Best Quotes About Activist

The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river. -Ross Perot

The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that position be taken on current issues as they arise and the desire that one's contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time. -Angela Davis

It was wrongly assumed that I wished to become some sort of leader among gay activists, whereas in reality I was happier to be a foot soldier. -Ian Mckellen

The activists will not stop in trying to impose their extreme views on the rest of us, and they have now plotted out a state-by-state strategy to increase the number of judicial decisions redefining marriage without the voice of the people being heard. -Jim Bunning

When we criticize in Iran the actions of the government, the fundamentalists say that we and the Bush Administration are in the same camp. The funny thing is that human rights activists and Mr. Bush can never be situated in the same group. -Shirin Ebadi

As I look back over my life, before I had any real identity, I was a traveler. I grew up an Army brat, a runaway, an activist, and a musician. All my life I've been traveling. -Michelle Shocked

It's funny how most activists are pacifists. -Craig Bruce

It's funny how social activists usually protest against the only things that have a credible chance of achieving the activists' goals. -Craig Bruce

The place to find the explanation for the liberal-activist mindset of the courts is in the political arena. -Stockwell Day

I am a technological activist. I have a political agenda. I am in favor of basic human rights: to free speech, to use any information and technology, to purchase and use recreational drugs, to enjoy and purchase so-called 'vices', to be free of intruders, and to privacy. -Bram Cohen

I oppose the attempts of homosexual activists to treat homosexual activity as a civil right to be protected and promoted by the government. -Todd Akin

We've got activists all across the country like the members of the Million Mom March organization, some of their leaders are here tonight. We're phone banking congressional offices and pursuing editorial boards. -Michael D. Barnes

President Bush has a record of cutting taxes, has provided a prescription drug benefit for seniors, has upheld the Second Amendment and remains committed to stopping liberal activists judges who are redefining marriage. -Bill Shuster

Maya Angelou, the famous African American poet, historian, and civil rights activist who is hailed be many as one of the great voices of contemporary literature, believes a struggle only makes a person stronger. -Michael N. Castle

John Brown first swam into my vision in the 1960s when I was a political activist in the civil rights movement and the anti-war movement at Chapel Hill, where I went to university. -Russell Banks

The electronic media introduced this idea to the larger audience very, very quickly. We spent years and years and years meeting with activists all over Europe to lay the groundwork for a political response, as we did here. -Jeremy Rifkin

I want to praise activists through the years. I praise those of the past as well, to have them honored. -Studs Terkel

Someone who does an act. In a democratic society, you're supposed to be an activist; that is, you participate. It could be a letter written to an editor. -Studs Terkel

But as for activism, my parents did what they could, given the constraints, but were never involved in the causes I think of when I think of activists. -Paul Farmer

A growing and increasingly influential movement of philosophers, ethicists, law professors and activists are convinced that the great moral struggle of our time will be for the rights of animals. -Michael Pollan

An activist is someone who makes an effort to see problems that are not being addressed and then makes an effort to make their voice heard. Sometimes there are so many things that it's almost impossible to make your voice heard in every area, but you can sure try. -Joanne Woodward

Gay culture is surviving and thriving. Some activists believe the recent rise in homophobic violence might be a gauge of the success of positive gay images. -Lance Loud

I'm not an activist per se, but I have strong feelings about things. People can jump on celebrities for being ill-informed or naive, but I've got a right to say what I believe. -Ed Harris

I guess because the shows were activist in their own way – the marriage of my public activism and my career activism, you know – people understand me very well. They also understand there's a very strong bipartisan part in all of this. -Norman Lear

In these times, the hardest task for social or political activists is to find a way to get people to wonder again about what we all believe is true. The challenge is to sow doubt. -Lawrence Lessig

I have referred to myself as an accidental activist on more than one occasion. -Joan Blades

While 45 of the 50 States have either a State constitutional amendment or a statute that preserves the current definition of marriage, left-wing activist judges and officials at the local levels have struck down State laws protecting marriage. -John Boehner

Being a humanitarian, supporting animal rights activists, human rights activists, it's all the same. -Daryl Hannah

This activist loves Oregon more than he loves life. -Tom McCall

You all know I have terminal cancer-and I have a lot of it. But what you may not know is that stress induces its spread and induces its activity. Stress may even bring it on. Yet stress is the fuel of the activist. -Tom McCall

I've always been fascinated by activists, people who will devote their life to a cause, people who go to India and to Africa and put their life in jeopardy to do what they believe is right. -Rachel Weisz

I've never done anything else in my life other than preach and be an activist. Way before I was known. -Al Sharpton

I think the importance of doing activist work is precisely because it allows you to give back and to consider yourself not as a single individual who may have achieved whatever but to be a part of an ongoing historical movement. -Angela Davis

I think I'm an actor because I have very strong imagination and empathy. I never studied acting, but those two qualities are exactly the qualities that make for an activist. -Susan Sarandon

I believe people who practice their beliefs in daily life are activists. -Jasmine Guy

I can't remember when I wasn't an animal rights activist. -Ali MacGraw

An activist is one who is actively involved in creating community, whether that is locally in their neighborhood or internationally. It is an admirable quality. -Jasmine Guy

It's been important to me to be a good activist, a good thinker, a good musician, a good singer, and a good entertainer. You can't do it all, but I have walked those delicate lines as best I know how. -Holly Near

It is hard to see Judge Roberts as a judicial activist who would place ideological purity or a particular agenda above or ahead the need for thoughtful legal reasoning. -Ron Wyden

What Mr. Obama wants in a nominee isn't really 'empathy' and 'understanding.' He wants a liberal, activist Supreme Court justice. -Karl Rove

Howard Dean is not the first politician to distort facts in his own interests. But many activists in the party he now leads are puzzled over what he thinks he is accomplishing politically. Is it good politics to contend that Iraq was better off under Saddam Hussein than even a flawed Islamic republic? -Robert Novak

The folks celebrating Jim Bunning are seeing him as an anti-government, anti-spending activist. But to embrace Jim Bunning is to embrace a strange record, if you really are a libertarian, if you really are a deficit hawk, if you really care about spending and responsibility. -Rachel Maddow

I call it small government, grass-roots activism: The Tea Party activists are a part of it, FreedomWorks is part of it. FreedomWorks is the longest-standing, most active organization within this movement. -Dick Armey

A wingnut is someone on the far-right wing or far-left wing of the political spectrum – the professional partisans, the unhinged activists and the paranoid conspiracy theorists. They're the people who always try to divide rather than unite us. -John Avlon

I believe that the far-right and the far-left can be equally insane – but there's no question that in the first years of the Obama administration, the far-right has been far crazier. In part, this comes from parties being out of power – without the responsibility of governing to ground them, the activists and the ideologues take over. -John Avlon

My mother, for the last 20 years anyway, would not call herself a Marxist but a human rights activist. -Joely Richardson

I was one of those kids who wanted to do everything, I wanted to be a marine biologist, an actress, a writer, an environmentalist, an activist. -Kristin Kreuk

I am an activist. I have a really big pulpit with my fiction and I love knowing that I can make people think. -Jodi Picoult

We can all become activists and raise questions. -Soleil Moon Frye

During the summer of 2009, conservative activists turned up the heat on Democratic politicians to protest the innovation-destroying, liberty-usurping Obamacare mandate. In the summer of 2012, it's squishy Republican politicians who deserve the grassroots flames. -Michelle Malkin

I'm an activist for gay marriage equality and children's rights. I'm the face of Share Our Strength. -Sandra Lee

If 2,000 Tea Party activists descended on Wall Street, you would probably have an equal number of reporters there covering them. -Amy Goodman

I've been an activist in the LGBT community for a long time. I think nothing's changed, I'm just a little bit more focused on the 'T' now than I was on the 'L' or the 'G.' -Chaz Bono

Obviously the transgender movement has not progressed in the way that the gay and lesbian movement has. But I'm an activist – that's just the kind of person I am. -Chaz Bono

I was an activist long before I even entertained the possibility of being an actor. -William Baldwin

You know, I was a community activist, so I'm used to standing out in front of an elected official's office and protesting. -Karen Bass

I have been a lifelong community activist and frankly did not dream of being in public office. -Karen Bass

