82 Peaceful Protest Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of peaceful protest quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about protest movements.

The Most Famous Peaceful Protest Quotes (Best in 2024)

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There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. — Elie Wiesel

To protest against injustice is the foundation of all our American democracy. — Thurgood Marshall

Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it. — Howard Zinn

I don't need no peace. I need equal rights and justice. — Peter Tosh

What if you threw a protest and no one showed up? The lack of angst and anger and emotion is a big positive. — Jay Sekulow

I've done a lot of the 'No Blood for Oil' anti-war marches for whatever political reason that people have for being against war - I just don't like war. — Tim Pool

We ask only for justice and equal rights-the right to vote, the right to our own earnings, equality before the law. — Lucy Stone

I think people are entitled to march without a permit. When you have a few hundred thousand people on the street you have permission. — Tom Hayden

Don't be a marshmallow. Walk the street with us into history. Get off the sidewalk. Stop being vegetables. Work for Justice. Viva the boycott! — Dolores Huerta

We will continue to go out onto the streets and to protest, and actively encourage the public to support us in our campaign for free education. — Joe Hockey

Short Peaceful Protest Quotes

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  • Woodstock was both a peaceful protest and a global celebration. — Richie Havens
  • You can protest, you can protest peacefully, but keep things civil. — Tim Soutphommasane
  • There is nothing more American than peaceful protest. — Russ Feingold
  • What makes America great is peaceful protests and exercising your constitutional rights. — Matthew Dowd
  • We must pursue peaceful end through peaceful means. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Anybody who walks out peacefully, who protests peacefully, that's what this country was built on. — Charles Barkley
  • I was involved in some peaceful protests. — Todd Akin
Peaceful protest quote Maturity is learning to walk away from people and situation that threaten your p
Maturity is learning to walk away from people and situation that threaten your peace of mind, self respect, values, morals and self worth.

Protest Quotes

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Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth. — William Faulkner

If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves. We should, therefore, protest openly everything ... that smacks of discrimination or slander. — Mary Mcleod Bethune

It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest. — Abraham Lincoln

Peaceful protest quote The planet does not need more "successful people". The planet desperately needs
The planet does not need more "successful people". The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lover of all kinds.

For many of us the march from Selma to Montgomery was about protest and prayer. Legs are not lips and walking is not kneeling. And yet our legs uttered songs. Even without words, our march was worship. I felt my legs were praying. — Abraham Joshua Heschel

Oppression costs the oppressor too much if the oppressed stands up and protests. The protest need not be merely physical-the throwing of stones and bullets-if it is mental, spiritual; if it expresses itself in silent, persistent dissatisfaction, the cost to the oppressor is terrific. — W. E. B. Du Bois

Where globalization means, as it so often does, that the rich and powerful now have new means to further enrich and empower themselves at the cost of the poorer and weaker, we have a responsibility to protest in the name of universal freedom. — Nelson Mandela

Peaceful protest quote The less you respond to negative people, the more peaceful your life will become
The less you respond to negative people, the more peaceful your life will become.

Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly. — Mahatma Gandhi

When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him. — Bayard Rustin

Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism, are all too frequently those who . . . ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism-the right to criticize, the right to hold unpopular beliefs, the right to protest, the right of independent thought. — Margaret Chase Smith

Protest is when I say I don't like this. Resistance is when I put an end to what I don't like. Protest is when I say I refuse to go along with this anymore. Resistance is when I make sure everybody else stops going along too. — Ulrike Meinhof

Protest Movements Quotes

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The labor movement means just this: It is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth. — Wendell Phillips

Now liberals compare their every riot, every traffic blockage, every Starbucks-window-smashing street protest to the civil rights movement -- which was only necessary because of them. — Ann Coulter

Protestant churches everywhere are gravitating toward union with the Roman Catholic Church. These religious movements are speeding the fulfillment of the prophecies of the resurrected Roman Empire. For 30 years I have been proclaiming this tremendous event over the air and in print. — Herbert W. Armstrong

Peaceful protest quote If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are li
If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.

