Quotes and Sayings about Protest



"It was called the Reclaim Guide. It was just a general protest guide that went over security culture and stuff like that. A small portion of that guide dealt with explosives information."
- Sherman Austin
(Related: Culture, Information, Protest, Security)

"Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it's open to anybody who owns hideous clothing."
- Dave Barry
(Related: Golf, Open, Today)

"You are right, but the weakness does not come from the millions of Muslims in the world. They do not mind being radical, they have no fear to speak out and to protest and to jihad."
- Abu Bakar Bashir
(Related: Fear, Being, Mind, Protest, Radical, Right, Weakness, World)

"I am a good Protestant, and in the full sense of the term, for from the bottom of my soul, I protest against everything that is said, and everything that is done."
- Pierre Bayle
(Related: Soul, Protest, Sense)

"The problem with liberal Protestantism in America is not that it has not been orthodox enough, but that it has lost a lot of religious substance."
- Peter L. Berger
(Related: America, Liberal, Protestantism, Religious)

"Religious suffering is at once the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the sentiment of the heartless world, as it is the soul of soulless condition. It is the opium of the people."
- John Desmond Bernal
(Related: Religion, Soul, People, Expression, Opium, Protest, Religious, Sentiment, Suffering, World)

"It's no fun to protest on an empty stomach."
- Michael Bloomberg
(Related: Fun, Protest)

"It is sufficient to say, what everybody knows to be true, that the Irish population is Catholic, and that the Protestants, whether of the Episcopalian or Presbyterian Church, or of both united, are a small minority of the Irish people."
- John Bright
(Related: People, Church, Irish, Minority, Population, United)

"As you know, I am neither Roman Catholic, Protestant Episcopalian, nor Presbyterian, nor am I an Irishman."
- John Bright
"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
(Related: Government, Time, Occupation, Religious)

"I wonder if those people shown protesting the deployment of nuclear weapons to western Europe during the Reagan era are feeling appropriately stupid today. 'Please don't take away our precious Soviet Union! - We demand the annihilation of all life on Earth!'"
- Craig Bruce
(Related: Life, People, Europe, Feeling, Today, Weapons, Wonder)

"It's funny how social activists usually protest against the only things that have a credible chance of achieving the activists' goals."
- Craig Bruce
(Related: Funny, Goals, Chance, Protest)

"Each family of the United States military now attends to their loved ones funeral with a wrenching worry that it will be met possibly with a protest or a demonstration."
- Steve Buyer
(Related: Family, Military, Now, Protest, states, United, Will, Worry)

"That cry of the soul to be lifted out of the bondage of the narrow circle of life, which carries up to God the protest and yearning of suffering man, never finds a more sublime expression than where humanity is oppressed and religion is corrupt."
- Hall Caine
(Related: Religion, Life, God, Soul, Expression, Humanity, Protest, Suffering, Yearning)

"We have witnessed the terrible increases in the incidence of alcoholism, the advent of drug dependency, the protests, marches, strikes and human alienation."
- Alex Campbell
(Related: Alienation)

"The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion."
- Thomas Carlyle
(Related: Religion, Civilization, Printing)

"As I discovered, even the governor of a major state who holds pro-life views can be denied a hearing at his party's convention without the national media protesting it."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Hearing, Media, Party, State)

"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
(Related: Doubt, Fight, Will)

"Thirteen years after the end of the Soviet Union, the American press establishment seemed eager to turn Ukraine's protested presidential election on November 21 into a new cold war with Russia."
- Stephen Cohen
(Related: War, American, End, Press, Russia, Years)

"I believe that if the Tribune company ever tries to close down Wrigley Field that you will have a protest from every corner of the globe."
- Billy Corgan
(Related: Company, Protest, Will)

"When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, 'Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?"
- Quentin Crisp
(Related: God, People, Ireland, Woman)

"I declare and protest in advance, that I do not intend, at this time at least; to be drawn or driven into the question of slavery, in either of its subdivisions or forms."
- Caleb Cushing
(Related: Time, Protest, Question, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Peace, Time, Day, Protest, Respect)

"I feel greatly at fault in not having made a loud public protest about Belle Glade before this."
- Marjory Stoneman Douglas
(Related: Fault, Protest, Public)

"One who comes to the Court must come to adore, not to protest. That's the new gloss on the 1st Amendment."
- William O. Douglas
(Related: Court, Protest)

