Pride is a complex emotion that could have different meanings. It can refer to self-confidence or imply an unhealthy and excessive belief in one's abilities. We also associate it with the LGBTQ community, which celebrates the colorful identities, reminding us of respect and acceptance. Check out our pride quotes below that encapsulate this emotion's definitions and significant meanings.
Even in the olden days, Pride could both be a sin and a virtue. Today, researchers formally looked into it and divided it into two types. The negative type, hubristic, shows arrogance, while the positive kind, authentic, relates to fulfillment and self-esteem.
A study examined the connection between varying expressions of pride1 and concluded that authentic pride characterizes a sense of purpose, self-control, adaptive achievement, and goal engagement. In contrast, hubristic pride depicts extrinsic impulsiveness, public recognition, and social dominance values.
Start reading our pride quotes below to differentiate the types of pride further. For more on a similar theme, check out our identity quotes.
With all the achievements we’ve notched up and the experiences we have gained, we owe ourselves pride (the positive one). No matter how big or tiny our wins are, we should take a moment to reflect on them.
And we should appreciate our unique qualities. Studies have shown that healthy pride in oneself can lead to better self-esteem and positive emotions2.
Do not be afraid. Stand out, look in the mirror, and consider the following pride quotes to help retain a positive attitude.
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
~ Oscar Wilde
I want to make sure that any young person or anyone really who is looking up to me—who sees a glimpse of I am as a person—that they see no shame, that they see pride, and that I'm truly unabashed about the person that I am.
~ Samira Wiley
When can we know if we have passed the line into harmful pride? First, through awareness, we can step back and evaluate our actions.
Being too prideful in a negative way can manifest in different ways, such as taking credit for someone else's work or becoming easily offended. Once we catch these, we should look to correct our behavior. There's also no harm in asking those around us for their honest opinion on our behavior. At the end of the day, nobody is perfect, so we should always check in with ourselves.
Reflect on the pride quotes below from time to time.
There will not be a magic day when we wake up and it's now OK to express ourselves publicly. We make that day by doing things publicly until it's simply the way things are.
~ Tammy Baldwin
Gay rights are human rights.
~ Hillary Clinton
No person is your friend who demands your silence or denies your right to grow.
~ Danielle Carson
As mentioned earlier, authentic pride correlates with self-esteem. And we can witness this through successful yet humble personalities, from celebrities to authors.
For example, despite her past struggles, Oprah Winfrey worked her way up until she became one of the most influential and wealthiest African Americans. Another is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist, Paulo Coelho, known for his book The Alchemist. He composes visionary stories that teach life lessons related to love and self-actualization.
They used their platforms and influence to spread the importance of believing in ourselves by being proud of who we are.
Fill yourselves with positivity as you read the following pride quotes below.
In honor of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, LGBTQ Pride Month is held every June. The harassment in Stonewall Inn triggered riots, which catalyzed the gay rights movement. Suppose you are part of the community or participating in its support, aside from attending the colorful pride march. In that case, the whole month is packed full of activities raising awareness of diversity and some of the difficulties faced, including discrimination.
Get insights from openly gay politician and civil rights activist Harvey Milk and other LGBTQ allies through their pride quotes below.
To get you in the mood for a pride parade, check out our rainbow quotes full of colors synonymous with the movement. Read on to celebrate pride month by sharing a quote or two.
Every gay and lesbian person who has been lucky enough to survive the turmoil of growing up is a survivor. Survivors always have an obligation to those who will face the same challenges.
~ Bob Paris
Being born gay, Black and female is not a revolutionary act. Being proud to be a gay, Black female is.
~ Lena Waithe
I hate the word homophobia. It's not a phobia. You're not scared. You're an asshole.
~ Morgan Freeman
Not only gender but many factors like race and financial status still cause discrimination and unequal opportunities.
Despite that, we should always be proud of who we are and use that pride to fight for equal rights for everyone. Moreover, we can start creating an equitable and just world where everybody treats each other with respect and dignity by promoting an understanding of our differences and celebrating what makes us unique.
Whether you're part of a minority group or not, advocate for equal human rights because all of us deserve them. After reading the pride quotes below, you can also check our equality quotes that inspire diversity and inclusion.
How many years has it taken people to realize that we are all brothers and sisters and human beings in the human race?
~ Marsha P. Johnson
Equality means more than passing laws. The struggle is really won in the hearts and minds of the community, where it really counts.
~ Barbara Gittings
It is absolutely imperative that every human being's freedom and human rights are respected, all over the world.
~ Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir
Being proud of ourselves and others through social media promotes positivity and creates a supportive online community. We can use our posts to inspire others and vice versa.
Commenting with compliments and encouraging words make people's day. Still, if we have nothing nice to say, the next best option is to scroll down. And if we see negativity brewing online, we could also defend the victim of hate while still exercising kindness.
Fill your social media feeds with compassion and inspiration using the rest of our pride quotes below.
Our final section of pride quotes covers statements that encapsulate the brave journey of coming out and the significance of acceptance.
These quotes offer valuable insights into the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community, giving voice to their struggles and celebrations. Whether you're looking for understanding, inspiration, or empowerment, read on.
There's no right or wrong way to be gay. No right or wrong way to come out. It's your journey, do it the way you wanna do it.
~ Tan France
To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow—this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.
~ Elizabeth Gilbert
It is important for the international community to listen to the local voices, and take direction from the local voices on how they can support, and how they can engage, and how they can provide solidarity to the LGBT community that needs this support urgently.
~ Frank Mugisha
Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it's a good place to start.
~ Jason Collins
All of us who are openly gay are living and writing the history of our movement. We are no more—and no less—heroic than the suffragists and abolitionists of the 19th century; and the labor organizers, Freedom Riders, Stonewall demonstrators, and environmentalists of the 20th century. We are ordinary people, living our lives, and trying as civil rights activist Dorothy Cotton said, to ‘fix what ain't right' in our society.
~ Tammy Baldwin
All human beings deserve equal treatment, no matter their gender identity or sexuality.
~ Andreja Pejic
It still strikes me as strange that anyone could have any moral objection to someone else's sexuality. It's like telling someone else how to clean their house.
~ River Phoenix
The only queer people are those who don't love anybody.
~ Rita Mae Brown
Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we'll ever do.
~ Brené Brown
I've been embraced by a new community. That's what happens when you're finally honest about who you are; you find others like you.
~ Chaz Bono
We are powerful because we have survived.
~ Audre Lorde
And if you help elect…more gay people, that gives a green light to all who feel disenfranchised, a green light to move forward. It means hope to a nation that has given up, because if a gay person makes it, the doors are open to everyone.
~ Harvey Milk
I think the world has a place for gay superheroes, certainly.
~ Stan Lee
What I preach is: people fall in love with people, not gender, not looks, not whatever. What I'm in love with exists on almost a spiritual level.
~ Miley Cyrus
Our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizen of this country.
~ Zachary Quinto
If public figures came out of the closet, then the LGBT kids who saw them on TV would feel safe before they even knew why they felt dangerous. Maybe if enough people came out of the closet, gay kids would never feel dangerous. Maybe we could have a world where we could all just live. We may not all agree, but why can't we just all live?
~ Margaret Cho
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