99+ Best Rebel Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational rebel quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

Famous Rebel Quotes

I saw them lose to Walpole (in the championship game at the Rebel Hoop Classic) and I thought maybe… Then they came out the other night against Walpole, looked like they were possessed and it carried over. — Dick Bliss

To many people, free will is a license to rebel not against what is unjust or hard in life but against what is best for them and true. — Dean Koontz

Actually, the person I related to was James Dean. I grew up with the Dean thing. Rebel Without A Cause had a very powerful effect on me. — Al Pacino

People ask if my parents are hippies, but they’re actually very conservative. A girl called Rebel sang at their wedding, and that’s where my name came from. — Rebel Wilson

I don’t think of myself as a rebel; I just say what I think. — Marjane Satrapi

As reason is a rebel to faith, so passion is a rebel to reason. — Thomas Browne

Negativity sells. I have been labelled a rebel. If I had been one, would I have got married at 23? Would I have been a straight A student? — Sania Mirza

How do you rebel in a family of rebels? That’s the age-old question. I guess I could have by not going into the arts, but the thing is, I couldn’t do anything else. — Nicolas Cage

You can rebel against everything adults say. When I want to find out what the new music is, I find out what parents hate. — George Clinton

Sure, I always chose rebels to identify with – I still do – but to me a rebel isn’t so much someone who breaks the law as someone who goes against the odds. — William Petersen

Defiance is beautiful. The defiance of power, especially great or overwhelming power, exalts and glorifies the rebel. — Edward Abbey

It takes more than going down to the video store and renting Easy Rider to be a rebel. — Dennis Hopper

The only people who ever called me a rebel were people who wanted me to do what they wanted. — Nick Nolte

We used to fight the LRA with only one dimensional force that only walks on foot, but now, we have got multiple forces to fight the rebels. — Yoweri Museveni

Somebody has to be mainstream, to give something for those fans to rebel against. — Greg Walker

Master of the universe but not of myself, I am the only rebel against my absolute power. — Pierre Corneille

Tender-handed stroke a nettle, And it stings you for your pains; Grasp it like a man of mettle, And it soft as silk remains. ‘Tis the same with common natures: Use ’em kindly, they rebel; But be rough as nutmeg-graters, And the rogues obey you well. — Aaron Hill

Yes, I think I am a genius, but not a rebel. — Mario Balotelli

My only purpose is to teach children to rebel against authority figures. — Sherman Alexie

When we started to do punk, we put all of these things together to create the look of an urban guerrilla – a rebel. — Vivienne Westwood

Berkeley hackers liked to see themselves as rebels against soulless corporate empires. — Eric S. Raymond

When I was younger, I just thought that my plans were probably going to be more exciting than my parents’ plans or the establishment. I sort of got by on being a little bit of a rebel. — Amy Grant

You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot. — Eartha Kitt

The Earth needs rebels! — David Icke

Mr. Christ, I read you as an infinitely patient entity who, as they say, often works in mysterious ways, a rebel unafraid to take the tougher, less traveled paths. Seems to me you’re playing the long game. Is that why more states are coming out in favor of marriage equality? Is that why the Affordable Care Act is now with us? — Henry Rollins

I was happy for him. He always looked up to me and Chet (a former South wrestler and current Rebel assistant). … It feels really good to have my little brother start getting a little press. — Erik Hanson

All great rebellions are born of private acts of civil disobedience that inspire rebel bands to plot together. — Nancy Gibbs

One primary objective is for us to be able to have a quick basis to say whether a rebel who is at the receiving end of allegations belongs to us. — Eid Kabalu

If someone puts too much pressure on me, I will automatically rebel. — Carnie Wilson

You just rebel against everything. How are you going to survive? I don’t know. I’m already tired. — Charles Bukowski

He killed his enemies because he was afraid they would kill him. Amin ordered entire tribes to be put to death, because he feared they would rebel. — Ryszard Kapuscinski

I love Johnny Cash, and I respect Johnny Cash. He’s the biggest. He’s like an Elvis in this business, but no, he’s never been the rebel. — Waylon Jennings

He would still see it as his duty to shut up and get on with it, not cause any trouble. In our own time we’ve made a hero of the rebel, and it’s more heroic to speak up. — Eddie Campbell

