Rosa Parks Quotes


  • “I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “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 would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.”
  • “Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were many others who felt the same way.”


  • “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.”
  • “At the time I was arrested I had no idea it would turn into this. It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of the people joined in.”
  • “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.”
  • “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.”
  • “I had given up my seat before, but this day, I was especially tired. Tired from my work as a seamstress, and tired from the ache in my heart.”
  • “Arrest me for sitting on a bus? You may do that.”
  • “People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”
  • “No.”
  • “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.”
  • “I knew someone had to take the first step and I made up my mind not to move.”
  • “Our mistreatment was just not right, and I was tired of it.”
  • “I was just trying to let them know how I felt about being treated as a human being”
  • “I was a person with dignity and self-respect, and I should not set my sights lower than anybody else just because I was black.”