The trust of the people in the leaders reflects the confidence of the leaders in the people.
Easy is to occupy a place in a telephone book. Difficult is to occupy someone’s heart; know that you’re really loved.
Education is freedom.
How can the oppressed, as divided, unauthentic beings, participate in developing the pedagogy of their liberation?
Critical and liberating dialogue, which presupposes action, must be carried on with the oppressed at whatever the stage of their struggle for liberation. The content of that dialogue can and should vary in accordance with historical conditions and the level at which the oppressed perceive reality.
It’s no sin to make a critical study of Brazil’s reality. A small percentage own land. Most people don’t.
At times, I have been criticized by some philosophers of education, who place me in postures that they classify pejoratively as ‘revolutionary.’ But I have had the satisfaction of being invited to work in societies making progressive efforts without wavering. They were changing, and so they called on me.
Revolution is born as a social entity within the oppressor society.
Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.
The oppressed, having internalized the image of the oppressor and adopted his guidelines, are fearful of freedom.