Marcus Samuelsson is a chef who inspires me everyday. He has such a deep understanding of flavors and techniques. His food is representative of the diverse world that we live in. What he has done in Harlem with Red Rooster is very special. Marcus is not just a chef, he's a food activist. -Aaron Sanchez

I join with Governor Rick Snyder and thousands of grassroots supporters and activists from across the state of Michigan in asking you all to please help me in supporting Pete Hoekstra, who I am proud to endorse. He will be our next United States senator. -Candice S. Miller

The grass roots are energized because the absolutely highest priority in the country in November is to defeat Barack Obama. I have spoken with literally thousands and thousands of tea-party activists – I have yet to meet a single tea-party leader that is not going to vote for Mitt Romney. -Ted Cruz

I was not an activist. -Joe Biden

On behalf of NARAL Pro-Choice America – and our one million member activists – I am honored to be here to talk to you about what's at stake for women in 2012. I am proud to say that the Democratic Party believes that women have the right to choose a safe, legal abortion with dignity and privacy. -Nancy Keenan

I'm not an activist; I don't look for controversy. I'm not a political person, but I'm a person with compassion. I care passionately about equal rights. I care about human rights. I care about animal rights. -Ellen DeGeneres

Too often, the Democratic Party has been split between its grass-roots activists on one side and its elected officials and party leaders on the other. It's important to remember: We need both wings to fly. -Jim Hunt

I know the activists I deal with, we sort of try and check each other to make sure that we haven't gone native, that you come to Washington thinking it's a cesspool, you don't want to end up thinking it's really a hot tub and getting used to it. So that's something one has to keep an eye on all the time. -Grover Norquist

I see myself as a climber and an activist. -Alain Robert

As long as people are living their truth or their vision, whether they're activists or not, that's the important thing. -Serj Tankian

I'm not an activist. I'm trying to get off the whole atheist racket. -Julia Sweeney

You can't always measure the effects of activist work; you just have to wish and pray that the message gets through. -Yoko Ono

It's just impossible to ignore the activists in your party. These are the people who stuff the envelopes, and walk the precincts, and make the telephone calls, and do all the so-called grunt work that brings about a successful campaign. -Pat Robertson

I'm a dad, I'm a husband, I'm an activist, I'm a writer and I'm just a student of the world. -Michael J. Fox

I've tried to lead a progressive, activist government. -Dalton McGuinty

People are always wondering if I am an artist or political activist or politician. Maybe I'll just clearly tell you: Whatever I do is not art. Let's say it is just objects or materials, movies or writing, but not art, OK? -Ai Weiwei

Most people who are activists and are concerned about issues get their information from sources which reinforce their opinions and give them the facts that they want to hear. -Barney Frank

Gay activists claim that because I don't subscribe to their political agenda, I am a homophobe, meaning I have a mental disorder – because that is what phobias are. -Laura Schlessinger

For us political activists and candidates, the morning after any election is a mix of emotions – the personal and the immediate, the culmination of your own recent campaigning efforts; and the fortunes of your party and the success or otherwise of what you stand for and believe in. -Lucy Powell

We start 'The Butler' in June and that's incredibly exciting for me because I get to work with the amazing Forest Whitaker again. It's a phenomenal script and a great, great role – I play his son. Oprah Winfrey is his wife and my mother. My character is a radical civil rights activist. -David Oyelowo

Most Tea Party activists consider Obama a big-spending liberal. Some even question his eligibility to be president. -Ron Fournier

Do you force your kids to pay attention to what's going on, or do you let them live their lives outside of it? My hope is that my child is a strong activist. That would make me most proud. -Eddie Vedder

The most passionately anti-Obama Republican politicians and activists consider themselves the truest and purest of conservatives, and often unleash their scorn and fury on others who also call themselves conservative but differ on strategy and tactics. -John Podhoretz

If there are activists in Cosas and they do poorly academically, then they would be cited as examples as to why others should not be in Cosas. -Kgalema Motlanthe

I get called all kinds of things – an investigative comedian, a comedian activist – I've lost track of what my job title is. -Mark Thomas

You know what the problem that animal activists sometimes have? They only concentrate on the heartbreaking things to the point where the general public thinks, 'Oh, here comes those animal folks again and I'm going to hear all the things I don't want to hear.' -Betty White

The primary thing I should do, apart from being a good husband, brother, son, and friend, is to be a citizen activist. But I'm afraid it takes away from the writing. Not that anything depends on whether I put an essay in 'The Nation' or not. But you want to participate. -Tony Kushner

The role of social media is critical because it helps to spread cognitive dissonance by connecting thought leaders and activists to ordinary citizens rapidly expanding the network of people who become willing to take action. -Simon Mainwaring

Unfortunately, I don't think I can call myself an activist because I don't really do enough of anything. -Merritt Wever

Portland is a place where you can find a community as a feminist, a vegan or a fat activist. Artists, musicians, knitters, and filmmakers can all meet like-minded souls. It's proved the perfect place for me and all my punk friends. -Beth Ditto

I don't have one role that I want to play. I guess… I want to be a producer. I want to be an activist. I want to be proactive in bringing about work for men, women, boys, girls, everybody who is good at what they do and deserve a shot at it. -Octavia Spencer

Democratic politicians, liberal activists and liberal news outlets routinely deploy incendiary rhetoric and wicked accusations to marginalize Republicans. -Gary Bauer

I'm not an activist. -Werner Herzog

I'm always the one with the activist friends. I've been an activist very little. -Peter Carey

Mark Ruffalo, aka the Incredible Hulk, is the natural gas industry's worst nightmare: a serious, committed activist who is determined to use his star power as a superhero in the hottest movie of the moment to draw attention the environmental and public health risks of fracking. -Jeff Goodell

Maybe more climate activists will think about the climate change not as an international problem to be resolved in an air-conditioned meeting hall, but as a guerilla war to be fought in the streets. -Jeff Goodell

Have we failed to slow global warming pollution in part because climate and environmental activists have been too polite and well behaved? -Jeff Goodell

I'm not a gay rights activist. -ASAP Rocky

On the one hand I follow a vocation because I have an ability that I should exercise, but I want to use it for a reason, because I don't see that the freedoms that I enjoy are God-given realities. So I have a very healthy, activist general tension in me which feels that no, this is not gratuitous, it is important to keep this in focus. -Wolfgang Tillmans

Animal rights activists talk about cruelty and torture, some backing their assertions by publishing out-of-date photographs of 'experiments' banned long ago. This is a misrepresentation. The work we do is performed with compassion, care, humanity and humility. I have never seen an animal suffer pain. -Robert Winston

Over the years, HIV/AIDS activists and their allies have been pioneers in creating new frontiers in the medical establishment. Through their efforts, the FDA drug approval procedures were reformed so promising new therapies could reach desperate patients quicker. -David Mixner

The Rio Earth Summit in 1992 changed my life completely, turning me into an activist. From the air, you see things you can't see from the ground – you really understand the impact of man, even in a place you know well. My work is meant to convince people we can no longer live like this. -Yann Arthus-Bertrand

I won't use abortion as a litmus test with a pro-choice individual. Someone that is an activist on the abortion issue, I think, goes outside the pale, and I cannot support an activist on the abortion issue. -Ken Buck

I think there's a green side to John Kerry, if you like, that he's an environmental activist. His record on the environment is as best as you have on a pro-environment record of anybody in the U.S. Senate. -Douglas Brinkley

I had been an activist on the issue of HIV, primarily in the African American and Latino communities here in the U.S. for many years. It was horrifying to me how the pandemic was raging right here in this country but no one was talking about it. -Gloria Reuben

In my work as an actress and an activist, I've spent many years working with low income communities and people of color who don't always have a voice in our political process. -Gloria Reuben

Writers who are activists are very rarely taken seriously as artists. -Larry Kramer

It's really important to me to promote worthy causes. But not in a heavy, obligatory, responsibility way. I really admired that as a kid, learning about the 'Elton John AIDS Foundation.' And I was obsessed with The Indigo Girls. And they are the consummate activist group, always reaching out, especially to Native causes and things like that. -Brandi Carlile

I've been involved in social activism my entire life, and I would argue that many people involved in social activist movements have done very little work on themselves. -Eve Ensler

