Quotes and Sayings about Persecution



"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
(Related: Nature, Crime, Doctrine, Man, Persecution, Will)

"Persecution produced its natural effect on them. It found them a sect; it made them a faction."
- Thomas Babington
(Related: Effect, Persecution)

"Religion which requires persecution to sustain, it is of the devil's propagation."
- Hosea Ballou
(Related: Religion, Devil, Persecution)

"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
(Related: Legislation, Persecution, Property, Years)

"Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety."
- Edmund Burke
(Related: May, Persecution, Piety, Religious)

"Cruel persecutions and intolerance are not accidents, but grow out of the very essence of religion, namely, its absolute claims."
- Morris Raphael Cohen
(Related: Religion, Accidents, Intolerance)

"Persecution was at least a sign of personal interest. Tolerance is composed of nine parts of apathy to one of brotherly love."
- Frank Moore Colby
(Related: Love, Apathy, Interest, Persecution, Tolerance)

"Knowledge of God's Word is a bulwark against deception, temptation, accusation, even persecution."
- Edwin Louis Cole
(Related: God, Knowledge, Deception, Persecution, Temptation, Word)

"Kinsey would identify himself with Galileo in moments of feelings of persecution."
- Bill Condon
(Related: Feelings, Moments, Persecution)

"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
(Related: People, Fear, Day, Memory, Now, Persecution, Present)

"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
(Related: History, Christian, Being, Identity, Now, Persecution)

"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
(Related: Day, Identity, Now, Persecution, Present)

"Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution."
- George Eliot
(Related: Man, May, Opposition, Persecution)

"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
(Related: History, Men, Persecution)

"The first persecution of the Church took place in the year 67, under Nero, the sixth emperor of Rome."
- John Foxe
(Related: Church, First, Persecution, Rome)

"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
(Related: Men, War, Persecution, Violence, Will)

"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
(Related: History, Religion, Fear, Martyrs, Persecution)

"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
(Related: Politics, Religion, Fire, Persecution)

"Persecution is the first law of society because it is always easier to suppress criticism than to meet it."
- Howard Mumford Jones
(Related: Society, Criticism, First, Law, Persecution)

"Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Beliefs, Commitment, Oppression, Persecution, Tolerance)

"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
(Related: Religion, Freedom, Name, Persecution, Practice, Religious, Tolerance)

"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
(Related: People, First, May, Nation, Persecution, Years)

"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
(Related: Bible, Crime, Hell, Persecution, Widows)

"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
(Related: Experience, Men, Truth, Persecution)

"Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: Religion, Law, Persecution)

"The advancement of all sciences, especially where there has been such a radical change, have been attended with persecution."
- Daniel D. Palmer
(Related: Change, Persecution, Radical)

"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
(Related: People, Persecution)

"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
(Related: Business, Government, Persecution, Prosperity, Service)

"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
(Related: Home, First, Leaders, Party, Persecution, states, United)

"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
(Related: Love, Destruction, Persecution)

"I believe that pluralistic secularism, in the long run, is a more deadly poison than straightforward persecution."
- Francis Schaeffer
(Related: Persecution, Poison)

"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."
- Rick Schroder
(Related: People, Persecution)

"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
(Related: Men, Christ, Killing, Persecution)

"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
(Related: Argument, Bigotry, Fire, Intolerance, Old, Persecution, Silence, Tongue)

"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
(Related: Religion, Truth, Religious)

"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
(Related: Education, Power, Children, Laws, Persecution, Public, Schools)

"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
(Related: Home, Fear, Country, Persecution, Will)

"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
(Related: Religion, Christianity, Country, Nation, Nothing, Persecution, Popular)

"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
(Related: People, Consideration, Minority, Nation, Persecution, Propaganda, Understanding)

"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
(Related: Causes, Rights, Insult, Persecution)

"Once you attempt legislation upon religious grounds, you open the way for every kind of intolerance and religious persecution."
- William Butler Yeats
(Related: Intolerance, Legislation, Open, Persecution, Religious)