"The cultural contrast I saw between religions... Catholics have a lot of mediators, going through saints and Mary or whatever. Protestants in general say things to God directly."
- Robert Duvall
(Related: God, Contrast, Saints)

"I had made a decision early on that we were going to do the right things and that if they worked we were going to be very successful. And if for some reason they didn't, all the claims and the protestations and the excuses wouldn't make any difference."
- John Engler
(Related: Successful, Decision, Difference, Excuses, Reason, Right)

"Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't -it's human."
- Desiderius Erasmus
(Related: Deception, Folly, Ignorance, Illusion, Misery, Now)

"Rosa Parks' courage, determination, and tenacity continue to be an inspiration to all those committed to non-violent protest and change nearly half a century later."
- Bob Filner
(Related: Change, Inspiration, Courage, Determination, Protest, Tenacity)

"I hope that by going to visit the pope I have enabled everybody to see that the words Catholic and Protestant, as ordinarily used, are completely out of date. They are almost always used now purely for propaganda purposes. That is why so much trouble is caused by them."
- Geoffrey Fisher
(Related: Hope, Now, Propaganda, Trouble, Visit, Words)

"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
(Related: Time, Iraq, President, Tradition, Violence, Will)

"A Protestant has seldom any mercy shown him, and a Jew, who turns Christian, is far from being secure."
- John Foxe
(Related: Christian, Being, Mercy)

"I was at a meeting two years ago in Beijing, and I passed a bunch of women who were marching in a protest. Their signs were probably saying something I wouldn't have agreed with at all. But I was so glad to see women marching. And it's happening all over the world."
- Betty Friedan
(Related: Women, Meeting, Protest, Saying, World, Years)

"It should be remarked that, as the principle of liberty is better understood, and more nobly interpreted, a broader protest is made in behalf of women. As men become aware that few have had a fair chance, they are inclined to say that no women have had a fair chance."
- Margaret Fuller
(Related: Men, Women, Chance, Liberty, Protest)

"In a world filled with hate, prejudice, and protest, I find that I too am filled with hate, prejudice, and protest."
- Bob Gibson
(Related: Hate, Prejudice, Protest, World)

"Two studies from the year 2000, however, indicate that Catholics give lower ratings to their clergy's ministerial activities across the board than do Protestants."
- Andrew Greeley
"The man I am will always raise a protest against the man I wanted to be and the two will live together to the end, but the man I wanted to be will be the one on whom judgement will be passed."
- Julien Green
(Related: End, Man, Protest, Will)

"Now a Protestant confronting a Catholic ghost is exactly Shakespeare's way of grappling with what was not simply a general social problem but one lived out in his own life."
- Stephen Greenblatt
(Related: Life, Now, Shakespeare)

"I suppose all of us - we have the old Protestant work ethic of feeling guilty when you're not working, and getting a buzz from feeling like you're really busy. That's the reason to sort of carry on."
- Jonny Greenwood
(Related: Work, Feeling, Old, Reason, Work ethic)

"I was disappointed, not because we had lost the war but because our people had allowed it to go on for so many years, instead of heeding the few voices of protest against all that mass insanity and slaughter."
- George Grosz
(Related: War, People, Insanity, Protest, Years)

"I've been a little more fortunate, perhaps, than a lot of people have, for the simple reason that I've constantly been moving: so nobody can hit me - you know what I mean? Protesting is not the answer - not along those lines."
- Chico Hamilton
(Related: People, Reason)

"I mean, there's a hell of a lot of grounds for protest, but you don't do it through music."
- Chico Hamilton
(Related: Music, Hell, Protest)

"Liberalism, austere in political trifles, has learned ever more artfully to unite a constant protest against the government with a constant submission to it."
- Alexander Herzen
(Related: Government, Liberalism, Protest, Trifles)

"When the problems in Northern Ireland started, it was not a question of Protestantism or Catholicism, because the Catholic church was the only church at that time-it was a nationalist conflict."
- Harri Holkeri
(Related: Time, Church, Catholicism, Conflict, Ireland, Problems, Protestantism, Question)

"After this urgent protest against entering into battle at Gettysburg according to instructions - which protest is the first and only one I ever made during my entire military career - I ordered my line to advance and make the assault."
- John B. Hood
(Related: Battle, Career, First, Military, Protest)

"This is not to say that the Scots are not fine people, but they were all sort of... well, my grandfather was a minister and sort of Protestant, and this was rather depressing to me."
- Alan Hovhaness
(Related: People)