I'm an animal rights activist because I believe we won't have a planet if we continue to behave toward other species the way we do. -James Cromwell

I'm a writer, not an activist. My job is to analyse things, to think them through and examine them. -Ariel Levy

The world you live in is not a given; much of what is best in it has been built through the struggles of passionate activists over the last centuries. They won us many freedoms and protected many beauties. Count those gifts among your growing heap. -Rebecca Solnit

I hadn't planned on being an activist. -Eric Schlosser

When you sign on to be an activist in northwest Montana, people in the grocery store will avoid eye contact, particularly if they're hanging out with outspoken opponents to your views. -Rick Bass

I want to be an activist professor. -Tariq Ramadan

It's pretty rare to have CEOs or high level executives at big companies who are social activists. They tend not to be drawn to those areas of life. -Jerry Greenfield

I suppose I am one: an activist – for animals and a vegan lifestyle. I hear that word, however, and look around to see if someone is indeed referring to me. -Victoria Moran

I don't have the activist temperament. I like listening to divergent points of view and hearing people out. I like getting along. I even like being liked, although activists of any stripe should get rid of that handicap at the outset. -Victoria Moran

Political activists of all stripes are usually a wacky bunch, and never more so than in a system like Britain's, where power is effected via the quiescence of the electorate as much as its convictions. -Will Self

I have a big passion about civil rights for everyone – whoever is being downtrodden at the moment, it doesn't matter: racial discrimination or sexual orientation or gender. Whatever it is, I'm there. I think I was a born civil rights activist. I can't stand the smashing of a community. It's not fair and it's not right. -Pauley Perrette

I was with – he wasn't the president then, but – Barack Obama, when he was running, in Washington, during Black Congressional Caucus Weekend, and did a panel about global warming with him. It was almost as if I switched careers for a while, and became a political activist. -Lawrence Bender

I coach a high school wrestling team and a middle school team. I consider myself a coach and an activist, so I'm really involved in the community. -Nate Parker

As the son of a union activist and a lifelong Democrat, I've always thought that privatizing our public schools is not the answer. We must strengthen public schools. -Eli Broad

O.K., helplessness is repugnant to me, as a father, as a piece of protoplasm. My parents were activists. I don't believe you can't do anything. -Marshall Brickman

I want to be a lawyer, a dancer, an actress, a mother, a wife, a children's author, a distance runner, a poet, a pianist, a pet store owner, an astronaut, an environmental and humanitarian activist, a psychiatrist, a ballet teacher, and the first woman president. -Rachel Corrie

People get cranky when you burst their bubble. Over time, advances in astronomy have relentlessly reinforced the utter insignificance of Earth on a celestial scale. Fortunately, political and religious leaders stopped barbecuing astronomers for saying so, turning their spits with human-rights activists instead. -Nathan Myhrvold

I first bought a Buffy Sainte-Marie record when I was 12, and her music has always remained with me. In the 1960s, as a political activist, Buffy's lyrics were fearless, and I'm very grateful for all the risks that she took. -Morrissey

People may be prepared to buy services from Apple and Amazon if they feel these companies do a good job, but we need to ensure that we can speak up when our content is used by other people for their profit. An activist amateur culture will constantly challenge and say, 'This is mine, you're not doing that with it.' -Charles Leadbeater

Citizen activists look in the mirror, see what they're really good at and then apply their talents to solving social problems. It's skills-based volunteering. -Jonathan Tisch

Bioethics has hardened into an activist ideology that pervades the medical world, the schools, and government. -John Leo

I don't want to play these games of statistics any more; I have done that. I don't want to be imprisoned by that, or by the morality that is expected of activists. I have never been that pristine person, that role model. -Arundhati Roy

I have 2 million Twitter followers. Some of those people are also yogis and activists and people who really go out and make a difference. I do as much as I can with my voice. It's effortless in some cases. I try to remind everybody that they have that kind of voice. -Russell Simmons

Collectively, we activists are essential to advancing U.S. policy to help empower marginalized people to lift themselves and their communities out of poverty for good. -Michael Franti

In part, slacktivism is what happens when the energy of otherwise dedicated activists is wasted on approaches that are less effective than the alternatives. -Evgeny Morozov

To me, the success of the cyberactivists in Tunisia is actually very interesting, because many of them explicitly rejected any support from Washington. -Evgeny Morozov

Two presidents pursued human rights policies that were serious and effective: Reagan and George W. Bush. They understood that American support for human rights activists is a moral imperative for us and also makes the world safer for us. -Elliott Abrams

In every capitalist economy there are anti-capitalist movements, activists, and even political parties; in a way, that there are no longer anti-democratic movements, activists, and parties. -Geoff Mulgan

With increasing fervor since the 1980s, sustainability has been the watchword of scientists, environmental activists, and indeed all those concerned about the complex, fragile systems on the sphere we inhabit. It has shaped debates about business, design, and our lifestyles. -Jamais Cascio

When I hear the words 'activist filmmaking,' I think of somebody who's an activist, who wants to prove a particular point. -Jehane Noujaim

I'm an artist, I'm not an activist. -Shirin Neshat

I find myself walking these lines. Like I might be an artist, but I also might be an activist. And I'm trying to be both in a way that honors both and doesn't stray too far into either. -Chris Jordan

If I wanted to take a more activist or journalistic slant in work, I should probably just go be an activist or a journalist. But I'm happy being a comedian. -John Oliver

I think Mr. Cosby has always been very much an activist and a big proponent of African-American pride. That's how 'The Cosby Show' came about. I think in his older years, he has gotten a lot more direct and vocal about it. But I think he only wants the best for all of us. -Keshia Knight Pulliam

I have an activist's desire to improve people's lives. -Bill de Blasio

Being an activist is about getting things done. It's not about standing around shaking your fist in anger. -Christine Quinn

I was raised with no religious training or influence. Except the influence was to be a moral and ethical person at the secular level. And to be a peace marcher, an activist for civil rights, peace and justice. -Anne Lamott

I and you and everyone else has to be a political activist. -Michael Moore

I see so many activists… who are artists because they feel that they have the power of communication. -Yoko Ono

As a writer and sometime activist who needs to promote my books and articles and occasionally rally people to one cause or another, I found Facebook fast and convenient. Though I never really used it to socialize, I figured it was OK to let other people do that, and I benefited from their behavior. -Douglas Rushkoff

We must always refill and ensure there is a critical mass of leaders and activists committed to nonviolence and racial and economic justice who will keep seeding and building transforming movements. -Marian Wright Edelman

I don't want to spend all my time working as an activist. I don't get satisfaction out of it. I'd rather be doing something else. I'm a musician. -Serj Tankian

My father was a physicist and also an activist. My first public protest was with my dad at Stanford. I came by all that honestly. -Joan Baez

Social media is not just another way to connect feminist and activist voices – it amplifies our messages as well. -Jessica Valenti

I would be an activist but never a politician. As an activist, nobody owns you. -Sinbad

If I focus on being an activist and my job is to be a rapper, I'm not going to be as good of a rapper. I need to focus on hip-hop and focus on making the music, so that when the activists come to me and they need my voice to create a platform, then I've got enough people listening to me. Not because I'm conscious, but because I'm dope. -Talib Kweli

Journalists are simply leftists disguised as reporters. They're political activists disguised as reporters. -Rush Limbaugh

I don't want to offend people and I don't want to be mean, but social commentary and comedy for me are part and parcel. I think the greatest social activists are comedians. -Alanis Morissette

At a certain point, we saw the police cracking down on the Occupy Wall Street activists. I won't call the actions of police appropriate or inappropriate. -Vladimir Putin

I really encourage people to travel so we can see how the rest of the world views our country. That's really important. Secondly, as artists, activists, and citizens who vote, we have to begin to vote from our heart. -Michael Franti

As a chef and activist, I'm particularly concerned with food politics issues such as the farm bill. -Marcus Samuelsson

I've been on both sides: the victim and the villain. I was the victimised model, and everything from my weight to my fertility was held up for discussion. And then I was the person that could garner some kind of positive outcome, by taking on the role of vice chairman of the British Fashion Council and becoming an activist of body image. -Erin O'Connor

There is not a special imposition on writers to be activists. All that does is encourage writers to write propaganda. Propaganda can be written by anybody, including dictators. -Wole Soyinka

