Subjects — P
It is a very rare man who does not victimize the helpless.
The history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature, to make water run up hill, to twist a rope of sand.
Persecution is a tribute the great must always pay for pre-eminence.
That which corrodes the souls of the persecuted is the monstrous inner agreement with the prevailing prejudice against them.
To punish a man because he has committed a crime, or because he is believed, though unjustly, to have committed a crime, is not 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.
Miserable creatures, thrown for a moment on the surface of this little pile of mud, is it decreed that one half of the flock should be the persecutor of the other? Is it for you, mankind, to pronounce on what is good and what is evil?
Alas, to wear the mantle of Galileo it is not enough that you be persecuted by an unkind establishment, you must also be right.
Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution.
If hatred strikes you, if you get accused, thrown to the lions, you can expect one of two reactions from people who know you: some of them will join in the kill, the others will very discreetly pretend to know nothing, hear nothing, so you can go right on seeing them and talking to them. That second category, discreet and tactful, those are your friends. ‘Friends’ in the modern sense of the term.
— Identity, pp. 46‒47
One can persecute with especial complacency if one regards one’s victim as a representative of some great malevolent power.
— The Sayings Of John McCarthy, 1995