"The British were white, English, and Protestant, just as we were. They had to have some other basis on which to justify independence, and happily they were able to formulate the inalienable truths set forth in the Declaration."
- Samuel P. Huntington
(Related: English, Independence)

"Perhaps it's good for one to suffer. Can an artist do anything if he's happy? Would he ever want to do anything? What is art, after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life?"
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Life, Art, Artist, Protest, Want)

"I protest that if some great Power would agree to make me always think what is true and do what is right, on condition of being turned into a sort of clock and would up every morning before I got out of bed, I should instantly close with the offer."
- Thomas Huxley
(Related: Power, Bed, Being, Protest, Right)

"I realize that protest paintings are not exactly in vogue, but I've done many."
- Robert Indiana
(Related: Protest)

"Those people who want to express their religious beliefs on public property should enjoy the same rights that we provide to those protesting the war in Iraq."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: War, People, Beliefs, Rights, Iraq, Property, Public, Religious, Want)

"You can't just sit around and make protest albums all your life; eventually it comes to the point where you have to do something."
- Paul Kantner
(Related: Life, Protest)

"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
(Related: People, Actions, Democracy, Elections, Force, Now)

"There are many ways of showing your protest and discontent without the actions of Kremlin."
- Garry Kasparov
(Related: Actions, Discontent, Protest)

"I, Philip Kearny, an old soldier, enter my solemn protest against this order for retreat."
- Philip Kearny
(Related: Old, Order, Protest)

"I saw courage both in the Vietnam War and in the struggle to stop it. I learned that patriotism includes protest, not just military service."
- John F. Kerry
(Related: Patriotism, War, Courage, Military, Protest, Service, Struggle, Vietnam)

"The emergence of Pakistan, a decade ago, was an act of protest against the existence of privilege in the social order of the subcontinent of India."
- Aly Khan
(Related: Act, Existence, Order, Privilege, Protest)

"Regardless of what one's attitude towards prohibition may be, temperance is something against which, at a time of war, no reasonable protest can be made."
- William Lyon Mackenzie King
(Related: Time, War, Attitude, May, Prohibition, Protest, Temperance)

"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Related: Evil)

"We're not thought of in terms of color because we are entertainers. We are there to entertain you not because we are black, white, pink, or green or gay or straight or because we are Catholic or Protestant."
- Eartha Kitt
(Related: Thought, Gay)

"It is particularly moving, and I can say this also as a Protestant Christian, that a German - one of us - has been made Pope."
- Horst Koehler
(Related: Christian)

"I have tried to kill sectarianism, whether in Catholics or Protestants."
- James Larkin
"I have been represented as a Protestant minister; there was not one of the canvassers of the honourable gentlemen opposite that did not represent to the people that I was not a Minister of the Crown, but that I was a Protestant minister."
- Wilfrid Laurier
(Related: People, Gentlemen)

"I had hoped you would protest, but please don't argue."
- Lotte Lehmann
(Related: Protest)

"Workers, comrades, and you, women of the people, let not this festival of May, the second during the war, pass without protest against the Imperialist Slaughter."
- Karl Liebknecht
(Related: Women, War, People, May, Protest, Workers)

"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: Men, Cowards, Protest, Silence, Sin)

"If our republican form of government is perishing because communications - the infrastructure of that republic - is under the yoke of international business how, at last, do we save it? We must build a confrontational movement to reclaim our democracy, a movement committed to active and sustained protest against the present order."
- Mark Lloyd
(Related: Business, Government, Democracy, Order, Present, Protest, Republican)

"America is a hurricane, and the only people who do not hear the sound are those fortunate if incredibly stupid and smug White Protestants who live in the center, in the serene eye of the big wind."
- Norman Mailer
(Related: People, America, Eye, Sound, Wind)

"In Uzbekistan, hundreds of protesters were recently killed under the corrupt regime of President Karimov in what human rights groups are calling a massacre."
- Ed Markey
(Related: Rights, Human rights, President)

"The chief contribution of Protestantism to human thought is its massive proof that God is a bore."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: God, Thought, Proof, Protestantism)

"I am involved in a freedom ride protesting the loss of the minority rights belonging to the few remaining earthbound stars. All we demanded was our right to twinkle."
- Marilyn Monroe
(Related: Freedom, Rights, Loss, Minority, Stars)

