100+ Best Movement Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational movement quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Movement Quotes

Social movements are at once the symptoms and the instruments of progress. Ignore them and statesmanship is irrelevant; fail to use them and it is weak. — Walter Lippmann

Goods move in response to price differences from points of low to points of higher price, the movement tending to obliterate the price difference and come to rest. — Frank Knight

The assimilationist movement is running us into the ground. — Harry Hay

With my mask, I controlled all of the mouth movements with my own mouth. — Peter Mayhew

There has been only a civil rights movement, whose tone of voice was adapted to an audience of liberal whites. — Stokely Carmichael

I wrote a great deal about the Civil Rights Movement when I was writing for ‘The Nation’ in the ’60s, and also for Esquire magazine. Reading the biography of Coffin, it just reminded me that in those days, when you saw the term ‘Christian,’ it usually meant people for civil rights and for justice. — Dan Wakefield

The conservative movement was told to curl up in a fetal position and just stay there for the next eight years, thank you very much. Well, how things have changed — Christine O’Donnell

Now, there are a very large number of bodily movements, having their source in our nervous system, that do not possess the character of conscious actions. — Wilhelm Wundt

There is no proletarian, not even a Communist movement, that has not operated in the interests of money, and for the time being permitted by money – and that without the idealists among its leaders having the slightest suspicion of the fact. — Oswald Spengler

In Italy, on the breaking up of the Roman Empire, society might be said to be resolved into its original elements, – into hostile atoms, whose only movement was that of mutual repulsion. — Edward Everett

I’ve noticed it a lot. I’m not someone who revises. It’s always the first movement, it’s that. It’s an instinct. Either it works straight away, or it won’t ever work. — Amelie Nothomb

The real movement of history, it turns out, is fueled not by matter but by spirit, by the will to freedom. — Gertrude Himmelfarb

A society should never become like a pond with stagnant water, without movement. That’s the most important thing. — Mikhail Gorbachev

In movement class, you had to lie on the floor and get your alignment in to pass the class — Beth Henley

One thing the gay rights movement taught the world is the importance of being visible. — Charles M. Blow

I have this peculiar ability to be able to anticipate mouth movements on screen and fill them with words or sound. — Frank Welker

For me, purity of movement wasn’t enough. I needed expression, more intensity, more mind. — Rudolf Nureyev

Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent. — Bob Keeshan

We started a movement… to build character, citizenship and confidence in young people. — Andrew Shue

We must always refill and ensure there is a critical mass of leaders and activists committed to nonviolence and racial and economic justice who will keep seeding and building transforming movements. — Marian Wright Edelman

My parents led this double life. They were in the underground movement to bring down the Nazis. My father was hanged for being a traitor. — Veruschka von Lehndorff

It is true that the aristocracies seem to have abused their monopoly of legal knowledge and at all events their exclusive possession of the law was a formidable impediment to the success of those popular movements which began to be universal in the western world. — Henry James Sumner Maine

What has been adjudicated and established in the wake of Vietnam and the Civil Rights movement is the ability of the press to basically write or broadcast almost anything about the government. There’s very few restrictions in that way. — Lowell Bergman

The trade union movement represents the organized economic power of the workers… It is in reality the most potent and the most direct social insurance the workers can establish. — Samuel Gompers

But one did not do feminist theory, as such, in those days, not only because male academic discourse did not recognize such a term, but especially because the womens movement did not either. — Teresa de Lauretis

The great art of films does not consist of descriptive movement of face and body but in the movements of thought and soul transmitted in a kind of intense isolation. — Louise Brooks

I feel the feminist movement has excluded black women. You cannot talk about being black and a woman within traditional feminist dialogue. — Katori Hall

I am not against migration. It is simply pragmatic to restrict migration, while at the same time encouraging integration and fighting discrimination. I support the idea of the free movement of goods, people, money and jobs in Europe. — Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Many of the received models of modern architecture and planning owe their ultimate origin to the building code and public health reform movements of the second half of the 19th century. — Kenneth Frampton

Silences between movements are employed only in order to bring the opposing duo to the fore. — Elliott Carter

I don’t really feel part of any particular movement. — Danielle Dax

In relativity, movement is continuous, causally determinate and well defined, while in quantum mechanics it is discontinuous, not causally determinate and not well defined. — David Bohm

Every step and every movement of the multitude, even in what are termed enlightened ages, are made with equal blindness to the future; and nations stumble upon establishments, which are indeed the result of human action, but not the execution of any human design. — Adam Ferguson

I had to get used to wearing a mask and wearing a prosthetic and performing with those things while singing and expressing myself through stylized movement, while keeping it as human as possible so the audience could be closer to the horror of the Phantom. — Gerard Butler

There is always a delightful sense of movement, vibration and life. — Theodore Robinson

The most important movement in the world is the feminist movement. If we can really figure out what’s going on between men and women, the other problems will take care of themselves. I’m sure of it. — Utah Phillips

