Persecuted Quotes

Persecuted Quotes by Frederick Lenz, Elie Wiesel, Otto Frank, Stephen Jay Gould, Susanna Clarke, Voltaire and many others.

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We live in a world where no one believes. Enlightenment and knowledge are laughed at. Those who seek and teach the mysteries are scorned and often persecuted. Welcome to the planet earth: environment hostile.
Frederick Lenz
Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.
Elie Wiesel
I think it is not only important that people go to the Anne Frank House to see the secret annex, but also that they are helped to realise that people are also persecuted today because of their race, religion or political convictions.
Otto Frank
A man does not attain the status of Galileo merely because he is persecuted; he must also be right.
Stephen Jay Gould
It was an old fashioned house –the sort of house in fact, as Strange expressed it, which a lady in a novel might like to be persecuted in.
Susanna Clarke
In our world, in our pre-World War III condition, meditation is considered a cult activity and people who practice self-discovery are actually persecuted and ridiculed.
Frederick Lenz
To announce truths is an infallible receipt for being persecuted.
Spiritual people are often persecuted because of their beliefs. Christians were fed to the lions. Jews were slaughtered in concentration camps. Various forms of persecution still exist today throughout the world.
Frederick Lenz
The CAA is not a law to remove someone from the country. Union home minister Amit Shah has said that it is to give citizenship. And I agree with it to that extent. It is to give citizenship to persecuted minorities from neighbouring countries and not to remove anyone from the country.
Uddhav Thackeray
The ghetto was not only a place of refuge for a persecuted minority but a great experiment in peace, in self-discipline and in humanism. As such it still exists and refuses to give up in spite of all the brutality that surrounds it. I was brought up among those people.
Isaac Bashevis Singer
People will identify with a persecuted minority without asking themselves what they are identifying with.
Hilary Mantel
I remember feeling like we at WBC were a persecuted minority, triumphant in the face of evil people ‘worshipping the dead’ as we picketed funerals or rejoiced at the destruction of the Twin Towers.
Megan Phelps-Roper
The more I follow grace, the more I’m drawn to him (God), the more I’m willing to stand up for people being persecuted. .. This sounds so churchy, but I felt like God spoke to my heart and said ‘(homosexuality) is not a sin’.
Jay Bakker
In Poland, nobody is arrested or persecuted for political reasons.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski
The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar… Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen.
Aldous Huxley
The N.B.A. provides a big platform to shed light on the human rights violations in Turkey and gives a voice to the thousands of people persecuted.
Enes Kanter
Alas, to wear the mantle of Galileo it is not enough that you be persecuted by an unkind establishment, you must also be right.
Robert L. Park
Women have been the most persecuted people throughout all of recorded history, more than any race or religion.
Leonardo DiCaprio
Christianity persecuted, tortured, and burned. Like a hound it tracked the very scent of heresy. It kindled wars, and nursed furious hatreds and ambitions… Man, far from being freed from his natural passions, was plunged into artificial ones quite as violent and much more disappointing.
George Santayana
I came to America, and I made good. It’s an old story, but it hasn’t been told in a long time. Usually, it’s, ‘I’m an immigrant, I came here and got persecuted.’ My story is I came here, I worked hard, and it worked out all right. So it’s still available.
Craig Ferguson
I am uncomfortable with talking of poetry as a priestly profession, because I have little use for organized religions and priestly hierarchies. They have demoralized, persecuted, so many, including women, gays, non-believers.
Adrienne Rich
We need more radicalism among us before we can speak as becomes a suffering, oppressed, and persecuted people.
Charles Lenox Remond
If the main thing the next generations know about Jewish history is that we were persecuted and suffered, they will lose sight of the tremendous heritage of Jewish culture, theology, and wisdom.
Deborah Lipstadt
I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.
