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51 Inspirational Harvey Milk Quotes From The First Openly Gay Elected Official In California

Gay pride quotes from Harvey Milk offer hope for a better world

Harvey Milk, California's first openly gay elected official, served proudly on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

He was considered the most pro-LGBT politician in the US and became a San Francisco icon for the gay community. His activism and involvement in politics was fueled by his desire to create a righteous world for all.

Our list includes Harvey Milk quotes from speeches, funny Harvey Milk quotes, Harvey Milk quotes about reading, Harvey Milk quotes on separation, and other quotes that will give you hope for a better world.

For more inspiring quotes, check out Gloria Steinem quotes and Civil Rights quotes.

Harvey Milk Quotes About Love

Here are some of his popular quotes about love.

1. "I know that you cannot live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living."

- Harvey Milk.

2. "There are people I might have loved had they gotten on the airplane or run down the street after me."

- Harvey Milk.

3. "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.

4. "Go after her because that’s what you should do if you love someone."

- Harvey Milk.

5. "The only thing they have to look forward to is hope. And you have to give them hope."

- Harvey Milk.

6. "Be with her in meaningful ways because that is beautiful and that is generous and that is what loving someone is."

- Harvey Milk.

Harvey Milk Quotes On Equality And Activism

Harvey Milk relentlessly campaigned for the creation of a more equal world.

Here are some Harvey Milk quotes about activism and equality.

7. “Burst down those closet doors once and for all, and stand up and start to fight.”

- Harvey Milk.

8. “Hope is never silent.”

- Harvey Milk.

9. "I fully realize that a person who stands for what I stand for, an activist, a gay activist, becomes the target or the potential target for a person who is insecure."

- Harvey Milk.

10. "Without hope, not only gays, but the blacks, the seniors, the handicapped, the us’es, the us’es will give up."

- Harvey Milk.

11. “The fact is that more people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason.”

- Harvey Milk.

12. "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 for all."

- Harvey Milk.

13. “We will not win our rights by staying quietly in our closets.”

- Harvey Milk.

14. "I finally reached the point where I knew I had to become involved or shut up."

- Harvey Milk.

15. "Unless you open the walls of dialogue, you can never reach to change people’s opinion."

- Harvey Milk.

16. "Freedom is too enormous to be slipped under a closet door."

- Harvey Milk.

17. "Get out of the bars and into the streets!"

- Harvey Milk.

18. “All men are created equal. Now matter how hard they try, they can never erase those words.”

- Harvey Milk.

19. "The events that started the American Revolution were the meetings in homes, pubs, on street corners."

- Harvey Milk.

20. "I would like to see every gay doctor come out, every gay lawyer, every gay architect come out, stand up and let the world know."

- Harvey Milk.

21. “Rights are won only by those who make their voices heard.”

- Harvey Milk.

22. "You can stand around and throw bricks at Silly Hall or you can take it."

- Harvey Milk.

23. "Once you have dialogue starting, you know you can break down prejudice."

- Harvey Milk.

Harvey Milk Quotes About Pride And Identity

Harvey Milk urged other gay people to come out of the closet and demand their rights.

Here are some Harvey Milk quotes about homosexuality and identity.

24. “If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.”

- Harvey Milk.

25. "We are coming out to tell the truths about gays."

- Harvey Milk.

26. "We don’t want sympathetic liberals, we want gays to represent gays."

- Harvey Milk.

27. "But once and for all, break down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions."

- Harvey Milk.

28. "Television ads and newspaper ads — fiercely heterosexual. A society that puts down homosexuality."

- Harvey Milk.

29. "I hope that every professional gay will say ‘enough’, come forward and tell everybody, wear a sign, let the world know."

- Harvey Milk.

30. "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.

31. "Gay brothers and sisters...You must come out."

- Harvey Milk.

32. “All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.”

- Harvey Milk.

33. "Coming out is the most political thing you can do."

- Harvey Milk.

34. “If a gay can win, it means there is hope that the system can work for all minorities if we fight.”

- Harvey Milk.

35. "It means hope to a nation that has given up, because if a gay person makes it, then the doors are open to everyone."

- Harvey Milk.

36. "Come out to your relatives...come out to your friends...if indeed they are your friends."

- Harvey Milk.

37. "I have tasted freedom."

- Harvey Milk.

Harvey Milk Quotes About Service

Here are some Harvey Milk quotes about serving, to give us hope.

38. "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.

39. "I think that there’s a distinction between those who use the movement and those who are part of the movement."

- Harvey Milk.

40. "I have always considered myself part of a movement, part of a candidacy."

- Harvey Milk.

41. "If I do a good job, people won’t care if I am green or have three heads."

- Harvey Milk.

42. "Some people call me the unofficial mayor of Castro Street."

- Harvey Milk.

43. "San Francisco can start right now to become number one."

- Harvey Milk.

44. "Politics is theater. It doesn't matter if you win. You make a statement."

- Harvey Milk.

45. "Let me have my tax money go for my protection and not for my prosecution."

- Harvey Milk.

46. "If you help elect to the central committee and other offices, more gay people, that gives a green light to all who feel disenfranchised, a green light to move forward."

- Harvey Milk.

47. "It takes no survey to remove repression."

- Harvey Milk.

48. "It takes no compromise to give people their rights...it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom."

- Harvey Milk.

Harvey Milk Quotes About Neighborhoods

Here are some of his quotes about the importance of neighborhoods.

49. "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.

50. "We must understand that the quality of life is more important than the standard of living."

- Harvey Milk.

51. "The American Dream starts with the neighborhoods. If we wish to rebuild our cities, we must first rebuild our neighborhoods."

- Harvey Milk.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Harvey Milk quotes, then why not take a look at LGBT quotes, or life is precious quotes.

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