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A collection of thoughts and quotes by Paulo Freire on power, inequality, oppression, inspiration, liberation, education, advise, politics, culture, poverty, generosity, revolution and freedom.

46 Notable Quotes By Paulo Freire, The Renowned Brazilian Philosopher

Quick Facts

Famous As: Educator and Philosopher

Born On: September 19, 1921

Died On: May 2, 1997

Born In: Recife, Brazil

Died At Age: 75

Paulo Freire was a distinguished Brazilian educator and a philosopher, who greatly impacted social values. He was keen on manifesting the vital elements of democracy and education, which could revolutionize the society. Paulo was acclaimed for advocating ‘critical pedagogy’and supporting its essentials. He argued that ‘pedagogy’ never gave any quick fixes to political and educational problems, but was fundamental to their proper functioning. Paulo’s book ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’, acted as foundation to many educators, who were trying to incorporate changes in education, but did not know how to. Paulo lived for the community, and always interpreted the endless possibilities that a person had, in relationship with the society. In recent times, many great educators and philosophers consider his philosophy and work as a boon to their work and research. Like several other philosophers, his thoughts also became popular quoes over time. Paulo was exalted for his interpretation of life and its possibilities, his thoughts, sayings and quotations surely explain his philosophy.

Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.

Paulo Freire

Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people--they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress.

Paulo Freire

If the structure does not permit dialogue the structure must be changed

Paulo Freire

Looking at the past must only be a means of understanding more clearly what and who they are so that they can more wisely build the future.

Paulo Freire

… Without a sense of identity, there can be no real struggle…

Paulo Freire

No one is born fully-formed: it is through self-experience in the world that we become what we are.

Paulo Freire

The oppressors do not favor promoting the community as a whole, but rather selected leaders.

Paulo Freire

Language is never neutral

Paulo Freire

Any situation in which some men prevent others from engaging in the process of inquiry is one of violence;… to alienate humans from their own decision making is to change them into objects.

Paulo Freire

The greatest humanistic and historical task of the oppressed: to liberate themselves...

Paulo Freire

Reading is not walking on the words; it's grasping the soul of them.

Paulo Freire

The educator has the duty of not being neutral.

Paulo Freire

The oppressed, having internalized the image of the oppressor and adopted his guidelines, are fearful of freedom.

Paulo Freire

To simply think about the people, as the dominators do, without any self-giving in that thought, to fail to think with the people, is a sure way to cease being revolutionary leaders.

Paulo Freire

Dehumanization, although a concrete historical fact, is not a given destiny but the result of an unjust order that engenders violence in the oppressors, which in turn dehumanizes the oppressed

Paulo Freire

The multitude is always in the wrong.

Paulo Freire

To affirm that men and women are persons and as persons should be free, and yet to do nothing tangible to make this affirmation a reality, is a farce.

Paulo Freire

Liberating education consists in acts of cognition, not transferals of information.

Paulo Freire

To glorify democracy and to silence the people is a farce; to discourse on humanism and to negate people is a lie.

Paulo Freire

Because love is an act of courage, not of fear, love is a commitment to others. No matter where the oppressed are found, the act of love is commitment to their cause--the cause of liberation.

Paulo Freire

This, then, is the great humanistic and historical task of the oppressed: to liberate themselves and their oppressors as well.

Paulo Freire

One cannot conceive of objectivity without subjectivity.

Paulo Freire

P46- As long as the oppressed remain unaware of the causes of their condition, they fatalistically "accept" their exploitation.

Paulo Freire

Liberation is a praxis : the action and reflection of men and women upon their world in order to transform it.

Paulo Freire

P57- the oppressors, whose tranquility rests on how well people fit the world the oppressors have created, and how little they question it.

Paulo Freire

P53-knowledge emerges only through invention and reinvention, the restless,impatient,continuing,hopeful inquiry beings pursue with the world and with others.

Paulo Freire

...to alienate human beings from their own decision-making is to change them into objects.

Paulo Freire

One of the gravest obstacles to the achievement of liberation is that oppressive reality absorbs those within it and thereby acts to submerge men's consciousness.

Paulo Freire

P69- word is not the privilege of some few persons but the right of everyone

Paulo Freire

P68- there is no true word that is not at the same time a praxis. Thus, to speak a true word is to transform the world.

Paulo Freire

No oppressive order could permit the oppressed to being to question: Why?

Paulo Freire

From the first, the act of conquest, which reduces persons to the status of things, is necrophilia

Paulo Freire

P33- Oppression is domesticating. Gravest obstacle to the achievement of liberation is that oppressive reality absorbs those within it and thereby acts to submerge human beings consciousness.

Paulo Freire

P26 - Only power that springs from the weakness of the oppressed will be sufficiently strong to free both.

Paulo Freire

P20 - The rightist sectarian wants to slow down the historical process, to domesticate time and thus to domesticate men and women.

Paulo Freire

P14 - People educate each other through the mediation of the world

Paulo Freire

P17 - Critical consciousness, they say, is anarchic.

Paulo Freire

Paulo represented for those of us who are committed to imagine a world, in his own words, that is less ugly, more beautiful, less discriminatory, more democratic, less dehumanizing, and more humane.

Paulo Freire

P71- if i do not love the world if i do not love life if i do not love people i cannot enter into dialogue.

Paulo Freire

P60- one does not liberate people by alienating them. P62- consciousness is the constant unveiling of reality.

Paulo Freire

P42- the oppressed, as objects, as "things", have no purposes except those their oppressors prescribe for them.

Paulo Freire

P40- for the oppressors..to 'be' is to have and to be the class of the "haves".

Paulo Freire

I do not accept history as determinism. I embrace history as possibility [where] we can demystify the evil in this perverse fatalism that characterizes the neoliberal discourse in the end of this century.

Paulo Freire

He was a teacher with good thinks of the life and education but he espress with a sentence.

Paulo Freire

P57/8- one must seek to live with others in solidarity..only through communication can human life hold meaning.

Paulo Freire

P40- this violence, as a process, is perpetuated from generation to generation of oppressors, who become its heirs and are shaped by it.

Paulo Freire