people avoided mentioning political persecution – the incarceration and systematic extermination of whole peoples and groups in society. Then, from 1965, this became a preoccupation of writers – not always in an acceptable form. -W. G. Sebald

Asylum is for people fleeing persecution, not those searching for a better job. Yet our broken system – with its debilitating court rulings, a crushing backlog, and gaping loopholes – allows illegal migrants to get into our country anyway and for whatever reason they want. This gaming of the system is unacceptable. -Kirstjen Nielsen

One must not confuse the fight against corruption with the persecution of the rich or wealthy families. -Joao Lourenco

A real New Yorker is always someone who came here from somewhere else to avoid some kind of persecution, often sexual-preference based, or to be discovered in one of the infinite-though-no-longer-thriving alternative scenes, i.e. theater, music, dance, vaudeville, art, drag, or, in those of the greatest egos, to be 'the next Andy Warhol.' -Genesis P-Orridge

While migration is inevitable, the fact remains that most people leave their homes to escape violence and the certain persecution that comes from it. -Richard Grenell

In Utah, the American melting pot is unstirred. Three out of four people are Mormons, and they are all here in this bleakly beautiful sanctuary 'behind the Zion curtain' because of religious persecution. -Shana Alexander

People come to this country because they view our culture as the best. It is a culture free of persecution, a culture free of oppressive government, and above all… a culture of really, really cool stuff. -Steven Crowder

Sending genuine refugees to face persecution in order to dissuade others from seeking to come here is plainly illegal. -Sajid Javid

'RuPaul's Drag Race'… is very little about boys who dress up in girls' clothing: it's very much about grit, integrity, heart, power of perseverance, and the power of love. It's also opening a dialogue up about the persecution and the marginalization of trans people, of queer people, of gender non-binary and gender fluid people. -Michelle Visage

A refugee in the traditional vision is someone who flees from country to another because of persecution or conflict. But what we're witnessing now more and more is a certain number of mega-trends interacting with one another: population growth, urbanization, food insecurity, water scarcity, climate change, and conflict. -Antonio Guterres

We must remember that this nation was founded by people fleeing religious persecution, risking everything to find a place to be free to worship as they chose or not to worship at all. -Tulsi Gabbard

I'm not a stranger to the persecution that Muslims have faced over the years. -Mahesh Bhatt

We know that Maduro's armies are riddled with persecution, torture, threats, and wrongful arrests. -Juan Guaido

When I think of immigration, I want to think of families. I want to think of unity. I want to think of a safe place, you know, free of persecution, a place where we can welcome a child that is hungry. -Rashida Tlaib

Limiting the ability of the people to peacefully organize and partake in direct action to fight against persecution and discrimination is not only barred by the U.S. Constitution but is fundamentally un-American. -Rashida Tlaib

As someone who escaped religious persecution in Lebanon and whose parents were kidnapped in Beirut, I fully support the protection of all individuals from institutional discrimination. That said, I am weary of the ethos of victimhood that has parasitized our culture. -Gad Saad

Every state in this nation has been made better by those who have chosen to move here to escape persecution or extreme poverty. -Jay Inslee

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