If you are not their slaves, you are rebels. — C. L. R. James

In general, I’m not much into etiquette and am a rule-breaker and rebel by nature. — Chip Conley

It doesn’t take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause. — H. L. Mencken

What I find interesting as a 40-year-old is the idea of trying to be a part of a pronounced, continuing independent culture. The basic tenet of America is that you rebel and then you get real. — Ian MacKaye

At the age of 16, I decided to rebel and become an actress. I wasn’t happy with rules and regulations. — Leslie Hope

There are no rebels in the cinema business. — Beatrice Dalle

Fat bodies are used comically. I respect Rebel Wilson so much, and Melissa McCarthy. I love them both. But so often, I feel like fat female bodies are used as props. — Mary Lambert

I didn’t rebel as a child. I missed that angry teenager thing. — Billy Crystal

Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against. — Thomas Carlyle

What I always try to do is to respond to the song; I’ve always rebelled against theory. — Mark Knopfler

I think guys who are rebels and make their own rules are appealing. — Leighton Meester

I probably have fundamentally antisocial tendencies. I never took one extracurricular activity. I just failed utterly at that level. Part of me still rebels against that. — Maya Lin

The young always have the same problem – how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another. — Quentin Crisp

My mind rebels at stagnation, give me problems, give me work! — Arthur Conan Doyle

He neither walks with the multitude nor cheers with them. The writer who is a real writer is a rebel who never stops. — William Saroyan

Discipline is tough for a guy who is a rebel. — Jonathan Winters

She’s not cooperating knowingly. And some babies who have been ‘caught’ early in this way are more apt to rebel later through prolonged soiling or bed-wetting. — Benjamin Spock

Everybody always wants to rebel against their parents’ music, but nobody listened to music louder than my dad. — Dan Auerbach

We were the rebels of the music industry so we wanted to write a rebellious song. — Brian Harvey

It is human nature to instinctively rebel at obscurity or ordinariness. — Taylor Caldwell

The Rebel bullet that can kill me has not yet been molded. — Philip Kearny

There is no question about it, the rebel offensive against Deby was engineered in Khartoum. — Ahmed Hussein

It seems that the rebels found the chaos of transition more difficult to accept than the tyranny they had known before. They joyfully welcomed back authority-even oppressive authority-for it was less painful for them than uncertainty. — Brandon Sanderson

I was not cut out to be a rebel. — Gene Tierney

I discovered that what’s really important for a creator isn’t what we vaguely define as inspiration or even what it is we want to say, recall, regret, or rebel against. No, what’s important is the way we say it. Art is all about craftsmanship. Others can interpret craftsmanship as style if they wish. Style is what unites memory or recollection, ideology, sentiment, nostalgia, presentiment, to the way we express all that. It’s not what we say but how we say it that matters. — Federico Fellini

So, I was just a young guy, maybe with an idea, and Cecil Taylor, himself a rebel, would take a chance on a guy like me. It turned out to be a very symbiotic partnership. I learned a lot from him. — Archie Shepp

This nation was founded by rebels and revolutionaries, and its flags were carried across the battlefields by people who were very, very against the status quo and who questioned and criticized. — Lupe Fiasco

The public school system doesn’t get everybody. Every generation has its rebels. — Rush Limbaugh

I would hang every human being who possesses a drop of rebel blood in their veins. — Joe DiMaggio

Rebel and Atheist too, why murmur I, / As though I felt the worst that love could do? — John Donne

I love it when the director says, ‘Rebel, just do whatever you want.’ I’m, like, ‘Yes! — Rebel Wilson

I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty. All the stock in trade I possess is a $10,000 debt, incurred by publishing my paper-The Revolution … the sole object of which was to educate all women to do precisely as I have done, rebel against your man-made, unjust, unconstitutional forms of law, that tax, fine, imprison, and hang women, while they deny them the right of representation in the government…. I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old revolutionary maxim that ‘Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.’ — Susan B. Anthony

The brunette phase just came about because I was fed up with this ‘Blonde Angel Image’. The rebel in me demanded a new color. — Magdalena Neuner

