10 of Greta Thunberg's most memorable quotes

By Natalie Salmon
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Photo: Alexandrov Klum

Words to live by from our debut cover star

Vogue Scandinavia's Issue 1 cover star Greta Thunberg has made herself one of the most influential new generation activists by challenging world leaders to take immediate action for climate change mitigation. Through her mission she has inspired thousands across the globe to make a change and take conscience over their actions. Today we roundup ten quotes that inspire us daily and give us hope for a better future.

When it comes to the climate crisis you are more likely to not accept it if your salary depends on it

Greta Thunberg, Issue I Vogue Scandinavia, August 2021


"One second I’m controlled by my parents, I can’t think for myself; the next second I’m an evil manipulative little child. These theories don’t match, and that’s also the fun of it."
Greta Thunberg, Vogue Scandinavia, August 2021

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“We can’t save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed. Everything needs to change – and it has to start today.”
TEDx Stockholm, December 2018


"You say you love your children above all else and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes."
COP24, Poland, December 2018


"Adults keep saying we owe it to the young people, to give them hope, but I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is."
World Economic Forum, Davos, January 2019


"Humanity is now standing at a crossroads. We must now decide which path we want to take. How do we want the future living conditions for all living species to be like?"
Extinction Rebellion London, UK, April 2019

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Greta Thunberg with editor-in-chief Martina Bonnier.

“Many of you appear concerned that we are wasting valuable lesson time, but I assure you we will go back to school the moment you start listening to science and give us a future.”


“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean, yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you?”
UN Climate Change Summit New York, September 2019


“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”
UN Climate Change Summit New York, September 2019

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Greta Thunberg, Vogue Scandinavia, August 2021. Photo: Alexandrov Klum


“There is hope – I’ve seen it – but it does not come from the governments or corporations, it comes from the people. The people who have been unaware are now starting to wake up, and once we become aware we change. We can change and people are ready for change.”
COP25 Madrid, December 2019


"He [Trump] seems like a very happy old man looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!"
Instagram, 2021