Speaking Up Quotes

Quotes tagged as "speaking-up" (showing 1-23 of 23)
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,

Heather Gudenkauf
“But you know all about that, being sorry and having no words to say something when you know you should but you just can't”
Heather Gudenkauf, The Weight of Silence

Stephanie Lahart
“Let today mark a new beginning for you. Give yourself permission to say NO without feeling guilty, mean, or selfish. Anybody who gets upset and/or expects you to say YES all of the time clearly doesn’t have your best interest at heart. Always remember: You have a right to say NO without having to explain yourself. Be at peace with your decisions.”
Stephanie Lahart

Terry Tempest Williams
“Choosing with integrity means finding ways to speak up that honor your reality, the reality of others, and your willingness to meet in the center of that large field. It’s hard sometimes.”
Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice

Terry Tempest Williams
“I take a deep breath and sidestep my fear and begin speaking from the place where beauty and bravery meet--within the chambers of a quivering heart.”
Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice

Dianna Hardy
“...it only takes one voice, at the right pitch, to start an avalanche.”
Dianna Hardy, Return Of The Wolf

Madeleine K. Albright
“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent”
Madeleine K. Albright

Courtney Milan
My most ardent wish is that you, and everyone like you, will look up. That you’ll do so and never be beaten into the ground again. I write handbills because I can write those words without fear of reprisal—because if I am discovered, the House of Lords will never prosecute me. I write because those words must be written. I write because to not write, to not speak, would be to waste what I have been given.
Courtney Milan, The Duchess War

Rachel L. Schade
“Sometimes Truth cannot be silenced.”
Rachel L. Schade, Silent Kingdom

Desmond Tutu
“When God grabs you by the scruff of the neck then although theoretically you have a freedom to say 'no', in another sense, actually, you can't say no because it's like Jeremiah. 'God, you have cheated me. You called me to be a prophet against the people that I love, and all that I proclaim is words of doom and judgement.' And yet if I say "I will shut up", I can't.”
Desmond Tutu

Joachim Gauck
“Wir sind das Volk!"

Dieser Satz hat uns gelehrt, dass wir, wenn wir unserer Sehnsucht glauben und ihr vertrauen, die Angst verlieren können. Eine Angst, die willfährige Dienerin jeder Art von nicht legitimierter Herrschaft ist, die uns ohnmächtig macht, die uns bindet. In dem Augenblick aber, in dem wir unsere Angst als Angst benennen und Anpassung und Angst als Geschwisterkinder erkennen, sind wir möglicherweise bereit zu erproben: Können wir auch ohne sie leben? In genau diesem Augenblick wachsen uns jene Kräfte zu, die eine ganze Gesellschaft verändern können.”
Joachim Gauck, Freiheit. Ein Plädoyer

Lucy H. Pearce
“Breaking our silence is powerful. Whether it comes as a whisper or a squeak at first, allow that sense of spaciousness, of opening, allow yourself to trust the bottomlessness, and lean into the dark roar which will light up every cell.

Though it may start softly, we build in confidence and skills, we realise we do not need to wait for permission before we open our mouths. We do not need to wait for others to make space for us, we can take it. We do not need to read from others’ scripts or style ourselves in weak comparison. We do not need to look to another’s authority because we have our own. Down in our cores. We have waited so long for permission to know that it was our time, our turn on stage. That time is now. Our voices are being heard into being. They are needed.”
Lucy H. Pearce, Burning Woman

Rachel L. Schade
“What good are words if no one believes them?”
Rachel L. Schade, Silent Kingdom

Joachim Gauck
“Es ist wichtig zu begreifen, dass wir der Toleranz nicht dienen, wenn wir unser Profil verwässern, sondern indem wir uns umgekehrt unserer eigenen Werte wieder vergewissern. [...] Wir tun der Toleranz auch nichts Böses an, wenn wir die Menschenrechte verteidigen, wie sie in den letzten Jahrhunderten und Jahrzehnten entwickelt und niedergeschrieben wurden in der Allgemeinen Erklärung der Menschenrechte der Vereinten Nationen und einer Vielzahl von Konventionen, die detailliert den Schutz einzelner Menschenrechte regeln - etwa zum Schutz von Flüchtlingen, zur Verhinderung von Völkermord, gegen die Diskriminierung der Frau etc. Fast alle Staaten der Welt haben sich nach tiefer leidvoller Erfahrung, nach nationaler Hybris und nach ideologischem oder religösem Fanatismus im Prinzip auf diese Grundrechte und die Rule of Law als Minimum einer Überlebensordnung geeinigt. Die als universell, unveräußerlich und unteilbar angesehenen Menschenrechte sind daher ein gemeinsames Gut der Menschheit. Und wir dürfen und müssen gegenüber kommunistischen, fanatisch-islamistischen oder despotischen Staaten über ihre Verletzung sprechen; denn als Menschen sind wir verpflichtet, die Menschenrechte unserer Mitmenschen zu respektieren und zu verteidigen.”
Joachim Gauck, Freiheit. Ein Plädoyer

Malena Watrous
“Problem is, life is not karaoke booth”
Malena Watrous, If You Follow Me

Hannah Heath
“The words sounded silly and naïve, but that didn’t mean they weren’t worth speaking.”
Hannah Heath, Flames of Courage

Gina Barreca
“Speaking up is important. Yet to speak up without listening is like banging pots and pans together: Even if it gets you attention, it’s not going to get you respect.”
Gina Barreca

Caroline George
“I am strong and human with a mouth that works like a man’s and a more intelligible brain, and I demand to be heard.”
Caroline George, The Vestige

Jordan B. Peterson
“When you have something to say, silence is a lie—and tyranny feeds on lies.”
Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Katie McGarry
“Call Stella 'Trash Can Girl' again and I'll beat the h--- out of you. In fact, call her or anyone else anything ever again and I'll do the same. I'm done saying nothing. I'm done letting you treat people like crap. Do you hear me?”
Katie McGarry, Red at Night