42 Harvey Milk Quotes On Success In Life

Harvey Bernard Milk was an American politician and the first openly gay elected official in the history of California, where he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Although he was the most pro-LGBT politician in the United States at the time, politics and activism were not his early interests; he was neither open about his sexuality nor civically active until he was 40, after his experiences in the counterculture movement of the 1960s.In 1972, Milk moved from New York City to the Castro District of San Francisco amid a migration of gay and bisexual men. These Harvey Milk quotes will motivate you.

Best Harvey Milk Quotes

  1. “If you are not personally free to be yourself in that most important of all human activities… the expression of love… then life itself loses its meaning.” ~ Harvey Milk, Harvey Milk quotes love
  2. “All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.” ~ Harvey Milk
  3. “It takes no compromising to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no survey to remove repressions.” ~ Harvey Milk
  4. “Rights are won only by those who make their voices heard.” ~ Harvey Milk

  5. “Every gay person must come out. As difficult as it is, you must tell your immediate family. You must tell your relatives. You must tell your friends if indeed they are your friends. You must tell the people you work with. You must tell the people in the stores you shop in. Once they realize that we are indeed their children, that we are indeed everywhere, every myth, every lie, every innuendo will be destroyed once and all. And once you do, you will feel so much better” ~ Harvey Milk
  6. “Freedom is too enormous to be slipped under a closet door.” ~ Harvey Milk
  7. “I know that you cannot live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living. And you…And you…And you…Gotta give em hope.” ~ Harvey Milk
  8. “Hope will never be silent.” ~ Harvey Milk

  9. “If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door in the country.” ~ Harvey Milk
  10. “All men are created equal. Now matter how hard they try, they can never erase those words. That is what America is about.” ~ Harvey Milk
  11. “If I turned around every time somebody called me a faggot, I’d be walking backward – and I don’t want to walk backward.” ~ Harvey Milk
  12. “Lets make no mistake about this: The American Dream starts with the neigborhoods. If we wish to rebuild our cities, we must first rebuild our neighborhoods. And to do that, we must
    understand that the quality of life is more important than the standard of living.” ~ Harvey Milk
  13. “We will not win our rights by staying quietly in our closets.” ~ Harvey Milk

  14. “I cannot prevent anyone from getting angry, or mad, or frustrated. I can only hope that they’ll turn that anger and frustration and madness into something positive, so that two, three, four, five hundred will step forward, so the gay doctors will come out, the gay lawyers, the gay judges, gay bankers, gay architects I hope that every professional gay will say ‘enough’, come forward and tell everybody, wear a sign, let the world know. Maybe that will help.” ~ Harvey Milk, Harvey Milk quotes hope
  15. “The fact is that more people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason. That, THAT my friends, is true perversion.” ~ Harvey Milk
  16. “Gay brothers and sisters… You must come out. Come out to your relatives… come out to your friends… Come out to your neighbors… to your fellow workers… to the people who work where you eat and shop… break down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions. For your sake. For their sake. For the sake of the youngsters who are becoming scared.” ~ Harvey Milk
  17. “It takes no compromise to give people their rights” ~ Harvey Milk

  18. “I have tasted freedom. I will not give up that which I have tasted. I have a lot more to drink. For that reason, the political numbers game will be played. I know the rules of their game now and how to play it.” ~ Harvey Milk
  19. “Let me have my tax money go for my protection and not for my prosecution. Let my tax money go for the protection of me. Protect my home, protect my streets, protect my car, protect my life, protect my property…worry about becoming a human being and not about how you can prevent others from enjoying their lives because of your own inability to adjust to life.” ~ Harvey Milk, Harvey Milk quotes tax money
  20. “San Francisco can start right now to become number one. We can set examples so that others will follow. We can start overnight. We don’t have to wait for budgets to be passed, surveys to be made, political wheelings and dealings … for it takes no money … It takes no compromising to give the people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.” ~ Harvey Milk
  21. “Hope is never silent.” ~ Harvey Milk

  22. “I was born of heterosexual parents. I was taught by heterosexual teachers in a fiercely heterosexual society. Television ads and newspaper ads — fiercely heterosexual. A society that puts down homosexuality. And why am I a homosexual if I’m affected by role models? I should have been a heterosexual. And no offense meant, but if teachers are going to affect you as role models, there’d be a lot of nuns running around the streets today.” ~ Harvey Milk
  23. “I ask for the movement to continue, for the movement to grow, because last week I got a phone call from Altoona, Pennsylvania, and my election gave somebody else, one more person, hope. And after all, that’s what this is all about. It’s not about personal gain, not about ego, not about power – it’s about giving those young people out there in the Altoona, Pennsylvanias, hope. You gotta give them hope.” ~ Harvey Milk
  24. “Burst down those closet doors once and for all, and stand up and start to fight.” ~ Harvey Milk

  25. “Every gay person must come out…. Once they realize we are indeed their children, we are indeed everywhere, every myth, every lie, every innuendo will be destroyed once and for all.” ~ Harvey Milk
  26. “I wish I had time to explain everything I did. Almost everything was done with an eye on the GLBT movement…last week I got a phone call from Altoona, Pennsylvania, and the voice was young, my election gave one more young person, hope” ~ Harvey Milk
  27. “I wish I had time to explain everything I did. Almost everything was done with an eye on the GLBT movement…last week I got a phone call from Altoona, Pennsylvania, and the voice was young, my election gave one more young person, hope” ~ Harvey Milk
  28. “Coming out is the most political thing you can do” ~ Harvey Milk

  29. “Politics is theater. It doesn’t matter if you win. You make a statement. You say, “I’m here, pay attention to me” ~ Harvey Milk, Harvey Milk quotes politics
  30. “We are coming out to tell the truths about gays, for I am tired of the conspiracy of silence, so I’m going to talk about it. And I want you to talk about it.” ~ Harvey Milk
  31. “To sit on the front steps — whether it’s a veranda in a small town or a concrete stoop in a big city — and to talk to our neighborhoods is infinitely more important than to huddle on the living-room lounger and watch a make-believe world in not-quite living color.” ~ Harvey Milk
  32. “It’s not my victory, it’s yours and yours and yours. If a gay can win, it means there is hope that the system can work for all minorities if we fight. We’ve given them hope.” ~ Harvey Milk
  33. “If we wish to rebuild our cities, we must first rebuild our neighborhoods.” ~ Harvey Milk

  34. “All over the country, they’re reading about me, and the story doesn’t center on me being gay. It’s just about a gay person who is doing his job.” ~ Harvey Milk
  35. “I would like to see every gay doctor come out, every gay lawyer, every gay architect come out, stand up and let that world know. That would do more to end prejudice overnight than anybody would imagine. I urge them to do that, urge them to come out. Only that way will we start to achieve our rights.” ~ Harvey Milk
  36. “A reading of the Declaration of Independence on the steps of a building is widely covered. The events that started the American Revolution were the meetings in homes, pubs, on street corners.” ~ Harvey Milk
  37. “Some people call me the unofficial mayor of Castro Street.” ~ Harvey Milk

  38. “Never take an elevator in city hall.” ~ Harvey Milk
  39. “Out of the bars and into the streets!” ~ Harvey Milk
  40. “The American Dream starts with the neighborhoods.” ~ Harvey Milk
  41. “If I do a good job, people won’t care if I am green or have three heads.” ~ Harvey Milk
  42. “If it were true that children mimicked their teachers, you’d sure have a helluva lot more nuns running around.” ~ Harvey Milk

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