Famous Bullying Quotes: A Society’s View of Bullying
One way to evaluate the character of any society is to examine its views on bullying. Fortunately, our culture has a history of leaders speaking out against the problem, as shown by the famous bullying quotes below.
What is especially encouraging is the recent increase in celebrities and other leaders who are speaking out against the problem of bullying. As more of these recognizable individuals add their voices and thoughts to this collection of famous bullying quotes, the issue is put in the negative light it deserves. Take heart as you review the list of quotes and observations below.
Desmond TuTu sets the stage for a common reaction we should all have to the issue of bullying when he unequivocally states:
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
Perhaps it is helpful for us to understand the issue of bullying better when seeing it through the eyes of victims.
Another memory, this from Kathryn Magendie in Sweetie:
“All I wanted to do was go back inside to the library and read a book.I used to spend all my time reading books, or watching television. It was safe. Nobody ever was hurt or teased or looked stupid while reading books or watching television.”
Famous Bullying Quotes: Just a few of the celebrities joining the fight include Taylor Swift:
“If you’re horrible to me, I’m going to write a song about it, and you won’t like it. That’s how I operate.”
And Michael J. Fox:
“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.”
We’re fortunate that our leaders have consistently spoken against the idea of treating anyone as less than an equal:
“I would rather be a little nobody, then to be an evil somebody.”
“Never do a wrong thing to make a friend–or to keep one.”
Robert E. Lee
“Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.”
When we seek to gain some insight into the motivations of why some people feel the need to bully, Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing, provides an interesting observation:
“People who love themselves, don’t hurt other people. The more we hate ourselves, the more we want others to suffer.”
Donna Schoenrock adds the thought that:
“Some people won’t be happy until they’ve pushed you to the ground. What you have to do is have the courage to stand your ground and not give them the time of day. Hold on to your power and never give it away.”
Schoenrock’s point also speaks to the right reaction to a bully, and Wendy Mass, Every Soul A Star, adds her perspective:
“When people see you’re happy doing what you’re doing, it sort of takes the power away from them to tease you about it.”
When a culture goes amiss, the loss of respect for the individual is one of the hallmarks of this decay and moral turbulence. We can see that played out in Ray Bradbury’s work, Fahrenheit 451, in this well-known scene:
“Why aren’t you in school? I see you every day wandering around.”
“Oh, they don’t miss me,” she said. “I’m antisocial, they say. I don’t mix. It’s so strange. I’m very social indeed. It all depends on what you mean by social, doesn’t it? Social to me means talking to you about things like this.” She rattled some chestnuts that had fallen off the tree in the front yard. “Or talking about how strange the world is. Being with people is nice. But I don’t think it’s social to get a bunch of people together and then not let them talk, do you? An hour of TV class, an hour of basketball or baseball or running, another hour of transcription history or painting pictures, and more sports, but do you know, we never ask questions, or at least most don’t; they just run the answers at you, bing, bing, bing, and us sitting there for four more hours of film-teacher. That’s not social to me at all. It’s a lot of funnels and lot of water poured down the spout and out the bottom, and them telling us it’s wine when it’s not. They run us so ragged by the end of the day we can’t do anything but go to bed or head for a Fun Park to bully people around, break windowpanes in the Window Smasher place or wreck cars in the Car Wrecker place with the big steel ball. Or go out in the cars and race on the streets, trying to see how close you can get to lampposts, playing ‘chicken’ and ‘knock hubcaps.’ I guess I’m everything they say I am, all right. I haven’t any friends. That’s supposed to prove I’m abnormal. But everyone I know is either shouting or dancing around like wild or beating up one another. Do you notice how people hurt each other nowadays?”
By portraying yourself as a victim, you’re being trapped as someone defenceless and weak- remind yourself that you’re not a victim but a survivor!
And last of all; stay upbeat! No matter how hard It gets; keep your eye on the prize and focus on the future- remember that it gets better and nothing last forever.
As long as you’re not blinded by bitterness or resentment
As long as you go to bed at night knowing that you did your part- you’ll win in the end.
We hope you have enjoyed our famous bully quotes, we have found those famous bully quotes to be a true source of inspiration.