George Washington
When one realizes God, He grants knowledge and illumination from within; one knows it oneself. In the fullness of one’s spiritual realization one will find that He who resides in one’s heart, resides in the hearts of others as well – the oppressed, the persecuted, the untouchable, and the outcast.
Sarada Devi
Christians are being persecuted, not just in the Middle East but here in this country.
Wendy Long
Be persecuted, rather than be a persecutor. Be crucified, rather than be a crucifier. Be treated unjustly, rather than treat anyone unjustly. Be oppressed, rather than be an oppressor. Be gentle rather than zealous. Lay hold of goodness, rather than justice.
Isaac of Nineveh
A lot of people saw Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland as persecuted and tragic and vulnerable, and I think a lot of gay men feel that way because of their particular predicament in society and not being accepted completely.
Madonna Ciccone
Everyone has bad days, and when you’re having a bad day, you think, ‘Here I am being singled out by a hostile, malicious universe that is picking exclusively on me.’ And then you read a book about bad days and realize they happen to everyone, not just tormented, persecuted you.
Judith Viorst
It’s no secret that Cuba is a typical Latin American culture in that it has a fair amount of homophobia. Homosexuals have been notoriously persecuted under Fidel’s government.
Rachel Kushner
We may continue to expect the enjoyment of all the blessings of civil and religious liberty, guaranteed by the Constitution. The citizens of Illinois have done themselves honor, in throwing the mantle of the Constitution over a persecuted and afflicted people.
Joseph Smith, Jr.
Where do find the most persecuted Christians in the world?… in the classrooms of our government schools, where the assault is not upon the body, but the soul.
Alan Keyes
Europe, and not England, is the parent country of America. This new world hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from every part of Europe.
Thomas Paine
The process of nonviolence is one that takes time and those of us who’ve suffered, who’ve been persecuted over the years, would like to see things change, you know, overnight.
Coretta Scott King
Those who didn’t vote for me don’t need to worry – they won’t be persecuted.
Jair Bolsonaro
I mean, I can look back with great pleasure on what has happened in Sudan, and our commitment to people who are persecuted in that kind of way.
George Carey
Public feeling now is apt to side with the persecuted, and our modern martyr is full as likely to be smothered with roses as with coals.
Edwin Hubbel Chapin
The monster, fanaticism, still exists, and whoever seeks after truth will run the risk of being persecuted.
Don’t worry when you’re being persecuted for God, worry when you’re not.
Craig Groeschel
My name is Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, the former H. Rap Brown. I am a devoted servant of Allah, and an unwavering devotee to His cause. For more than 30 years, I have been tormented and persecuted by my enemies for reasons of race and belief.
H. Rap Brown
I have in my bones, and in my blood, the knowledge that you have to help the people who are persecuted.
Ruth Westheimer
Masters are those who have chosen only love. In every instance. In every moment. In every circumstance. Even as they were being killed, they loved their murderers. Even as they were being persecuted, they loved their oppressors.
Neale Donald Walsch
I pledged myself to smoke but one cigar a day. I kept the cigar waiting until bedtime, then I had a luxurious time with it. But desire persecuted me every day and all day long. I found myself hunting for larger cigars…within the month my cigar had grown to such proportions I could have used it as a crutch.
Mark Twain
I think Judas was a very devout religious Jewish person. He realizes that Jews had been persecuted and enslaved for thousands of years, and he wants to keep his people from going through that anymore.
Josh Young
Man’s condition is never the same; he is humbled, then exalted; sometimes at peace, sometimes persecuted; enlightened today and plunged into darkness tomorrow. What is to be done? As I said, let us be prepared for whatever may happen.
Vincent de Paul
In 1976, Rastafarians were one of the most violated, persecuted groups in Jamaica. They could be beaten within an inch of their lives, or detained for two years, just for being found in a ‘proper’ neighbourhood.
Marlon James
The Chinese people have been forced to forget the Tiananmen massacre. There has been no public debate about the event, no official apology. The media aren’t allowed to mention it. Still today people are being persecuted and imprisoned for disseminating information about it.