I'm so glad I didn't become a doctor, because I do more than any doctor can do. I am an administrator, a CEO, doctor, psychiatrist, an activist, a campaign funder. I think I did well. -Dikembe Mutombo

When they put me in jail, that's when they turned me into an activist. Up until the time I went to jail, I was just a comedian. -Tommy Chong

Every time a pundit or elected official is on any TV news program, it should be a polite formality to mention that GE has made such and such billions off the war in Iraq by selling arms or that Murdoch is a right-wing activist with a clear stake in who wins and who taxes his profits the least. -Adam McKay

Women are in positions of power the most radical of activists could only dream of in 1960. -Cathleen Schine

'Generation Food' is a collaboration between myself and author/activist Raj Patel that will tell stories about efforts around the world to try to solve the food crisis – through a documentary, a book, a website and mobile apps. -Steve James

When the Transportation Security Administration adopted body scanners at airports, activists wrote the Fourth Amendment on their underwear in metallic paint readable by the new devices. -Dana Priest

I was proud to march beside some of the most notable Civil Rights activists, such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Joseph L. Rauh, Jr., from Selma to Montgomery. -Charles B. Rangel

I'm a proud vegan, whistle-blower, and animal rights activist. -Steve-O

Shareholder activism works when activists understand something about the characteristics of the business that the board doesn't. -Ben Horowitz

Good shareholder activists have incredible interest in the company because they own a lot of it. -Ben Horowitz

Mum has always been a huge anti-war activist. She would go off to protest and get arrested. I have her passion, but it is not for politics. I am much more interested in psychology. It's more my job and my natural inclination. -Joan Cusack

My mother was really involved with the Refusenik campaign with Soviet Union Jews. They would come and stay at our house, some of them, after they managed to get out of the Soviet Union at the time. There were things that were Jewish-related happening in my house quite consistently, but it was much more from a kind of activist standpoint. -Noreena Hertz

My mom was an environmental activist in Australia in the late '60s and '70s, and I guess I've inherited that awareness from her. -Robin McLeavy

When I first put my hat in the ring, several very tried and true and loyal Democratic activists from our community said, 'What? She's not a Democrat. She's a Republican.' I took that as a compliment, you know, that people didn't necessarily know what my ideology might be because I wasn't driven by that. -Wendy Davis

If caught early, Lyme is easily treated with antibiotics. But activists, and many researchers, have long contended that tens of thousands of people remain unaware that they have been infected – sometimes for years, during which the bacterium can spread to the heart, nervous system, and brain. -Michael Specter

One of the problems of organizing in the North, in the rich countries, is that people tend to think – even the activists – that instant gratification is required. You constantly hear: 'Look I went to a demonstration, and we didn't stop the war so what's the use of doing it again?' -Noam Chomsky

After the ignominious collapse of the Copenhagen global climate change summit in 2009, Bolivia organised a People's Summit with 35,000 participants from 140 countries – not just representatives of governments, but also civil society and activists. -Noam Chomsky

Enslaving each other was what human beings had done for ages. And the abolitionist movement was greeted with incredulity. Conservative spokesmen ridiculed the abolitionists as liberals, progressives, do-gooders, meddlers, and activists. -Paul Hawken

I've become an animal rights activist. -Steve Wynn

I don't think we need political activists on the Supreme Court or any other level of court. -Dick Mountjoy

When trouble strikes, which it always does – bad economy, bad quarter, activists, takeover – when trouble strikes, those board members who don't understand or are not committed are not helpful. -Carol Bartz

President Bush met repeatedly with human rights activists and freedom fighters from all over the world to give them encouragement and protection and to advance their cause. -Elliott Abrams

Actually, I never really look at myself as a real radical activist; I am more the conservative. I mean, the conservatives are trying to conserve; the radicals are destroying the planet. -Paul Watson

I'm not an activist. -Robbie Robertson

I had always been interested in politics. I had assumed, for a variety of – well, for two reasons, being Jewish and being gay back in the late '50s, early '60s – that I would never be elected or anything, but I would participate as an activist. -Barney Frank

As discomfiting as it is to both market optimists and policy activists, a certain amount of instability is inherent to the economy. -Virginia Postrel

The Arab spring that began in 2010 was driven by the educated youth who were connected to the outside world. They had visions of liberal politics derived from social networks. They used innovative means to spread awareness and to network among activists. -Wadah Khanfar

I think of some of my friends who have passed to the spirit world but are who here with me when I go to events and when I walk in my own community. My sisters, Ingred, my sister Marsha, and my sister Nielock. All cofounders of the Indigenous Women's Network with me. All long time women activists in the native community. -Winona LaDuke

I used to go to some Harvard parties with my athlete friends, and they would introduce me as 'Winona, the Indian activist.' It made me uncomfortable. I felt like a novelty. -Winona LaDuke

There are many cases of activists having their Facebook pages and accounts deactivated at critical times, when they are right in the middle of a campaign or organising a demonstration. -Rebecca MacKinnon

While sanctions against Iran and Syria are intended to constrain those countries' governments, they have had the unfortunate side effect of constraining activists' access to free online software and services used widely across the Middle East, including browsers, online chat applications, and online storage services. -Rebecca MacKinnon

Political activists in Hong Kong and Taiwan use Facebook as their primary tool to mobilize support for their causes and activities. -Rebecca MacKinnon

On March 5, 2011, protesters stormed the Egyptian state security headquarters. In real time, activists shared their discoveries on Twitter as they moved through a building that had until recently been one of the Mubarak regime's largest torture facilities. -Rebecca MacKinnon

Social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter should be urged to adhere to business practices that maximize the safety of activists using their platforms. -Rebecca MacKinnon

The Tunisian blogger and activist Sami Ben Gharbia has written passionately about how U.S. government involvement in grassroots digital spaces can endanger those who are already vulnerable to accusations by nasty regimes of acting as foreign agents. -Rebecca MacKinnon

It takes a strong stomach and a thick skin to be a female activist fighting online censorship in Pakistan. -Rebecca MacKinnon

As in Pakistan, Tunisian and Egyptian human rights activists are concerned that any censorship mechanisms, once put in place, will inevitably be abused for political purposes no matter what censorship proponents claim to the contrary. -Rebecca MacKinnon

Though some student activists of the 1960s may have idolized Alinsky, he didn't particularly idolize them. -Bill Dedman

Can a conservative work safely and soundly in a union environment – in a shop filled with union workers, activists, voters and life-long supporters of the Democrat Party? You betcha. -Joe Wurzelbacher

I want to state clearly that I am a humanitarian, not an activist. I do not follow any agendas – only that of humanity, not only in Saudi Arabia, but all over the world. -Basmah bint Saud

I think Syria is often covered by phone. You have to talk to activists. You have to try to read the tea leaves. You have to talk to government officials. It's remote-control reporting in a way. -Anthony Shadid

I see courage everywhere I go in Africa. Fearless human rights activists in Darfur. Women peace advocates in eastern Congo. Former child soldiers in Northern Uganda who now are helping other former child soldiers return to civilian life. -John Prendergast

I love biographies. I read Patti Smith's 'Just Kids.' I'm into that time frame in New York, the '70s and '80s. In art school, I read 'Close to the Knives,' the autobiography of the artist and AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz. -Barry McGee

For decades, activist shareholders were an entertaining, but largely ignored, Wall Street sideshow. Disgruntled investors would attend annual meetings to harangue executives, criticize strategies – and protest that their complaints were being ignored. -Charles Duhigg

If you want to call me an activist attorney general, I will proudly accept that label. -Eric Holder

Any attorney general who is not an activist is not doing his or her job. -Eric Holder

I have never been an activist for anything. -Jim Parsons

What America is thirsting for now is a battalion of strong, down-to-earth 'doers' – managers, frontline activists, business and social entrepreneurs engaged in tackling America's manifold problems of unemployment, education, and competitive slouch. -Tina Brown

If peace activists really want to make changes, they have to start putting intense pressure on their elected officials. Of course, everything should be non-violent, because we are trying to create a peaceful world, and violence can't produce peace – no matter what George W. Bush and his buddies say. -Cindy Sheehan

