It is doubtful if the oppressed ever fight for freedom. They fight for pride and power — power to oppress others. The oppressed want above all to imitate their oppressors; they want to retaliate.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American writer, philosopher, longshoreman
The True Believer (1951)

Variant found elsewhere: "I doubt if the oppressed ever fight for freedom..."

Added on 19-Mar-10 | Last updated 19-Mar-10
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