Ma Jian
Jews have always yearned for Jerusalem, from which they’d been exiled many times, but they also yearned for each and every one of the countries where they had been persecuted and where their ancestors once lived and are still buried.
Phyllis Chesler
[If a book were] very innocent, and one which might be confided to the reason of any man; not likely to be much read if let alone, but if persecuted, it will be generally read. Every man in the United States will think it a duty to buy a copy, in vindication of his right to buy and to read what he pleases.
Thomas Jefferson
Ah, how often I’ve cursed those foolish pages,
That showed my youthful sufferings to everyone!
If Werther had been my brother, and I’d killed him,
His sad ghost could hardly have persecuted me more.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Religion which requires persecution to sustain, it is of the devil’s propagation.
Hosea Ballou
On Painting Rats, and the Glorification of Them. They exist without permission. They are hated, hunted and persecuted. They live in quiet desperation amongst the filth. And yet they are capable of bringing entire civilizations to their knees. If you are dirty, insignificant, and unloved then rats are the ultimate role model.
If there is trouble in the country, neither I nor my people made it, and all that we have ever done, after much endurance on our part, is to maintain and uphold the constitution and institutions of our country, and to protect an injured, innocent, and persecuted people against misrule and mob violence.
Joseph Smith, Jr.
The more I’m persecuted, the stronger I get.
Alex Jones
The common people have no history: persecuted by the present, they cannot think of preserving the memory of the past.
Jean Henri Fabre
For many people, I’ve ceased to be a human being. I’ve become an issue, a bother, an “affair”…. And has it really been so long since religions persecuted people, burning them as heretics, drowning them as witches, that you can’t recognize religious persecution when you see it?
Salman Rushdie
Alas, how many have been persecuted for the wrong of having been right?
Jean-Baptiste Say
In absolute terms, I am the most legally persecuted man of all times, in the whole history of mankind, worldwide.
Silvio Berlusconi
When you’re a little fat boy in any kind of school, you’re just persecuted something awful.
Raymond Burr
I come of Quaker stock. My ancestors were persecuted for their beliefs. Here they sought and found religious freedom. By blood and conviction I stand for religious tolerance both in act and in spirit.
Herbert Hoover
There is one common condition for the lot of women in Western civilization and all other civilizations that we know about for certain, and that is, woman as a sex is disliked and persecuted, while as an individual she is liked, loved, and even, with reasonable luck, sometimes worshipped.
Rebecca West
I am poor and feeble, persecuted and vulnerable, Yeshua conquered me, and with the New Man he honored me, He delivered me from the poverty-stricken self with his great love, he cherishes me.
Daniel Zion
As members of a minority, one that was often persecuted, that entrepreneurial perspective was burnished with a sense of “outsider” status – so not only were we committed to finding our own way of achieving success, we also grew up to believe that we’d have to fight to get whatever we wanted.
Lewis Schiff
Let Southern oppressors tremble-let their secret abettors tremble-let their Northern apologists tremble-let all the enemies of the persecuted blacks tremble.
William Lloyd Garrison
I think it’s incredibly important for kids to be able to express who they are and feel like they can be themselves without being persecuted for it or bullied for it.
Colin Egglesfield
Should any Iraqi officer or soldier receive an order from Saddam Hussein…. don’t follow that order. Because if you choose to do so, when Iraq is liberated, you will be treated, tried and persecuted as a war criminal.
George W. Bush
We are not going to turn our backs on people who have been persecuted, turn our backs on people who have been threatened by terror.
Gavin Newsom
I’m an atheist, so it was actually a joy. Spitting on Christ was a great deal of fun. I can’t embrace a male god who has persecuted female sexuality throughout the ages. And that persecution still goes on today all over the world.