"A human being has been given an intellect to make choices, and we know there are other food sources that do not require the killing of a creature that would protest being killed."
- Mary Tyler Moore
(Related: Food, Being, Choices, Intellect, Killing, Protest)

"All you hear Catholics turning out these days are pop versions of the old Protestant anthems."
- Richard Morris
(Related: Old)

"We of Africa protest that, in this day and age, we should continue to be treated as lesser human beings than other races."
- Robert Mugabe
(Related: Age, Day, Protest)

"Every new baby is a blind desperate vote for survival: people who find themselves unable to register an effective political protest against extermination do so by a biological act."
- Lewis Mumford
(Related: People, Act, Baby, Blind, Protest, Vote)

"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
(Related: American, Forget, May, Protest, Right, Song, Students)

"Yes, I'm Catholic; I'm proud of it. But I had lots of Protestant friends."
- Liam Neeson
(Related: Friends)

"We do hereby command the Leaders of the Hebrew, Catholic and Protestant Churches to sanctify and have us crowned Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico."
- Joshua A. Norton
(Related: Churches, Leaders, states, United)

"My mom always said that if the Protestants catch a Catholic in their church, they feed them to the Jews."
- Kate O'Brien
(Related: Mom, Church)

"In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty."
- Phil Ochs
(Related: Beauty, Protest, Ugly)

"It matters not what your individual position is on either war we are currently prosecuting - in Iraq or Afghanistan - certainly we can all agree protesting at military funerals is a cruel and unnecessary hardship on our military families during their most difficult hour."
- Solomon Ortiz
(Related: War, Afghanistan, Funerals, Hardship, Iraq, Military)

"There is a legend. And to protest is daft."
- Peter O'Toole
(Related: Protest)

"Pornography is human imagination in tense theatrical action; its violations are a protest against the violations of our freedom by nature."
- Camille Paglia
(Related: Imagination, Nature, Action, Freedom, Pornography, Protest)

"I think protest and actions have to be organised against the Israelis and their backers. There needs to be a concerted high profile campaign to raise awareness of the people in this country."
- Tom Paulin
(Related: People, Actions, Awareness, Country, Needs, Protest)

"The labor movement means just this: it is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth."
- Wendell Phillips
(Related: Power, People, Wealth, American, Labor, Protest)

"Altho that is so, Ireland has always denied and Ireland still denies that the Union was binding upon her either legally or morally. And here on this historic occasion we have assembled to renew our protest and to place it upon record."
- John Edward Redmond
(Related: Ireland, Protest)

"When it comes to war, we focus more on the mainstream coverage of the event, rather than the event itself. People dying is never funny. Protest puppets are always funny."
- Mo Rocca
(Related: Funny, War, People, Dying, Focus, Protest)

"Dick Gregory was a great comedian who went and got arrested, did hunger strikes, protests. It never hurt his career to be outspoken."
- Joe Rogan
(Related: Career, Hunger, Hurt)

"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
(Related: Society, Act, Being, Dignity, Protest)

"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
(Related: People, France, Law, Protest)

"I am not protesting against the conduct of the war, but against the political errors and insincerities for which the fighting men are being sacrificed."
- Siegfried Sassoon
(Related: Men, War, Being, Errors, Fighting)

"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
(Related: Being, Day, Revolution, Help, Intention, Kindness, Prayer, Protest, Respect, Sense)

"But every time the workers come out in the only way they know to protest against conditions which are unbearable the strong hand of the law is allowed to press down heavily upon us."
- Rose Schneiderman
(Related: Time, Law, Press, Protest, Workers)

"What if you threw a protest and no one showed up? The lack of angst and anger and emotion is a big positive."
- Jay Alan Sekulow
(Related: Anger, Positive, Emotion, Protest)

"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
(Related: Peace, People)

"The lady doth protest too much, methinks."
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Lady, Protest)

"I think everybody has the ability to fall in love with a man or with a woman or a white person or a black person or a Jewish person or a Protestant person or whatever."
- Ally Sheedy
(Related: Love, Ability, Man, Woman)

"My first civil disobedience arrest for social justice was in 1986 for protesting the SDI."
- Martin Sheen
(Related: First, Justice)

"But on second thought, after I decreed the state of emergency, I came to the conclusion that that was impossible to achieve without bloodshed because the street protesters were full of anger and nearly out of control. This is why I thought we needed to find another way out."
- Eduard Shevardnadze
(Related: Anger, Thought, Control, State)

