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A collection of quotes and sayings by Harvey Milk on hope, dreams, life, gay, civil-rights, LGBT, religion, politics, equality, inspiration, activist, lie, myth and advocacy.

15 Motivational Harvey Milk Quotes That Will Instill Hope And Confidence In You

Quick Facts

Born On: May 22, 1930

Died On: November 27, 1978

Born In: Woodmere

Founder / Co Founder: San Francisco Gay Democratic Club

Died At Age: 48

Harvey Milk was an American politician who became ‘the first openly gay person to be elected’ in California to a public office. During his schooldays, he was great at both academics and sports and went on to serve the US Navy as a diving instructor. He further did various small jobs like that of a school teacher and stock analyst but was not happy with life. He is believed to have realized to be a gay during his teenage and kept it as a secret but he began to accept the fact after meeting some gay radicals during his last days in New York. He moved to San Francisco and opened a camera shop in an area which was majorly populated by gays. There he was actively involved in politics and soon gained a reputation as a leader of the gay community. His reputation got him the pseudonym as ‘Mayor of Castro Street’ which encouraged him to contest elections. He lost a couple of times but with the help of his federal connections, he managed to win a seat in the ‘San Francisco City-County Board’ to become the first gay official. During this time homosexuality was believed to be a mental disorder and he was seen as a threat to the society. This influenced his rival Dan White at the ministry to assassinate him. His significant contributions to the U.S were acknowledged by the U.S Navy and a tanker was named after him. His radical views and thoughts made headlines and are quite often quoted and shared. Here is a collection of thoughts and quotes by Milk which have been excerpted from his work and life. Read on the sayings and quotations by Harvey Milk which will inspire you to stand firmly for your rights.

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

Harvey Milk

The fact is that more people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason. That, that my friends, that is true perversion!

Harvey Milk

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. It takes no survey to remove repression.

Harvey Milk

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

Harvey Milk

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

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

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

Harvey Milk

Hope will never be silent.

Harvey Milk

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

I know you can't live on hope alone; but without hope, life is not worth living. So you, and you and you: you got to give them hope; you got to give them hope.

Harvey Milk

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

Harvey Milk

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

Hope is never silent.

Harvey Milk

You’ve gotta give them hope. If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door

Harvey Milk

Never take an elevator in city hall.

Harvey Milk