Rebellion Sayings and Quotes

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

A rebellion against a tyrant is only immoral when it hasn't got a chance.     

Muriel Spark

Rebellion against a king may be pardoned, or lightly punished, but the man who dares to rebel against the laws of a republic ought to suffer death.     

Samuel Adams

A little rebellion now and then is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.     

Thomas Jefferson

Rebellion without truth is like spring in a bleak, arid desert.     

Khalil Gibran

Real spirituality is the greatest rebellion there is. It is risky, it is adventurous, it is dangerous.     


Rebellion per se is not a virtue. If it were, we would have some heroes on very low levels.     

Norman Thomas

Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.     

Benjamin Franklin

Every rebellion which is not in its own nature self-destructive, is an expression of the divine spirit.     

Paul Carus

In art, rebellion is consummated and perpetuated in the act of real creation, not in criticism or commentary.     

Albert Camus

There is nothing new under the sun but that of the son. Man's rebellion against God has always been because he would rather fall in pride than rise in humility.     

Criss Jami

Un-thread the rude eye of rebellion, and welcome home again discarded faith.     

William Shakespeare

Rebellion cannot exist without the feeling that somewhere, in some way, you are justified.     

Albert Camus

We must only learn that independence cannot be gained by a rebellion against the constitution of the universe, or by inverting the laws of life and evolution, but by comprehending them and adapting ourselves to the world in which we live.     

Paul Carus

If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.     

Katharine Hepburn

It doesn't take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.     

H. L. Mencken

Rebellion never goes without consequences.     

Andy Stanley

We live in a society of victimization, where people are much more comfortable being victimized than actually standing up for themselves.     

Marilyn Manson

Even the most subjected person has moments of rage and resentment so intense that they respond, they act against. There is an inner uprising that leads to rebellion, however short lived. It may be only momentary but it takes place. That space within oneself where resistance is possible remains.     

Bell Hooks

It is not rebellion itself which is noble but the demands it makes upon us.     

Albert Camus

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.     

Albert Camus

Every rebellion against suffering is fed by the subversive power of remembered suffering.     

Johann Baptist Metz

The burning of rebellious thoughts in the little breast, of internal hatred and opposition, could not long go on without slight whiffs of external smoke, such as mark the course of subterranean fire.     

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Real rebels are rarely anything but second rate outside their rebellion; the drain of time and temper is ruinous to any other accomplishment.     

James Gould Cozzens

Conformity is painful. You know, it's too tight. Conformity leads to rebellion. So a desire for happiness is in direct conflict with a desire for freedom.     

Thomas Jane

Art is fueled by rebellion: the need, in some amounting to obsessions, to resist what is, to defy one's elders, even to the point of ostracism; to define oneself, and by extension one's generation, as new, novel, ungovernable.     

Joyce Carol Oates

Rebellion cannot exist without a strange form of love.     

Albert Camus

The right to rebellion is the right to seek a higher rule, and not to wander in mere lawlessness.     

George Eliot

Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.     

Albert Camus

It's not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.     

T. S. Eliot

Rebellion flamed up in her soul as the dark hours passed by not because she had no future but because she had no past.     

L.M. Montgomery