Islamic fundamentalism in its activist manifestation is bad news. Religious fundamentalism in general is bad news. We know about religious fundamentalism in South Africa. Calvinist fundamentalism has been an unmitigated force of benightedness in our history. -J. M. Coetzee

I was raised in a very activist household so that I grew up surrounded by people who were activists. -Pearl Cleage

Judge Sotomayor is a liberal judicial activist of the first order who thinks her own personal political agenda is more important that the law as written. -Wendy Long

I feel like being an artist and being an activist are separate things; I know some people who feel very differently. -Oscar Isaac

When the Taliban took over in 1996, the news of their crimes hit the Toronto papers. As a feminist and as an anti-war activist, I heard about what was happening to women, and I wanted to do something to support those folks. -Deborah Ellis

My mother's husband Harry Bloom was a writer, a novelist, a reporter, and an anti-apartheid activist. -Orlando Bloom

There's no shortage of great young activists. -Gloria Steinem

I was a Republican because I thought that those were the people who best supported markets. I think that is not true anymore. I was a Republican at a time when I felt like there was a problem that the markets were under a lot more strain. It worried me whether or not the government played too activist a role. -Elizabeth Warren

Indeed, while so much in education reform can divide activists into warring camps, expanding learning time unites reformers around a shared vision of bringing excellence and breadth to our nation's most impoverished and struggling schools. -Chris Gabrieli

Physical access is one of the very first issues disability rights activists of the 1960s and '70s fought for. -Stella Young

My outspoken beliefs have been embraced, but I don't consider myself an activist. Maybe people consider me as that, but it's not anything outrageous or bad I can't live with. -Burning Spear

For every reader and writer of steampunk fiction, there are probably hundreds or thousands of other activists who gleefully embrace some non-written manifestation of the steampunk ethos. -Paul Di Filippo

The activists play the balance sheet by selling a division to buy back stock and leveraging the balance sheet and buying back more stock. -Nelson Peltz

I didn't wake up and decide to become an activist. But you couldn't help notice the inequities, the injustices. It was all around you. -Yuri Kochiyama

I have spent all my life advocating on behalf of the poor, oppressed and marginalized. As a social justice and human rights activist, and now as President of the Republic of Malawi, I have a deep appreciation for the challenges of those on the margins of society. -Joyce Banda

Rosa Parks' entire career has been one as working as a civil rights activist. -Douglas Brinkley

My early years as a political activist were dominated by the poll tax. -Nicola Sturgeon

If a doctor said you had stomach cancer, would you consult Rush Limbaugh for a second opinion? Of course, that sounds like nonsense, but many Americans have no qualms about listening to political commentators and untrained activists when it comes to even more complex scientific questions. -Kurt Eichenwald

I spent ridiculous amounts of time as an activist and volunteer and was a teacher for 20 years. -Johann Lamont

Progressive activists are angry that a Medicare-for-all single-payer approach was totally ignored during the health care debate. -Bernie Sanders

Since the start of the Occupy Wall Street movement, CODEPINK activists have joined the frontlines of the non-violent Occupy movement across the country. -Jodie Evans

The pact creating a North American free-trade zone was President Bill Clinton's signature accomplishment; but NAFTA is also the bugaboo of union leaders, grassroots activists and Midwesterners who blame free trade for the factory closings they see in their hometowns. -Nina Easton

In the fall of 1996, I sat inside weekly strategy meetings of conservative activists as part of research for my book, 'Gang of Five,' chronicling the rise of the baby-boomer Right. -Nina Easton

I've always had an interest in complicating the way that we perceive the black character, whether it's the black academic or scholar or activist or black intellectual. -Rashid Johnson

In the U.K., a lot of writers won't show up to support activist issues because they figure they're already repairing the world. I don't want to be one of those people. -Jim Crace

Ai Weiwei, who is both a widely admired conceptual artist and a fearless human-rights activist, has been on the bad side of the Chinese government for years. -Terry Teachout

When I was researching the Victorian anti-vaccination movement, those activists often used a vampire as a metaphor for the vaccinator. -Eula Biss

We know about the socially complex lives of elephants: how they communicate, how they bond, how they even seem to grieve. We have ethologists in the field and activists on the ground to thank for that knowledge. -K. A. Applegate

I am not a lobbyist. I am not a political activist. I am not a leader, as far as I'm concerned. -Jose Antonio Vargas

I am more than an immigration activist. -Jose Antonio Vargas

I feel really privileged that I've been able to be an activist and a musician for over 20 years now, and I've always been able to say whatever I want. I think that's something we Americans really take for granted, but it's a big deal, and it's not something most people in the world are able to do. -Corin Tucker

'The Red' is the first book in a trilogy that gained a big following as a self-published e-book, and is now out in paper from Saga. It introduces us to reluctant hero Shelley, a former anti-war activist who chooses to join the military rather than serve jail time after being arrested at a protest. -Annalee Newitz

Inspired by Alex Haley's 'Roots,' at the age of 11 I began a handwritten Middle Passage story called 'Lawdy, Lawdy, Make Us Free.' I was raised by civil rights activists with a very strong sense of racial history and consciousness. -Tananarive Due

We need to protect our wilderness areas and national parks. Everywhere you travel, you see blight, denuded mountains, logging. If people know what's going on, they'll become activists to safeguard those places. -Christie Brinkley

Mr. Soros, the chairman of Soros Fund Management, is best-known as a speculator, philanthropist and political activist. He made a fortune by doing things such as betting against Britain's currency in 1992 and Thailand's in 1997. A Hungarian refugee, he has spent millions to promote democracy and learning in post-Soviet nations. -Greg Ip

I think to many people the term 'activist film' implies a film with a single point of view – something designed to provoke outrage and urge action on a particular issue – sort of the film equivalent of a rally. 'If a Tree Falls' is not that kind of film. -Marshall Curry

All that I am is me. So I'm not really a poet or a writer or an actor or an activist; I'm me, and these are things that I do. -John Trudell

From activist stage, I just spoke and said whatever I had to say. When the writing started, I would just read it. Then I had the interest into going into musical aspects. When that happened in '86, I liked the result of work we did in the studio. -John Trudell

My mother was an activist; so was my father. They came from a generation of young Somalis who were actively involved in getting independence for Somalia in 1960. -Iman

Every senator needs to stand up and represent their constituents – not big business, not the ACLU, not activist groups, not political interests, but the American interests, the workers' interests. -Jeff Sessions

I've called myself an accidental activist because I came to it not on purpose. -Jenny Slate

I've been an activist since my late teens. I take this very seriously and try to use the gift that's been given to me – access to the media – as positively as I can. -George Takei

According to Colombia's respected Escuela Nacional Sindical, as of April 2015, 105 union activists had been executed in the four years since Clinton's free-trade treaty went into effect. That's just trade unionists. -Greg Grandin

Berta Caceres, a Lenca woman, grew up during the violence that swept through Central America in the 1980s. Her mother, a midwife and social activist, took in and cared for refugees from El Salvador, teaching her young children the value of standing up for disenfranchised people. -Greg Grandin

Environmental activists in the rough Antarctic seas have launched a new tool in the fight to stop a Japanese operation to kill hundreds of whales: remote-controlled drones. -Jonathan Franklin

Unpledged delegates exist really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don't have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists. -Debbie Wasserman Schultz

We are, as a Democratic Party, really highlight and emphasize inclusiveness and diversity at our convention, and so we want to give every opportunity to grass-roots activists and diverse committed Democrats to be able to participate, attend, and be a delegate at the convention. -Debbie Wasserman Schultz

It's been vindicating to see the reaction from lawmakers, judges, public bodies around the world, civil liberties activists who have said it's true that we have a right to at least know the broad outlines of what our government's doing in our name and what it's doing against us. -Edward Snowden

A highly visible, shared identity can help bring activists from different backgrounds together with a common sense of purpose and push for change more effectively – from the global stage to within their own communities and families. -Efua Dorkenoo

Part of the mystique of blogs is their protean quality: They work both sides of the divide between politics and media, further blurring the already fuzzy distinctions between reporter, pundit, political operative, activist, and citizen. -George Packer

WikiLeaks is not a news organization; it is a cell of activists that is releasing information designed to embarrass people in power. -George Packer

I have been asking if I'm an activist or a journalist. And my answer is very simple. I'm just a journalist who asks questions. -Jorge Ramos