"The decision by France to resume nuclear testing in the South Pacific has destroyed this hope and raised a storm of protest at home, in the South Pacific and thankfully around the world."
- Jenny Shipley
(Related: Home, Decision, Hope, France, Protest, Testing, World)

"I think if I were over there in America, protest music would be more important. But I'm not going."
- Nina Simone
(Related: Music, America, Protest)

"Man, born of woman, has found it a hard thing to forgive her for giving him birth. The patriarchal protest against the ancient matriarch has borne strange fruit through the years."
- Lillian Smith
(Related: Giving, Man, Protest, Woman, Years)

"There was a lot of protest after Bravo, from countries like India, for example. India was the first country which came forward and proposed at the United Nations that all of these nuclear tests should be stopped, that there should be a complete ban on nuclear testing."
- Martha Smith
(Related: Countries, Country, Example, First, Nations, Protest, Testing, Tests, United)

"There are all kinds of letters and protests that come from, not surprisingly, Japanese fishermen, the fishermen's wives; there are student groups, all different types of people; the protest against the Americans' use of the Pacific for nuclear testing."
- Martha Smith
(Related: People, Americans, Fishermen, Letters, Protest, Testing, Wives)

"In Japan, it becomes a huge issue in terms of not just the government and its protest against the United States, but all different groups and all different peoples in Japan start to protest."
- Martha Smith
(Related: Government, Protest, states, United)

"My father was Catholic, my mother was Protestant, and because of that I got Christened in both churches, so I've got all these names... but my Dad always called me Mick."
- Mickey Spillane
(Related: Dad, Mother, Father, Churches, Names)

"The rise of National Socialism is the protest of a people against a State that denies the right to work."
- Gregor Strasser
(Related: Work, People, Protest, Right, Socialism, State)

"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
(Related: Arguments, Being, Flying, Space)

"Were British protesters, armed with little more than a frisbee and a bag of plastic toy soldiers, really in danger of being shot by the US military in Gloucestershire?"
- Mark Thomas
(Related: Being, Danger, Military, Soldiers)

"In the polls, over 80% support the right to die and have done for the last 25 years. Even 80% of practising Catholics and Protestants support it, plus 76% of Church Times readers."
- Polly Toynbee
(Related: Church, Right, Support, Years)

"I couldn't really relate to the fraternity or party scene, to the people out in the mall every day protesting one thing or another. I felt like there was no one I could relate to."
- Charlie Trotter
(Related: People, Day, Party)

"I do not see any reason why they should not be given the means to give their teachers just as high an education as is secured by attendance at the Protestant schools."
- Charles Tupper
(Related: Education, Reason, Schools, Teachers)

"The West German population would protest passionately if it knew what secret meetings between the federal chancellor, McCoy, and foreign and Nazi generals are planning."
- Walter Ulbricht
(Related: Meetings, Planning, Population, Protest)

"The monuments of the nations are all protests against nothingness after death; so are statues and inscriptions; so is history."
- Lew Wallace
(Related: History, Death, Monuments, Nations, Nothingness)

"Throughout the lead-up to the war, CNN worked hard to air all sides of the story. We had a regular segment called Voices of Dissent in which we spent time covering antiwar protests and interviewing those who were opposed to the war with Iraq."
- Jim Walton
(Related: Time, War, Dissent, Iraq)

"When people protest and are upset with a movie, it becomes a big hit. They hated Passion of The Christ, it worked out pretty well for the box office. So let's get that going."
- Denzel Washington
(Related: People, Christ, Office, Passion, Pretty, Protest)

"I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I've been closer to him for that reason."
- Elie Wiesel
(Related: Anger, Faith, God, Moments, Protest, Reason)

"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
(Related: Time, Injustice, May, Protest)

"My mother's illness fitted into this protest against the treatment of the sick who could not pay, the inefficiency of commercialism, the waste, the extravagance, and the poverty."
- Ellen Wilkinson
(Related: Mother, Commercialism, Extravagance, Illness, Inefficiency, Poverty, Protest, Treatment, Waste)

"Sometimes I think that I was forced to withdraw into depression because it was the only rightful protest I could throw in the face of a world that said it was alright for people to come and go as they please, that there were simply no real obligations left."
- Elizabeth Wurtzel
(Related: People, Depression, Protest, World)

"We didn't start out to make a protest record at all. That would have been too shallow. As usual, it was simply a case of absorbing what's going on around us."
- Thom Yorke
(Related: Protest)