Top Quotes by Aung San Suu Kyi

It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.

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Fundamental violations of human rights always lead to people feeling less and less human.

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My attitude to peace is rather based on the Burmese definition of peace – it really means removing all the negative factors that destroy peace in this world. So peace does not mean just putting an end to violence or to war, but to all other factors that threaten peace, such as discrimination, such as inequality, poverty.

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By helping others, you will learn how to help yourselves.

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The struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma is a struggle for life and dignity. It is a struggle that encompasses our political, social and economic aspirations.

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We want to empower our people; we want to strengthen them; we want to provide them with the kind of qualifications that will enable them to build up their own country themselves.

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If you want to bring an end to long-standing conflict, you have to be prepared to compromise.

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I don’t think of myself as unbreakable. Perhaps I’m just rather flexible and adaptable.

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My attitude is, do as much as I can while I’m free. And if I’m arrested I’ll still do as much as I can.

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If you look at the democratic process as a game of chess, there have to be many, many moves before you get to checkmate. And simply because you do not make any checkmate in three moves does not mean it’s stalemate. There’s a vast difference between no checkmate and stalemate. This is what the democratic process is like.

Aung San Suu Kyi

If you look at the democratic process as a game of chess, there have to be many, many moves before you get to checkmate. And simply because you do not make any checkmate in three moves does not mean it’s stalemate. There’s a vast difference between no checkmate and stalemate. This is what the democratic process is like.

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If you do nothing you get nothing.

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I wish people wouldn’t think of me as a saint – unless they agree with the definition of a saint that a saint’s a sinner who goes on trying.

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History is always changing.

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People must work in unison.

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Human beings want to be free and however long they may agree to stay locked up, to stay oppressed, there will come a time when they say ‘That’s it.’ Suddenly they find themselves doing something that they never would have thought they would be doing, simply because of the human instinct that makes them turn their face towards freedom.

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Since we live in this world, we have to do our best for this world.

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If I were the blushing kind, I would blush to be called a hero.

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The best way to help Burma is to empower the people of Burma, to help us have enough self-confidence to obtain what we want for ourselves.

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Even one voice can be heard loudly all over the world in this day and age.

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I do protect human rights, and I hope I shall always be looked up as a champion of human rights.

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Sometimes I think that a parody of democracy could be more dangerous than a blatant dictatorship, because that gives people an opportunity to avoid doing anything about it.

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The judiciary must be strengthened and released from political interference.

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I do not hold to non-violence for moral reasons, but for political and practical reasons.

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The judiciary in Burma is not independent. It’s widely known, everybody knows that.

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All repressive laws must be revoked, and laws introduced to protect the rights of the people.

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I’ve been repeating ad nauseam that we in Burma, we are weak with regard to the culture of negotiated compromises, that we have to develop the ability to achieve such compromises.

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I’ve been repeating ad nauseam that we in Burma, we are weak with regard to the culture of negotiated compromises, that we have to develop the ability to achieve such compromises.

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I’ve always been strongly on the side of non-violence.

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Humor is one of the best ingredients of survival.

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Assuming the chairmanship of ASEAN isn’t going to do anything about improving the lives of people.

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At this age, I should be leading a quiet life.

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I’m feeling a little delicate.

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Peace as a goal is an ideal which will not be contested by any government or nation, not even the most belligerent.

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I was surprised by the response of young people because there is a perception that those younger than the 1988 generation are not interested in politics.

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For me, ‘revolution’ simply means radical change.

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In general people feel more relaxed about participating in politics. They aren’t frightened as they used to be.

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My opinion is the greatest reward that any government could get is the approval of the people. If the people are happy and the people are at peace and the government has done something for them, that’s the greatest reward I think any government could hope for.

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The people have given me their support; they have given me their trust and confidence. My colleagues have suffered a lot in order to give me support. I do not look upon my life as a sacrifice at all.

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If I advocate cautious optimism it is not because I do not have faith in the future but because I do not want to encourage blind faith.

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One should mature over 20 years.

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Burmese authors and artists can play the role that artists everywhere play. They help to mold the outlook of a society – not the whole outlook, and they are not the only ones to mold the outlook of society, but they have an important role to play there.

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Regime is made up of people, so I do put faces to regimes and governments, so I feel that all human beings have the right to be given the benefit of the doubt, and they also have to be given the right to try to redeem themselves if they so wish.

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I’ve always tried to explain democracy is not perfect. But it gives you a chance to shape your own destiny.

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We will not change in matters of policy until such time as dialogue has begun.

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If you choose to do something, then you shouldn’t say it’s a sacrifice, because nobody forced you to do it.

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I am not unaware of the saying that more tears have been shed over wishes granted than wishes denied.

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I don’t want to see the military falling. I want to see the military rising to dignified heights of professionalism and true patriotism.

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There is a time to be quiet and a time to talk.

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Fires of suffering and strife are raging around the world.

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War is not the only arena where peace is done to death.

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I feel that the BBC World Service is not as versatile as it used to be – or perhaps I’m not listening at the right times.

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What does Burma have to give the United States? We can give you the opportunity to engage with people who are ready and willing to change a society.

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