Rosa Parks Quotes

“It was not pre-arranged. It just happened that the driver made a demand and I just didn’t feel like obeying his demand. I was quite tired after spending a full day working.”


“I’m tired of being treated like a second-class citizen.”


“Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that held its ground.”


“I do the very best I can to look upon life with optimism and hope and looking forward to a better day, but I don’t think there is anything such as complete happiness. It pains me that there is still a lot of Klan activity and racism. I think when you say you’re happy, you have everything that you need and everything that you want, and nothing more to wish for. I haven’t reached that stage yet.”


“Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again.”


I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom.


“Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.”


“Each person must live their life as a model for others.”


“Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.”


“Why do you all push us around?”


“All I was doing was trying to get home from work.”


“My only concern was to get home after a hard day’s work.”


I am a symbol.


Each person must live their life as a model for others.


I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.


[F]rom the time I was a child, I tried to protest against disrespectful treatment.


I do the very best I can to look upon life with optimism and hope and looking forward to a better day, but I don’t think there is anything such as complete happiness. It pains me that there is still a lot of Klan activity and racism. I think when you say you’re happy, you have everything that you need and everything that you want, and nothing more to wish for. I haven’t reached that stage yet.


I’d see the bus pass every day… But to me, that was a way of life; we had no choice but to accept what was the custom. The bus was among the first ways I realized there was a black world and a white world.