Resistance Sayings and Quotes

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

Every moment of resistance to temptation is a victory.     

Frederick William Faber

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.     

Thomas Jefferson

Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only by the man who is as well organized in his individuality as the mass itself.     

Carl Jung

The path of least resistance is the path of the loser.     

H. G. Wells

The first resistance to social change is to say it's not necessary.     

Gloria Steinem

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

The path of least resistance and least trouble is a mental rut already made. It requires troublesome work to undertake the alternation of old beliefs.     

John Dewey

The goal of any true resistance is to affect outcomes, not just to vent. And the only way to affect outcomes and thrive in our lives is to find the eye in the hurricane and act from that place of inner strength.     

Arianna Huffington

There is no way a spirit of resistance that has sunk so deep in the population can be repressed.     

Oliver Tambo

The resistance of a woman is not always a proof of her virtue, but more frequently of her experience.     

Ninon de L'Enclos

The resistance to praying is like the resistance of tightly clenched fists. This image shows a tension, a desire to cling tightly to yourself, a greediness which betrays fear.     

Henri Nouwen

Resistance to criminal rashness comes better late than never.     


Resistance at all cost is the most senseless act there is.     

Friedrich Durrenmatt

Out of resistance comes strength.     

Napoleon Hill

Resistance to oppression is second nature.     

Seneca The Younger

Intelligent resistance keeps the true self alive.     

Mary Pipher

Resistance to the disturbance is the disturbance.     

Vernon Howard

What looks like resistance is often a lack of clarity.     

Chip Heath

The path of least resistance will never make you proud.     

Tony Robbins

The line of least resistance is to most people the lifeline.     

Sophie Irene Loeb

The path of least resistance leads to a life of no fulfillment.     

Hal Elrod

That which offers no resistance, overcomes the hardest substances.     

Lao Tzu

The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering.     

Ram Dass

The path of least resistance leads to crooked rivers and crooked men.     

Henry David Thoreau

The resistance to a new idea increases by the square of its importance.     

Bertrand Russell

Resistance cannot be seen, touched, heard, or smelled. But it can be felt.     

Steven Pressfield

When you experience resistance, you find the lessons that you are meant to learn     

Jon Gordon

To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness.     

Eckhart Tolle

True resistance begins with people confronting pain... and wanting to do something to change it.     

Bell Hooks

Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance.     

Steven Pressfield