Top 75 Survivors Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Survivors Quotes from famous people such as Tarana Burke, Seth Moulton, Mike Barnicle, Max Lerner, Claire Cameron, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

I want survivors to know that healing is possible.

I want survivors to know that healing is possible.
Tarana Burke
I voted against H.R. 4712, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which is nothing more than a shameless attempt to intimidate doctors, spread misinformation about abortion, and decrease women’s access to healthcare.
Seth Moulton
If you want proof of what the country is really all about, just walk through the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Here it is, in the faces of the victims, in the stories of bravery, in the souls and memory of the survivors, the next of kin.
Mike Barnicle
The so-called lessons of history are for the most part the rationalizations of the victors. History is written by the survivors.
Max Lerner
Many of my favorite survivors in fiction show that it may not be the most muscled, macho or mighty people who pull through. A strong mind and body aren’t always enough. You might also need a resilient heart.
Claire Cameron
Both my father and mother were survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Nazi concentration camps. Apart from my parents, every family member on both sides was exterminated by the Nazis.
Norman Finkelstein
One can’t live with a child of Holocaust survivors without absorbing some of the same sensibilities that her parents transmitted to her as a young girl. It is an unspoken dread, a sense of fragility, an anxious anticipation of unseen horrors.
Kai Bird
You see, ‘The Look of Silence’ is the first film ever made where survivors confront perpetrators who still hold a monopoly on power. It’s normally never done because it is too dangerous.
Joshua Oppenheimer
During the lockdown, I saw many videos on social media which showed how COVID survivors were being attacked, doctors were being mistreated while they returned home, police officers were not welcome anywhere, I realized how disheartening it was!
Mimi Chakraborty
I personally know women who are Breast Cancer survivors and will do all I can to support the cause. Besides, I love boobies!
Jane Wiedlin
The courage and leadership March for Our Lives has shown is a testament to the power our young people have in this country, to make our country stronger while protecting our friends, families, and loved ones. The work survivors and advocates across the country have done to keep families safe matters.
Lucy McBath
The building in the Bronx where I grew up was filled with mostly Holocaust survivors. My two best friends’ parents both survived the camps. Everyone in my grandparents’ building had tattoos. I’d go shopping with my grandparents, and the butcher, the baker, everybody in the whole neighborhood had tattoos.
Amy Heckerling
I didn’t start Me Too as a hashtag, and had I had the opportunity to, I probably wouldn’t have done it that way. I think that what has happened subsequently has been beautiful to watch, but what concerns me is what all of these survivors are going to do now.
Tarana Burke
If you really want to see the face of war, see the faces of survivors.
Jack Kingston
My novella, ‘The Lucky One,’ is inspired in part by my dad and also by a Holocaust survivor I interviewed for the Steven Spielberg Survivors of the Shoah Foundation.
Jenna Blum
And I’ll tell you, honestly, folks that I talk to, the 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in America, that I am one of, understand that we’re done with insurance companies dropping us or denying us coverage because of – because we have a preexisting condition.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
I wanted to resist in ‘The Look of Silence’ making a film that ends with any kind of positive hope I feel in human rights documentaries dealing with human survivors.
Joshua Oppenheimer
The work is more than just about the amplification of survivors and quantifying their numbers. The work is really about survivors talking to each other and saying, ‘I see you. I support you. I get it.’
Tarana Burke
I was actually very pleased that they let me do it, because I feel very deeply for breast cancer survivors. I don’t have it, but it is in my family. I’ve always been very aware of it. I go for mammograms and checkups.
Erika Slezak
It’s interesting when people say, ‘You always play strong women,’ because as far as I’m concerned, women are strong. I think that’s what women are. We have got that vulnerability, but we have got that strength. We are survivors.
Maxine Peake
My sister and mom are both cancer survivors. If they’re going to whip it, so am I.
Ernie Johnson Jr.
If we fetishize trauma as incommunicable, then survivors are trapped – unable to feel truly known by their nonmilitary friends and family.
Phil Klay
In many regards, Me Too is about survivors talking to survivors.
Tarana Burke
Trauma survivors have a deficiency in their capacity to regulate emotions – they’re too prolonged and too intense and too negative. As a corollary to affect regulation, self-esteem, sense of self and inter-personal functioning all goes downhill. And that’s a chronic thing that’s solved in an-inter personal context.