'Rage' is the word that most often attaches itself to the Tea Party movement, and it's true that, from the outside looking in, their public demonstrations appear to be more enraged than any political events in America since the race riots and anti-war protests of the 1960s. — Jonathan Raban

Today women in many countries are taking part in various types of movements of protest, some of which are serious struggles for economic and social emancipation . — Kumari Jayawardena

With every step I took away from her, the movement at my heart and between my legs grew more defined: I felt like a ventriloquist, locking his protesting dolls in to a trunk. — Sarah Waters

Peaceful protest quote When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.
When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.

The use of the internet, the use of Twitter, the way protest movements developed...This is a different world. — Gus O'Donnell, Baron O'Donnell

Look what happened with the employment law in France-the law was withdrawn because the people marched in the streets. I think what we need is a global protest movement of people who won't give up. — Jose Saramago

Occupy is anything but a protest movement. That's why it has been so hard for news agencies to express or even discern the "demands" of the growing legions of Occupy participants around the nation, and even the world. — Douglas Rushkoff

I think that the most effective social protest that any artist can do would be things that come naturally and feel obvious. I think the Resist movement will continue among people who believe in science, who believe in rights for women, who believe in civil rights. — John Flansburgh

People Writing About Peaceful Protest

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More Peaceful Protest Quotes

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One cannot help being impressed by the protesters. They have begun each day of the protest in Kiev in prayer and all activities are accomplished with a collective sense of respect, kindness, and an intention to conduct a peaceful revolution. — Bob Schaffer

We can't forget what happened on May 4th, 1970, when four students gave up their lives because they had the American constitutional right of peaceful protest. They gave up their lives. And to sing that song in that spot on that anniversary was very emotional for us. — Graham Nash

Peaceful protest quote Don’t let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.
Don’t let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.

If it cannot solve this problem there will be unrest. There are now about 500 mostly peaceful protests a day across China over a variety of issues. — Tim Marshall

An act of violence against any innocent person eludes moral justification, disgraces the millions of Americans and people throughout the world who have united in peaceful protest against police brutality, and dishonors our proud inheritance of nonviolent resistance. — Benjamin Crump

An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so. Now the law of nonviolence says that violence should be resisted not by counter-violence but by nonviolence. This I do by breaking the law and by peacefully submitting to arrest and imprisonment. — Mahatma Gandhi

It is time for the government of China to stop holding innocent religious figures in captivity merely for peacefully protesting China's occupation of Tibet. — Sam Brownback

Democracy is disruptive. Around the world, peaceful protesters are being demonised for this, but there is no right in a democratic civil society to be free of disruption. Protesters ideally should read Gandhi and King and dedicate themselves to disciplined, long-term, non-violent disruption of business as usual - especially disruption of traffic. — Naomi Wolf

We must never allow September 11th to become a time for protest and division. Instead, this day must remain a time for promoting peace and mutual respect. — Timothy Dolan

We must never allow September 11th to become a time for protest and division. Instead, this day must remain a time for promoting peace and mutual respect. — Timothy M. Dolan

As I said, this was my sarcastic summer. It was only long after that I recognized sarcasm as the protest of people who are weak. — John Knowles

I'm praying for healing for our nation. For retaliation that yields constructive results. Peaceful protests. We need each other. — Tituss Burgess

The methods of peaceful protests are not capable of being effective, because in reality most people pay little attention to things that are not abrasive. — Assata Shakur

I worry that a Trump presidency doesn't show the true face of America to the world, but I think that peaceful protest all around this country, it showed to the world who we really are. — Tim Kaine

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Peaceful, lawful protest - if it is effective - IS innately disruptive of “business as usual.” That is WHY it is effective. — Naomi Wolf

I refuse to accept the view . . . that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

I won't be indulging in anger anymore, vehemently and self-righteously singing protest songs, and expecting them to bring peace to me or anyone else. — Susan Schneider

It was not by accident or coincidence that the rights to freedom in speech and press were coupled in a single guaranty with the rights of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition for redress of grievances. All these, though not identical, are inseparable. They are cognate rights, and therefore are united in the First Article's assurance. — Wiley Blount Rutledge

