Activist Sayings and Quotes

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

There can be no activist judges from any political party.     

Mauricio Macri

Being an activist and an artist - those two things should go together. You should allow the artistic sensibility to control some of your activism, but never should it be allowed to paralyze you.     

Bill Ayers

Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.     

Dolores Huerta

An activist is one who is actively involved in creating community, whether that is locally in their neighborhood or internationally. It is an admirable quality.     

Jasmine Guy

Being an activist is about getting things done. It's not about standing around shaking your fist in anger.     

Christine Quinn

Activists need to get the facts right. One of the big assets we have on our side is the truth, and we lose credibility and power if w e're loose with that.     

Annie Leonard

Most people who are activists and are concerned about issues get their information from sources which reinforce their opinions and give them the facts that they want to hear.     

Barney Frank

As an activist, you gotta pick something that's particularly interesting to you and go for it - because there's no shortage of things to do. And it's sort of a long-term commitment. Activism is for life.     

Patrick Califia

The activist is not the person who says the river is dirty. The activist is the person who cleans up the river     

H. Ross Perot

As animal rights activists, we have the duty to fight for the animal to live, not die.     

Shane Barbi

Activist government overreach and ongoing economic stagnation have shown us why Washington should not try to displace what is best left to civil society.     

Paul Ryan

The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.     

Ross Perot

Activists and geeks, standing together, are demonstrating powers beyond the reach of government control.     

Barton Gellman

Activists can get very preachy about things. It's more about understanding people's own experiences and tapping into them.     

Duncan Green

There are all the activist groups on every imaginable topic - solidarity groups, environmental and feminist groups - sectors of these movements do very valuable work.     

Noam Chomsky

Activists measure progress against the standard of perfection, or at least the most perfect possible choice. Historians gauge progress against what came before it.     

Jonathan Chait

When activists need a pretext to justify their violence, they always find it.     


Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that position be taken on current issues as they arise and the desire that one's contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time.     

Angela Y. Davis

An activist is someone who makes an effort to see problems that are not being addressed and then makes an effort to make their voice heard. Sometimes there are so many things that it's almost impossible to make your voice heard in every area, but you can sure try.     

Joanne Woodward

Don't be a witness. Be an activist.     

DaShanne Stokes

Any war that requires the suspension of reason as a necessity for support is a bad war.     

Norman Mailer

Activism begins with you, Democracy begins with you, get out there, get active! Tag, you're it     

Thom Hartmann

You must become an activist if you are going to live the natural life.     

Clarissa Pinkola Estes

If you are an activist, you have to stay active on a daily basis.     

Iman Abdulmajid

It's useful for activists just to be out there to keep you mindful and not get complacent, even if ultimately you think some of their criticism is misguided.     

Barack Obama

An activist is someone who cannot help but fight for something. That person is not usually motivated by a need for power or money or fame, but in fact is driven slightly mad by some injustice, some cruelty, some unfairness, so much so that he or she is compelled by some internal moral engine to act to make it better.     

Eve Ensler

It's funny how social activists usually protest against the only things that have a credible chance of achieving the activists' goals.     

Craig Reucassel