There can be no activist judges from any political party. -Mauricio Macri

My hope is that 'The New World Haggadah' will open a new world for readers who will see our heritage through a multilingual prism. I wanted to feature medieval and renaissance authors, resistance in World War II, crypto-Jews and activists during the Dirty War in Latin America, songs of protest, and songs of hope. -Ilan Stavans

I don't necessarily see myself as an activist, running down the street and knocking at every door. -Rula Ghani

It was humbling to play Mark Ashton. He was a political activist and a humanist, and there is incredible conviction in his vision. But when you're telling a political story, humour is crucial; otherwise, it can be in danger of becoming a bit preachy, and the audience can feel like they've got an agenda coming full steam at them. -Ben Schnetzer

I'm a head coach. I'm not a politician, an activist, or an expert on societal issues. -Jeff Fisher

You must become an activist if you are going to live the natural life. -Clarissa Pinkola Estes

I guess patriarchal stereotypes have, as is true for most people, created painful moments in my life. As a result, I'm an activist. I'm for women's rights, children's rights, human rights, animal rights. I want to be part of the solutions to try to correct imbalance. And 'Westworld,' for me, is that. -Thandie Newton

There's a rising tide of concern among activists, economists, and artists about Africa. Theres a temptation to think of it as a monolith as opposed to all these different countries with different problems. -Edward Zwick

Left-wing shareholder activists seek to leverage the mass economic power of institutional investors such as pension funds, whose managers are supposed to focus strictly on their fiduciary responsibilities to retirees. -Elaine Chao

All I can think is that the owners of Chick-Fil-A have decided they have had enough, that they're just going to focus on selling chicken sandwiches to as many people as they can, and they figure that keeping their views about marriage to themselves is better than having a bunch of angry activists on your doorstep. -Mike Gallagher

Many activists and antagonists who are on the wrong side of an issue employ the tactic of, 'the best defense is a good offense.' -Mike Gallagher

These activists who support immigrants inadvertently become part of this international human-smuggling network. -Viktor Orban

Because we have a society that by and large is illiterate in these areas – science, math and engineering – what we do is a mystery to them, and they find it scary. And because of that, it creates easy opportunities for opponents of development, activist organizations, to manufacture fear. -Rex Tillerson

As a peace activist, I am dismayed by the encouragement of aggressiveness and violence by television, movies, and war toys. -Benjamin Spock

When a political advocacy network hires a former CIA analyst and starts tailing save-our-parks activists, you know there's something terribly dangerous happening to our democracy. -David Brock

You have to create public activist pressure on papers like the 'New York Times' to keep them accountable. -David Brock

I always have been an activist for things that were just authentically a part of my life, that I felt connected to. -Lady Gaga

Abortion is wrong. I think everyone knows that, which is why abortion activists are so angry all the time. It's a bit like when you catch someone out in a lie, and they get really mad at you really quickly, and you can't work out why until later. It's guilt. -Milo Yiannopoulos

There is a profound difference between an activist judge and an engaged judge. -Don Willett

Sometimes, I am also identified as a civil rights leader or a human rights activist. I would also like to be thought of as a complex, three-dimensional, flesh-and-blood human being with a rich storehouse of experiences, much like everyone else, yet unique in my own way, much like everyone else. -Coretta Scott King

All left-wing activists, whether it be WTO, anti-WTO, or anti-war, are idealistic as framed by the Democratic Media Complex. -Andrew Breitbart

Literature births activists. -Angie Thomas

I'm an activist. -Michael Horse

For me personally, I'm an activist, so I see a lot of turmoil and heartache in the world and tragedy. -Nazanin Boniadi

I always say, as an actress, I get to portray the human condition, but as an activist, I get to change the human condition. -Nazanin Boniadi

As an Iranian woman and activist, Sotoudeh's plight resonated with me on a deeply personal level. -Nazanin Boniadi

Despite the fact that Rouhani has been a long-time insider in a government that has committed countless human rights violations, and that he himself called for the execution of peaceful activists in 1999, many people inside and outside Iran are optimistic that he might indeed favor greater respect for the rights of the Iranian people. -Nazanin Boniadi

Conservatives like to insist that their judges are strict constructionists, giving the Constitution and statutes their precise meaning and no more, while judges like Ms. Sotomayor are activists. But there is no magic right way to interpret terms like 'free speech' or 'due process' – or potato chip. -Adam Cohen

Elected officials want to paint everyone with a broad brush. What they don't get is that everyone pays bills. Liberal activists pay bills. Conservative activists pay bills. Independents pay bills. -Marc Veasey

As a Westerner, the child of civil rights and anti-war activists, I embraced Islam not in abandonment of my core values, drawn almost entirely from the progressive tradition, but as an affirmation of them. -Hamza Yusuf

I'm an activist. I'm a proud activist. So I want to be someone who is pro-black and pro-Africa and still be somebody that has positive influence. -Kat Graham

I think Pac is one of those artists that generations on generations know who this guy is, as an artist, as an activist, as an actor – entertainer across the board. I think the new generations of entertainers and artists can be influenced by him just as much as people in the '90s. -Annie Ilonzeh

To call someone like me a writer-activist suggests that it's not the job of a writer to write about the society in which they live. But it used to be our job. -Arundhati Roy

That's the big mistake the environmental movement made – 'We'll scare the hell out of you, and you'll become an activist'. -Naomi Klein

I have been an organizer and then activist and a legislator, all of that. But then there's this big gap after I advanced in Congress and ended up as the ranking member of financial services committee. It took me into the financial services issues and Wall Street and Dodd Frank. And it took me away from the things that I did years ago. -Maxine Waters

'Alphabet' by the late Danish poet Inger Christensen. It's a book-length abecedarian poem. It's an activist text but also a portal to wonder. -Jenny Zhang

I don't view Apple or myself as an activist. What we do is for some things where we think we have deep knowledge, or think we do, or a strong point of view, we're not shy. We'll stand up, speak out – even when our voice shakes. -Tim Cook

The role of monetary policy is to smooth out business cycles by promoting steady inflation and healthy labor markets, but modern central bankers have taken an activist turn. -Anthony Scaramucci

Very few of us can stop our lives and become activists. -Laura Moser

I'm not an activist, I'm an actor. I don't want to be an activist. -John Cho

Bitcoin represents the first major breakthrough in economics and finance since double-entry bookkeeping was invented in 1494, and activists need to embrace its power. -Max Keiser

Historians have often censored civil rights activists' commitment to economic issues and misrepresented the labor and civil rights movements as two separate, sometimes adversarial efforts. But civil rights and workers' rights are two sides of the same coin. -Tom Perez

Civil rights activists and union activists shared not just common values and objectives but also common enemies. -Tom Perez

I'm not activist, but I'm not troubled by being in the LGBT corner. -Max Riemelt

The Leave side can only win if we have an effective ground campaign comprising of activists from across the political spectrum working together. -Nigel Farage

I am grateful to the activists and women who created the Black Lives Matter movement because I feel like they let me know I wasn't crazy. -Jesmyn Ward

People are not afraid to be activists, to be vocal. And I think back to my years in college, and that wasn't the case. -Jesmyn Ward

Twitter provides a platform that allows anyone on the planet – from a political activist in the Middle East to an intemperate golfer in the White House – to broadcast his or her thoughts. -Steven Levy

I know who Dick Gregory is; I knew what his accomplishments are. I certainly knew him as a comedian and an activist. -Joe Morton

My grandfather James Peck was a civil rights activist. -Justin Peck

The most powerful thing we can do is get involved locally. Help our local community and become community activists in our own smaller circle. -Gavin Creel

I have a complex heritage: my mom is African American, and my dad is Jewish. Both were activists, and they met during the movement in the '70s. -Jurnee Smollett-Bell

I've always been proud that I come from people who were activists, who have this indomitable spirit. I am proud to have inherited the spirit of resistance and revolution. -Jurnee Smollett-Bell

A lot of people say that I'm an activist CEO. I just think I'm a responsible leader of a business. -Dan Schulman

Labour has to be a big tent that appeals to everyone – not just its activists. -Sadiq Khan

