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.
Democracy is when the people keep a government in check.
The democracy process provides for political and social change without violence.
By helping others, you will learn how to help yourselves.
If you choose to do something, then you shouldn't say it's a sacrifice, because nobody forced you to do it.
Human beings the world over need freedom and security that they may be able to realize their full potential.
Since we live in this world, we have to do our best for this world.
If you do nothing you get nothing.
The value systems of those with access to power and of those far removed from such access cannot be the same. The viewpoint of the privileged is unlike that of the underprivileged.
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.
Humor is one of the best ingredients of survival.
I was a bit of a coward when I was small. I was terribly frightened of the dark.
The judiciary must be strengthened and released from political interference.
Freedom and democracy are dreams you never give up.
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.
There is a time to be quiet and a time to talk.
Fundamental violations of human rights always lead to people feeling less and less human.
Fires of suffering and strife are raging around the world.
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.
A more significant phase should mean serious political dialogue.