Inside: Protest Quotes That Will Make a Change.

Throughout history, protests have been a way for people to make big changes and call out injustices. Protests have played important roles in the Civil Rights Movement, the Women’s Rights Movement, BLM and more.

Protests bring attention to the work that must be done for equality and safety.

It takes courage to use your voice to protest the status-quo. We hope these quotes help inspire you to share your stance on social media or a protest sign. There is always progress to be made, and inspiration is always necessary.

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11 Protest Quotes That Will Make a Change

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

2. “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world… would do this, it would change the earth.” -William Faulkner

3. “Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.” -John Lewis

John Lewis quote on protests

4. “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

5. “One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

6. “Never in history has violence been initiated by the oppressed. How could they be the initiators, if they themselves are the result of violence?” -Paulo Freire

7. “The purpose of protest to provoke a response. Trouble is some people prefer to address the appropriateness of the protest not the issue.” -Jeffrey G. Duarte

8. “It is a time to pull people together … it is a time to listen. It is a time to learn, when injustices continue despite progress over years and decades.” -Justin Trudeau

9. “Democracy is about the dialogue; protest is about initiating the dialogue and freedom of speech is about respecting each other’s dialogue.” -Ankit Mishra

10. “Peaceful protest is a hallmark of our democracy. It has been an impetus for social change throughout our history.” -Stan Van Gundy

11. “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress, a power than can transform the world.” -Howard Zinn

Impactful Protest Captions for Instagram

12. “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

13. “Activism begins with you, democracy begins with you, get out there, get active! Tag, you’re it.” -Thom Hartmann

14. I refuse to stand by and not use my voice to bring action.

15. You have awakened the sleeping giant.

16. You know things are serious when the introverts arrive.

Funny introvert quote

17. My body, my choice.

18. “It is better to protest than to accept injustice.” -Rosa Parks

19. “It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest.” -Abraham Lincoln

20. It is our duty to fight for our freedom.

Protest Quotes from Authors

21. “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” – Desmond Tutu

22. “To spend one’s life being angry, and in the process doing nothing to change it, is to me ridiculous. I could be mad all day long, but if I’m not doing a damn thing, what difference does it make?” -Charles Fuller

23. “Being brave doesn’t mean you aren’t scared. Being brave means you are scared, really scared, badly scared, and you do the right thing anyway.” -Neil Gaiman

Famous peaceful march quotes

24. “It was civil disobedience that won them their civil rights.” -Tariq Ali

25. “You can’t tiptoe toward justice. You can’t walk up to the door all polite and knock once or twice, hoping someone’s home. Justice is a door that, when closed, must be kicked in.” -Daniel José Older

26. “You are never too small to make a difference” -Greta Thunberg

27. “Resist much, obey little” -Walt Whitman

28. “Nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” -Anne Frank

Strong Women’s Rights Sayings

29. “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” -Maya Angelou

30. “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” -Jane Austen

31. “They’ll tell you you’re too loud, that you need to wait your turn and ask the right people for permission. Do it anyway.” -Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

32. “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” -Audre Lorde

33. “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 Albright

34. “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” -Michelle Obama

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35. “We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.” -Sheryl Sandberg

36. “No woman should be told she can’t make decisions about her own body. When women’s rights are under attack, we fight back.” –Kamala Harris

Sayings for Protest Signs

37. Make art, not war

38. Democracy only works if you do

39. End war before it ends us

40. Hands off my uterus

41. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere

Justice quotes

42. The power of the people is much stronger than the people in power.

43. Keep your laws off my body

44. Equal rights for all

45. Equal healthcare for all

46. End gun violence

Protest Song Lyrics

Sometimes your Protest quotes are better put to song! Here are some quotes with rhythm to get your march off on the right foot.

47. “Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don’t give up the fight.” -Bob Marley

48. “You will not be able to stay home, brother / You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out / You will not be able to lose yourself on skag / And skip out for beer during commercials, because / The revolution will not be televised” -Gil Scott-Heron

49. “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

John Lennon song lyric

50. “Mother, mother / There’s too many of you crying / Brother, brother, brother / There’s far too many of you dying / You know we’ve got to find a way / To bring some loving here today, yeah” -Marvin Gaye

51. “Hey, teachers, leave those kids alone / All in all you’re just another brick in the wall” –Pink Floyd

52. “How many daughters, tell me, how many sons / Do we have to have to put in the ground / Before we just break down and face it / We got a problem with guns?” -The Killers

53. “The battle outside ragin’ / Will soon shake your windows and rattle your walls / For the times, they are a-changin'” -Bob Dylan

To everyone going out there and using your voice to bring about change: we see you, we applaud you and we wish safety for you!