On stage you look much larger than you are. You can have subtle changes of timing; how you place a punch line in a joke or movement or emotion according to an audience. — Sylvester McCoy

The trouble with the fast lane is that all the movement is horizontal. And I like to go vertical sometimes. — Tom Robbins

Sound is a movement which is handed on from atom to atom in a gas through which the sound is passing, just as a chain of workers pass buckets of water to a fire. The quicker the workers move their hands and arms, the quicker the water moves. — William Henry Bragg

A picture story just doesn’t run like a film. It doesn’t have 24 frames per second. It doesn’t deal with this illusion of movement. — Ben Katchor

The fact that the movement was carried on by women who, for the most part, had no money of their own and were totally inexperienced in organization, and that they won their fight in about two generations, makes a story often dramatic and always worth preserving. — Florence Ellinwood Allen

Eyes is the attempt to tell the story of the Civil Rights movement and to create an emotional, intellectual constituency. But what do you do after that? The black community doesn’t have institutions that pick up such moments and preserve them. — Henry Hampton

When the modern movement began, starting perhaps with the paintings of Manet and the poetry of Baudelaire and Rimbaud, what distinguished the modern movement was the enormous honesty that writers, painters and playwrights displayed about themselves. The bourgeois novel flinches from such notions. — J. G. Ballard

I would say the issue for the labor movement in the United States is not structural… there is no correlation between the success of workers and how the labor movement is structured. — Andy Stern

Human beings and their actions constitute the advancing front, the surging crest of an ongoing movement that never stops. — Corliss Lamont

History may be divided into three movements: what moves rapidly, what moves slowly and what appears not to move at all. — Fernand Braudel

The question is always ‘What is the role of a labor movement?’ How much is about collective bargaining, how much is about social change for all workers? — Andy Stern

I’m too busy playing to worry about the movement or the fingerboard. — Terry Kath

I was now successful in proving that a direction of movement is localized in the cerebellum. — Robert Barany

The relationship between the government of the United States and social and indigenous movements has always been difficult. Not just in Bolivia but worldwide. We need to have bilateral relations characterized by mutual respect. — Evo Morales

Chances are the movements of the euro as against the dollar will be relatively moderate. — Robert C. Solomon

Major social movements eventually fade into the landscape not because they have diminished but because they have become a permanent part of our perceptions and experience. — Freda Adler

A lot of young chefs today get carried away by trends, by influences, by movements. — Daniel Boulud

The state’s interest in marriage is stability. Generally speaking, polygamy does not work for stability. Inherent in the whole polygamous movement is a deep and abiding misogyny and denigration of women. So polygamy is objectionable on lots of grounds. — Gene Robinson

Racism is if there are spectators or, outside the field of play, there are movements to discrimination, but, on the field of play, I deny that there is racism. — Sepp Blatter

The nation demands a movement which has written upon its banner the internal and external national freedom that it will act as if it were the spiritual, social and political conscience of the nation. — Franz von Papen

I wanted the press to become something of a movement. Not a movement committed to a particular ism, but a gathering together of writers with an aesthetic approach to literature and with a lust for excellence. — John Metcalf

I’ve always avoided expressing an opinion about where I think the republican movement should go – if it should go anywhere at all. — Guy Green

I didnt know of any homophile movements pre-Stonewall. — Sean Maher

There is the story in every man’s heart of human progress. I believe every one of us knows that his major job on Earth is to make some contributions, no matter how small, to this inexorable movement of human progress. — King Vidor

There’s no time to waste. Every day, there needs to be movement on something. — Desiree Rogers

When somebody grabs a movement, you’re kind of locked into it. It’s all par for the course. — John Cale

There are movements which impinge upon the nerves with a strength that is incomparable, for movement has power to stir the senses and emotions, unique in itself. — Doris Humphrey

The political core of any movement for freedom in the society has to have the political imperative to protect free speech. — bell hooks

I think the Tea Party movement is great. I think anybody who has been frustrated over the last few years with the Republicans and Democrats, when they were trying to grow government and have spending and we weren’t focusing on creating jobs and get our private sector growing again, I think that’s when people started to wake up. — Ben Quayle

The Tea Party movement went off on a more extreme agenda that I did not support at all, and was very frustrated by it, to the point that not only did I change parties, I decided to do something about it and run for Congress. — Patrick Murphy

It’s easy to forget history or give it a cliff notes. The cliff notes of history. But mainly, so much of what happens in ‘Eyes on the Prize’ happened in Jackson, Mississippi. Jackson, Mississippi isn’t really known for any other touchstone to the movement, other than Medgar Evers being killed. There were sit-ins and riots and atrocities. — Tate Taylor

But what is of great importance to me is observation of the movement of colors. — Robert Delaunay