Today’s rebel is tomorrow’s tyrant. — Will Durant

Maybe my parents were concerned that radio and TV would bring in IRA propaganda music and rebel songs to our house. — Tim Reilly

I’m in favour of hipster androgyny: Any trend that permits men to rebel against strict gender rules of appearance is going to make the world a more expressive and sensitive place for all of us. — Russell Smith

It was a place that is trying to destroy the individual by every means possible; trying to break his spirit, so that he accepts that he is No. 6 and will live there happily as No. 6 for ever after. And this is the one rebel that they can’t break. — Patrick McGoohan

Other people will call me a rebel, but I just feel like I’m living my life and doing what I want to do. Sometimes people call that rebellion, especially when you’re a woman. — Joan Jett

Today’s average American is more apt to rebel against a tennis shoe not coming in the right color than against the slow erosion of our democratic freedom. — Marianne Williamson

Women make natural anarchists and revolutionaries because they’ve always been second-class citizens, kinda having had to claw their way up. I mean, who made up all the rules in the culture? Men – white male corporate society. So why wouldn’t a woman want to rebel against that? — Kim Gordon

Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle. — Edmund Burke

I’ve been reckless, but I’m not a rebel without a cause. — Angelina Jolie

Rebel and government commanders alike must order their forces to protect all civilians, regardless of ethnicity. Attacking civilians and targeting ethnic groups are forbidden under the laws of war. — Peter Takirambudde

To be able to create fully, it’s maybe fine that you learn the rules, but you have to forget and to rebel against those rules. — Philippe Petit

The Christian is a holy rebel loose in the world with access to the throne of God. — Aiden Wilson Tozer

I think the fluidity of gender is the next big wave in terms of adolescent development. Gender has become part of the defining way that youth organize themselves and rebel against adults. — Caitlin Ryan

As an actor, I was a fantastic rebel. Then I became a directorial rebel and understood rebels from both sides. So now I am a friend who gives advice – not one who knows more, necessarily, but who shares ideas. — Maximilian Schell

Who Rebels? Who rises in arms? Rarely the slave, but almost always the oppressor turned slave. — Emile M. Cioran

If you live a rebellious lifestyle, then you rebel against things because they go against your ideals and the integrity of who you are as a person. — Flea

He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defence of reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to Defender of the Faith, than George the Third. — Thomas Paine

Prometheus – trickster, rebel and hero – links the realm of the gods with the world of humanity, with which he had such close affinity. His act of stealing fire has been viewed as the foundation of all man’s technologies. — Neil MacGregor

What is a rebel? A man who says no: but whose refusal does not imply a renunciation. — Albert Camus

I’ll rebel against powers and principalities, all the time. Always, I will. — Paul Thomas Anderson

When Americans are faced with the prospect that they can never earn their way to wealth, they have two choices: to rebel against the system, or to settle into depressed complacency. — Ben Shapiro

The task of youth is not only its own salvation but the salvation of those against whom it rebels. — Jane Addams

I didn’t have my parents to rebel against, but I had society, and that definitely is what they taught me. Just: Trust nothing. — Ellar Coltrane

I was a real rebel. I got expelled. — Katie Price

I did rebel. I was the rebel in my family, because my dad wanted me to go and just travel with him. — Dhani Harrison

But if we continue in sin, and rebel and harden our hearts, we shall become so inured and fixed in it, that it will be natural, and we shall choose it from time to time. — Elias Hicks

We strongly condemn the rebel group … for endangering the civilian population and … making it difficult, if not impossible, for aid workers. — Richard Boucher

That’s a difficult question, because to consider yourself a rebel is sort of ridiculous. — Shirley Manson

I don’t think we’re far behind Lawyer Ron. We lost enough ground in the Rebel on the first turn and were a little wider than him in the second turn to make me think that he wasn’t three lengths better than us. — Dan Peitz

I never felt like I had to rebel against my convent upbringing, because it was comparatively regular. — Sharon Horgan

God’s purpose in redemption is to make worshipers out of rebels. — Aiden Wilson Tozer

To learn patience is not to rebel against every hardship. — Henri Nouwen

Robert Pattinson is rebel cool incarnated — the James Dean of the undead. — James Wolcott