Protests Quotes

Quotes tagged as "protests" (showing 1-18 of 18)
E.A. Bucchianeri
“It’s not unpatriotic to denounce an injustice committed on our behalf, perhaps it’s the most patriotic thing we can do.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

Martin Luther King Jr.
“But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

John Hersey
“It seems logical that he who supports total war in principle cannot complain of a war against civilians.”
John Hersey

Daniel Suarez
“Look, cell phone geolocation data shows very few clustering anomalies for this hour and climate. And that’s holding up pretty much across all major metro areas. It’s gone down six percentage points since news of the Karachi workshop hit the Web, and it’s trending downward. If people are protesting, they aren’t doing it in the streets.” He circled his finger over a few clusters of dots. “Some potential protest knots in Portland and Austin, but defiance-related tag cloud groupings in social media put us within the three-sigma rule—meaning roughly sixty-eight percent of the values lie within one standard deviation of the mean.”
Daniel Suarez

“I’d watched the election of Barack Obama with them, in Harlem: the celebration had spilled out onto the streets and erupted into dancing, outdoor champagne-drinking, euphoria. This [the 1/21/17 Women's March on Washington, DC] was different. It was like laughter at a funeral—what else can you do but hold on to who you are and who you love? What can you do but try to stay sane and fight like hell for what life is all about?”
Sarah Larson

David Graeber
“So how do the people resist unjust authority, which, we all agree, they must and should do and have done in the past? The best solution anyone has come up with is to say that violent revolutions can be avoided (and therefore, violent mobs legitimately suppressed) if 'the people' are understood to have the right to challenge the laws through nonviolent civil disobedience.”
David Graeber, The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement

Noam Chomsky
“If you give up every time you don't achieve the immediate gain you want, you're just guaranteeing that the worst is going to happen... You can't expect an easy victory after one protest march.”
Noam Chomsky, Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World

David Graeber
“While opposing injustice nonviolently, he (Gandhi) insisted, is always morally superior to opposing it violently, opposing injustice violently is still morally superior to doing nothing to oppose it at all.”
David Graeber, The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement

“Knowledge can never imprison you, but you can be captive to your ignorance.”
A.E. Samaan

Darnell Lamont Walker
“If you're calling for peace, I am not home.”
Darnell Lamont Walker

“I could see that troubling the waters was occasionally necessary to bring attention to the urgency of some problem. But this style of political expression sometimes becomes an end in itself and can lose potency if used routinely. If you shout too loudly and too often, people tend to cover their ears. Take it too far and you risk that nothing will be heard over the report of rifles and hoofbeats.”
Sonia Sotomayor, My Beloved World

“When people believe that the local government and economy serve their needs. There is little desire to protest.”
Auliq Ice

“Author relates the reaction of an Irish village to a landowner who tried to raise rents on the land's occupants. The villagers refused to talk to or trade with the man, whose name was Captain Boycott.”
Patrick N. Allitt, The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

Paul Howsley
“They had intended for the day at London to be a march of awareness. It was to be a place to get their points across, to get some word to the masses, but they didn’t need to do any of that; the masses were already there. The masses already knew the message, all they needed was a way to vent, a voice, and this was it. The time had come and the masses were pissed.”
Paul Howsley, The Year of the Badgers

“...The coarse rhetoric and reduction of women to violently empty reproductive organs isn't a great way to argue against Trump's vulgarity. The unhinged rhetoric, violent anti-speech street protests,and hysteria currently on display don't make Trump look like he's a unique threat.”
Mollie Hemingway

Truman Capote
“I think the whole student rebellion is not really a rebellion at all....They want a certain kind of identity; they're jockeying with each other for political power in their own culture. The basis for this behavior is a desire for notoriety.”
Truman Capote

Suzanne Selfors
“Magically modified food is a serious issue," Rosabella said. "We don't know the long-term effects on our bodies." She grabbed her ever-present picket sign. "I'm going to protest. Who's with me?"
All the girls suddenly checked their MirrorPhones as if an important hext had arrived.
"Suit yourselves," she said. "I'm going to talk to Ginger Breadhouse. She's the best cook on campus. Surely she cares about this issue." She hurried over to the next table.
"Good luck," Darling called. Rosabella's protests were important, but there were so many things she wanted to change. It was exhausting after a while.”
Suzanne Selfors, A Semi-Charming Kind of Life

Phar West Nagle
“For if our bodies aren’t our own,
And justice isn’t ours,
And our love is just a sin,
And voices by the people
Are no longer for the people,
What have we left to lose?”
Phar West Nagle