Amanda Donohoe
I think in work like ‘Passion According to St Luke,’ which I wrote when the Church was being persecuted by the Communist regime, it mattered to me to declare for the cause. I sided with the militant Church and I think my music fulfilled an important socio-political function.
Krzysztof Penderecki
How ironic that the Negro, who more than any other people can claim America’s culture as his own, is being persecuted and repressed; that the Negro, who has exemplified the humanities in his very existence, is being rewarded with inhumanity.
Sonny Rollins
It is amusing to hear the modern Christian telling you how mild and rationalistic Christianity really is and ignoring the fact that all its mildness and rationalism is due to the teaching of men who in their own day were persecuted by all orthodox Christians.
Bertrand Russell
Concerning persecution against Christians in America, for those who say it can’t happen here – it is already happening here in America. Christians are being increasingly persecuted for their beliefs and bold stand for Jesus Christ.
Paul McGuire
The more I get persecuted, the more people knock on my door in support.
Anita Bryant
Always help those who are being persecuted.
Nachman of Breslov
[T]he Rev. R. Taylor, A.M., the Deist, now in gaol, infamously persecuted by the Whigs for his religious opinions, in his learned defense of Deism called the Diegesis, has clearly proved all the heirarchical institutions of the Christians to be a close copy of those of the Essenians of Egypt.
Godfrey Higgins
Christians are not so much in danger when they are persecuted as when they are admired.
Charles Spurgeon
To Edward, I cannot be a traitor, for I owe him no allegiance; he is not my sovereign; he never received my homage; and whilst life is in this persecuted body, he shall never receive it.
William Wallace
Virtue is persecuted by the wicked more than it is loved by the good.
Miguel de Cervantes
Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Whenever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.
Elie Wiesel
I have probably become a lot more Zionist than I used to be. Jews have a history of being persecuted over a long, long period of time so I think it is absolutely right to have a country that is a Jewish state.
Grant Shapps
I have put my pen at the service of some of the most persecuted and misunderstood people in the world. So far as I know nothing of the kind has ever been attempted before in fiction.
Radclyffe Hall
Anyone engaging in illegal financial transactions will be caught and persecuted.
George W. Bush
I am persecuted because of my writings, I think, therefore, that I should write some more.
Eric Williams
When I was abandoned by everybody, in my greatest weakness, trembling and afraid of death, when I was persecuted by this wicked world, then I often felt most surely the divine power in this name, Jesus Christ… So, by God’s grace, I will live and die for that name.
Martin Luther
There are reports on the news tonight that members of the Taliban feel persecuted and fear their own safety. So now they know what it is like to feel like a woman in their country.
Jay Leno
We’re persecuted in the most civilized languages.
Bernard Malamud
Paranoia is a state of heightened awareness. Most people are persecuted beyond their wildest delusions.
Claude Steiner
The first persecution of the Church took place in the year 67, under Nero, the sixth emperor of Rome.
John Foxe
The rashness of the persecutor hath overspread the rights of the persecuted so that punishment is awarded to him that has gained the victory, the inglorious triumphs, and the man who deserved bonds has carried off the prize.
Thomas Becket
In England, philosophers are honoured, respected; they rise to public offices, they are buried with the kings… In France warrants are issued against them, they are persecuted, pelted with pastoral letters: Do we see that England is any the worse for it?
John Dewey
He gets into the habit of thinking so passionately at night that he begins to be persecuted by insomnia.
Louis de Bernieres
Paris is in a tranquil state; the infernal cabal that besieges me appears guided by foreigners. This idea consoles me, for nothing is so painful as being persecuted by one’s own fellow-citizens.
Marquis de Lafayette
I’ve already got the Kingdom of Heaven in my heart! That’s my nationality, my citizenship, my Country!-A Country that’s never persecuted the poor or oppressed the weak or destroyed small peoples of the World like America has. It’s a Country that’s never lost a battle and never fought a war for the wrong reason.