Come Friday, the world will see what the Protestant people really think of this so-called peace process, which is really a surrender process. — Ian Paisley

Protesting is never a disturbance of the peace. Corruption, injustice, war and intimidation are disturbances of the peace. — Bryant H. McGill

Nelson Mandela was a terrorist. And then he wins the world peace prize and becomes president of South Africa. That's how change happens. It's very important not to differentiate protest from the democratic process. — Tony Benn

I think we need to fight against Trumpism in the courts, we need to fight at the ballot box and online, and we need to do peaceful protesting. We need to use every lever at our disposal to make sure that the president doesn't hurt our country, our values, and our people. — Tim Kaine

In Los Angeles on Black Friday, a woman pepper sprayed Wal-Mart shoppers who tried to cut in line. The police acted fast by immediately hiring her to get rid of peaceful protesters outside banking institutions all across the United States. — Craig Ferguson

Technology is the penultimate chameleon, taking on the characteristics of its handler. In some hands technology is a tool of treachery, while in others it morphs into a peaceful protest. In still others, it represents the bleeding edge of freedom. — Brock N. Meeks

The president welcomes peaceful protests - it is a time-honored tradition. The president agrees violence is not the answer in Iraq, and that's why he hopes Saddam Hussein will disarm. — Ari Fleischer

The only thing I wish I had kept were all the peace beads, because in the 1960s people made these and hung them at protests and it was a wonderful thing. — David Selby

Protesting is never a disturbance of the peace. Corruption, injustice, war and intimidation are disturbances of the peace; protesting is merely a response to those disturbances. — Bryant H. McGill

Let us remember we are all part of one American family. We are united in common values, and that includes belief in equality under the law, basic respect for public order, and the right of peaceful protest. — Barack Obama

The people in the West are supposed to believe that Bahrain is a country whose people live a life of peace, but we suffer under a regime that does not want to hear our screaming. The people of more than 20 villages are participating in the protests. They are fed up with the fact that they cannot express their opinions freely. — Zainab al-Khawaja

I'm hopeful because people are ready to step up and educate people, support peaceful protest, and make their voices heard. People are motivated to make a positive difference. — Christian Picciolini

Those who seek to improve our country through peaceful protest and protected speech, I want you to know that your voice is important. Do not be discouraged by those who use your lawful actions as a cover for their heinous violence. We will continue to safeguard your constitutional rights and to work with you in the difficult mission of building a better nation and a brighter future. — Loretta Lynch

We have to have Internet streaming with truth out there. We have to have folks who are peacefully protesting, telling the truth. And the heart of America will begin to melt in the face of truth and charity. — Alveda King

We protest solemnly in the face of mankind, that we desire peace at any sacrifice, save that of honor. — Jefferson Davis

People have a right to protest peacefully, but there's absolutely no excuse for anyone to be conducting a campaign of intimidation that may be directed at anyone because of their religion or because of their background. — Tim Soutphommasane

The road toward equality of freedom is not easy, and great cost and danger march alongside us. We are committed to peaceful and nonviolent change, and that is important for all to understand - though all change is unsettling. Still, even in the turbulence of protest and struggle is greater hope for the future, as men learn to claim and achieve for themselves the rights formerly petitioned from others. — Robert Kennedy

The true object of religion is to bind mankind together, and to bind them all to God. If we see that in the name of religion, men, instead of promoting peace on earth and good-will among men, are trying to show their antagonism and animosity towards each other, then certainly we must stand forward with our voice of protest, and say that religion is defeating its own legitimate object. — Keshub Chandra Sen

Every morning I have been looking at CNN to see if there is any reason for hope. I see a few large and impressive peace protests here and there around the world, but mostly I see empty robot faces monotonously reciting the magic incantations, "We must support the President" and "We must support our troops," both of which mean the killing must continue. — Robert Anton Wilson

The people on the streets of Egypt and Tunisia and Libya and Syria and Iran have done more to defeat the ideology of Al Qaeda than anything that the United States has done. They have shown that there is a third way, that with peaceful protest you can have an end to dictatorship and a role for human dignity, a role for your religious faith in society. — Reza Aslan

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