Dysregulation of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) has been detected in nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in the form of EML4-ALK fusion. Secondary mutations opposing activity of the first generation ALK inhibitor crizotinib came into existence, requiring mutation-targeting drug discovery for the powerful second-line treatment. In this study, we report 4-phenoxyquinoline-based inhibitors that overcome crizotinib resistance to ALK L1196M, discovered by the fragment-growing strategy. The protonation of 4-aminoquinoline core could interrupt the ability the N atom of quinoline to act as a hydrogen bond acceptor; therefore, the pK(a) and calculated ionization pH values of relevant pyridine-based core moieties were carefully analyzed. The replacement of amine linkage with ether resulted in single-digit nanomolar range inhibitors. The inhibitors exhibited significant antiproliferative effects on H2228 CR crizotinib-resistant cells by decreasing PI3K/AKT and MAPK signaling. This work constitutes the first of ionization pH on activity in this system.