In the 1960s, my father chose to introduce Italian-style clothing into a world that was filled with boxy Brooks Brothers suits. So if you were dressing in his clothes in New York or California, you were breaking a rule. And my mother, Risha, who is still living, has always been an activist. I don't think my mom has met a cause she doesn't like. -Chris Meledandri

Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world. -Dolores Huerta

I feel like it's actually everybody's responsibility to use whatever platform they have to do good in the world, basically, and to try to make our society better, whether you're an accountant or an activist or an athlete or whatever it is. I think it's everybody's responsibility. -Megan Rapinoe

In the past, whistleblowers have had their desks moved to break rooms, broom closets, and basements. It's a clever punishment, good-government activists say, that exploits a gray area in the law. The whole thing can look minor on paper. They moved your office. So what? -David Fahrenthold

The queue of activists, interest groups, and ordinary people wringing their hands over what a President Donald Trump might do in office is long, and environmentalists are at the front of the line. -Charles C. Mann

Leftist, anti-fascist activists known as Antifa, whose stated goals are to stamp out racism, white supremacy and authoritarianism, sometimes do use violence. -Elizabeth Flock

I am a basic social activist with small-business experience, and you go where you need to go. -Fred Eychaner

I never thought about myself as an activist when we were coming along. I love the people I love. I didn't care whether they could be a Democrat, Republican, communist… anything but a racist. -Ruby Dee

My parents are avid consumers of art, collectors of African American paintings, and have always gone to the theater. My mother has always been an activist, too. As long as I can remember, we were marching in lines. -Lynn Nottage

I don't see myself as an activist. I understand that people, with me doing 'Satyameva Jayate,' for example, they will feel that I'm being an activist, but I'm not. Actually, I'm not, because I think an activist, as I see it, as a person who is very, very – takes up one issue and remains with that one issue for his entire life. I'm not doing that. -Aamir Khan

For me, growing up as an activist under an oppressive dictatorship in Uganda, the U.N. was a friend to those of us who fought our way to freedom, as it was for the millions who joined decolonization struggles in the African continent. -Winnie Byanyima

As an activist who uses storytelling to combat stigma, I have always been adamant that we tell our own stories. -Janet Mock

For me, as an activist and a storyteller, I'm very centered in ensuring that we show the complicatedness of the human experience that happens to be rooted in my community's trans experiences. -Janet Mock

People are not going to change because an activist goes around shouting. -Jens Martin Skibsted

Well-managed companies with independent boards have nothing to fear from activist shareholders. -Whitney Tilson

The Musharraf government has declared martial law to settle scores with lawyers and judges. Hundreds of innocent Pakistanis have been rounded up. Human rights activists, including women and senior citizens, have been beaten by police. Judges have been arrested and lawyers battered in their offices and the streets. -Asma Jahangir

There have always been difficult situations for activists in Pakistan. In the 1960s, people fought for linguistic and ethnic rights in relation to the Bangladesh movement and the struggle of the people in the western Balochistan province. -Asma Jahangir

Technology is a tool, and it's a platform. Nobody gets arrested for being a blogger; people get arrested for dissent. Nobody gets arrested for putting information about themselves online; they get arrested for being an activist. I'm a strong believer in the fact that you should not blame the tools; you should blame the circumstances. -Jared Cohen

With the rise of social media, it has given me an opportunity and a platform to have a voice as a blogger and as an activist, but it has also made me nervous that I might become a meme or a viral sensation, all without my consent. -Sinead Burke

My father constantly reminded me that he named me after Angela Yvonne Davis, a scholar and activist who was well known for her work in tandem with the Black Panther Party. That felt like a purposeful, beckoning call to engage in strategic resistance and to fight for the oppressed. -Angela Rye

The moral abhorrence of private prisons has been brought to our attention by courageous acts of investigative journalism, illuminating scholarship, and the work of activists who have decried the social stratification brought about by our prison systems. -Clint Smith

I used to sort of consider myself a feminist, an environmentalist, and I still have some of that in me, but I've done so many offensive comedies, I'm now worn down to a little nub of… nub of an activist. -Anna Faris

We need to be able to guarantee the safety of all artists and activists for human rights so that it no longer takes extraordinary courage to call for a better world – so that every person with the ability to imagine peace, equality, progress, and justice can express their dreams and hopes without fear. -Deeyah Khan

I know some women's rights activists have seen so much abuse that they can't stand men, but I have a sense of empathy with the men. Without excusing the abuse they are capable of, many of them are trapped within these communities and bound by expectations they didn't necessarily ask for. -Deeyah Khan

I've been lucky enough to have been given a platform through modeling, so now I can use it as an activist. -Adwoa Aboah

I'll be on the street and go up to people – 'Have you read a comic book before? Well, here's one.' You've got your pro-life people, your pro-choice people, your feminists. I'm a comicbooks activist. -Rob Liefeld

No matter what age you are, your voice should be heard, and you can develop a passion for something and be an activist in your own right, in your own field, for something you feel strongly about. -Iskra Lawrence

I am not, at the end of the day, a mother, a wife, a writer, an activist, a friend. I am a child of God. That's who I was when I came into this world and who I'll be when I leave it. No one can take that from me. -Glennon Doyle Melton

I've been a female activist since the time I was 13 years old. -Reshma Saujani

Obama and Biden want a bench crammed full of liberal judicial activists, and it's up to the American people to tell them 'no.' -Wendy Long

I don't think I'm a gay activist. I used to be. -Andrew Sean Greer

Though I do believe that when you live in political times it is inevitable that your art be political, I also think we need to start making activists celebrities rather than trying to make celebrities to be activists. -Maya Hawke

Black Lives Matter, as a network, will not, does not, has not, ain't going to endorse any candidates. Now if there are activists within the movement that want to do that independently, they should feel free, and if that's what makes sense for their local conditions, that's fantastic. -Alicia Garza

Thanks to Twitter, I learn about the revolutions in the Middle East via Arab activists and writers, not just from American foreign correspondents. -Jacob Weisberg

I am an activist and rapper from Afghanistan, and I use rap to speak out and help end child marriage. -Sonita Alizadeh

All across the country, the Women's March inspired doctors and teachers and mothers to become activists and organizers and, yes, candidates for office. -Cecile Richards

One of the things I'm proud of at Planned Parenthood is the number of health centers providing trans care, which was largely driven by young activists. -Cecile Richards

With support from techies, designers, artists and thousands of activists across the country, Black Lives Matter is now an online-to-offline political movement, affirming the humanity and resilience of black communities. -Patrisse Cullors

Because of network neutrality rules, activists can turn to the Internet to bypass the discrimination of mainstream cable, broadcast, and print outlets as we organize for change. -Patrisse Cullors

I read everything and anything related to being queer. I found solace in reading authors like Audre Lorde and bell hooks, who would become my activist staples – their words helped me grow up and taught me how to be bold and courageous. By studying them, I came to understand that being young and queer and black would not be easy. -Patrisse Cullors

I've been an activist since I was a teenager. I was always curious about what we would now call social justice. I remember just trying to navigate growing up poor in an overpoliced environment with a single mother and a father who was in and out of prison. -Patrisse Cullors

Colin Kaepernick is one of the leaders in the movement for black lives. His role as an athlete and activist is not only motivating but inspiring. -Patrisse Cullors

It was precisely my love of the First Amendment that made me join sidewalk activists in 2010 to support an Islamic community center's right to open in Lower Manhattan. -Mona Eltahawy

Radical feminists are often highly conservative in many areas except for women's rights, and LGBT activists can be the same. -Andreja Pejic

It is not a new tactic for people to use any avenue they can to silence black activists. -DeRay Mckesson

To me and to a number of other activists from the U.S., we believe that the human rights movement has to evolve and understand the global implications of structural racism. This means engaging the United Nations and a variety of other human rights bodies. -Opal Tometi

I'm an activist and advocate. I have empathy. It is hard to ignore causes. -Brandon Victor Dixon

My friend Harry Belafonte is an activist and musician, an extraordinary man who has dedicated his life to human rights. He taught me the power of words and that music can be used to heal and educate people. -Dianne Reeves

Before running for the Washington State Senate in 2014, I had spent 20 years as an activist. I had always believed that we needed to push for change on the outside, through community organizing and advocacy. -Pramila Jayapal

