In the groves of their academy, at the end of every vista, you see nothing but the gallows.
Author: Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
Profession: British Political Writer, Statesman
The only justification for repressive institutions is material and cultural deficit. But such institutions, at certain stages of history, perpetuate and produce such a deficit, and even threaten human survival.
Author: Noam Chomsky (1928)
Profession: American Linguist, Political Activist
If repression has indeed been the fundamental link between power, knowledge, and sexuality since the classical age, it stands to reason that we will not be able to free ourselves from it except at a considerable cost.
Author: Michel Foucault (1926-1984)
Profession: French Essayist, Philosopher
What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
Author: Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)
Profession: Austrian Physician - Founder of Psychoanalysis
People with a culture of poverty suffer much less from repression than we of the middle class suffer and indeed, if I may make the suggestion with due qualification, they often have a hell of a lot more fun than we have.
Author: Brian Friel (1929)
Profession: Irish Playwright, Author
We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and even if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still.
Author: John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)
Profession: British Philosopher, Economist
Blow the dust off the clock. Your watches are behind the times. Throw open the heavy curtains which are so dear to you -- you do not even suspect that the day has already dawned outside.
Author: Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918)
Profession: Russian Novelist