I believe there is only one race - the human race.

— Rosa Parks

The most vibrant Rosa Parks quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening

you must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.


Stand for something or you will fall for anything.

Today's mighty oak is yesterday's nut that held its ground.


I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free.

.. so other people would be also free.


As long as people use tactics to oppress or restrict other people from being free, there is work to be done.


Nothing in the Golden Rule says that others will treat us as we have treated them. It only says that we must treat others in a way that we would want to be treated.


I learned to put my trust in God and to see Him as my strength.

Long ago I set my mind to be a free person and not to give in to fear. I always felt that it was my right to defend myself if I could. I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.


I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.


Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.


I am leaving this legacy to all of you.

..to bring peace, justice, equality, love and a fulfillment of what our lives should be. Without vision, the people will perish, and without courage and inspiration, dreams will die - the dream of freedom and peace.


If you want to be respected for your actions, then your behavior must be above reproach. If our lives demonstrate that we are peaceful, humble, and trusted, this is recognized by others.


Each person must live their life as a model for others.


People need to free their minds of racial prejudice and believe in equality for all and freedom regardless of race. It would be a good thing if all people were treated equally and justly and not be discriminated against because of race or religion or anything that makes them different from others.


About Rosa Parks

Quotes 87 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Activist
Birthday October 16

I thought about Emmett Till, and I could not go back.

My legs and feet were not hurting, that is a stereotype. I paid the same fare as others, and I felt violated. I was not going back.


Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again.


I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.


I thought of Emmett Till, and when the bus driver ordered me to move to the back, I just couldn’t move.


I do the very best I can to look upon life with optimism and hope and looking forward to a better day.


I will no longer act on the outside in a way that contradicts the truth that I hold deeply inside. I will no longer act as if I were less than the whole person I know myself inwardly to be.


Our mistreatment was just not right, and I was tired of it.


When that white driver stepped back toward us, when he waved his hand and ordered us up and out of our seats, I felt a determination cover my body like a quilt on a winter night.


I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up.


We didn't have any civil rights. It was just a matter of survival, of existing from one day to the next. I remember going to sleep as a girl hearing the Klan ride at night and hearing a lynching and being afraid the house would burn down.


Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.


Every day before supper and before we went to services on Sundays.

My grandmother would read the Bible to me, and my grandfather would pray. We even had devotions before going to pick cotton in the fields. Prayer and the Bible, became a part of my everyday thoughts and beliefs. I learned to put my trust in God and to seek Him as my strength.


There is a lack of interest in voting in the United States, and that troubles me. It is very necessary that people get registered, study the issues and be aware of the politics of our country. We will really be set back if people don't take the time to learn about the candidates who are concerned about the well-being of all the citizens and vote.


Knowing what must be done does away with fear.


I see the energy of young people as a real force for positive change.


Victory or defeat? It is the slogan of all-powerful militarism in every belligerent nation. And yet, what can victory bring to the proletariat?


As long as there is unemployment, war, crime and all things that go to the infliction of man's inhumanity to man, regardless - there is much to be done, and people need to work together.


The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.


I want to be treated like a human being.


It was not pre-arranged. It just happened that the driver made a demand and I just didn't feel like obeying his demand. I was quite tired after spending a full day working.


My only concern was to get home after a hard day's work.


You cannot always control the powers-that-be.

You just have to have faith and stand by the things you believe in.


It is better to protest than to accept injustice.


I'm tired of being treated like a second-class citizen.


When I see the leadership roles black women are taking today I am very encouraged.


I will always work for human rights for all people.


I was ready to die but give my consent never. Never, never.


Arrest me for sitting on a bus? You may do that.


Whites would accuse you of causing trouble when all you were doing was acting like a normal human being instead of cringing.


To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step.

We will fail when we fail to try.


Time begins the healing process of wounds cut deeply by oppression.

We soothe ourselves with the salve of attempted indifference, accepting the false pattern set up by the horrible restriction of Jim Crow laws.


The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute accepts people of any race.

We don't discriminate against anyone. We teach people to reach their highest potential. I set examples by the way I lead my life.


My resisting being mistreated on the bus did not begin with that particular arrest…I did a lot of walking in Montgomery.


Why do you all push us around?


I had felt for a long time that, if I was ever told to get up so a white person could sit, that I would refuse to do so.


When people made up their minds that they wanted to be free and took action, then there was a change.


Black women are very capable of leading our organizations. I believe that firmly.