Top 75 Protests Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Protests Quotes from famous people such as John Layfield, Anatoly Chubais, Jon Ronson, Anurag Thakur, Bernie Sanders, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

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I’m a part of major league rugby. We had a league meeting to decide what to do with anthem protests, and even though I personally agree with what they say they are protesting as inequality and judicial system and incarceration rates among minorities, we decided all should stand and respect every national anthem.
John Layfield
There was no doubt that sooner or later we will fight. But we will fight not in the way of the dissidents’ protests. We understood that we needed to be as professional as possible.
Anatoly Chubais
Shaming is powerful and useful. I’m living in New York, and my instinct is that, after the Black Lives Matter protests, which were organized on social media, the chance of there being another Eric Garner, choked to death in New York by an NYPD officer, has diminished.
Jon Ronson
Do not underestimate the intelligence of our farmers. They are not part of the protests staged by the Congress, which is resorting to gimmicks such as burning tractors.
Anurag Thakur
The Occupy Wall Street protests are shining a national spotlight on the most powerful, dangerous and secretive economic and political force in America.
Bernie Sanders
The protests may turn into something entirely new. Our people are very creative and well-organized. Some of them are singing in shopping malls. Students organize things here and there, without any coordination.
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
I have no regrets, though I was the first artist to stylize the national anthem, and I got a lot of protests for it. I have no regrets. America has been good to me. I’m glad that I’m here.
Jose Feliciano
I think that it’s a vital moment now for Russian democracy to convince people that it’s only our actions, our joined actions and protests that could force Kremlin to reconsider its plans to abolish presidential elections.
Garry Kasparov
Public protests against globalization – protests that occur by and large in the prosperous West – denounce free trade and the mobility of capital as instruments of exploitation and oppression.
Thomas Woods
Non-violent protests have reached a plateau. There is no other way but to get into politics to make your voice heard.
Atishi
The protests and pain over the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown had me wondering if we can ever experience the world as others do. For no matter how disputed the circumstances of both cases, many people see what happened in black and white.
Campbell Brown
I was 20 years old when, despite mass protests against military action, Iraq was invaded in 2003 – it didn’t make for motivated political participation, I can tell you.
Romola Garai
I’ve been honored to take part in protests and events across Illinois, joining with thousands of you in the resistance, making calls, sending letters, and making sure Washington understands that we will not allow the ACA to be repealed.
J. B. Pritzker
Street protests in Saudi Arabia might warm our hearts, but they could easily lead to $250 a barrel oil and a global recession.
Fareed Zakaria
The government believed that adherence to authority was human nature, so the Gezi protests were a real surprise to them. After the initial moment of shock, they decided to severely punish those participating in what they called an act of disobedience to authority.
Safak Pavey
I understand the protests, but not the shooting and the attempts to bring down the state. We cannot allow hatred to control our lives. We must remain unified to defeat this evil.
Boris Trajkovski
The protests against Harry Potter follow a tradition that has been growing since the early 1980s and often leaves school principals trembling with fear that is then passed down to teachers and librarians.
Judy Blume
In the past when I was on protests, it was always people shouting out of the cars, ‘get a job, get a bath, get a haircut.’ So, am I a dole-scrounging hippie, or am I middle class and privileged? Just by stepping forward, somehow you become scrutinized, rather than the actual issues that count.
Gail Bradbrook
I support peaceful protests and the rule of law, and denounce all acts of violence.
Lauren Boebert
History shows us that in times of people feeling like they are in need of some sort of rebellion or protests, the artists rise because the poetry we create about pain and its relationship to culture in the world begins to soothe and heal people who are feeling confused or afraid.
Lady Gaga
Environmental degradation has one cause above all others: the propensity of human beings to take the benefit and leave the costs to someone else, preferably someone far away in space or time, whose protests can be safely ignored.
Roger Scruton
Too often, young people who are just bursting with idealism either find themselves playing a game for which they have little heart or are hurling themselves into wasteful protests against the so-called Establishment.
