86+ Best Speak Up Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Speak up is to speak in a louder voice so that people can hear you. Profoundly inspirational speak up quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous Speak Up Quotes

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. Alice Walker

It’s not unpatriotic to denounce an injustice committed on our behalf, perhaps it’s the most patriotic thing we can do. E.A. Bucchianeri

It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent. Madeleine K. Albright

To say nothing is saying something. You must denounce things you are against or one might believe that you support things you really do not. Germany Kent

I speak up when it’s needed. Torrey Smith

But you know all about that, being sorry and having no words to say something when you know you should but you just can’t. Heather Gudenkauf

Only by speaking out can we create lasting change.  DaShanne Stokes

I don’t know if you realise how you speak to people sometimes, the way you feed people table scraps. I know that’s that what I get from you, table scraps, but because it’s scraps from your table, it’s better than a 3 course meal with someone else. And you’ve given me glimpses into your life, your real life, and I wonder if it’s your fault. I wonder if you’ve got anything but scraps to give. Eliza Clark

When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something. John Lewis

When you have something to say, silence is a lie and tyranny feeds on lies. Jordan B. Peterson

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Winston Churchill

Speaking up is important. Yet to speak up without listening is like banging pots and pans together Even if it gets you attention, it’s not going to get you respect. Gina Barreca

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

The words sounded silly and naïve, but that didn’t mean they weren’t worth speaking. Hannah Heath

When you have something to say, silence is a lie and tyranny feeds on lies. Jordan B Peterson

Where once witchcraft accusations were the norm, bullying has taken its place. And just as during the Trials, it’s not always the usual suspects who get bullied; it can happen to anyone for any reason. But the only way it happens is if the community supports it. Group agreement and group silence are equally as deadly. The moment someone speaks up, it’s possible to stop that cycle. It’s not the easiest thing to do, but greatness is never without risk. And there is nothing greater in the whole world than kindness kindness to someone being bullied, kindness to a stranger, kindness to an inured animal. Every act counts. Adriana Mather

You have to speak your mind and do the stuff that makes you laugh. Joe Rogan

You should have spoken up sooner. her grandmother answered. No need to bear pain unless you have to. Cynthia Voigt

Breaking our silence is powerful. Whether it comes as a whisper or a squeak at first, allow that sense of spaciousness, of opening, allow yourself to trust the bottomlessness, and lean into the dark roar which will light up every cell. Lucy H. Pearce

Waiting your turn is often the worst way to get what you want. John Taylor Gatto

Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on. Thurgood Marshall

In one study investigating employee experiences with speaking up, 85% of respondents reported at least one occasion when they felt unable to raise a concern with their bosses, even though they believed the issue was important. Amy C. Edmondson

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. Ella Wheeler Wilcox

But I have learned in the last year, more than ever before, that sometimes we have to be loud. Atia Abawi

You have to speak your mind, but without being cruel. Len Goodman

I spoke to you in a language that only you may understand, but I was so naïve to never realize that you cannot teach a person what he has never had an aim to learn. Samiha Totanji

Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind  even if your voice shakes. Maggie Kuhn

Maddy stared at the backs turned to her, the reflection of the two smirking faces that watched in the mirror. Watched the way kids watched all day long  sideways in their desks, sneering over their lunches, and tossing endless comments as they passed in the halls. Gone was the memory of Leanne and the team; gone was the inner voice telling her to keep cool, to shut the hell up and get out of there. Inside her brain, heat swelled, fused into quantum thermodynamics, and exploded. Beth Goobie

Using your voice in ways that might initially scare you. That can be being an architect of change. Maria Shriver

When I know who I am, I will most likely know what my voice needs to say. Karl Forehand

What is the source of our first suffering? It lies in the fact that we hesitated to speak. It was born in the moment when we accumulated silent things within us. Gaton Bachelard

Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves. Fight for the rights of others. Because one day you may need someone to speak up for you. Jeanette Coron

I am strong and human with a mouth that can work like a man’s and a more intelligible brain, and I demand to be heard. Caroline George

I always think before I speak. I always think I think I’ll speak now. The Covert Comic

Just remember to always be yourself and do not be afraid to speak your mind to others. JA Redmerski

Speaking up, especially in childhood, is one of the hardest acts a person can do. It requires immense courage and sacrifice. Jennifer Fraser

