71+ Best Activism Quotes by Prominent Activists

71+ Best Activism Quotes by Prominent Activists

Activism consists of efforts to push, protest and demand for social, political, economic, or environmental reform and activists have played major roles to make changes in society. Empowering activism quotes will give the inspiration for activists and empower to change their communities for the better.

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Famous Activism Quotes

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King Jr. tweet

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. – Rosa Parks tweet

I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole. – Malcolm X tweet

Burnout is a way of telling you that your form of activism was perhaps not very full circle. – Gloria Steinem tweet

We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced. – Malala Yousafzai tweet

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela tweet

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. – Mahatma Gandhi tweet

Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings, to convert the population into specimens in a zoo – obedient to our keepers, but dangerous to each other. – Angela Davis tweet

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. – Harriet Tubman tweet

Most activism is brought about by us ordinary people. – Patricia Hill Collins tweet

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. – Gloria Steinem tweet

If women want any rights more than they’d got, why don’t they just take them, and not be talking about it. – Sojourner Truth tweet

Don’t follow the path. Go where there is no path and begin the trail. When you start a new trail equipped with courage, strength and conviction, the only thing that can stop you is you! – Ruby Bridges tweet

Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures. – Cesar Chavez tweet

Wherever women gather together failure is impossible. – Susan B. Anthony tweet

It’s never too late – never too late to start over, never too late to be happy. – Jane Fonda tweet

The dream was not to put one black family in the White House, the dream was to make everything equal in everybody’s house. – Al Sharpton tweet

Give light and people will find the way. – Ella Baker tweet

The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. – Jane Addams tweet

No one will do for you what you need to do for yourself. We cannot afford to be separate. We have to see that all of us are in the same boat. – Dorothy Height tweet

Peace cannot exist without justice, justice cannot exist without fairness, fairness cannot exist without development, development cannot exist without democracy, democracy cannot exist without respect for the identity and worth of cultures and peoples. – Rigoberta Menchu tweet

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. – James Baldwin tweet

We must join with the tens of millions all over the world who see in peace our most sacred responsibility. – Paul Robeson tweet

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. – Ralph Nader tweet

If you haven’t forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others? – Dolores Huerta tweet

I’m not alone, I’m free. I no longer have to be a credit; I don’t have to be a symbol to anybody; I don’t have to be a first to anybody. – Lena Horne tweet

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one. – John Lennon tweet

When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him. – Bayard Rustin tweet

We too often bind ourselves by authorities rather than by the truth. – Lucretia Mott tweet

If slaughterhouses had glass walls, the whole world would be vegetarian. – Linda McCartney tweet

To the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that needs assistance, To the future in the distance, Give yourselves. – Carrie Chapman Catt tweet

Protest is telling the truth in public. Sometimes protest is telling the truth to a public that isn’t quite ready to hear it. Protest is, in its own way, a storytelling. We use our bodies, our words, our art, and our sounds both to tell the truth about the pain that we endure and to demand the justice that we know is possible. It is meant to build and to force a response. – DeRay Mckesson tweet

The right to know is the right to live. – Aruna Roy tweet

You don’t fight racism with racism, the best way to fight racism is with solidarity. – Bobby Seale tweet

Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye – it is very beautiful. – Kailash Satyarthi tweet

We build the path as we can, rock by rock. – Hosea Williams tweet

In Nicaragua, liberty, equality and the rule of law were the stuff of dreams. But in Paris I discovered the value of those words. – Bianca Jagger tweet

I have been known for some time as a person who speaks the truth and speaks it strongly. I have always called a liar a liar and a hypocrite a hypocrite. – Cindy Sheehan tweet

We first fought the heathens in the name of religion, then Communism, and now in the name of drugs and terrorism. Our excuses for global domination always change. – Serj Tankian tweet

If you try to do your best there is no failure. – Mike Farrell tweet

We must continue to unite in sisterhood to turn our tears into triumph. There is no time to rest until our world achieves wholeness and balance, where all men and women are considered equal and free. – Leymah Gbowee tweet

I don’t know what the future may hold, but I know who holds the future. – Ralph Abernathy tweet

