Quotes: October 2007 Archives
Two quotes from Aung San Suu Kyi:
"The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear."
"What is there to be discouraged about? Gandhi said the victory is in
the struggle itself. The struggle itself is the most important thing. I tell
our followers that when we achieve democracy, we will look back
with nostalgia on the struggle and how pure we were."
Suu Kyi is the leader and one of the founders of Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD). In 1990 her party won the Burmese election by an overwhelming majority. But the ruling junta declared the results null and void and placed Suu Kyi under house arrest. As of today - 25 October 2007 - Aung San Suu Kyi has spent 12 of the last 18 years in detention.
Read More about the crisis in Burma, and Amnesty's campaign in Amnesty webpage.
Also see: US Campaign for Burma
"Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free. True peace with one self and with the world around us can only be achieved through the development of mental peace."
Part of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's nobel speach, University Aula, Oslo, December 11th, 1989. His Holiness finished the talk with the following poem which as he said gives him inspiration.