David Berg
To live and die amongst foreigners may seem less absurd than to live persecuted or tortured by one’s fellow countrymen…. But toemigrate is always to dismantle the centre of the world, and so to move into a lost, disoriented one of fragments.
John Berger
Scripture makes it clear to me that there is an obligation to speak out on behalf of those being persecuted.
Frank Wolf
God is punishing America for the way they have persecuted us at Westboro Baptist Church, and worse and more of [the Virginia Tech massacre] is coming and this evil sodomite nation is doomed.
Fred Phelps
We need a leader who won’t be silent – as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have been – as millions of Christians are persecuted throughout the Middle East.
Carly Fiorina
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
I made it clear that I will consider – this is the important phrase I am trying to say – myself most fortunate if Jesus Christ will accept the sacrifice of my blood to raise the voice for the justice and rights of the persecuted and victimized Christians and other minorities in Pakistan.
Shahbaz Bhatti
Like ’em or hate ’em, these once peaceful gun owners of the ’90s are feeling a lot like Jews of 1939 Germany. Maligned, lied about, persecuted and threatened. Afraid, confused and angry.
Claire Wolfe
If you look at it, the history of comedy has always been strongest among the nations who have been persecuted the most.
Trevor Noah
If the Pope urged the Western nations to rescue persecuted Christians in the Middle East, I would back him wholeheartedly.
Paul Gosar
Every religious pioneer, including Jesus Christ, was persecuted by his contemporaries. But once people understand me, their turn can be dramatic like Saint Paul’s.
Sun Myung Moon
It comes to this then: there always have been people like me and always will be, and generally they have been persecuted.
E. M. Forster
The reformation was preceded by the discovery of America, as if the Almighty graciously meant to open a sanctuary to the persecuted in future years, when home should afford neither friendship nor safety.
Thomas Paine
God knows the truth in all of this, and at the end of the day, that is the only thing that matters. Jesus was persecuted, and I’m going to get persecuted, ya know?
Heidi Montag
In many countries, same-sex relationships are illegal. Young people are forced to hide and deny their love and their identity. LGBTQI people are persecuted, harassed and even imprisoned. For me, this is totally inconceivable.
Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden
We are reviled but we do not intend to speak evil in return. We are in desperate straits but do not despair. We are persecuted but not forsaken. It’s easy to humiliate and crush people who are open, but when I am weak, then I am strong.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova
I think Barack Obama thinks that Muslims are the ones being persecuted, and he has to change that. The fact is he is contributing to Christians being persecuted, not only around the world, but in America as well.
Robert Jeffress
The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations And Religions; whom we shall wellcome to a participation of all our rights and previleges…
George Washington
You are persecuted and despised. It were better that a person should be the oppressed than that he should be the oppressor; and fitter that he should be a victim to the frailty of human instincts than that he should be powerful and crush the flowers of life and disfigure the beauties of feeling with his desire.
Khalil Gibran
The apostles had this instinct: When in trouble, pray. When intimidated, pray. When challenged, pray. When persecuted, pray!
Jim Cymbala
O ay, letters – I had letters – I am persecuted with letters – I hate letters – nobody knows how to write letters; and yet one has ’em, one does not know why – they serve one to pin up one’s hair.
William Congreve
Those who rebelled against totalitarian rule and those who simply managed to remain themselves and think freely, were all persecuted. We should not forget any of those who paid for our present freedom in one way or another.
Vaclav Havel
We must overcome…all forms of racism. The problem of intolerance should be dealt with as a whole: every time a minority is persecuted and marginalized…the good of the whole society is in danger.
Pope Francis
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
Empires came and went while we, the Jewish people, persecuted relentlessly, facing expulsions and pogroms and the Holocaust, survived. We survived thanks to the Torah and faith in the Lord.
Eli Yishai
Art gives life to what history killed. Art gives voice to what history denied, silenced, or persecuted. Art brings truth to the lies of history.
Carlos Fuentes