George W. Romney
If people go out and start protests for everything, then entire Tamil Nadu will become a grave yard!
Rajinikanth
As a life-long liberal who has engaged in protests against the government and for civil rights, I am saddened at efforts by some of my fellow liberals to silence commencement speakers with whom they might disagree on some issues.
Bob Beckel
Poverty leads to protests.
Nuseir Yassin
Growing up with Bronx Irish parents during an era of protests against the status quo, I was especially committed to doing the opposite of what I was told to do. Forty-four years later, I am left with only one means of making a living: comedy.
Greg Fitzsimmons
Protests are part of our democracy.
Michel Temer
When I was 19 or 20, the way I was an activist was by regularly meeting with groups, going to protests, and being there on the ground.
Laura Jane Grace
Will Beijing really send out the army to suppress our protests? Never say never.
Joshua Wong
When counterterrorist policies are used to suppress peaceful protests and legitimate opposition movements, shut down debate, target human rights defenders, or stigmatize minorities, they fail, and we all lose. Indeed, such responses may cause further resentment and instability and contribute to radicalization.
Antonio Guterres
The Occupy Wall Street protests at last suggest that America’s wealth gap is once again becoming an organizing political principle in the country.
Jon Meacham
War zones are dangerous, protests can be violent, also,

War zones are dangerous, protests can be violent, also, natural disasters are difficult to cover, so there are going to be risks.
Kate Adie
Protest is OK. But protests, according to my King family legacy, should be peaceful.
Alveda King
I understand that we want to be in the middle of protests with our bodies and we want people to know that we’re there supporting Black Lives Matter, which I’m 100 percent about. And I’m 100 percent about going to the bubble and doing it on national television where everybody sees it.
Bam Adebayo
I was involved in some peaceful protests.
Todd Akin
I’m not going to say I was opposed to the Vietnam War. I’m going to say I’m opposed to war. But I’m also opposed to protests that deny other people their rights.
John Wooden
I came from a tradition of demonstrations and protests, and I really believe in them. I think they are powerful ways of bring people together, to organize, to raise awareness, and most importantly to empower people.
Jagmeet Singh
Protests are fine. But in South Carolina we believe in the rule of law, and the people of this state should never doubt that as governor, I will enforce it.
Nikki Haley
Communicating a passionate response to world events is no longer limited to protests and rallies.
Rosalind Wiseman
Protests have a value in society that I don’t think you can quantify.
Jagmeet Singh
Rallies, marches on Washington, protests, et al. are pointless if there is no action to make them mean something.
Dana Loesch
The Benghazi attack was one of the more confusing, chaotic days that we had at work because you had these multiple violent protests taking place in the Middle East.
Ben Rhodes
Is it just me, or did 2019 feel like an endless fight? Tension over Brexit and climate-change protests trickled down into our everyday lives, putting pressure on every relationship.
Susanna Reid
Boris Johnson tried to prorogue parliament to get his disaster of a Brexit through, bringing hundreds of thousands out onto the streets for the ‘Stop The Coup’ protests, and seeing his cynical strategy overturned by the Supreme Court in the process.
Clive Lewis
The very welfare state the Occupy Wall Street protesters so eagerly applaud is what has saddled Greece with colossal debt and left its economy on the brink of collapse, igniting violent protests across the nation.
Kayleigh McEnany
A dollar vigilante is a free market individual who protests the government monopoly and financial policies, such as fractional reserve banking and unbacked fiat currencies, by selling those same fiat currencies in favor of other assets, including gold and precious metals.
Jeff Berwick
If you look throughout American history, it has been protests and mass movements and the people rising up that has moved to this country forward.
Jamaal Bowman
Protests, such as those in favor of labor rights, women’s suffrage, civil rights and gay rights, helped to make America as great as it is.
Max Boot
My parents were activists and my mother was hugely involved with the anti-Vietnam War protests.
Rosanna Arquette
I’ve played hundreds of protests. I’ve marched on dozens of picket lines. I’ve strummed my guitar at innumerable demonstrations.
