The Best Quotes About Protest 

Updated June 14, 2019 65 votes 27 voters 6.5k views 11 items

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A list of the best protest quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous protest quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic protest quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational protest quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about protest?" and "What are inspirational protest quotes?"

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Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political significance. Václav Havel
We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The position of orator and leader of peaceful demonstrations made [Martin Luther] King more visible. But that as an empowering liaison who won the support of white celebrities to the civil rights cause, and who channeled untold numbers of dollars toward financing that cause, made [Harry] Belafonte equally essential." Aberjhani
A great wind swept over the ghetto, carrying away shame, invisibility and four centuries of humiliation. But when the wind dropped people saw it had been only a little breeze, friendly, almost gentle. Jean Genet
Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony. Noam Chomsky
There is all the difference in the world between the criminal's avoiding the public eye and the civil disobedience's taking the law into his own hands in open defiance. This distinction between an open violation of the law, performed in public, and a clandestine one is so glaringly obvious that it can be neglected only by prejudice or ill will. Hannah Arendt
We all have private ails. The troublemakers are they who need public cures for their private ails. Eric Hoffer
One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I quietly declare war with the State, after my fashion, though I will still make use and get advantage of her as I can, as is usual in such cases. Henry David Thoreau
“In addition to her musical sensibilities, [Nina Simone] also possessed a social/political consciousness that was magnified by friendships with individuals like the playwright Lorraine Hansberry, author James Baldwin, and author Langston Hughes, all of whom at various times lent their artistry to the struggle for racial equality.” Aberjhani
“The enemy, clearly, was the fanged nightmare–– of famine, of war and racism, of rape and terrorism… that walked in human skin while chomping human heads.” Aberjhani