Rebellious Sayings and Quotes

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

Why are the people rebellious? Because the rulers interfere too much. Therefore they are rebellious.     


They were rebellious through their artistic expression and their uplifting spirits.     

Evan Meekins

Resist the suppressive pressure to contract, and instead expand in defiance.     

Bryant McGill

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

T. S. Eliot

The defiance of established authority, religious and secular, social and political, as a world-wide phenomenon may well one day be accounted the outstanding event of the last decade.     

Hannah Arendt

When people are very damaged, they can often meet the world with a kind of defiance.     

J. K. Rowling

In a society that profits from your self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.     

Rachel Brathen

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

One must always rebel against fear and hate and affirm life.     

Marty Rubin

No rebellious heart is ever at ease with paths established by others.     

B. W. Powe

I used rebellion as a way to hide out. We use criticism as a fake participation.     

Chuck Palahniuk

No one can go on being a rebel too long without turning into an autocrat.     

Lawrence Durrell

It's so easy to conform and to follow. It's very difficult to be rebellious and live by what you believe is right. And to make decisions and to take the consequences. Very few people do.     

Bo Derek

Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.     

Kahlil Gibran

When you create something new, you're breaking tradition, which is an act of defiance.     

Steven Strogatz

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

Albert Camus

All children are born rebels and explorers until they're taught to sit still and obey.     

Marty Rubin

It was fine and good to be defiant to the end, but it was better not to get caught in the first place     

Julie Kagawa

There are two kinds of people in the world: Submissive and rebellious. The problem of the world is that majority is in the first category!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

One of the most rebellious things a woman can do is allow people to think she's mean.     

Joan Rivers

The first principal of nonviolent action is that of noncooperation with everything humiliating.     

Cesar Chavez

Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination.     

George Bernard Shaw

Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.     

Tom Robbins

Reject all given authority. Believe nothing, accept no one's words because they're meaningless. Do not listen to anyone.     

Jeremy Limn

Awake, arise or be for ever fall'n.     

John Milton