41 Best Speaking Out Quotes And Sayings

While speaking out can be an intimidating (and scary) thing to do, it’s important to take action when someone is in the wrong. This is especially true in many cases when no one else will or can speak up for you. That’s why we’ve put together the best quotes about speaking out to inspire you when you need it most.

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I was going to die, sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you.. What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language." I began to ask each time: "What's the worst that could happen to me if I tell this truth?" Unlike women in other countries, our breaking silence is unlikely to have us jailed, "disappeared" or run off the road at night. Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever. Next time, ask: What's the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it's personal. And the world won't end. And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don't miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution." And at last you'll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking. . Audre Lorde
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My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you. But for every real word spoken, for every attempt I had ever made to speak those truths for which I am still seeking, I had made contact with other women while we examined the words to fit a world in which we all believed, bridging our differences. Audre Lorde
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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
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Yawns are not the only infectious things out there besides germs. Giggles can spread from person to person. So can blushing. But maybe the most powerful infectious thing is the act of speaking the truth. Vera Nazarian
Your voice could go to where your feet could not...
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Your voice could go to where your feet could not go. Sunday Adelaja
You are not entitled to stand or speak on behalf...
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You are not entitled to stand or speak on behalf of the people or society, except that you are already provoked. Sunday Adelaja
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Your voice may not be loud today or be heard today, but make sure you are still standing on your feet. Sunday Adelaja
Poverty is possible in every society because someone refused to...
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Poverty is possible in every society because someone refused to speak out. Sunday Adelaja
I'm a Prince of Wales Trust ambassador, so I'm all...
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I'm a Prince of Wales Trust ambassador, so I'm all about giving youth an education, a voice and a chance to not take the wrong road. Benedict Cumberbatch
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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
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And even when they refuse to listen, I'll keep talking anyway, hoping on a slim chance that the things inside my head are worth something to someone. Unknown
To say nothing is saying something. You must denounce things...
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To say nothing is saying something. You must denounce things you are against or one might believe that you support things you really do not. Germany Kent
It takes courage to stand up for yourself. I stand...
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It takes courage to stand up for yourself. I stand in honor, and no longer in fear of speaking out. Catherine Jane Fisher
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself....
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The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. Coco Chanel
This is slavery, not to speak one's thought.
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This is slavery, not to speak one's thought. Euripides
But no matter what happens, I spoke up, made a...
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But no matter what happens, I spoke up, made a voice for myself, freed from the haunting memories that have owned me for the last six years. I found my courage. Jessica Sorensen
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When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch. Bette Davis
I am strong and human with a mouth that works...
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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
Only by speaking out can we create lasting change. And...
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Only by speaking out can we create lasting change. And that change begins with coming out. DaShanne Stokes
Yes, you can make a difference! You can speak on...
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Yes, you can make a difference! You can speak on behalf of those who are voiceless. E.N. Supen