It is always the best policy to speak the truth. Jerome K. Jerome

If we do not acknowledge our collective trauma, how can we ever heal from it? When we speak, when we share, we can change things. Maybe even change the world. Seth King

There’s something so healthy about young people speaking up in unity. Robbie Robertson

Let today mark a new beginning for you. Give yourself permission to say no without feeling guilty, mean, or selfish. Anybody who gets upset and or expects you to say yes all of the time clearly doesn’t have your best interest at heart. Always remember You have a right to say no without having to explain yourself. Be at peace with your decisions. Stephanie Lahart

Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly. Mahatma Gandhi

Choosing with integrity means finding ways to speak up that honor your reality, the reality of others, and your willingness to meet in the center of that large field. It’s hard sometimes. Terry Tempest Williams

Terrorism will spill over if you do not speak up. Malala Yousafzai

It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent. Madeleine K. Albright

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak. Audrey Lourde

I take a deep breath and sidestep my fear and begin speaking from the place where beauty and bravery meet within the chambers of a quivering heart. Terry Tempest Williams

Women speaking up for themselves and for those around them is the strongest force we have to change the world. Melinda Gates

When God grabs you by the scruff of the neck then although theoretically you have a freedom to say no, in another sense, actually, you can’t say no because it’s like Jeremiah. God, you have cheated me. You called me to be a prophet against the people that I love, and all that I proclaim is words of doom and judgement. And yet if I say I will shut up, I can’t. Desmond Tutu

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence. Leonardo Da Vinci

Sometimes Truth cannot be silenced. Rachel L. Schade

If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity. Albert Einstein

If you don’t like it, say something. Joyce Rachelle

And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws change and lives are saved and the world is altered forever. Audrey Lourde

What good are words if no one believes them? Rachel L. Schade

If I sit silently, I have sinned. Mohammad Mossadegh

Problem is, life is not karaoke booth. Malena Watrous

The act of speaking out may make you feel alone. Ravish Kumar

I am strong and human with a mouth that works like a man’s and a more intelligible brain, and I demand to be heard. Caroline George

When you see corruption, when you see injustice, you speak up. You don’t just shut up and say it’s none of my business. Manal Al Sharif

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. Coco Chanel

Give yourself permission to say no. Do not feel  guilty, mean, or selfish. Stephanie Lahart

I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. Audre Lourde

This is slavery, not to speak one’s thought. Euripides

If you feel something is wrong, don’t be afraid to speak up. Fred Korematsu

It’s not unpatriotic to denounce an injustice committed on our behalf, perhaps it’s the most patriotic thing we can do. E.A. Bucchianeri

We talk a lot about our right to freedom of expression, but on this day we need to talk more about our responsibility to freedom of expression. Monica Lewinsky

Every voice raised against racism chips away at its power. We can’t afford to stay silent. Reni Eddo Lodge

I’ve learned the importance of speaking up for myself and voicing my opinions and my ideas. I’m definitely a shy person. Fiona Gubelmann

To say nothing is saying something. You must denounce things you are against or one might believe that you support things you really do not. Germany Kent

Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If every person all over the world would do this, it would change the earth. William Faulkner

I am not anxious to be the loudest voice or the most popular. But I would like to think that at a crucial moment, I was an effective voice of the voiceless, an effective hope of the hopeless. Whitney M. Young Jr.

Don’t be afraid of speaking your mind, because that is what makes you different from the rest. Dave Thomas

And even when they refuse to listen, I’ll keep talking anyway, hoping on a slim chance that the things inside my head are worth something to someone. Nadège Richards

Giggles can spread from person to person. So can blushing. But maybe the most powerful infectious thing is the act of speaking the truth. Vera Nazarin

Only by speaking out can we create lasting change. And that change begins with coming out. DaShanne Stokes

We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Elie Wiesel

I’m a Prince of Wales Trust ambassador, so I’m all about giving youth an education, a voice and a chance to not take the wrong road. Benedict Cumberbatch

My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you. Audrey Lourde

Fools multiply when wise men are silent. Nelson Mandela

Change starts with one person questioning, challenging, speaking up and doing something to make a difference. Paul Kivel

The act of speaking out makes you alone. Ravish Kumar

Speak up, because the day you don’t speak up for the things that matter to you is the day your freedom truly ends. Teresa Bannon

We who have means and a voice must use them to help those who have neither. Jennifer Donnelly