My ministry’s always been one of social activism. I think a responsible minister must be at some levels involved in the social order. – Al Sharpton tweet

The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. – Steve Biko tweet

A right is not what someone gives you; it’s what no one can take from you. – Ramsey Clark tweet

You are either part of the solution or part of the problem. – Eldridge Cleaver tweet

I guarantee that the seed you plant in love, not matter how small, will grow into a mighty tree of refuge. We all want a future for ourselves and we must now care enough to create, nurture and secure a future for our children. – Afeni Shakur tweet

Avoiding offense means that we don’t accept each other as equals. – Ayaan Hirsi Ali tweet

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference. – Elie Wiesel tweet

Powerful Activist Quotes To Inspire Activism

I think the importance of doing activist work is precisely because it allows you to give back and to consider yourself not as a single individual who may have achieved whatever but to be a part of an ongoing historical movement. – Angela Davis

Freedom of expression is the foundation of human rights, the source of humanity and the mother of truth. – Liu Xiaobo

The idea of cultural relativism is nothing but an excuse to violate human rights. – Shirin Ebadi

An exchange of empathy provides an entry point for a lot of people to see what healing feels like. – Tarana Burke

Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have. – Saul Alinsky

Here we are, the most clever species ever to have lived. So how is it we can destroy the only planet we have? – Jane Goodall

I always say to people, “If you share my dream, why don’t we walk together?” And that’s my only organizing tool. – Harry Hay

I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else’s whim or to someone else’s ignorance. – bell hooks

It is easy to cut down the tree of liberty, but not so easy to restore it to life. – Toussaint Louverture

Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it. – Marian Wright Edelman

Leadership is building a bridge that connects the vision with the purpose, in order to empower those who are around us. – David Walker

We used this attack on us as a platform to reach more people with what we’d been talking about anyway, which was segregation and housing and racism. If you do that, if you use every attack as a platform, they can’t win and you can’t lose cause if they leave you alone you go right on organizing, if they attack you you’re gonna have a platform to reach a lot more people. So, you really can’t lose. And it really works like a charm. When we are 80 years old, I think we will have no regrets. – Anne Braden

I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it. – Thomas Paine

So, transform yourself first… Because you are young and have dreams and want to do something meaningful, that in itself, makes you our future and our hope. Keep expanding your horizon, decolonize your mind, and cross borders. – Yuri Kochiyama

I’m sorry, but I think if we stick to those categories of race, class and gender, we are stuck. – Grace Lee Boggs

If you are not personally free to be yourself in that most important of all human activities… the expression of love… then life itself loses its meaning. – Harvey Milk

Do not think your single vote does not matter much. The rain that refreshes the parched ground is made up of single drops. – Kate Sheppard

With confidence, you have won before you have started. – Marcus Garvey

Being an activist and an artist – those two things should go together. You should allow the artistic sensibility to control some of your activism, but never should it be allowed to paralyze you. – Bill Ayers

Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world. – Dolores Huerta

Being an activist is about getting things done. It’s not about standing around shaking your fist in anger. – Christine Quinn

Activists need to get the facts right. One of the big assets we have on our side is the truth, and we lose credibility and power if we’re lose with that. – Annie Leonard

There are all the activist groups on every imaginable topic – solidarity groups, environmental and feminist groups – sectors of these movements do very valuable work. – Noam Chomsky

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right. – Aretha Franklin

The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that position be taken on current issues as they arise and the desire that one’s contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time. – Angela Y. Davis

Don’t be a witness. Be an activist. – DaShanne Stokes

Here, before God, in the presence of these witnesses, from this time, I consecrate my life to the destruction of slavery! – John Brown

Any war that requires the suspension of reason as a necessity for support is a bad war. – Norman Mailer

Newton’s Fourth Law: Every action has an equal and opposite satisfaction. – Dorothy Parker

Oppressed people, whatever their level of formal education, have the ability to understand and interpret the world around them, to see the world for what it is, and move to transform it. – Ella Baker

An activist is someone who cannot help but fight for something. That person is not usually motivated by a need for power or money or fame, but in fact is driven slightly mad by some injustice, some cruelty, some unfairness, so much so that he or she is compelled by some internal moral engine to act to make it better. – Eve Ensler

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