The viral power of online media has proven how fast creative ideas can be spread and adopted, using tools like cellphones, digital cameras, micro-credit, mobile banking, Facebook, and Twitter. A perfect example? The way the Green Movement in Iran caught fire thanks to social media. — Tina Brown

Hey, nothing grows to the sky. There will be a successor movement. Right now its nascent. — Peter Brimelow

Proper stance and movement are obviously genetically old, environment-resistant behaviours. Misuse, with all its psychosomatic or, rather, somato-psychic consequences, must therefore be considered a result of modern living conditions – of a culturally determined stress. — Nikolaas Tinbergen

Why did the earthquake and tsunami occur in Japan? Was it the act of an angry God? No, it was the result of the movement and collision of the earth’s tectonic plates – a process driven by the earth’s need to regulate its own internal temperature. Without the process that creates earthquake, our planet could not sustain life. — Adam Hamilton

I think politics can no longer be assigned to parliamentary activity and it probably never could be. But politics with a small p and the history of trade union movement really interests me. — Saffron Burrows

My timing in life has been extraordinary. I’ve ridden the crest of the wave of the women’s movement. — Susan Sullivan

When I think about the real pioneers of the psychedelic movement in a musical sense, not just the culture, everything had a handmade sort of vibe to it. We’re inventing our culture as we move along into this. — Chris Robinson

Everybody thinks performance capture is about thrashing around and doing a lots of movement, but it’s actually about being able to contain and think and be believed in a close-up, as much as anything else. — Andy Serkis

One can’t understand the Christian Right and similar movements unless one sees them as reactive – they’re reacting to what they call secular humanism — Peter L. Berger

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power. — Alan Cohen

Chess can be described as the movement of pieces eating one another. — Marcel Duchamp

The vitality of a new movement in Art must be gauged by the fury it arouses. — Logan Pearsall Smith

I had never really done voice-over. If you’ve ever seen me, I’m more the communicator through body language and movement I’m a physical actor. — Daniel Logan

Solidarity was the movement that turned the direction of history, I think. — Jeane Kirkpatrick

We live in an age of universal investigation, and of exploration of the sources of all movements. — Alfred de Vigny

Filipinos are not worse than any other colonized people except that our colonization was a little longer, and the independence movement was always dictated in political terms, never in social ones. We borrowed terms, but we didn’t understand them. — Ferdinand Marcos

My dearest friend in the movement is Jack Nichols. If there were no such thing as gay or straight, we would still talk and share experiences till the end of time. — George Weinberg

A lot of the time, when I’m choreographing, I’m not thinking about what movement look best next to the next movement – I’m actually thinking about what song and what sound sounds right next to the next thing. So kind of choreographing as if I’m always making a mix tape, so to speak. — Kyle Abraham

I don’t harp on the negative because if you do, then there’s no progression. There’s no forward movement. You got to always look on the bright side of things, and we are in control. Like, you have control over the choices you make. — Taraji P. Henson

In conversion you are not attached primarily to an order, nor to an institution, nor a movement, nor a set of beliefs, nor a code of action – you are attached primarily to a Person, and secondarily to these other things. — E. Stanley Jones

I think that the thing that we learned back in the day of the Civil Rights Movement is that you do have to keep on keeping on. — Charlayne Hunter-Gault

A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement. — Abba Eban

You can convey a lot of emotion with just some eyebrows and mouth movement. — Gillian Jacobs

Obviously the transgender movement has not progressed in the way that the gay and lesbian movement has. But Im an activist – thats just the kind of person I am. — Chaz Bono

Ever since the collapse of cap and trade legislation and the realization that President Obama is unlikely to ever utter the words ‘climate change’ in public again, much less use the bully pulpit to prepare the nation for the catastrophic risks of inaction, the movement has been in a funk. — Jeff Goodell

Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict. — Saul Alinsky

The success of the suffrage movement would injure women spiritually and intellectually, for they would be assuming a burden though they knew themselves unable to bear it. It is the sediment, not the wave, of a sex. It is the antithesis of that highest and sweetest mystery – conviction by submission, and conquest by sacrifice. — John Boyle O’Reilly

There hasn’t been anything real since grunge. That was the last movement led by music or an art form. — Daphne Guinness

I think for diners, it is about crafting an identity around food which we have not really had in a mainstream way in this country. So there is a mass movement of people who identify themselves through their food preferences or even just that they prioritize food – that’s where we get this idea of being a foodie. — Dana Goodyear

We have a tendency to sugar coat the Civil Rights movement by showing arm in arm and everyone singing ‘Kumbaya’. We don’t really always show the resistance from the government, the resistance from the status quo, from the majority to silence the movement. — Nate Parker

One must do the same subject over again ten times, a hundred times. In art nothing must resemble an accident, not even movement. — Edgar Degas

The emergent movement is creating a mushiness to the thinking patterns in Christianity today. It’s like we really can’t stand for anything. — Eric Ludy

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