50+ Best Harvey Milk Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Harvey Bernard Milk was a gay rights activist and an American politician who was the first openly gay elected official in the history of California, where he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Milk was tragically shot and killed the following year, and numerous books and films have been made about his life. Inspirational Harvey Milk quotes will stir your soul and instill hope in you whenever you need is a little push.

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Most Famous Harvey Milk Quotes

It means hope to a nation that has given up, because if a gay person makes it, then the doors are open to everyone.

Some people call me the unofficial mayor of Castro Street.

Without hope, not only gays, but the blacks, the seniors, the handicapped, the us’es, the us’es will give up.

I fully realize that a person who stands for what I stand for, an activist, a gay activist, becomes the target or the potential target for a person who is insecure.

The American Dream starts with the neighborhoods. If we wish to rebuild our cities, we must first rebuild our neighborhoods.

I finally reached the point where I knew I had to become involved or shut up.

Hope is never silent.

Unless you open the walls of dialogue, you can never reach to change people’s opinion.

If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.

We don’t want sympathetic liberals, we want gays to represent gays.

All men are created equal. Now matter how hard they try, they can never erase those words.

Rights are won only by those who make their voices heard.

I have tasted freedom.

Inspirational Harvey Milk Quotes

Freedom is too enormous to be slipped under a closet door.

Gay brothers and sisters…You must come out.

It takes no compromise to give people their rights…it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom.

Worry about becoming a human being and not about how you can prevent others from enjoying their lives because of your own inability to adjust to life.

But once and for all, break down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions.

If you help elect to the central committee and other offices, more gay people, that gives a green light to all who feel disenfranchised, a green light to move forward.

I know that you cannot live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living.

The fact is that more people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason.

All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.

Burst down those closet doors once and for all, and stand up and start to fight.

I would like to see every gay doctor come out, every gay lawyer, every gay architect come out, stand up and let the world know.

Come out to your relatives…come out to your friends…if indeed they are your friends.

I think that there’s a distinction between those who use the movement and those who are part of the movement.

There are people I might have loved had they gotten on the airplane or run down the street after me.

We will not win our rights by staying quietly in our closets.

The events that started the American Revolution were the meetings in homes, pubs, on street corners.

You can stand around and throw bricks at Silly Hall or you can take it.

Be with her in meaningful ways because that is beautiful and that is generous and that is what loving someone is.

It takes no survey to remove repression.

Get out of the bars and into the streets!

We are coming out to tell the truths about gays.

The only thing they have to look forward to is hope. And you have to give them hope.

Coming out is the most political thing you can do.

All over the country, they’re reading about me, and the story doesn’t center on me being gay. It’s just about a gay person who is doing his job.

If a gay can win, it means there is hope that the system can work for all minorities if we fight.

Go after her because that’s what you should do if you love someone.

We must understand that the quality of life is more important than the standard of living.

Once they realize that we are indeed their children, that we are indeed everywhere, every myth, every lie, every innuendo will be destroyed once and for all.

Television ads and newspaper ads — fiercely heterosexual. A society that puts down homosexuality.

Let me have my tax money go for my protection and not for my prosecution.

Once you have dialogue starting, you know you can break down prejudice.

I hope that every professional gay will say ‘enough’, come forward and tell everybody, wear a sign, let the world know.

San Francisco can start right now to become number one.

Politics is theater. It doesn’t matter if you win. You make a statement.

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.

If I do a good job, people won’t care if I am green or have three heads.

To talk to our neighborhoods is infinitely more important than to huddle on the living-room lounger and watch a make-believe world in not-quite living color.

I have always considered myself part of a movement, part of a candidacy.

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