Quotes by Aung San Suu Kyi

History is always changing.

The history of the world shows that peoples and societies do not have to pass through a fixed series of stages in the course of development.

If I was afraid of being killed, I would never speak out against the government.

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.

Democracy is when the people keep a government in check.

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.

If you can make people understand why freedom is so important through the arts, that would be a big help.

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.

Freedom and democracy are dreams you never give up.

Human beings the world over need freedom and security that they may be able to realize their full potential.