Drew Pinsky
I have worked on behalf of storm survivors for 10 years, and compared to historic hurricanes on the mainland, Hurricane Maria is the worst recovery I’ve ever witnessed.
Michael Caputo
Black people are achievers; we’re survivors.
Roxie Roker
I would never call myself a cancer survivor because I think it devalues those who do not survive. There’s this whole mythology that people bravely battle their cancer and then they become survivors. Well, the ones who don’t survive may be just as brave, you know, just as courageous, wonderful people.
Barbara Ehrenreich
Air India happened when I was about five years old but… I’ve attended memorials with respect to the victims and the families, the survivors of this horrible and heinous act. I’ve talked about how everyone denounces it.
Jagmeet Singh
I’m no hero. Heroes don’t come back. Survivors return home. Heroes never come home. If anyone thinks I’m a hero, I’m not.
Bob Feller
You can’t take our people from Africa and put us in a diaspora and spread us all over the world. And we survived slavery – and we can’t pass a test? … And you’re gonna tell me we can’t learn how to write? Have you lost your mind? We are survivors. That’s all we do is survive.
Eric D. Thomas
Disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, floods, oil spills and radioactive fallout cause massive death of people, pigs, bats and birds. These disasters also impact the immune health of survivors. All harbor viruses.
Paul Stamets
The sea always offers up incredible stories of survivor

The sea always offers up incredible stories of survivors’ fortitude. Myths of a lot of countries have variations on that.
Colin Farrell
I think it is selfish for me to try to frame Me Too as something that I own. It is bigger than me and bigger than Alyssa Milano. Neither one of us should be centered in this work. This is about survivors.
Tarana Burke
In terms of ‘Saving Face,’ I was inspired by the stories of survivors who didn’t let their attacks stop them from pursuing justice and seeking treatment.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Before I started chemotherapy treatments, I wrote down the best advice from doctors, family, friends, books, and survivors and created an ‘Owner’s Manual’ to help me take care of myself. It would remind me that cancer is doable.
Regina Brett
There are a lot of recent pics of me rocking silk strings of beads. They’re made by survivors of the sex trade in Cambodia who were rescued by one of the organizations I support.
AnnaLynne McCord
The hope of ISIS was to break the Yazidi community. But for survivors especially, going back to their lives and getting married and making a life and working, it’s basically making sure ISIS did not succeed.
Nadia Murad
‘Me too’ became a term that was both succinct and powerful, and it was a way to ring up immediate empathy between survivors.
Tarana Burke
Trauma creates one of four types of people: victims, rescuers, or perps – and if you’re really lucky and really strong and very willing and brave, survivors.
Allison Anders
The kinds of people you meet on political campaigns are some of the best human beings. They’re survivors, and they’re spunky, and they have personalities, and they spend months sleeping on couches and living on, whatever, pizza and coffee and bad beer.
Jen Psaki
The Minnesota spirit of compassion and help for people in need has moved countless Minnesotans to step forward to provide relief for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
Jim Ramstad
We are so used to seeing women as victims of war to be pitied rather than survivors of war to be respected.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
The survivors of Hurricane Harvey do not need empty tweets and platitudes from people like Donald Trump and Joel Osteen. They have shown beyond a shadow of a doubt that, as we say in Texas, they are all hat and no cattle.
Anthea Butler
Victims and survivors deserve more than a person seeking a headline.
Tamron Hall
I think that women are powerful and they’re multifaceted and they’re survivors; they don’t have to depend on a man to do the things they needed them to do, whether it was hunting or lifting heavy things, so what’s a man’s place now? Who knows!
Rashida Jones
We must remain committed to rebuilding communities ravaged by genocide. Survivors deserve a safe and secure pathway home or safe passage elsewhere.
Nadia Murad
As a single mother, I qualified for Pell Grants, and received a scholarship from a small organization for domestic violence survivors.
Stephanie Land
Dictators are allergic to reform, and they are cunning survivors. They will do whatever it takes to preserve their power and wealth, no matter how much blood ends up on their hands. They are master deceivers and talented manipulators who cannot be trusted to change.
George Ayittey
Some of the greatest survivors have been women. Look at the courage so many women have shown after surviving earthquakes in the rubble for days on end.