Tom Morello
I grew up with protests, marches, demonstrations, struggle. But I come from a clan of community workers.
Hugh Masekela
Tiananmen Square in early 1989 attracted many dreamers like Ma Jian, who returned from Hong Kong to a one-room shack in Beijing in order to join the student protests.
Pankaj Mishra
I am convinced that the world-wide protests during the Rivonia trial saved Mandela and his fellow-accused from a death sentence. But in South Africa, a life sentence means imprisonment until death – or until the defeat of the government which holds these men prisoner.
Oliver Tambo
They forbade me from flying, despite all my protests and arguments. After being once in space, I was desperately keen to go back there. But it didn’t happen.
Valentina Tereshkova
I remember being in Washington for high school when the city was on fire and those were troubling times, the Vietnam War, the protests.
Neil Bush
Say what you will about Americans, but one thing they are not is passive. The Bush administration may have pushed through the Patriot Act weeks after 11 September, but, as the American public got to grips with how the law was affecting their individual rights, their protests grew loud and angry.
Heather Brooke
I was one of the key people responsible for building Facebook’s News Feed. When we launched it in 2006, users hated it. There were ‘I Hate Facebook’ groups; random people organized protests. We even hired a security team.
Ruchi Sanghvi
Even those of us who do not understand the nuances of economics have come to accept that reform cannot be bloodless. We are often impatient with the predictable, do-gooder campaigns against development. We argue passionately against the humbug protests of those who never want the poor to get rich.
Barkha Dutt
There are always protests, whether you do something good or bad. Even if you do something beneficial, people say you do it because it’s advertising.
Giorgio Armani
As a left-wing campaigner for 35 years, I’ve been arrested on picket lines, led anti-imperialist demonstrations and spoken at anti-deportation protests outside police stations. I’ve made speeches at street rallies, in prisons and universities and at pubs.
Claire Fox
People are absolutely free to criticize the government and protest, but their protests should be in such a way as to improve the situation in the country and their life.
Hassan Rouhani
In 1999, I was in St. Louis with Martin Luther King III as we led protests against the state’s failure to hire minority contractors for highway construction projects. We went at dawn on a summer day with over a thousand people and performed acts of civil disobedience.
Al Sharpton
During the Gezi protests and PKK terror campaigns, the

During the Gezi protests and PKK terror campaigns, the unity and solidarity of the Turkish nation were attacked.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
It is important to show up. Showing up at marches and rallies and town halls and protests.
Ted Lieu
Non-violent protests are signs of a healthy democracy, not an ailing one.
Christopher A. Wray
Demonstrations must be dignified and nonviolent, as the overwhelming protests in Ferguson and Staten Island have been. Do not confuse anarchists who don’t want the system to work and thugs who want to exploit a situation with the majority who from day one have operated with impeccable nonviolence and clear goals.
Al Sharpton
Mass protests often get books or films banned, but very few people take to the streets to challenge the right of the State to decide what we can read or watch – it’s still someone else’s problem.
Abhijit Banerjee
Even as a child, I was witness to protests against a film or a play or a book. All through my growing years, I found various people or organisations protesting against something.
Manoj Bajpayee
Protests are the very essence of America! It is a country founded in protest.
Max Boot
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
Nonviolent, visual protests have a long history of forming images that can quickly go viral and set a powerful tone for a moment.
Jenna Wortham
I live in a dumb house. Which is not to say that I don’t love its quirky charm, its drafty windows and leaky fireplaces and an electrical system that protests when too many people are trying to vacuum and microwave at the same time. But charm is not always user-friendly.
Nancy Gibbs
In Venezuela, we have movement for freedom, for democracy, that has taken years and sacrifice to build, and a majority through protests to win elections to align ourselves with the world that recognizes the fight for democracy in Venezuela.
Juan Guaido
I do not lead the Hong Kong protests, because no one person leads the protests.
Joshua Wong
My mum was always extremely political. I have fond memories of making signs as a child for the nuclear disarmament protests at Greenham Common, or helping her bake cakes for them.
Jess Phillips