A collection of Aung San Suu Kyi Quotes on age, authority, challanges, compromise, courage, democracy, effort, failing, fear, freedom, human rights, military, sacrifice, peace, struggle, values, violence, war etc.
147 Aung San Suu Kyi Quotes That Empower You
Political Leader (Freedom Fighter) of Myanmar
Aung San Suu Kyi is a celebrated Burmese politician, author and diplomat. She is the leader of the National League for Democracy and the first State Counsellor, a position equivalent to Prime Minister. She is the first female to serve as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar, the Minister of the President's Office and the Minister of Electric Power and Energy in Htin Kyaw’s cabinet. She also worked for the United Nations for a short period before being nominated as the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy. She was kept under house arrest by the ruling military junta for almost 15 years from 1989 to 2010, and became one of the world's most prominent political prisoners. She was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize, Rafto Prize, Jawaharlal Nehru Award, Sakharov Prize, Order of Australia, US Congressional Gold Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom. An honorary member of Nelson Mandela’s elders, Aung San Suu Kyi went on to receive citizenship from various countries. We have collected her thoughts and sayings from her speeches, writings and general life. Here is a collection of Aung San Suu Kyi quotes on tyranny, freedom, equality, peace, harmony, sovereignty and democracy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was the way I was brought up to think of politics, that politics was to do with ethics, it was to do with responsibility, it was to do with service, so I think I was conditioned to think like that, and I'm too old to change now.
Fires of suffering and strife are raging around the world.
Aung San Suu Kyi
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.
Aung San Suu Kyi
I've always said that the more coordinated the efforts of the international community are, the better it will be for democracy in Burma.
More people, especially young people, are realising that if they want change, they've got to go about it themselves - they can't depend on a particular person, i.e. me, to do all the work. They are less easy to fool than they used to be, they now know what's going on all over the world.
Every government must consider the security of the country. That is just part of the responsibilities of any government. But true security can only come out of unity within a country where there are so many ethnic nationalities.
Aung San Suu Kyi
We will not change in matters of policy until such time as dialogue has begun.