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Presidents Day is a time that we celebrate the leaders of our country who have made a huge difference — the people who have shaped our history, both good, and unfortunately, bad. But the thing that we all need to remember on this day are those that still bring us hope. The ones that yes, were not the president, but who still inspired us with quotes about resistance that encourage everyone to fight for what is right.
After looking through these quotes and picking a few to highlight, I couldn't help but see an overall theme: Resistance means sticking up for yourself. Resistance means courage. Resistance means not giving up. Right now, if you feel like giving up, if you're tired of fighting, if you want to be complacent... I want to urge you to read these quotes and feel enlightened by their advice. To let that flame ignite inside you once more. To remember why you started in the first place.
This Presidents Day, let yourself feel proud of the people that are fighting for their rights every day during our current political climate, and finally standing up for rights that need to be the norm.
“We must learn that passively to accept an unjust system is to cooperate with that system, and thereby to become a participant in its evil.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
“Resisting is worth doing.” — Veronica Roth From The Transfer
“Every creative person, and I think probably every other person, faces resistance when they are trying to create something good...The harder the resistance, the more important the task must be.” — Donald Miller
“Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of the government. The history of government is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is the history of the limitation of government, not the increase of it.” — Woodrow Wilson
“There wasn't in the beginning. It wasn't until your kind discovered what was happening that any resistance started. That seems to be the key—knowing what’s going to happen.” — Stephanie Meyer From The Host
“They think that just because they have only one leader and one head, we are all like that. They know that ten heads lopped off will destroy them, but we are a free people; we have as many heads as we have people, and in a time of need leaders pop up among us like mushrooms.” — John Steinbeck
"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive." — Thomas Jefferson
“Whenever one person stands up and says, ‘wait a minute, this is wrong,’ it helps other people do the same.” – Gloria Steinem