Celebrities have a platform, and people listen to them. And there's a lot of people that we are able to touch, who aren't watching activists and aren't watching the news, that are watching what celebrities say. -Karamo Brown

For a black activist, for an activist of all walks of life, the Internet has become this kind of meeting place where we can exchange ideas, where we can learn from each other, where we can get inspired about new ways that we can make changes within our own communities and own homes. -Franchesca Ramsey

I feel like when you say 'activist,' you have to have so much clarity, and I don't always necessarily have so much clarity on how I want to help others, I just have this weird, deep urge to help other people. I'm trying to let God guide my body and use it as whatever kind of vehicle or vessel it needs to be. -SZA

All our friends – so many friends are gay or lesbian and transgender. We're just in that world. We all went through the devastating time of the AIDS crisis, and I think that galvanized us to be more activists – AIDS activists. -Kate Pierson

The pain and the suffering that I went through made me an activist. It made me stronger; it made me more compassionate. -Lecrae

Activists take the risks, while advocates are professional tinkerers with the system. What's necessary is for those who are advocates to support those who are activists and to envision themselves as activists. -Michelle Alexander

I worry about civil-rights activists being targeted as black-identity extremists. I worry about the government saying, 'I don't like this progressive blogger' and subjecting them to scrutiny. -Kevin de Leon

I met with an Automaidan activist who was part of a self-appointed group drafting a lustration law for parliament, which would exclude from political life people who actively participated in Yanukovych's criminal regime. -Keith Gessen

I'm in trouble with some activist women because I refuse to say I'm bisexual. -Jen Sincero

'Al Jamilat' is not just feminist. It's an album with songs that feature women: women who are in love, rebellious women, political activists, women who are more submissive, women who are in charge. -Yasmine Hamdan

In the early 1970s in Washington, a small group of young conservative activists came together to try and change American politics. They called themselves the New Right, and they were convinced that unless they did something drastic, the liberals and the left-wingers in America were going to take over the country. -Adam Curtis

'V for Vendetta' is an amazing movie, and it had an obvious message, but it was done so perfectly. I got out of the movie, and I wanted to march so hard. I wanted to be an activist. -Jermaine Fowler

Many of the Victorian and Edwardian activists who campaigned for Irish home rule, for instance, also wanted what they called 'home rule all round': separate parliaments not simply for Ireland but also for the Scots and the Welsh – and for the English. -Linda Colley

Hesitating and hand-wringing when confronted by violence discourages the human-rights activists on the front lines and emboldens the enemy. -Richard Grenell

I'm asking people to vote for me because I'm an activist leader and a problem solver. -Ayanna Pressley

I've become more of a citizen and more of an activist. -David Hogg

If I ever called myself an activist, I regret it, and I was cornered into it by an industry who couldn't justify me taking up space without saying that I had some kind of radical political agenda because they saw my participation as a radical political thing. Which it was not. -Hari Nef

People want me to shut up, but I won't. I believe social change is possible; that's why I'm an activist. -Andrea Dworkin

Since I am an actress and not a social activist, cinema is the best medium for me to state my views. -Taapsee Pannu

I feel like most people know that I'm a vegan, and I'm a pretty vocal animal activist. Everything and anything I do, I just kind of use it as a vehicle to be able to send out the message. -Kat Von D

I still describe myself as the activist with cleavage. Breast implants made me feel a lot sexier. -Erin Brockovich

All the other rappers around me aren't saying anything worthwhile. They're lost in rap: all they do is tell you they're a sick MC and they're better than you. I don't want to look like all these other little punk, dress-up, fake, manufactured artists. I'm not a rapper. I'm an activist. -Skepta

Few cities have more skilled, experienced organizers and activists and grassroots organizations than St. Louis and Philadelphia. -Shaun King

I'm not a political person; I'm not an activist. I'm not a guy with strong beliefs about anything. I have nothing to say to the world. -Naseeruddin Shah

I consider myself an activist who governs. -Andrew Gillum

In my real life, I'm a Black Lives Matter social justice activist, and so it was incredibly interesting to me to play somebody coming from the totally opposite side, whose beliefs are as deeply entrenched – as deeply felt, and given as much gravity, as I give my beliefs. -Asia Kate Dillon

I think it's been fun to show that Bryan and I share a Honda Fit, and we're huge environmentalists, and we're big activists for animal rights. -Brie Bella

The music industry is not set up well at all, environmentally. But I sing about what I feel, and I'm very inspired by activists and friends that I get to connect with. -Xavier Rudd

I am not an activist. I am an actor. -Kalki Koechlin

I think Selena Gomez seems like one of the coolest people ever. And she's, like, an activist as well, and clearly she loves love and is a loving person. I don't know if it's clear because I don't know her, but it feels that way. -Noah Centineo

The Endangered Species Act was designed to preserve biodiversity, not enrich trial lawyers and political activists. -George P. Bush

Even if you can't be an activist every day, when you can be, do it. -Diane Guerrero

Ambati Rambabu walked with my father for 1,500 kilometres during his historic 'padayatra' before 2004 elections. It is because of the work done by activists like him that Congress won assembly elections twice. -Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

I'm not an activist. I'm a fantasist. -Pete Doherty

The Medicaid money that right-wingers want to snatch away from Planned Parenthood actually goes toward critical preventative care and treatments for the disadvantaged. So if pro-life activists are genuine in wanting to preserve human lives, waging a war against clinics that help low-income men and women isn't the way to go. -Ana Kasparian

So let me get this straight: Kaepernick sacrificed his career, dreams, and reputation fighting for social justice because he was shown he couldn't do both – be an activist and be in the league. But in the end, the players coalition allegedly agrees to a deal with a price tag, and Colin's left out of it. Tell me that doesn't feel a little dirty. -Molly Qerim

You have to understand that the I.D.W. emerged as a response to a world where perfectly reasonable intellectuals were being regularly mislabeled by activists, institutions, and mainstream journalists with every career-ending epithet from 'Islamophobe' to 'Nazi.' -Eric Weinstein

I have an ideological umbilical cord with the BJP… we are three-generation party supporters… my grandfather was a swayamsevak, my mother, a BJP booth activist. -Smriti Irani

As every newspaper reader, liberal activist, or parliamentary junkie knows, the overarching barrier to most of Obama's agenda is the abuse of the filibuster in the Senate. In fact, several of Obama's second term priorities are not ideas in search of a majority – they are majorities in search of an up-or-down vote. -Ari Melber

Shutting down conservatives has become de rigueur. But now anti-free-speech activists are increasingly turning their ire on free-thinking progressives. -Bari Weiss

China may brutalize Buddhists in Tibet and Muslims in Xinjiang while denying basic rights to the rest of its 1.3 billion citizens, but 'woke' activists pushing intersectionality keep mum on all that. -Bari Weiss

A lot of people are afraid to use their platforms because they don't want to lose anything they have – and that's OK. We don't all have to be activists, but I choose to do it because, really, what's the worst that could happen? -Indya Moore

When I think of an activist, I think of a community organizer who is working every day and directly with community members and making it a job to take care of and speak up for a community in some way. -Hunter Schafer

There might have been a point in my career where, because people have been telling me I'm an activist, I took on that label. But in retrospect, I don't think that's what I am – or what I've been – just because I'm vocal about my identity sometimes. -Hunter Schafer

Being a Muslim American activist, I've been targeted by the right wing in a way that is very dangerous. -Linda Sarsour

As an activist, organizer, Palestinian, and a Muslim-American woman, I have faced many obstacles in the industry I work in. I often have to fight for my seat and representation for the communities I represent. -Linda Sarsour

I have my own support network of other organizers, activists, and attorneys. -Linda Sarsour

Named after four activists and their families who fought for its passage, the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017 establishes a new pathway for access to unapproved, investigational treatments. These four Americans fought for the Right to Try because they didn't want to give up. -Alex Azar

Fanatics end by subverting their own argument. For instance, animal rights activists have some point, and many people feel sympathy with them. But animal rights fanatics do not have a point. They are the sort of people who threaten human beings in their effort to 'defend' animals. -Douglas Murray

Alex Jones is not the first broadcaster targeted by intolerant left-wing activists. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Michael Savage, and others have all been targeted, and they've been fighting against censorship for decades. -Jesse Lee Peterson

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