Bear Grylls
One of the facts about sexual assault is that it is a very underreported offense, and there are a whole lot of reasons why individuals don’t report to law enforcement. Uber shouldn’t make that choice for survivors. Survivors should make that choice for themselves.
Tony West
Safeguarding life at every stage is a solemn responsibility that Hoosiers have entrusted me to uphold, which is why I will be voting in support of Sen. Sasse’s Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
Mike Braun
In ‘Last to Die,’ three children living in different cities are the only survivors when their families are slaughtered. Two years later, their foster families are murdered, and these three orphans are once again the only survivors.
Tess Gerritsen
I do a lot of research. For ‘I Am Legend’, I did a lot of research about survivors. If everybody is dead around you, how you can keep surviving. I went to the bookstore and found psychiatry books about survivors from the Holocaust.
Alice Braga
By pouring money and goods into devastated regions, foreign aid workers sometimes compound the disruption and debauch the survivors.
James Buchan
All I treat at the hospital is trauma survivors.
Drew Pinsky
People wait in line to see me, saying there’s plenty of living to be done even if you have an HIV diagnosis. People say they are 10- or 15-year survivors and still moving forward.
Greg Louganis
All of the characters I’ve had the chance to create are survivors. But we live in a world where surviving makes up most of what we do.
Marion Cotillard
We want to turn victims into survivors – and survivors into thrivers.
Tarana Burke
We worked with David Thibodeau, who wrote a book about Waco, on which the series is based. He’s one of the nine survivors.
Andrea Riseborough
Holocaust survivors came to Israel in order to establish a new human society where nobody would be able to hurt them just because they’re Jewish. This is both a furious and vulnerable message.
Yair Lapid
I interviewed survivors, I went to Poland, saw the cities and spent time with the people and spoke to the Jews who had come back to Poland after the war and talked about why they had come back.
Steven Spielberg
People who live through transplants or disasters like Sept. 11 are survivors.
Geraldine Ferraro
It's sad that grandkids show up at the end of obituarie

It’s sad that grandkids show up at the end of obituaries, way behind the list of work place achievements, social clubs and survivors. Why last? If you’ve got grandkids, you know they’re first when it comes to the joy in your life.
Regina Brett
I have a lot of experience – not just with my ‘Me Too’ campaign but with survivors disclosing. I know that there is a wave of emotions that happens after that.
Tarana Burke
It is impossible to strive for the heroic life. The title of hero is bestowed by the survivors upon the fallen, who themselves know nothing of heroism.
Johan Huizinga
I’ve been aware of the incredible work that The Survivors Trust do for a while now and have wanted to find a way to launch a working relationship with them, to help raise money to fund all the crucial support they provide for survivors.
Emma Corrin
I jumped at the chance to be a part of Stroke Recovery Canada. I want to help March of Dimes Canada in its efforts to support stroke recovery and improve the quality of life of all Canadian stroke survivors.
Bret Hart
There are no survivors in my fights.
Gennady Golovkin
I came across the Indonesian genocide in 2001, when I found myself making a film in a community of survivors. They were plantation workers, and it turned out they were struggling to organize a union.
Joshua Oppenheimer
War in Africa is hardly a new phenomenon, nor are voices telling its stories of terror and triumph. Yet some of the continent’s most devastating conflicts – and the literature born from the experiences of their survivors – have often gone unnoticed in the West.
Uzodinma Iweala
You have in the U.S. around two million new diagnoses of cancer a year, and 13 million survivors, so you have about 10,000 patients that require analysis every day. That’s about five petabytes that need to be transmitted and computed on a daily basis.
Patrick Soon-Shiong
From 1983 to 2000, William Goren stole more than $30 million from investors on Long Island and in Queens. His favorite targets were widows and retired couples, like Helga and Simon Novack, Holocaust survivors who gave Mr. Goren their life savings.
Alex Berenson
Grozny’s been largely rebuilt. But at the same time, I think the war is very much being waged inside its survivors.
Anthony Marra
I like drama. My first movie that I did, ‘Soul Survivors’, was a drama, and I’m just drawn to that; that’s sort of my forte.
Melissa Sagemiller
Nothing and no one can destroy the Chinese people. They are relentless survivors.
Pearl S. Buck