Protest Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old protest quotes, protest sayings, and protest proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.      

Elie Wiesel

If people don't vote, everything stays the same. You can protest until the sky turns yellow or the moon turns blue, and it's not going to change anything if you don't vote.      

Dolores Huerta

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

To sin by silence, when we should protest, Makes cowards out of men.      

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Peaceful protest is a hallmark of our democracy. It has been in impetus for social change throughout our history.      

Stan Van Gundy

If I cannot air this pain and alter it, I will surely die of it. That's the beginning of social protest.      

Audre Lorde

Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.     

Howard Zinn

Sarcasm... the protest of those who are weak     

John Knowles

Not voting is not a protest. It is a surrender.     

Keith Ellison

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.

It is better to protest than to accept injustice.     

Rosa Parks

In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty.      

Phil Ochs

There are always protests, whether you do something good or bad. Even if you do something beneficial, people say you do it because it's advertising.      

Giorgio Armani

My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul.      

Emile Zola

To protest against injustice is the foundation of all our American democracy.      

Thurgood Marshall

It's not enough to say we need to love each other, you have to go behind that and say we need to change these policies, we need to fight, we need to protest, we need to agitate for change.      

John Legend

Against eternal injustice, man must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, he must create happiness.      

Albert Camus

Fear is the greatest form of oppression. The best way to rise up in protest is to live your life to its fullest.     

Megan Mccafferty

Privileged people don't march and protest; their world is safe and clean and governed by laws designed to keep them happy.     

John Grisham

You may protest if you can love the person you are protesting against as much as you love yourself.     

Ram Dass

Protesting is never a disturbance of the peace. Corruption, injustice, war and intimidation are disturbances of the peace.     

Bryan McGill

It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest.      

Abraham Lincoln

Just because your muscles start to protest, doesn't mean you have to listen.      

Dianne Holum

Protest is when I say I don't like this. Resistance is when I put an end to what I don't like. Protest is when I say I refuse to go along with this anymore. Resistance is when I make sure everybody else stops going along too.     

Ulrike Meinhof

Silence can be either protest or consent, but most times it’s fear.     

Paul Beatty

All the laws made for the betterment of workers' lives have their origin with the workers. Hours are shortened,wages go up, conditions are better-only if the workers protest      

Mary Heaton Vorse

Art is a protest against death     

Audrey Flack

I do not know of any salvation for society except through eccentrics, misfits, dissenters, people who protest.      

William O. Douglas

I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I've been closer to him for that reason.      

Elie Wiesel